Saratoga, CA, United States
Very good book. Phil Harwood comes across as a reasonable and friendly badass. He's ready with a smile and a handshake, but he's not going to be pushed around. There's not a lot of nature encounters in the book: it is mostly a tale of alternating harassment from venal officials and kindness from fishermen and their families. But Harwood does a good job capturing the feel of the river--while convincing you that no matter who cool this trip sounds, you don't really want to do it.
Some intense moments, but long. Actually, I like Koontz attention to detail. Parts of this are good. But I'm tired of authors telling us the crazed or quirky thoughts of serial killers. I don't really buy it.
Narrator Ray Chase reads all characters with a Spanish accent--and it works. Gutsy move, but it does keep you reminded where the story is happening. This is a different type of Z story. There're guns, but they aren't going off constantly. The writing tends to be hit and miss. If your a zombie fan, I think it's worth a credit.
Dan Brown writes some really trite sentences, so if you don't mind that, go ahead and listen. Actually, listen to Paul Michael is better than reading. Of course, a person reads Dan Brown for the historical oddities and tidbits. At least I do, and there is enough in here to keep one's interest. I like to that the repercussions of this so-called terrorist attack or not completely ignored or undone at the end of the novel. If you've read it, you'll know what I mean. Dan Brown sticks to his guns there.
So this book is kind of fun if you keep your expectations restrained.
Professor Steinberg is good, speaks well. This doesn't go too deep with the early czars, but I've enjoyed it.
Yeah, it's long. But I go back when I drift off during a sentence or paragraph. Nobody creates a whole life like and universe like Proust. Great narration. I'm wondering if I should try the Neville Jason narration for other books, but I'm reluctant because John Rowe is so good. Recommendation to those who have second thoughts about starting Proust: Jump in. No harm in listening to other books while you do this one. Let the whole series take you a year or two or three. It's your life, let it be your pace.
We tend to think of Hitler and Germany to their west, but Ukraine and Belarus got it bad from both sides. Hard to believe what humans can do to each other. Well-researched, well-narrated.
The dogs tail whirled like a helicopter. That's the kind of simile you can expect, which at its core, is inaccurate. Dogs tails and helicopter blades don't move in the same way. At all. Good writing is not a requisite for a good Z book (see the Day By Day Armageddon books), but language that isn't careful or that is cliche continually interrupt a reader's focus. Or my focus anyway.
I'm astonished by the positive reviews. The female characters are helpless, hapless screamers. Is that what people like to see?
Horror and thriller narrations come across best when done quietly, straightforward. Narrator Christian Rummels--who might be great in other works--is dramatic here. With the unrefined prose, and B-movie tough-ass dialog, the result is cheesy and old-fashioned.
And this all comes form someone who LIKES zombie/apocalypse books. Maybe Molles picks up with the next books in the series, but I won't be trying them.
Fascinating, horrible history. Good research, but the the voice comes off more academic than necessary.
South Africa's history is endlessly interesting and I can read book after book. Lapierre's writing, or the translation, is not very lively, and the Rudnicki's baritone narration is dry too. The history rushes through the early years and the Zulu and Boer Wars, spending a bit more time in the 20th century. I've listened to it about 3 times, so even though my rating isn't high, I like it.
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