Definitely in the top 25. Great murder mystery with very real characters.
Yes! As unlikely as it might sound, it was a mass murder mystery. And the suspense and twists kept going until the very end.
Actually, as I was listening I didn't really notice the narrators so they did a good job of "doing no harm" to the story. Looking back I would say it was whoever was voice for the father and Trey.
I almost did. It is a compelling listen. I wanted to know just what the heck happened that night. And I am confident that no one will guess whodunnit.
First off, I have to say I was “duped” into thinking this was finally the unabridged version of the book. I have a strong aversion to abridged books and probably would not have purchased this had I known it was not the complete work. Having said that, it was still a good listen despite the missing parts. If you never read the print version you probably won’t notice because the story is told in the style of firsthand accounts that are choppy by nature. Think Ken Burns doing a documentary on a worldwide zombie war. All-in-all it is a moving story that is less about zombies than the human spirit, good and bad.
The story is packed full of science-- biology, botany, physics, chemistry, astronomy-- you name it and it is in there. But it is not at all dull or tedious. You do not have to understand it all completely (a lot flew right over my head) to enjoy the story. Mr. Weir manages to make even rocket science a seamless, painless part of a good story. At its heart is a very simple story about survival under the most hostile and unnatural conditions imaginable. There is an astronaut stranded on Mars without enough food, water and air to last until a rescue. And rescue is extremely doubtful since everyone on earth believes him dead. On the “bright side” there are plenty of "70's sitcoms and disco music to keep him company. His struggle to survive and remain sane and the herculean efforts to save him are excellent entertainment.
At least you will not want to stop listening. Very good story, well written and narrated. Mr. Gould is a master of the "what would you do if...." He puts you in the story and what a story! I'm making Steven Gould one of my go-to authors.
Nothing deep or complex here. Tight plot, action and human drama all within the confines of a British zoo. Well written and a decent performance.
Step into another world rich with resources like for instance, gold? Stuff that you can sell in this world for lots of money? And then suppose you told your very best friends about it so they could help you haul it back to this world and share in the wealth? This is a great story with action and suspense but not what you’re thinking given the cover art. Now I did have a little trouble swallowing teens randomly knowing that much about legal issues and it’s a bit heavy with the avionics and mechanics but those issues are minor and hey if your into those things, bonus for you. The take away is the story is really good and will hold your attention. Good job with the narration as well.
I like humor. I like apocalypse fiction. I like zombie fiction. I can even like a book that combines all three in the right proportion. But somehow the recipe was off for me in this book. Maybe it was the timing of the wise cracks or the amount of jokiness. I tried but I couldn't get through this.
This was not an enjoyable experience for me. I don't normally complain about a book being too long but this one sags and drags. I did not bond with the characters or the improbable plot. There was no suspense for me. Very repetitive and farfetched. The narration was okay, it was the story that disappointed.
The good: 1950s style giant insect menaces small town. The bad: abrupt ending. The ugly: super awful narration. Seriously, just listen to the sample. Especially the voices. Like a mangled accident scene you can't tear your ears from. The narrative was overly dramatic and uneven and the voices...the town seemed to consist of people with random heavy New England accents, southern California valley girls and Fog-horn Leghorns. The adult female voices were either cutesy two year olds or whiskey soaked octogenarians. Nothing in between. Nothing even close to what they should have sounded like. I cannot recommend this audiobook unless you are looking for a primer on how NOT to narrate a book. Or you need a laugh. Get the print version instead.
Frankly it's a tie between a fantastically good story and superb narration. Mr. Maberry is very good at taking the unbelievable and making it not only completely plausible but he makes you look at it from a wholly new prospective. Yes, the story is about alien visitation but it has nothing to do with little green men or space lizards that come to conquer. It will make you think, worry and wonder while enjoying a rousing thriller. (Heavy sigh) now the wait until the next installment.
Ray Porter is why audiobooks rock. He takes the character of Joe Ledger and the series to another level.
I would not say it was well-spent but it was not a total waste either. It should have been better.
Probably not. The story was not well written. The plot summary begs for a listen/read (if you like this kind of story) but the actual story falls flat, DOA. The characters are one dimensional or no dimensional and the suspense is non-existent. I kept listening hoping there would be some huge plot twist or big reveal to make it all worth the effort.
He did a decent job. Not particularly memorable or bad.
Yes. Maybe on screen with a more fleshed out screen play and appealing characters it would be more engaging.
Get J.A. Konrath's Origin instead. Same premise but much, much better done.
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