Two things need to come together to make a great audio book - A great story and a great narrator. I'd say this audiobook has it both.
The story here, though not perfect, is very entertaining and even teaches you a thing or two. Dick Hill is really great narrator and out of all the books I've heard to date he is my absolute favorite. In fact, I'm going to get some of his other books just to enjoy his performance.
In short, if you like detective stories, I highly recommend this one.
It appears that most people loved this novel, so my opinion is a contrarian one: I found it extremely boring.
The first 2/3 of the novel mostly talks about people's reactions, or lack thereof, to the landing of the aliens. The aliens themselves only appear in a handful of scenes. The story just goes on an on about news in the papers which said this, then they said that, this rumor, that rumor, such and such misinformation. And when the aliens reach the cities, hear about people running away by boat, people running away by train, people running away by foot, WHATEVER.
Towards the end of the book, the author switches gears and focuses on our hero, and his specific circumstances. He manages to make this micro view of the happenings more interesting.
My recommendation is to spend your credits elsewhere.
I downloaded this book expecting to enjoy Samuel L. Jackson's narration. He did not disappoint. The range of expressions and voices really gave life to the story.
Unfortunately, I found myself wishing the story would just end. That, to me, is the ultimate internal tell of whether or not a story is interesting. And this story was not. At least in my mind, the events folded just a bit too slowly, and the characters weren't that interesting.
My recommendation is to skip this one.
This story starts off a bit slowly but picks up around mid way. I didn't find find the subject matter as hard to listen to as some of the other reviewers did, but I guess that's a personal thing.
The narrator also took some getting used to, but overall I think he did a good job.
If you like thrillers with a good dose of blood and politics, this is the book for you.
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