If there was an abridged version, I should have gotten that. The story is good, and interesting, but way to flowery. You can tell it was written by a girl (maybe FOR girls). Overly-detailed is the best way to describe this book.
It's got the feel of a romance novel, where everyone is always on the edge of having sex, and whenever they get close to fooling around, time stops, and every little tiny thing is described in even more detail then the rest of the book.
If you ever read Lord of The Rings, where it takes 5 pages to walk across a road, you'll understand. One love scene in here takes the reader 20 minutes to get through.
Literally, you could remove every other sentence in the whole book, and not loose anything.
Good story though.
Overall a good course, but frustrating sometimes. It seems they recorded Learn Chinese, and Learn English (for Chinese) at the same time, and got their editing confused.
MANY MANY times in here, you will hear "Listen and Repeat.... what time is it?"... then you will hear the Chinese speaker say (in Chinese) "Listen and Repeat..... what time is it?", instead of just saying "What time is it?"
It gets very distracting.
The earlier chapters (1-10) do not have this problem... often (maybe 2x).
But 11-15, is almost EVERY dialogue.
Please fix this, so I can give you a 5 star rating.
The style is light and fast, and has a fresh new idea for the zombie question.
We follow 4 young teens through an outbreak in their home town. It's got the feeling of a pre-teen TV show, but with lots of death and sexuality added in.
The only part I would change is about 2/3rds the way through, when they have this group therapy session, and get out all their inner demons. Skip that, and you don't loose anything, but you gain some time back in your life.
Other then that, it's a great book, and well worth the listen.
Another book to add to my favorites.
I am a big Zombie fan, and this book fits in with most good zombie books.
The main character is like a combination of Alan Alda (from MASH), Bruce Willis (from Die Hard), and Snake Pliskin (escape From New York).
Then The story is like Deep Rising, any Steven King book, add Zombies, mixed with Family Guy.
The only part I don't really like, is the Steven King part. I love SK's books, but with Zombies.... not so much. This part comes in the "magic" of psychic Retards, and possible alternate universes. This becomes a lot more so, near the end (as in Steven King books), and much more so in the Second Book in this series.
Personally, I prefer more grounded parameters. As soon as you introduce magic, or Psychics, any situation can be overcome.
The Family guy element gets a little distracting, as it pulls you out of the moment, but it also adds to the style of the book, as well as all the outright laughs. This is the Random non-sequiters that abound in this book.
This is a great book, and the reader does a fantastic job.
This made my driving from West Coast to East Coast a bit more of a pleasurable.
Yes. To get more detail. It moves fast, and certain things I may have overlooked. It was a fun, fast read.
I don't want to give out spoilers
This is 4 short stories that overlap in some way. I was actually surprised, and a little upset when the first story ended so soon. The characters in the following stories all interact in some way with each other, but I was hoping for some sort of resolve.
The stories pace, and flow worked very well, but even after it was over, I wanted more. Many questions are unanswered, and there is no real resolve at the end. It's a bunch of stuff that happens in one day to different people.
If you think of Pulp Fiction..... it's like that,..... but with Zombies (the 28 days later kind).
They really should change the title, I would have never bought this if I had not read another Peter Cliens book, and part of this book was attached at the end, as a sample.
It has a comic-book feel, and flows really nicely. There is only detail where it needs to be, so there is no overly flowery language. Since the reading is light, it has replay value.
I really DO hope they make a film from this, it's such a unique concept done well.
If there were 10 of these books, I'd buy all of them right now. I only hope Clines continues to maintain the quality and pace of the first two books.
Who would have ever thought of putting Comicbook heroes against zombies, and it actually working? Honestly, I thought it was a dumb idea, until I saw all the reviews. I'm SO glad I gave the first book a chance. I bought the second, after listening to only 30 minutes of the first.
At first I thought it was a bad idea to have the author read the book, but he settles into it quickly. I think he should have re-read the first chapter, after he finished, he sounds much more comfortable after chapter one.
This is what Political books should be like.
There is no real bias. He states observations, and looks at past and present cultures to give you an idea of where we may be going.
I lot to think about.
I have listened to it twice, and will keep it on my iPod. I found a lot more on the second listen.
if you like this book, get America Alone (it's a good balance to this book. these two books are Like listening to two people debate.). And get The Tower of Babble.
As cheap as this is, It's only good for passing time.
If they had picked a better reader, this would have been more interesting.
It's kind of a Twilight Zone type story.
But the reader sounds like a caricature of William Shatner. Too...
many... pauses..... If the ... story had.... been... read by... some... one... else.
It.... would... have been... bet... ter.. to ... lis EN ... to.
Thought it was going to be another Left Bashing Circus. I was very surprised to find out it was more like a history,
and critique of how the Liberal end of Democrats did. This reads more like a sport team season review. We did THIS, they did THAT. Next
time we should do THIS. Very interesting, and factual. Not at all like an Ann Coulter Book. If you like facts,
and balanced, well laid out, reports, then you will also like Mexifornia as well.
And as for the people who gave this ONE star, they obviously did not read it, and are biasing their review on simple Hate.
The title was actually created by the Leftists themselves. They noted that the Conservatives were organized, and
coordinated their efforts. They wanted to imitate that, and jokingly called themselves "The vast LEFT Wing Conspiracy".
This is one of those rare books, that should be mandatory reading, by anyone who wants to open their mouth about immigration.
This book is laid out in a very articulate, non-agenda, balanced view of the state of immigration in the united states regarding Mexico.
If you are For or Against Undocumented workers (those with no formal US citizenship), then you should take a look at Mexifornia.
All sides are looked at. It is quite apparent that the writer was very concerned with not offending anyone too much. After reading,
or listening to, many political books, this is by far one of the least "preachy". It lays out the facts, as seen through the eyes of a
Peach Farmer in Southern California, and scholar of immigration history.
It also gives you a Democratic point of View, a Republican point of view, a Big business point of view, Liberal point of view, town view,
country view, worker view, old migrant view, new new migrant view. Even a point of view from both male and female migrants. And
the differences in past migration, and present. Very thorough.
A Very good book.
A must Read (or better yet, get the audio book)
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