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The final (?) book in the Day by Day series. It’s much like the first two with a mix of zombie action (although it seems a bit slower than the others) and insight from the survivors. It gives some more background on remote 6 and wraps things up rather nicely but leaves the door ajar for a possible follow on. The format is slightly different than in the first two books. The vast majority of the first two books was based on the journal of the main character. While there are some journal entries included in this book since the main characters are spread out in the world, it takes on a more third person view. If you liked the first two books you will like this one.
‘Not a Drop to Drink’ is a YA story which is good for non-YA as well as I didn’t find to too YA. It’s well written and has wonderful character development but I had few issues with the plot. First is that for something in the post-apocalyptic genre there isn’t much action or drama. Some at the beginning then a dry spell for about half the book then some more at the end. This middle part is a good story though and where all the character development happens, but it would have been nice to have a bit more drama mixed in. Second is that the crux doesn’t really become apparent until the last 20% of the book. As I was making my way through I kept thinking, this is going to be a ‘to be continued book’ where nothing really happens then you’re left with a cliff-hanger. Thankfully that didn’t happen and everything was wrapped but in short order, but there wasn’t a gradual building to the crescendo but rather a steep climb that felt a bit rushed. That being said overall it’s a good story and one I enjoyed. I like books that are part of a series but are also self-contained so that you don’t get a complete story unless you go on to the next book so that’s another plus in my opinion.
It’s amazing to think that ‘War of the Worlds’ was written at a time when there was very little use of electricity, no planes and most people got around on horses. The vision of Wells is unmatched. The story is a bit lacking on action but it paints a vivid picture putting the reader right in the middle of the invasion.
Well narrated by Mr. Vance.
‘Tilt-a-Whirl’ is a fun romp through the jersey shore. An interesting take this story isn’t told through the eyes of the villain nor the hero, rather the hero’s partner and untrained summer cop who is driving around his partner, an army vet to makes Dudley-Do-Right” look a bit suspect. The story takes plenty of twists and turns keeps the reader guessing from start to finish. The characters are fun and likable (also a bit stereotypical jersey shore), making this story a fun escape. Highly recommended for the mystery lover.
The narration by Jeff Woodman is fantastic. He only has to do one accent (Jersey Shore) but he does it well and really brings the characters to life. I can't wait to start book number two!
I’ll preface my review by saying that I couldn’t get through “The Handmaid’s Tale”. The whole idea of the way the society is structured was just too ridiculous for me and coming from someone who likes zombie books that’s saying a lot. I enjoyed the way the book jumped between the present and giving glimpses of the past, but getting more than 50% through the book and not really knowing what happened to make the world transition was annoying. Also through the first half the author does a good job of putting you in the story but the story doesn’t really move anywhere. I was going to continue through and finish it but then I realized I don’t like the books so I should spend my time reading something I would actually enjoy.
Claire Danes reads the book rather than narrates it. There is very little (if any) distinction between the voices of the characters. Her reading of the book is flat which may be her trying to convey the subservience of the women in the book but just makes the book seem even less interesting.
“Monster” is a fun story with ridiculous characters put in ridiculous positions brought on by mythical (says you) creatures. The characters are likable and the story is well written and fun if not a little ridiculous. High literature it’s not, but if you’re looking for a fun read to make you laugh, smile and generally have a good time I would recommend this book.
The narration was very good.
“Kill Shot” is the second in the Mitch Rapp CIA/Spy thriller series. The book is well written and has a good plot but fails to really deliver the action and adventure of the first book. There are a few good action scenes but they’re too few and far between. As the plot developed the author does a good job of filling in background and immersing the reader into the brutal world he creates. I really enjoyed this and it made the book interesting but it’s not a thriller. Also the plot is pretty straight forward except for a bit of a twist at the end. There was very little to keep me guessing. I found the book interesting and fun but it wasn’t the pull me along rollercoaster ride I was hoping for.
George Guidall does a good job a narrating this story and bringing the characters to life.
“The Returned” is a thought provoking story of surrounding a small town which turns into an internment camp for people who have returned from the dead (called the returned). Are the returned people? Do they have rights? The situation draws heated debates on both sides for and against, and it’s hard to ignore the parallels to debates in today’s society. The book follows a family who has had their son returned and how they deal (or don’t deal) with the situation and the town comes along for the ride. While outside of the normal type of book that I read I really enjoyed the thought provoking ideas and the development of the characters as they move through the story.
Mr Stechschulte does a good job with all the characters and I really enjoyed his narration.
“The Last Colony” is another great sci-fi book in the Old Man’s War series. This book takes us out of space and follows the John and Jane as they move from their settled life now that they are both out of the CFD to a new colony (at the title suggests). Due to the story line some of the crazy tech and ideas that are more up front in the other books are missing in this one which is a little disappointing but the story line and new situations popping up in the universe still make it a fun read. The quips by John Perry in this book are as good as any, making him a fun character to follow!
William Dufris does a great Narration as always!
Part Sci-fi, part mystery, “14” does a good job of keeping the reader guessing what will happen next. The author does a good job a building the mystery piece by piece and while allowing the reader to get to know the characters. The book has a couple of twists and about half way through I thought I knew what going to happen and I was pretty close but way off on the who. The group is able to keep their heads throughout the tough parts of the story which makes it fun and entertaining. If you’re looking for a fun book with a mysterious plot and some jokes mixed I think it might be what you’re looking for.
Ray Porter does a great job narrating this between all of the characters voices and a couple of accents.
If you watch the show Duck Dynasty you know how ridiculous Uncle Si can be, but some of that fun is in his delivery of his joke or quip. That’s what’s lacking in this book. Some of his stories are interested and funny, but without him and his signature tea glass it seems to be missing something.
The narration was good but not much in the way of different voices since it's pretty much told through Si's eyes.
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