I loved the first book in the Joe Ledger series, "Patient Zero." This one is just not as good. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I used a credit to get this, but, I don't know, it's probably just a taste thing. I like weird, but perhaps "The Dragon Factory" is just a little too weird in the wrong way for me. Maybe I just liked the zombie plot of the first book better. Again, a taste thing.
However, I will definitely listen to the rest of the series, and am looking forward to doing so.
Ray Porter again does a masterful narration. He's definitely in the top echelon of storytellers.
This was not a bad book. I enjoyed it. However, it is definitely not action-packed. The book follows the life of a man called Ish, who finds himself one of the few who survives a plague that kills nearly all of mankind. He later is the leader of a small group, mostly made up of his children (born post-apocalypse) and grandchildren, plus a friend and his wives, children and grandchildren. The story mainly follows Ish's cerebral musings regarding life, the old civilization, and how the post-apocalyptic children will grow and adapt, not having the knowledge of anything concerning modern life in the past, other than the remnants that man had left. This is an old book, and quite different than the books I have read recently, and different than most other books about an apocalypse. It is more of a saga, chronicling the life of Ish, his mullings, and his hopes and fears about the future. Not everyone will like it, so be aware of what type of book this is before you listen.
The narrator was okay. Nothing special, but not irritating in any way. Probably a good choice for this book.
Wow. If I could give this book more than five stars I would. This is one of the best books I've heard on Audible. Plenty of suspense, twists and turns, plots and subplots. Gripping story, told wonderfully by the author. This is a very talented author. I can't wait to see if his other books are as good. Narrator gave a solid performance and definitely did not distract from the story at all.
If you like detective stories, this one will not disappoint.
Oh, I think the potential for this to be a 4 or 5 star book is definitely there. Loved the plot and the twists and the overall flow of the book. However, the sex scenes were overtly graphic and vulgar, and the narration was grating. So, tame the sex scenes way down and get a good narrator, and it's a winner.
The narrator was good for the main female character, but horrible for most of the other characters, especially the male characters. The voices (save the protagonist) were harsh and grating.
When I purchased this book, I didn't realize that it was a middle grade novel until I started listening to it. However, I found it to be very entertaining. It's clean--no bad language--and a really cool beginning to what seems to be a good series. I may even listen to the next one. Narrator was not bad, but not spectacular either. I was satisfied with the listen. I will suggest this book to my 12-year old son.
I really wanted to give this book five stars. Barclay is an excellent story-teller, and the book was thoroughly enjoyable, interesting, and entertaining. The only drawback was that parts of it were pretty predictable, and I was wondering why the main characters took so long to catch on. Other than that, it was one of the most enjoyable books I've heard in a while.
I am so glad I caught this book, not only because it was entertaining, but also because I was told the story by Christopher Lane. I wasn't sure if I had heard him before, but I looked back at my library and saw that he has performed in some Dean Koontz books that I've *read*. I didn't take notice before, but in "Too Close to Home," and in Barclay's "No Time for Goodbye" (which I also just recently listened to), I really came to appreciate Lane as a narrator. He's really top notch--one of the best. A good narrator really brings a book to life, and does make a difference. Wonderful job, Mr. Lane.
Want more, please.
There are writers who work on stories and write them down for us to read, and then there are authors who create stories and know how to mold and develop them and then communicate them to us in such a way that we are enveloped into their craft. I believe that D.J. Molles is in that latter category. I wouldn't put him in the category of a 'master," where only a select few reside (Stephen King comes immediately to mind), but Molles really knows how to craft a story, pace it well, and deliver.
This was an excellent series, with each book getting better that the one prior.
I've listened to other books narrated by Mr. Rummel--in fact, I'm listening to another one right now. In the book I'm listening to now, I would give him three stars. Probably in "The Remaining" series more than any other, I found that oftentimes a narrator, who may be very talented, is much better when he has better material to work with, and just mediocre when he doesn't. He gets a solid four stars from me on "The Remaining" series, maybe a four-and-a-half.
Yes. Couldn't get enough. I would like at least a dozen more books in this series. Right now, please.
Two areas of disappointment:
-Using the word "zombie" in a zombie book is okay. It irritates me when it's not used. Molles likes to use the term "the infected," rather than "zombie." That's okay, but, given the circumstances of what is happening in the books, do you really think none of the characters would call them "zombies"???
-The books would be just as good if the foul language was toned down. IMHO.
That's an awkward question.
It seems to me that his question presupposes that I didn't like the book. On the contrary, I thought the story was pretty good, and the narration was very nice. I reserve 4 and 5 stars for books I find really good or outstanding. Three stars to me means that it was a decent book, but just didn't do enough for me to reach the next level. I thought the story was interesting and I enjoyed the dry humor along the way. Seems like a tiny bit too much diverting away from the main story at times, but I guess this is the author's way of character building.
This was my first time to listen to Dick Hill. The only problem I had was that, although I don't know how old he is, it sounded like an older man narrating the voice of a younger man. That took a little getting used to. However, once I accommodated for that, I thought Mr. Hill was a very good narrator. Nice job with the voices, not annoying, in line with the essence of the book. Very nice. I especially enjoyed his Detective Purdy (sp) voice. I definitely would like to listen to other books with his narration.
