I bought Indian Hill after thoroughly enjoying the Zombie Fallout Series. Mike Talbot and his friends and family accompanied me during many commutes, and I had hoped to learn how the 40 something neurotic Mike had come to be in Indian Hill. After listening to the first Indian Hill, I was disappointed. The concept of the story held a great bit of potential for the talented Mark Tufo- but alas, it was not the recipient of his highly developed imagination and credible character development.
Indian Hill gives us a sketchy outline of Mikes childhood- beginning with an "absent" father and overbearing mother. While his feelings about his mother stay the same in the Zombie Fall Out series- Mike's father is not the man we came to know and respect in the Zombie 5 and 6 books.
The cast that accompanies Mike into his Indian Hill adventure are secondary and undeveloped. The characters had great potential, but Mark did not take advantage and left them superficial The opportunity to understand the basis of Mike’s OCD tendencies that are so amusing in Fallout- are not expanded in this book either.
For instance, his best friend Paul, is a mastermind in the Indian Hill Series- connected to DOD Intelligence and leading a impressive civilian militia. One can only imagine poor Paul suffered a major head injury in his 30’s- because in Zombie Fallout, he is , unremarkable, indecisive and meets his demise in a most disturbing fashion.
Mark Tufo would have been better off creating an all new lead character totally different than his Mike Talbot of the Fallout Series- it would have given him more freedom to come up with a more authentic story and would have alleviated the need to ensure that the details between Mike in Indian Hill and Fallout augment each other.
With that said, the inconsistencies and differences between the two story lines will not prevent me from listening to Indian Hills 2 and 3; in the hope that the story and cast will continue to unfold and mature.
Sean Runnette is a talented narrator and does a great job with this book.
This was the best in the series yet!
The new characters introduced in this part of the Zombie Fallout Series are some of the most colorful yet. John the Tripper had me laughing out loud in the car. Cleraly Mike has spent a good bit of time at Grateful Dead concerts as the character is so true to life. We are all curious to see how John and his wife Stephanie are reunited with the Talbot Family.
In this book we say good bye to some of the beloved characters that have been high points of the story , but as the cast continues to unfold and as new and interesting characters are introduced they keep the story fresh and keep the listeners guessing.
The story is crafted in such a way that it gives Mark Tufo the lattitude to keep this highly enjoyable series for many years to come. Great job Mark and Sean!!! Keep them coming, they make my commute something to look forward to!
When I saw the reviews for the Mark Tufo books I thought to myself- Zombies? Really? After watching a season of the Walking Dead, I pretty much thought zombies were old news. What more could be said about the flesh eating monsters?????
So, I decided to download the first book. I had credits to use up anyway, if the book sucked, I would not have only lost one credit.
I started the book with my 26 year old son riding shotgun in the car---I found myself laughing out loud within the first 10 minutes - Mark Tufo has a dry ironic sense of humor that resonates with my Northeast upbringing. His character, Mike Talbot, is a smart ass--- and I respect that kind of guy.
The book does not only stand on the humor, but the plot, characters and action involved keeps you at the edge of your seat, waiting to find out what could possibly befall this family next.
Having spent a total of almost 30 hours in the strange (and at times deranged) head of Michael Talbot (aka Mark Tufo) his character seems as real to me as any I have encountered in the past 10 years of audio books. Engrossed in Book 3, I actually look forward to my commutes!
This is not a series for the faint at heart or those without a dry sense of humor- the scenes can be gory and at times the flash backs can be a bit dull- but for all the smart asses in the world- these books are for you!
I have read many of Whitley's books over the years, starting with Communion which was published in 1987.
Our generation has matured since that time and certainly we have all become more skeptical. In that sense, it is quite remarkable that despite the ridicule he has suffered, Whitley continues to share the extraordinary knowledge he has gained from his years of encounters and research
The information contained in The Key is fascinating and contains "higher knowledge" that rings intuitively honest and forthright. The Key Holder, rather than judging or condeming the human condition, appears to seek only to give us alternate viewpoints, information and predictions regarding our unlimited potential.
The narrator was a bit robotic and at times and it was difficult to differentiate between the two characters.
We may never know who or what visited Whitley in that hotel room; a human, angel, alien or God him/herself, but there is little doubt that the wisdom and warnings that were shared with and through him have the potential to benefit our species and our planet.
This book is appropriate as a stand alone story or to the devoted reader a deeper look into the Dark Tower series. The story was delightful.
The Widow Smack was my favorite character, there seems to be more to the Widow than what can be seen (or not) beneath the veil. It makes me wonder where she came from, what happened to her and why she ended up in Tree.
Stephen's skill as a narrarator continues to grow with time, his voice now to me is like a comforting old friend..... his voices and characters are given deeper and richer life by his writing and through his spoken word.
As these books accompany me during a total of 4 hours a day in traffic to and from work, it would have to be a heck of a traffic jam if I were to listen to all 7 hours in one sitting. There were times during the book, that I sat in the car waiting for a break in the story or the end of a chapter, as I was too engaged to simply stop.
Stephen King's Dark Tower Series is one that continues to unfold, even though we all know how it turns out in the end, the fact that it never ends is as enchanting as the twists, turns and connections with his other stories........
I first read Lisey's story after my husband of 26 years passed away. I related to the efforts of Lisey to try and get on with life. I listened to the book three years later.
Stephens books are always listed under horror- but over the years he has realized that horror is often perpetrated by what lies within us as people, rather than a horrifying paranormal villan.
I enjoyed the music, the story, the narration and the trip to Boo yah Moon. Stephen has gotten much better at portraying the internal stregnth of women.
While the book title seemed interesting, the narrators (supporting cast and music as well) frantic tone does not lend itself to an easy or enjoyable listen. I found myself gripping my steering wheel, gritting my teeth and irritated by the time I got to disc 2. For a story that has so much historical content and potential, it would be much more enjoyable if read at a pace that allows comprehension and reflection.
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