I think the narrator has let this story down, and I'd love to hear it read by somebody else. He mispronounces many words, and can't seem to settle on the pronunciation of a few others, changing from one sentence to the next. I didn't like the inflection he used in a lot of the dialogue, either; kinda made some of the characters sound like idiots, and stereotyped.
As a horror story it does quite well, and I'm sure it'd be great with a different person reading it.
Every paperback copy of Brian Keene's work that I have read, I have loved. Every audiobook of his that I've listened to, I've struggled with. The reason seems to be the narrators that are chosen to read them.
In a previous review on one of Keene's audiobooks, I explained that that particular narrator was horribly inconsistent and made it very hard to listen to. So hard, in fact, that I still haven't managed to listen to the sequel, which is read by the same guy.
A Gathering of Crows is read by a different man, but again, I don't like him. The voices he uses for some of the women are particularly annoying and whiny, but just overall I really don't like the performance.
The performances of all of Brian Keene's audiobooks that I've listened to grate on me so much that I can't give a proper review of the work. The work doesn't stick with me, the bad narration does.
I've given this book four stars for the story simply because I suspect that it's fine beneath all that horrible narration. I will stick to paperback copies of this man's work from now on, I think. And it's such a shame, because I really do like his books.
Mirror Me was an easy listen, interesting, well written and well read. I'd be happy to listen to anything else written by this author or read by this narrator.
I couldn't finish it. I've not read Edward Lee before (although I realised the other day I have City Infernal in my bookcase, waiting to be read), but I was hopeful because of positive comments by other listeners and also because he seems to have written quite a few books.
I was, and still am, quite interested in the science part of the story, but the frequent and, in my opinion, lame and unnecessary sex scenes are a huge turn-off. I also remember there being a particular character (the chick in the sex scenes) coming across as an absolute moron, not someone I could care about or force myself to listen to for a moment longer.
Didn't even finish the first part, let alone get to the end.
Maybe. It's hard to tell, in cases like this, whether the narration was awful or if the narrator was just doing what they could with the material they were given. I won't being looking for his name specifically, and if I listen to anything else by him it'll be purely coincidence.
Start a different book.
In a few months I may forget how awful I thought this was and try it again. If I get REALLY desperate.
Definitely. Like my headline says, this book is great fun. It would have been great to read anyway, but Johnny Heller's narration was fabulous and made it extra special.
Haven't read or listened to anything like this before...
Not to my knowledge, but I'll be looking for his name in future.
Lots of laughs and smiles here for me. As soon as I finished listening to it I went back and started it again. This will get multiple listens.
If you're looking for something fun, this is for you.
I'm a Dan Wells fan, and this book did not disappoint. The main reason I'm writing this review is so that I can encourage Audible to get Dan's 'Serial Killer' series online. I loved reading them, and I think they'd be wonderful to listen to.
Absolutely, if any of my friends read horror. I've read a lot of 'haunted house' stories over the years, and this one managed to be fresh and interesting and really captured my imagination.
I wouldn't really compare it, personally. It's different enough, to me at least, to stand alone.
I don't think I've heard any of his other readings...
Oh man... I'm a writer and naming my own stuff is hard enough, I don't think I'd think of anything better. This title suits the book perfectly, and was certainly enough to make me buy it without a second thought (the author's name helped, too!).
I'm a Bentley Little fan. Occasionally his stories go off on strange tangents that to me feel like they fit with the rest of the story, but this is NOT one of those books. I'll be listening to this one again, no doubt about it.
I listen to and read books like this for two reasons. Firstly, entertainment, and secondly, because I myself like to write in the horror genre, and naturally anything I read or listen to can spark ideas for my own, original work. The Bell Witch introduced a little twist to the poltergeist phenomena that I have actually already incorporated into something I'm writing, but listening to this has given me a clearer idea of what I need to do to be effective, and has encouraged me to keep going with my project.
When it was revealed why the 'witch' had come in the first place.
He did the voice for the 'witch' in a way I never would have come up with in my own head, and he managed to make it sound quite eerie in many places. I can still hear it now :) Also, for me at least, it's always easier to listen to a book written in an older style than it is to read it.
Not sure, something about revenge, maybe.
I don't care if this is non-fiction or fiction, really. I was quite entertained all the way through, and that's all I ask from a book :)
The thing I liked about this story is that I never quite knew what kind of story it was. Every time I thought I had it figured out, something would change and I'd be left wondering again.
Much closer to the top of the list than the bottom. It made me feel things and think about things, and I guess that's what good book does.
How human it was, and also the science/idea behind the original zombie/infected person.
This is quite an emotional book, and he handled it really well. He made me cry, twice.
Yeah. I did listen at every opportunity, ignoring my husband and children where necessary :)
Jonathan Maberry is a great author, I've enjoyed everything of his that I've read and listened to. I just wish Audible would include his Pine Deep trilogy in their catalogue. His stuff is hard to find where I live.
Definitely top ten.
Hmm....I'm halfway through the second book, so I'm not really sure now what happened in which one. Either way they're full of action, with a healthy dose of humour.
I wasn't sure about him at first, but I quickly got used to the way he talked and now I love him. He's very good at differentiating between the characters, at emotion, at humour, and at yelling. That's strange to say, I know, but he has a good yell :)
Like I said, I'm having trouble remembering what things happened in what book - these are long books with lots of stuff happening, and I'm not sure if 'moving' is what Larry was going for here :)
I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves monsters, action and humour. The characters are great, and they maintain their integrity well instead of changing just to suit the story. Can't wait to get into the third book!
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