I liked it enough to get the next book in the series. Also, since I listen to audiobooks faster than my wife, she counts on me to give her recommendations. While this might not be at the top of my list, I will eventually get around to recommending this to her.
I was out of credits, but put this one on the credit card because I enjoyed "Plum Island" so much.
Although I kind of liked "Plum Island" better, this was a good, solid thriller. I love DeMille's character in John Corey. No political correctness here. Cynical--actually hilarious in his cynicism. I found myself actually laughing at his wit; it takes a lot to make me laugh. This author tells a story very well. Long book, but well worth it. DeMille may have spent a tad too much time describing the terrorist's tracking down of his targets, but this is only a minor criticism.
Too much vulgarity for my tastes, but, oh well, what can I do about that? Have to put up with it to enjoy the story.
Scott Brick: One of the best, if not THE best of narrators. He's my favorite right now anyway. This is one of his "straight-laced" performances. Although I prefer his more emotive works, he's still solid five stars when he narrates in this fashion.
I definitely don't regret the credit card charge for this one. Kept my interest. Very entertaining.
No one tells a story as good as Stephen King, in my opinion. This is a 45-hour book, but I never got tired of it.
Can't say that there was one great memorable moment. King weaves the story and the lives of the characters wonderfully.
Steven Weber is an excellent narrator. One of the best, if this book is any indication. His tone, inflection, voices for different characters were all spot on.
Lots of bad language and a few scenes that go too far. I've heard worse from King, though. It's pretty typical Stephen King regarding the language.
In the past, I've had very good luck picking out books to listen to. Almost all of them have been excellent. However, this was the first book that I really came close to quitting more than once. I don't know why I decided to endure to the end. Maybe I'm a masochist.
Oh, man, where do I start? You should know that I really like this genre. I enjoy zombie/apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic books, and have listened to quite a few great ones. The genre is not the problem. The book is written in first person journal entries. That's not the problem, either. The main problems, as I see it, are the annoyances all throughout the novel. Some are little, and some are big. They add up, though, and by the end I felt weighed down with them. The book is replete with cliches, over-the-top melodrama, and needless repetitions, not to mention the times when he states suppositions as fact.
These may not be exact quotes, but I got awfully tired of hearing things like:
"Things were really bad, but they were just about to get much worse."
"The situation couldn't be any bleaker."
"The situation was much more chaotic than we'd foreseen."
Or how he would start journal entries by saying, "I'm still alive ..."
One example of how he stated conjecture as fact was when they were in the city and found a vehicle whose ante-apocalypse driver had left the key turned and the door opened. Here's the quote: "The driver had stopped the car so abruptly, he'd left the motor running. It idled for weeks, until it ran out of gas and died."
Okay, anyone see the issues with that statement? How does he know the circumstance of the driver? How did he know it idled for weeks before it ran out of gas? Maybe the tank was low and it idled for two hours before it died, or for two days.
That wasn't the only part like that, either. You may think I'm nitpicking, but things like that bug me, especially with everything else this author did. It all added up to the point that I was about to explode.
I know, I know. Just turn the Audible player off, and quit listening to the stupid book already, right? Well, to repeat myself, for some reason, I chose to endure to the end. I wanted to beat myself over the head with my phone, but I listened to every bit of it.
Oh, and here's this: At one point (thankfully near the end of the book) he said that because of an oncoming fire, the smoke in the air had reduced the visibility to 1/8 of a mile. Then, like two sentences later, he said that he could "clearly see the flames moving over the hills." He goes on to describe in detail how the fire was consuming everything in its path, and he stated that the fire was moving extremely fast because of the wind. The next thing the author said is that in 15 minutes the fire would be at his location. So, if visibility is so low, how can the character see these details so clearly, when the fire--which is moving very fast--is still fifteen minutes away? Argh!
And what's his problem with using the word "zombie"? He referred to them as just about every name possible except for "zombie." What's up with that?
Just to throw this in: The ending was unsatisfactory as well, in my opinion. To be honest, I was satisfied that it finally ended, but I was unsatisfied with how it ended.
Okay, I'm going to quit bashing, and move on to some slightly redeeming qualities of the book. There was one area of the book where it was interesting enough that I either ignored the aforementioned issues, or they really weren't there to hear. I don't know which. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that it involves the scenes where the main character and his friend make it back from their mission to the ship. If you've read the book, then you know what I'm talking about. If you are planning to read the book (poor soul), then you will know when you get to it.
I will steer clear of this author in the future. Lesson learned.
The narrator, IMHO, got dragged down with the book. This is the first time I've listened to him, and I am willing to give him another try. As I've heard, you can't turn poo-poo into honey. I don't think any narrator could overcome the inherent obstacles of this book and end up smelling pretty.
If you really like the genre and are starving for something to read/listen to, then go ahead and give it a try. (Yeah, like you need my permission.) But you have been forewarned. And maybe keep a baseball bat handy. You may need it.
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