I should have trusted the reviews on this one. The narration is pretty darn terrible. It very much sounds like Snagglepuss is doing the majority of the narration here. Or Nicholas Cage. The Female narration (Lynn) is just terrible. There is no way I buy her as an army sergeant. Also, there are sound effects and they don't add to the story in a good way. In fact, they are pretty distracting. There are a few different folks narrating and most of them sound like very bad actors reading a script. No conviction at all. This is what stands out most about this story, not the story itself. Spend your credit on something else.
Loved the relationship building in this story. It's almost like it's just about the relationship between the brothers and there just happens to be Zombies thrown in. The character development for the other characters is really good too, so much that you wind up caring a lot about those who even have small roles. Maberry manages to make each one matter. The relationship between the brothers is what I loved the most about this entire series. I would love to see this as a movie. I enjoyed and recommend.
I really just disliked this character. The world is ending and she decides to flee New York City on a bicycle? I've been to New York, I have issues envisioning this kind of thing. It did not come off as even the least bit imaginable for me. Somehow in the preview I missed the fact that this is about aliens and I dislike alien stories but that's probably more my fault than the authors. Nothing about this one I liked. sorry.
I really like Luke Daniels as a narrator. I think his narration for The Iron Druid series is among my favorite listens but, it just didn't work with Rise of the Horde. He has such a smooth, ultra cool voice and demeanor that there was just no way I could buy into him being a 16 year old kid. Not enough about Xander's relationship with Moto was explained, I thought I had missed some important details so I went back to the beginning to take another listen. I didn't miss anything, it just isn't there, not could I figure out anything about his parents. Luke is good at doing a range of character voices which is nice when there are a lot of characters to keep track of. My biggest issue was accepting Luke as a typical teen even if he is skilled with a sword. As for the story, it's pretty typical zombie stuff. Overall, just not a favorite among what I have listened to in this genre.
I thought this listen was very luke warm. Had no problem accepting the premise. The main character was difficult for me to endure. She's a very loving mother concerned about the safety and security of her children but she is pretty clueless. Overall, it wasn't a bad way to kill time but it certainly wasn't a thrill either.
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