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I would say "Entertaining until the end," but unfortunately the ending was not there. I am a big fan of Lee Child and the narration of Dick Hill and during the first 7/8ths of the book I was really enjoying the listen. This book has less action and more ???who did it,??? but the plot has many twists and keeps you guessing/thinking. Sadly at the end it seemed that Mr. Child had a page limit or closing deadline and he just quickly, with little depth, touched on wrapping up several loose ends and then the story comes to a quick finish, which left me feeling unsatisfied. I actually listened to the end about 5 separate times as I kept thinking I must have missed some parts.
I would still recommend the listen to fans of Lee Child, but if have not read several books in the series I would strongly recommend reading a few of the other stories first before this one.
Joe Abercrombie brings the fantasy alive. I was amazed throughout the series with how well the character and story development is. He also does an excellent job with the transition between various character's stories/experiences, which keeps the story from slowing down and enhances the reading experience. These transitions are unique in that they are not confined to each book, but rather intertwine throughout the series.
The author shows respect to his readers with the beginning of each book by not wasting the first few chapters recapping the previous book I just finished! With each book I found myself making more and more time for listening to the story, as well as sacrificing sleep as I could not stop listening.
Even though each book is written with such quality that they can be read independently I highly recommend reading the books in order. By following the series it will allow the reader to fully enjoy the many nuances of each book and escape deeper into story and world of fantasy. Here is the chronologic order:
The Blade Itself - 2006
Before They Are Hanged - 2007
Last Argument of Kings - 2008
Best Served Cold - 2009
The Heroes - 2011
Red Country - 2012
All the books in this series earned 5 stars in all categories from me and is the first series other than Lord of the Rings that I have read more than once and found it to be even better than the first read.
I am constantly listening to audible book and enjoy consuming a wide verity of genres. What has amazed me about this story is that despite many books later I can't get this one out of my mind. Peter Clines does a great job of intertwining suspension, good character development, humor and just the right amount of fantasy. If you are reading this review please stop, make the purchase and start reading! There are so many great reviews for this book I will not waste time reiterating what others have already said. Read and enjoy.
If you have read any of the zombie fallout series and enjoyed them you are going to like this book. Lycan fallout flows quickly and provides the reader with a balance of fun and action. Before the story begins Mr. Tufo states that this book can be read as a standalone, but if you have read the zombie fallout series you will have a richer experiences as he does a good job entwining the zombies into the world of the Lycan and he provides some lost moments and deeper character history from the zombie fallout series, which brought back some fun memories. My only complaint would be that some of the character development could have been more substantial to further add to the depth of this journey. If you have not read the zombie fallout you may want to go there first and come back to this book because there are also a few zombie fallout spoilers in this story.
I am a big believer in the power of the narrator and have unfortunately listened to some great books only to be frustrated by the fumbling of a less than impressive narration. Sean Runnette is excellent and does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the story. Not only is Mr. Runnette fun to listen to he brings a familiarity to this book as he also is the narrator for the full zombie fallout series. Currently this book is not part of a series, but I would not be surprised if Mr. Tufo decides to make it into one based on some of story development and considering how parts of the book ended.
I found this to be a fun and entertaining read. Joe Ledger is a man with super human abilities and a moral code that leaves him with no choice other than to do what is right. However doing what is right seems to come with a whole lot of collateral damage! This book is full of action and has a Men in Black feel to it, but instead of aliens we get to dance with zombies. If you’re a fan of this type of story you will enjoy the ride, plus you get a bonus of zombies mixed in to give it that extra kick. If you are looking for a pure zombie tale you may want to explore other options, but if you need/want a zombie fix with some unique twists you have found one.
Be aware that book #1 is the only one in the Joe Ledger series with zombies in the forefront. Jonathan Maberry creatively introduces a different threat to human kind in each book with our only hope is Joe Ledger with the support of the super-secret Department of Military Sciences.
Each book in this series can be read as a standalone, but you will get more out of them if you follow the series in order. Ray Porter, who thankfully is the narrator for the entire series, does an excellent job.
Stay alert, move fast, have fun and don't get bit!!
Mr. Sanderson has written yet another great story. I found it hard to put down and often was thinking about it when not able to listen to it. The character development became richer and richer as the story progressed and there were multiple twists. For me the twists caught me off guard and significantly enriched the quality of the journey. I get disappointed and frustrated when you can see the twists in a story coming and often they don't do much to enhance the story development. In Warbreaker no such issues let down the reader.
I found this book to be a brilliant piece of literature fantasy, which sucked me into a world of mystery, adventure and entertainment. If you have read any of Mr. Sanderson's books you will likely enjoy this one, if you have not this book would be a good introduced to his writing. In addition to the quality of the story the narration by Mr. Yaegashi brings the words, environment and characters to life for the reader. I found it easy to give this book 5 stars on all levels, which for me is not something I often do.
