I can see how this might not be a book for everyone. Make sure to listen to the sample before buying. David Rakoff had a most unique voice and I loved it but it can be grating to some people. Also optimistic or sunny happy people might not love the dark negative betty loveliness that David just embraces fully and completely. He was an artist and the world is a little less bright because he is gone.
The cover art for the book is pretty dark considering the book itself is not at all gory. This book is a little jaunt into the supernatural with plenty of comedy interspersed.
Yes. He has a great sense of humor and told a pretty interesting story considering its been told a million times over before. It was campy and fun.
The narrator was really good and the writing as well. Its not Shakespeare or anything, but its a fun story.
I'll say this, his idea of having a 3rd player in the good v evil tale as old as time was great. BUT his characters all seemed very simple. The lead just going along with everything and not having any intense emotion for this massive change to his life/afterlife was crazy. He sort of doesn't have any real emotion through the entire book except in the end which I can't describe for obvious reasons. That being said, I am going to get the second book in the series because I want to see how or IF the author further describes the mythos of purgatory. Also, I don't understand why the author brought in a character ex-marine/hacker when the lead is supposed to be a hacker to begin with. Its like, why?
I don't know if I can actually credit the narrator on this because I think the tech used to modify the angels/demons voices did most of the work. His voice was smooth and soothing to listen to though. A bit lacking in emotion , but I think that was because of the writing and not the narrators fault.
I'm going to give the author another chance to hook me into the story with book two. Hopefully he fleshes out the characters and story more in the 2nd.
The description of the techno/electrocution/crucifixion of the father was both incredibly unexpected and disturbing because you just don't think of catholic priests when you think of science fiction. I feel okay in giving that away because well they start off telling you he did not "survive" and all that was left was his journals in the priests tale. Also there is so much more to that storyline I'm not really giving away anything that you won't see coming.
The effect of the time tombs on Rachel and her family was just incredibly sad. The narrator really just did an outstanding job portraying the pain and sadness of it all.
Great, great, great story. I am more of a horror/supernatural fan, but this story was so awesome. Book 2 was pretty good also, but didn't come close to as good as this one. The only reason I didn't give this all 5 stars was because of the narrator who portrayed Brawne Lamia. She did not do a good job at all in my opinion. Her voice was just off. She sounded happy/upbeat even through her fight scenes and her emotional scenes.
Very highly...top ten for sure.
His characters seemed to repeat in style/voice. He wasn't awful, but I've heard much better. He was just okay.
I had heard reviews elsewhere regarding the conclusion of this series and believed them unfortunately. The wrap up of the storyline was bittersweet, but beautiful.
If you like cookie cutter endings where everything turns out perfectly and everyone lives happily ever after this book isn't for you. I loved the world of the mistborn with all its oddities.
The narrator is actually not to my taste. Many of his characters seemed to be read in the same exact voice. I actually did not want to buy this because I found him a bit grating on my ears when I sampled it. It says quite a bit about the story that I enjoyed it despite my dislike of him. This is just my opinion.
I was hesitant to buy this because of some information I had read about the series previously, but after now hearing the entire first book I think no matter what the climax it will be a worthwhile read. The author really has created quite an intricate world with so many questions I want to know the answers to.
Atticus and Auberon's friendship has got to be one of the best and most entertaining I've ever had the pleasure to read. I absolutely adore that dog! Atticus is pretty fun as well. I am writing this review after listening to the entire series and I assure you its always a running gag that never gets old. I mean the supernatural story is almost a side act to the story of a crazy irish man and his dog. The story of the fae and druids is also really entertaining.
Laugh, laugh, and laugh some more. It was just really really fun. The author has really got a talent.
The narrator is awesome. I love how his character is more than a thousand years old and he sounds like a horny college kid half the time. READ this series if you want to be entertained with jokes and the story of Gods and alternate plains of existence.
I chose this book on a whim because I had been reading quite a bit of ghosts, vampires, and werewolves stories and I needed a change up. This was certainly a change up. I thoroughly enjoyed the captivity of the last of all humankind lol. Its a good read. In the end I wanted to read more. That is the best compliment a writer can hope for isn't it?
It wasn't the worst by a long shot, but don't waste a credit on it. You can definitely tell the story was written quite a long time ago and the narrator sort of seems like he was picked to reflect that.
....mehh. No surprises and pretty much what I expected.
I listened to the narrator on the sample before I bought it and I didn't quite like his voice, but I thought for six bucks what was the harm? I found myself losing interest through portions, but I'm not sure if it was all because of the narrator or just a lack of interest in the story.
I'd get my money back if there was a way to do it. Def not worth more than a buck at a 1/2 price bookstore.
There was also an issue with the audio. Now this I can't be sure if it was my device or the download or what??? but the recording seemed off. Can't really describe it.
I have to admit it took quite a bit for me to suspend my ideas of what zombies are defined as now - rotting corpses that never look pretty for very long. But once I did it was an interesting read.
I really liked how the author compared the hunger for brains with the hunger for drugs and how even as a brain eating zombie the heroine was a better person. It was a bit off kilter, but I liked it.
It already has one.
The only thing that really turned me off was the idea that zombies can have sex? It sorta creeped me out and some of the descriptions.....well I can't give it away. So I'll just leave it at that. The narrator really was great though and she brought it all together very well.
This entire series is pretty darn good if you think about how great of a writer someone has to be to make a fry cook into an ass kicking hero with supernatural power, but still have him seem like just an average Joe at the same time.
I haven't listened to any of his other narration, but I have to mention that his voice is the reason why I chose this book (besides the fact that I love supernatural and crime dramas). His voice is very relaxing and smoothly descriptive at least to my own ears.
If you like the first book you will definitely enjoy the entire series. I can't wait to see how it ends, but also don't want it to. Dean Koontz goes from ghosts to aliens and into the future with crazy details of an apocalyptic earth and back again. None of it should combine well together, but it SO does. I just loved the entire series.
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