Lawrenceville, GA, United States | Member Since 2011
If you are buying the audio, then I will assume you already like the book or have at least read reviews so you know that people either love or hate this book. Therefore, I will review the narrator.
I am not a Twilight fan. I have read all four books and found them to be entertaining if you don't go into it expecting great literature or polished writing. But after reading many reviews about how terrible the narrator is, I must put in my two cents. This is my first experience with a GOOD narrator making a so-so book better. Usually it's the other way around - bad narrator ruining a good book.
I was pleasantly surprised with the narration. She actually gives Bella more of a backbone - she plays Bella more assertive than the movie portrayal. And Edward did not come across as sullen as he did on the screen. Do not let the bad reviews of the narration keep you from purchasing this book. I really think the people that gave the bad reviews forgot that the character being portrayed is a teenager. Remember, these actors have only the authors words to work with...frankly I think Ms. Kadushin did a supurb job.
Picked this book based on all the reviews. I loved it. A lot of people were thrown off by the ending, but for me it worked. You have to go into it no expectations - just let the story unfold and don't try to guess. (You will guess wrong).
But the best part of this book is by far the Narrator, Ray Porter.
Wow! There is so much dialog in this book and Ray does a fabulous job. I never wondered who was speaking - he gives each character their own voice and attitude. I don't think I would have enjoyed this book half as much if I had read it.
Great performance! (the story is pretty awesome too!) Solid listen!
Day by Day is simply the best Zombie book I have read. All the negative reviews that accuse this book of lack of character development and straying from the Novel Format are completely missing the point of this book. It’s a “Day by Day” account of one guys journey through surviving the Zombie outbreak. Unlike other novels that start out as a journal then morph the reader into the scene to over hear conversations and thoughts of the characters, this book stays in true Journal format – so there are no conversations between characters we get to experience… there are no side plots… there are no other points of view - from the first page to the last page, this is a documentation of survival.
As if the reader were to find this “Journal” in an old desk, we get a glimpse – a snap shot of this guys life. What he sees, what he thinks, who he meets, how he reacts… I was not so sure a book like this would keep me invested – but honestly, I have never had a book grab hold of me so hard and so fast – literally by the 3rd page I was hooked. In spite of the limitations the author gave himself in picking this writing style, he still manages to make us care about our hero - and care about the things he cares about (other characters). We feel his fear right along with him. We feel his frustration, his denial, and his determination. All this – without any character development at all. (Now that’s a great writer in my book!).
I highly recommend this book! And take my suggestion, if you do purchase this book, have your Google Maps ready – you will find yourself wanting to follow along with the character. :)
The narrator is excellent! He does a good job at sounding like he’s talking to himself… fits in very well the feel of the book.
I discovered this book with Audible's Shock-tober promotion. I was looking for a good zombie book to help with my excitement of AMC's The Walking Dead Season 3 premire. WOW! If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, then you will love this book! It's a day to day account of what its like to live in a world where the dead are trying to eat you.
This book is a page turner and a nail biter. The narrator is excellent and did a fabulous job. I highly recommend! (Scared the hell out of me!)
The scene when Matthew and Diana are talking about how vampires are depicted in modern day romance novels. Hysterical! It's like she put that scene in just to stick it to all the readers whom complained about the lack of sex in the first book.
I can see why some people do not like this story. It's really not that suspenseful, there are no hot and heavy sex scenes every other chapter, and it's slooooooow.
Having said that, I still loved this book. These books are not nail biting page turners, and they are not vampire erotica hidden behind a plot. This story is a long, slow stroll down a road filled with beautiful scenery. Harness does a fantastic job of putting the reader in 16th century England, I found myself looking up many of her characters on Wikipedia just to get more background on them.
If you want a roller coaster experience, you will not like this book. Personally I loved the slow, lazy tide of the story.
The narrator was fantastic!
Loved, loved, loved, this book!
I'm still amazed that 10 books in, this story keeps getting better.
Normally around the 8th book of a series there is a decline in the quality of the story... Not so for Black Dagger Brotherhood. The series took a giant leap forward in the previous book, Lover Mine, and continues the momentum in this installment. I don't do plot summaries in my reviews so I will just say: "Girl Power!" "Humans!!" "Evil Vampires?" "Lessers SUCK!"
Wow! That is my reaction to this book. I am a stickler for reading a story from the beginning, so I read this book - even though I really wanted to skip it. For some reason, the whole John/Xhex thing was just not working for me in the previous books. To quote the Brothers, "I wasn't feelin' it". But as a dutiful fan of the series I could never allow myself to skip a book so, we read!
Holy crap! This is my new favorite book of the series! (Previous favorite: Lover Awakened). The chemistry between John and Xhex is believable, the back stories we learn about are thick with insightful character detail, and we get a mysterious new female character to wonder about, and the Lessers!!! (%!$# those LESSERS UP!), all while learning a very moral lesson that "Family is everything". Ta Da!
Seriously, I did not expect to like this book, but it was one hell of a ride. I was juuuust about to fizzle out of this series (not stop reading, but not immediately picking up the next book), but this book sucked me right back in.
Downloading Book 9......now.
Love Ya Jim!!
I love Vlad. I have been waiting for his story since we met him in the Night Huntress novels. He's a more sophisticated, polished version of Bones. Don't tell Bones I said this, but Vlad is more my type! :)
Frost keeps up her usual fast, fun ride with Once Burned. The sex is hot, the banter is witty, and the fights are nail biters. What more could you pack into an 8 hour show/book?
Tavia is completely awesome as the narrator (as usual) and brings so much "personality" to the narration. Loved it!
Ward's books so far have centered around a Brother and the woman he is attracted to, while giving the reader snapshots of all the other members of the Brotherhood - and the ongoing war with the Lessers. This book differs in that although the book is supposed to be about Phury and the Chosen, it really doesn't center on them. Their romance is presented more as one of the many side plots to enhance the overall forward movement of the series.
Was the book good? Absolutely! Although I was getting a little frustrated at all the near misses, and misunderstandings... and downright stupidity of some of the actions of Phury. (He's an addict - so some of his choices are naturally going to be completely stupid). Actually, I don't think I would have liked the book as much as I did if Ward had kept the focus too fine-tuned to Phury or Cormia (sp?). With their lack of being able to fully communicate their thoughts and feelings to each other, it would have made the book one long, frustrating waiting game.
But Ward not only introduces us into Phury's world, but she also centers on John and his freinds - the Lessers and the war, which is about to take a scary turn! And the lives of the Chosen as a whole. So we are "entertained" while we wait for Phury to get his head out of his ass and for Cormia to realize she has a voice.
This book certainly propells the over all story forward and gets you excited to see how the Brothers will tackle all these new challenges. Downloading next book NOW.
Jim was Jim. :) If you have made it this far into the series, I am sure however you felt about Jim in the begining has shifted from being "he's not the best choice" to "comfortable familiarity".
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.