I loved reading this book when it first came out, and I purchased the original abridged World War Z audiobook when it was initially released. Like other fans I was unbelievably excited when I found out an unabridged version of the audiobook was finally being produced and released. For the first time ever a pre-ordered an audiobook and downloaded the book as soon as it appeared in my library.
Now I am extremely unhappy that I wasted my money on this audiobook.
The acting was great, and I still love the story, BUT this version is not unabridged. Instead of rerecording parts of the originally released audiobook that omitted certain parts of the actual book, this new audiobok just combines the brand new recordings with the originally abridged audibook. Yes, I am happy that I get to enjoy characters and experiences that were originally missing but I AM disappointed that I wasn't able to get the full unabridged experience.
Also, there is at least one error in this audiobook that has been mentioned by other reviewers. Part of Chapter 3 is completely missing making the chapter nonsensical. I was appalled and am waiting to stumble across another missing part that was present in the original abridged recording. I have already contacted Audible and am waiting for a response. I am sure I will get the same "it is a movie tie-in" excuse that another reviewer received.
Anyone who is considering buying this book needs to be aware that in the current format this audiobook is NOT unabridged. Do not set yourself up for disappointment by expecting the audiobook to be truly unabridged. It is not unabridged and it is not truly "complete".
It has been a long time since I found a new fantasy series that I enjoyed as much as some of my original favorites. The narrator of this book is awesome and did a great job of bringing an amazing story to life. While the story does start off a little slow, it is worth it in the end AND the slow start actually has a purpose. The audiobook was good that after listening to it once and I immediately listened to it one more time.
I don't even know where to begin with this one. Getting through this audiobook was like pulling teeth.
I was looking forward to this book since I have recently read Escape and Shattered Dreams. I was hoping to continue the streak, but I knew right away this book wasn't going to be for me.
First of all, the narration was really bad. The reader put emphasis on almost all of the wrong words and just grated on my nerves. It was distracting and annoying making it impossible to get into the book.
Second, while I admire the author for overcoming a hard life and sharing her story the book is extremely frustrating. So many things are, as other reviewers mentioned, completely glossed over. She doesn't really go in depth when discussing certain situations that are interesting (or have the potential to be interesting), but she over-elaborates on some of things that aren't really pivotal to the story. Also, some of the conversations seem contrived but to be fair I felt the same way about some of the conversations in Escape.
Overall I am not happy with this book and am going to contact Audible today and try to get my money back. This was extremely far from being a great listen.
This was one of my best Audible investments.
I purchased this book because I am a sucker for anything that even hints at Zombies. After reading reviews I chose to skip John Dies at the End and go straight to this audiobook (the sequel) and for those who are on the fence it is safe to skip to the sequel if JDATE is not something you are interested in checking out.
The story of two not very bright and/or prepared friends stumbling through a crazy Zombie like infestation is hilarious. There is a ton of profane language and I adored every single one of them. Added bonus was the narrator. He is GREAT and I am interesting in buying a few audiobooks only because he narrated them.
I purchased Crucifax just because I wanted to try something different and I had a credit to spare. I usually don't purchase audiobooks that have no reviews, but my research online encouraged me to take a chance on this audiobook.
Originally published in 1988 this story did have a bit of a "dated" feel to it BUT I loved it. I was a kid in the 80's (sorry my age is showing) and a few parts of the story made me think of my brother's stories of his 80's high school years. I did occasionally get that "ripped from the headlines" feel meaning parts of the story sensationalized what adults and the media believe teens will do when influenced by the "wrong" things.
The bulk of the story followed teenage siblings who are dealing with their parents divorce, usual teen stress, and (prepare yourself) incest fantasies. The mother of the main characters is also featured as she struggles to support herself and two teenagers with a variety of less than savory jobs. Throughout the book the teens and their peers are seduced by a mysterious man who seems determined to influence as many teenagers as possible.
The narrator is absolutely horrible. I am completely serious. This narrator was so bad I almost gave up on listening to a story that I ended up really enjoying. His attempt to portray female characters came across as annoying most of the time and ludicrous all of the time. It was really, embarrassingly, bad.
In a perfect world a male narrator should be able to handle male characters just fine. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world. Some of this male characters sounded like whiny fools making it hard to truly listen to the story and get lost in it. Other male characters just sounded ridiculous.
In the end I gave this audiobook a 3 star rating because I was able to power through the audiobook and was happy that I did. The story is a good one even though it is a bit dated and has the after school special feel. If it was rerecorded with a better narrator I think this would be an amazing listen and a solid 4 star listen losing only one star because of the (in my opinion) flaws in the story.
I absolutely loved the character development in NOS4A2 and the way the story shifted between the perspective of multiple characters. The small nods to Stephen King works were also a nice touch.
Swan Song and IT
The narrator did a wonderful job of giving a voice to both male and female characters. A few times she sounded so menacing that I literally jumped when a coworker came into my office and startled me.
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