This is a great series, This is a long series, this is a very complex and deep series of books. I made some back handed compliments on the last book and fully retract anything negative I said.
Switching voice talent a few books in was a hard pill for me to swallow but by the last book, the one I just finished today, I was fully committed to the work of George Guidall and realized my inability to adapt to change that was for the better may affect how other people view the series. I want to make sure anyone who reads this review knows that the voice talent is excellent and the author is a magician in balancing so many well developed characters and intersecting plot lines. Kevin J. Anderson is a master. This series is exceptional. Thank you.
This was an OK zombie book. I found some of the main characters inadequately developed to believe the many heated and barely controlled interactions. Too often the tension seemed forced or overdone by the author and did not feel natural and did not match the original descriptions of the characters personality. I filled in the gaps and overlooked some of the issues I had with the way the book was written and while I am not blown away I will purchase the next book.
Yes, but only if you have read many of the other 'better' novels in this genera first.
I had no problem differentiating between the voices of the different characters in the book.
The desire to stay 'home' despite the folly
It is a typical zombie book but has a few interesting spins on the genera.
He was a good reader. Bad guys had hillbilly accents, good guys had Texan accents, and the hero's had no accent... kinda funny but still a good listen.
The only real complaint was that they did not do any real reinforcing of the places they stayed at. Doors wide open people wandering around alone and then the monty python "run away run away" at times they may have defended and they would stay and fight when it was pointless.
I liked the book. I have a low expectation of this kind of book based on the type of book - like its movie counterpart there are not going to be any academy awards handed out - but this is my genera and I love the whole zombie thing. I am fully enjoying this book having just endured some really terrible krap recently (MIRA GRANT I would rather gouge out my ears than listen to another minute of your books!!!!)- .What Ilike most - I like the fact it is talking about places where I live and have been and have memories of - it appeals to me in that way. I am from the areas he describes and know the roads and cities and have been to most of the places he describes in the book. I also like the fact that cars run out of gas, break down, and that guns run out of bullets.Least liked....The diray type novella... Would have been a better story than diary monologue. He transforms from investment banker to zombie slayer quickly. Very little remorse or afterthought after the first kill. Seems to get right down to the business of bashing heads in with whatever is lying around - way too easy.Also a hoard of zombies is more than 15... 4-5 guys with guns VS 4-5 zombies is should not be a monty python "RUN AWAY" situation.
I liked how it focused more on the rebuilding aspect rather than survival.
almost at puberty
Honestly a good book - I have been listening to it non stop since I started and will purchase the next book shortly.
This is a YES\NO answer.If you like zombie books NO if you like journalism stories with zombies added in to break up the story YES. This is a softcore zombie book.
No.It feels as though the story was written and the zombies were introduced after the author figured out the GREAT spy\terrorist\journalist story written could not compete with other books of that type. SOOOOO in an attempt to save the story they did a rewrite and threw in PONYS ... um zombies.... YA ZOMBIES and sell the story to the zombie crowd instead.....
EVERY mamal greater than XXlbs is infected and can die\rise\become zombies.... BUT we have a state of the art technology, thriving economies, stable society, safe zones, intact government, no bandits, and very low infected rate.... only a few years after the big day?
I was not entirely happy with the reading. The female voice, seemed to dominate the first book and that was fine. The range of voices were Valley Girl, Ditzy blond, and sinus infected new york accent.Why do all male voices have plugged noses?
I have not read the print version.
Getting used to the new performer's pronunciations of the main characters names.King Peter makes an announcement to control birth rates - the people are in an uproar - then everyone forgets about the fact when the queen gets pregnant... and CHEER!! I would RIOT!
Great performance in and of itself. HOWEVER... As producers, when you change performers in the 4th book of a large series, you have to get the new actor to at least listen to some samples of prior completed work. This would ease some of the pain for us listeners while getting used to the new voice.It would be nice if there was some consistency in pronunciation of the main characters names. This was my biggest problem with this audio book. For example(S):E.A. became EEAHH, Jorah became JOR-RACHHUH, Osirah became OHsirRACHUH, FIRE-OHS became FIRE-EES, Tahzia became TAAESIAAH, E.R. became ERR, and many other names that were almost unrecognizable from the first 3 books. Characters developed somewhat inconsistent english accents, southern tang accents, vocal effects are now used for all robot voices. Most of this I still found distracting by the end of the book. It was like watching the TV show friends - written by the same people, same props, same stories, but the main characters were replaced by totally different actors. Ross was now ROSS-AH, Chandler was now CHONDELAR ETC...
Mr. Chairman - please open your eyes - THE ROBOTS ARE BAD!!!!
FIRST - I felt the author was reaching a bit to keep the story interesting while maintaining too many of the same characters. This is an epic book I have invested many hours in this book and feel it is a worthy read. Early on several key characters were killed. AWESOME AND SHOCKING! This is the ‘real’ world– The universe does not stop for anyone and good guys don’t always win…. WHAT? REINCARNATIONS? DOOMED hero meets nearly impossible lucky break, meets unbeatable odds, faces doom again, meets lucky and completely implausible lucky break 2….. NO ONE IS THAT LUCKY- COMEN ON! YOU WERE DEAD!!! – SECOND - The author goes into painstaking detail on many things but near the end of the book when our little robot friend finds a certain Doctor it is glossed over. What the heck was that? You spent more time repeating the configuration of the portal and symbols. It was almost as if the author’s woke up one morning and realized the book was due tomorrow… . OK - He goes through the gate "finally finds someone to help him and is reunited with the doctor" DONE. Despite all of my compaints - this is a good book and worthy read. It is also a big read and requires your full attention.
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