While I am a fan of both the comics and the tv show, I did not enjoy this book at all.
I found it both odd and annoying that it book was written entirely in the present tense:
"Brian sits in the silent Suburban for moment, listening to his heart thudding in his chest. Nick is looking through each and every window, scanning the immediate vicinity, which is alive with flickering shadows. Penny gets very still. Brian looks at the little girl. The child looks like she's shrinking into herself..."
It makes me wonder if Kirkman's participation in this project was scripting it as he would a comic, and then Bonansinga just added all of the filler.
I suggest you listen to the sample before you buy. The narrator is entertaining, but it is hard to enjoy the meat of the story when the bones get in the way. As for me, I will put this one aside, and wait for the comic version.
Intelligent. Intriguing. Intense.
Influx by Daniel Suarez. They have a similar theme, and if you enjoyed one, you would probably like the other.
I like him in the Iron Druid series, and I think he did great with this as well.
In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king, and the two-eyed man must be controlled...or destroyed.
I wish I could listen to it for the first time all over again.
I enjoyed this book, and thought the narrator did a pretty good job with the material. This is a story that has 2 main male protagonists and they both speak in the first person. The problem is they are both North American with nondescript accents. So while the voices are pretty distinctive for all of the other characters, the two main characters sound pretty much the same. The change in POV is announced, but there were too many instances where I didn't know which character I was with until the content gave me a clue. This is no fault of the narrator, who is obviously skilled. I imagine that when the author describes a character with "no discernible accent", it kind of ties the narrator's hands. As a listener though, being 10+ hours into the book, and still not being able to really differentiate between the two main characters was almost enough to make me start listening to something else.
There were not a lot of surprises in this book, but I did enjoy the story. The author definitely knows Japan and Japanese. Unfortunately, the narrator does not. There were a lot of Japanese locations and phrases used throughout the book, and the constant mispronunciations became a bit annoying. This will only be a sticking point if you happen to be familiar with the sounds of spoken Japanese. Otherwise, I thought the narrator voiced the characters well.
Mark Hodder has really created a fantastic world with his Burton and Swinburne Series. As a fan of RFB for both his real life exploits, and his fictional ones (see Riverworld Series), I am always interested whenever I see his name in a book description.
I have listened to both books of this series, and have enjoyed them both. However, I think the narrator of this series, Gerard Doyle, really brings this world alive. As such, I think the performance actually outmatches the story. I'll be interested in book 3, but if a different reader is used, probably less interested.
I listen to many of my audiobooks at 1.25x or 1.5x speed, but with Dick Hill reading a Jack Reacher story, I felt the need to slow it down to standard speed. If you are a fan of the Reacher series, rest assured, this one won't disappoint.
I am only writing this review because here it is, January 2013, and I was scrolling through my Audible Library, and saw that I had not "starred" this book. I read it over the summer, and now, almost 5 months later, I still remember specific characters and scenes. It also brings back memories of long walks around Stanley Park, where I did most of my listening.
Quite a powerful story. You won't be disappointed.
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. However, the ending felt a little flat: 30+ hours of listening, and all of a sudden it was over. I listened to the final hour twice just to see if I had missed some key resolution, and apparently, I hadn't... Also, and this will only apply to those of you who have read this book, or will read it: I never got the initial significance of one of the main characters, Amy.
***Minor Spoiler Alert***
What brought her to the attention of the "research center" so much so that within hours of being dumped by her mother at the convent, the two "FBI" agents were ripping her out of the hands of the nun at the zoo? From the super secret "recruitment" of death row inmates to causing an Amber Alert a day later just made no sense to me...
Otherwise, getting a glimpse into how such a post-apocalyptic society might develop was pretty interesting. Think about it: if the lights went out today, would you, or anyone you know, be able to get them back on?
All things considered, this book is well worth a credit.
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