Very complex ending.
I don't want to say much because of the surprise ending of Deadline (the previous book), but Georgia "George" Mason is back. That's all I should say.
Again, I don't want to give too much away, but a major character gives up their lives to help the others.
In the previous scene, I was a little sad about that character's death.
The male narrator (Michael Goldstrom) isn't as good as the male narrators in Feed and Deadline. But thankfully Paula Christensen, who read Feed, is back to read the female based chapters (unlike the previous books, they basically go back and forth, with the female narrator reading the odd numbered chapters, the male narrator reading the even chapters. All in all, a great end to a terrific series.
Yes, most likely in July 2014 for the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI.
This book goes into more detail than the Guns of August about the actual start of the war, specifically, the 34 days between Franz Ferdinand's assassination and the attack by Austria-Hungary on Serbia.
A major problem with the narrator is that he isn't pronouncing the German names right. He pronounces von Moltke's name wrong. When he first said "Molt," I actually stopped listening and thought "Who the Hell is 'Molt?'" It's pronounced mɔltkə, two syllables.
Audible Inc. needs to make sure that their narrators have cheat sheets to pronounce names right. It can really throw you off when you hear a name pronounced wrong like Moltke.
Shaun trying to live his life after what happened in Feed. He has a "odd" way of handling it. I won't say more because I don't reveal spoilers. Read Feed first.
Besides Feed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and probably Zoe Martinique Investigation series.
The last couple chapters are great and stunning.
A scene where a character in the first book betrays our main characters. Just how deep is this conspiracy?
Several reviewers have had issue with the change in narrators. The female narrator isn't heard very much, so it's no loss there. The male is different, but I believe it works because the Feed male narrator is jokey and goofy and the Deadline narrator is more serious, since the events in Feed have changed him. I think both narrators did good jobs.
I love the whole backstory of Kellis-Amberlee (the virus which causes zombies in this series) and the characters. It's been a long time since I was drawn into the characters.
I would compare it to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. There's a lot of Wheldon-like style and humor in it.
There are several great scenes. The opening in Santa Cruz with Georgia and Shaun fleeing a horde or zombies and a scene in the middle when a main character is bitten and amplifies. No spoilers from me here.
The world AFTER the zombies rose.
One great thing I loved in Feed (and the Newsflesh series in general) is that while this is a world with zombies in it, it's not really about zombies. The zombie rising happened 25 years before the story in the book and while there are a couple great scenes with zombies attacking our main characters, it's really a political thriller hidden inside a post-apocalyptic zombie story. If you expect to have cover-to-cover zombies in this book, I would suggest looking somewhere else.
I prefer audio versions normally, and this was no exception.
The idea of the fae living secretly in the modern world. While that concept has been done before, Seanan takes it to a new level.
October "Toby" Daye
I never really read books in one sitting, but I was intrigued to keep listening.
Seanan McGuire is easily becoming one of my favorite writers. I've listened to this book, started her "Newsflesh" trilogy (written as Mira Grant) and read Discount Armageddon (which isn't in audio) and loved all of them.
One of my favorites. I became a steampunk fan after listened to it.
Alexia Tarabotti. Her character is smart, quick-witted and a power house.
Her British accent is perfect for the story.
Just one touch. And Emily Blunt would be perfect as Alexia Tarabotti.
This series is one of my favorites, and I'm sad to see that the fifth book will be Alexia Tarabotti's last, but Gail Carriger will write a new steampunk series, so I'll be ready for it. I wish, though, that the book was told in a first-person perspective, since Alexia is in every scene of the book.
Great history book
The argument between Isaac Cline and his brother Joseph about whether to leave Joseph's house during the storm.
Edward Herrmann is arguably the best audiobook narrator ever. You get a feel of the world at that time and he makes every word interesting.
The storm that changed American history.
While a abridged audiobook, very little is actually left out. Some reviewers complain about the ending, but in real life, endings aren't always happy or dynamic. The history of Galveston after the storm and the Clines is what it is. This book is really about the hubris of scientists in the 19th century thinking that they know about the weather. 6,000 people died because some people thought that a hurricane couldn't seriously threaten Galveston, they were wrong.
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