If you have read Hunger Games this is the same thing but on a much more silly vein. A wasted credit, The story line is teen age fantastical and to list the cliche's would take pages. After the glowing reviews it was a disappointing and predictable story line.
I was thrilled to see this sample released while we wait for the final release date. As usual Hugh Howey has an imagination that won't quit and is only matched by his writing talent.
We begin in the sands with two young inexperienced sand divers; yes they dive into sand. Just wait till you hear how they do it. Certainly it is their youth and inexperience that tempers their common sense to work for nefarious characters on a quest to discover Danvar. As they pay a price for their mistake, and we don't yet know the whole cost of their foolishness, this sample leaves you counting the days till the whole audio book is released. I'm crossing my fingers that I don't buckle and buy the book; this will be a wonderful listening adventure. I'm confident this will rate right up there with WOOL.
This is truly the worst audio book I have ever tried to listen to. Yes the narration is that bad. I tried the sample and thought I could endure but the sample is tolerable. I could not get past the third chapter. Don't waste your money.
I only gave this book 2 stars because for the first time in my experience the narration was so bad I think it may have colored my opinion of the story. If you have ever heard someone reading a book to a group of children, you know, the really animated reading that stresses many words to add entertainment to the book, that is what this is like. It's a bizarre mix of a goory story with little kid narration, I couldn't take it. I had to skip some parts when it became too annoying. I'm usually not that critical of narration but it so reminded me of little kids books that I found myself rolling my eyes at the over inflection moments of which there are far far too many.
The story takes an unnecessary time getting started so you may want to ship the first 25%. The rest is, well, painfully cliché.
Ok, confession, I did buy 5 of the fallout books. Here is what you need to know. If you are looking for a realistic scary what if (insert any Pandemic) were to happen, this is not it. It is however entertaining, funny and you can get sucked into the story, but if you do you should know the Talbot books go on forever. I purchased the first series except for book 5. You could dump $100 into these easy. It can be quite slapstick and toward the end books some wacky and convoluted stuff develops because of course the story must go on and you must part with more $. It's not worth the credit unless you can find nothing else you're interested in. The narrator does a great job and is perfect for the Talbot character. The story is between ok and well, silly. But if you're looking for a lighter zombie story (except for book 5 which apparently is gory) this is for you.
The book is a little slow on the uptake but once you get into the crisis on both sides of the time warp, the description is so good, you're there. If you interested in the plague and what it could have possibly been like this will hold your attention. The book made me think more about it not necessarily taking out one third of the population but some cities, everyone and some cities, barely touched. Throw in a little twist of another plague taking place while your back in 1348 and well, it's scary no matter where you are. Admittedly the British accent takes a bit of getting used to but worth it.
Well losing the California girl dialect would be like awesome.
The story doesn't make sense. The zombies are attracted by noise and hunt in packs yet the millions never seem to go after the population centers. There is no fear; the dead are something to go poke and play with. The remaining humans go on pretty much as usual. All institutions are in tact, government is still up and running, power is good, resources available.
The narrator sounded ditsy like a 17 yr old California totally dialect with such strong pronunciation of s's it was painful to listen to.
I shook my head that a book I thought was so fully bad got the ratings it did.
Waste of time.
At this risk of sounding redundant, this really needs to be unabriged. The book is different from most silly zombie books. The story is told as a collection of experiences from the time of the outbreak. Surprisingly in a much more realistic way. I've always wondered why in the zombie books the army is overrun when your foe is predictable. This book is almost a 'what if' something along these lines happened (go ahead, stretch your imagination) how would, how could it be handled. The characters are very real, human and couragous. The experiences are very realistic. You'll find yourself saying, yeah I can see that happening. The performances are very good, Allan Alda is the cherry on top. It's worth the credit though they have seriously injured the book by the abridgment of it.
This is a great book, entertaining as well as informative. It covers the very real tragic episode of the 1918 influenza. Told in stories of individuals and the famlies. It goes on to explain some recent scares and why there was so much concern. There is a great story of the quest for the virus that caused the 1918 episode, found only recently. Loved it. I highly recommend the book for it's contents but the narrartor is terrible.
While I think this writer is very talented his best work was Deamon and Freedom. Kill Decision explores software and weapons gone awry. Just who controls those weapons anyhow. You'll have to read the book to discover how twisted things can get.
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