This book will make you see Zombies in a whole new way and introduce you to possibilities you likely never even thought a world with Zombies could include.
Blood thirsty? Yes.
Threat to the living? Yes.
Mindless dead things aimlessly wandering about? Not anymore!
I was quite leery to get this book. Initially I passed, but when it popped up on a sale I decided to take the chance. And I am glad I did! My original hesitancy was that the book would be some kind of washed out drama with a lame zombie twist, but I found myself being highly entertained by an original Zombie adventure. I have read my fair share of Zombie books and I must say this is so far the most original and unique one that I have heard.
Within minutes I was hooked and then I just hung on for the ride. This book takes Zombies to a new level of complexity, but still has biting, chaos, fear, twists, survival, running, twisted governments, good people, bad guys and even family infighting. It is like when my in-laws come to visit, but somehow the author made this experience one I would like to repeat. I would recommend taking the chance on this book. It blew my expectations out of the water and I will keep a look out for more from Daryl Gregory!
This trilogy has won me over and I will be reading a lot more of Jonathan Maberry's writing. He does an amazing job of developing characters that you can't help but love, hate, respect, etc. His writing flows with easy and he kept me enthralled from cover to cover during each of the Pine Deep books. I have read a fair amount of books with aspects of the supernatural, monsters, apocalypse, bad humans, etc., and in my opinion this trilogy weaves a story that incorporates all of these themes and more creating a unique and entertaining journey.
Mr. Maberry is one of the few authors who rewards people who read his books in the correct order by not wasting the first few chapters recapping what has happened in the previous books. In fact he writes this triligy as one seamless book that opens a portal into suspense, adventure and the unknown. Having read many books from these genres I was pleasantly surprised by how good the twists and turns were. I spent a many a night thinking I would just listen to one more chapter and then the next thing I know it would nearly be morning.
Be warned this trilogy is highly addictive and you may want to seriously consider buying all three books at the same time because you are not going to want to have a delay in the action. Hang on and enjoy!
For me this was a highly interesting book. It is written with such detail and parallels many historical events in a way that it had me checking on occasion to make sure it was a fictional book. I think that age/experience does matter with this book. The older you are and the more you lived through the cold war the more likely you will enjoy this book. For me (age 36) the first half, though well written, seemed slow and I had moments struggling to relate to the topics being discussed. The book became much more interesting as the situations and historical reference connected with experiences I recalled from my past.
Regardless of age if you are interested in getting a glimpse of what it may be like inside the CIA and/or KGB this is an excellent book for you. If you are looking for more of a nonstop action spy novel focusing on providing simple entertainment you may want to look else were (i.e. Lee Child, James Patterson, Tom Clancy, etc.)
So far I have fully enjoyed all three of the City of Ghosts books. I can't say enough positive praise about the amazing job that Bahni Turpin does in this series. Her voices make each character unique and come to life. So far over the three books she has not had any trouble keeping her character voices on the mark, which is a problem I have experienced from other narrators in past series.
I do want to warn readers who are more sensitive. The series continues to have plenty of strong language and the main character's drug addiction remains a major part of the story line. One thing that does change in the third book is that Stacia Kane has started to add little bet of intense romance on the edge of porn. There are only two instances that I would say are on the side of pornish, but it does not dominate the story by any means.
I rated this story lower than I did the first two because I did not feel the story was as well put together as the first two and went off on several tangents that in my opinion took away from the story rather than strengthened it. I hope this is not an indication of problems to come with the series as at this time I completely plan to continue listening.
If you are a fan of epic fantasy you owe it to yourself to explore the amazing adventures that Joe Abercrombie has created in his books. All five of his books in audible include wonderful characters that you can't help but love and/or hate. One of my major pet peeves is when an author devotes significant portions of each book recapping what occurred in the ones before it. Mr. Abercrombie is one of the few authors who rewards the readers that follow the progression of his books, but at the same time expertly inter weaves characters, adventures, environments, etc. throughout the whole of his books. He is a true artist when it comes to the development of his characters and the amazing details he uses to create a fantasy that allows the reader to feel part of it.
I highly recommend new readers to read the books in order even though each book is written with such quality that they can be read independently. By following the series it will allow the reader to more fully enjoy the many nuances of each book. Here is the chronologic order:
The Blade Itself - 2006
Before They Are Hanged - 2007
Last Argument of Kings - 2008
Best Served Cold - 2009
The Heroes - 2011
Red Country - 2012 (this book is not yet available in the Audible library)
I can’t wait for Audible to get Red Country as Joe Abercrombie has become one of my favorite authors of all time. I recommend that you be cautious when starting one of these books because you may end up having a hard time getting things done due to not being able to stop listening.
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