I imagine this would have been an enjoyable and imaginative book, but I couldn't finish it. The narrator seems to have never met a line he didn't wish to over state, over act, over everything. Listening to his voice is like a Californian taking their first sip of Southern iced tea. Or like a small town library reader during story time with a group of five year olds. I could go on, but I probably shouldn't. This book is marketed for middle school kids, but I believe the reading style is far too juvenile for them.
I have enjoyed Day by Day Armageddon, Zombie Fallout, etc. I liked the idea of a new type of zombie which avoided the undead issue. I expected to enjoy this book, and I figured there would be some excessive gung-ho-ness, but what the heck. It's the end of the world, right?
Apparently, I have now found my limit in male fantasy military literature. This book spent probably a good third in excruciatingly fond detail over every weapon, piece of equipment, and battle. Too bad the author couldn't be bothered to spend a fraction of that time exploring his characters.
This is my first time listening to Christian Rummel, and I thought he did an excellent job in elevating what was essentially drivel. Because of his awesome narration, I was able to listen until the end, but just barely. I couldn't be bothered to care enough to listen to the free preview which came after.
I won't say this story isn't without its problems. There is too much repetition in areas, and the main character swings between heroic and detestable. Certain events and feats of strength are highly improbable. And yet.... Wow, I loved this book! It kept my attention and turned me into a zombie, as I walked around listening. My family became annoyed. It buggered my dreams as I fell asleep listening each night. The narrator was FANTASTIC! I loved this book enough to immediately buy the next within minutes of finishing. A recommended read.
Thank you Kim Harrison and Marguerite Gavin! Over the years, I have come to love these characters and their stories. I never lost interest, as I have with so many other series. I'm so glad they ended perfectly and in character and while they were on top. Thank you for a completely satisfying ending. I can hardly wait to read what you bring us next.
This book made me smirk. The main character had a fun, quirky voice which was helped along by the most awesome narration. I enjoyed the new twist on zombies, as well.
However, I think you'd have to be a tee shirt and jeans wearing, domestic beer drinking, football worshiping, man cave owning guy to fully appreciate it. Women, especially beautiful women, were dangerous, mysterious, volatile, helpless, demonic and/or banshees, the source of all evil, or just plain zombies. Flatulence was elevated to levels I'd not seen in literature before.Guys liked to sneak a hug, and then call each other fruity. The attractive lesbian in the tale was a potential convert until she was found to prefer zombies over men.
I found I couldn't help but roll my eyes from time to time, which made it quite difficult to listen and drive at the same time. Nevertheless, it was a fun story, and the main character was likeable. He wasn't all that different from some of my exceedingly hetero guy friends, and he liked dogs. No one who likes dogs can be all bad.
The book started out strong, but predictably for me: interesting start, good narration, but nothing too surprising. Then, the first chapter ends, my perspective is wrenched in a new direction, and I'm paying attention! Slaughter has a true gift for storytelling. The twists in the story and in her characters kept me awake into the night listening. I think I may have found a new, favorite author!
Short Version: The story was pleasant and homey... enough so that I purchased the third book in the series. I would be ashamed to recommend it to anyone I know, though.
Long Version: This story takes simplicity to new levels of simpledom. Seriously. The tale is linear, inevitable, and without many surprises. But, it's also a little bit like life, and one can just sink into these characters and become immersed in their lives.
The narration is atrocious yet pleasant; I have no idea how she pulls it off. She has zero consistency and very little variation between the voices. The Hispanic character sometimes has an accent, sometimes sounds like the main character, and is sometimes a mishmash of both. And yet, Ms. Plummer is very pleasant to listen to, and she somehow manages not to ruin the book for me.
Disclaimer: I'm not a fan of the romance genre. That said, this book offended me from time to time. A female character curled up like a little kitten in her big hulking man's lap. Really? Sheesh. Numerous mention was made of the Hispanic character's fiery and roving Latin ways. Another sheesh. So, I can't recommend this book, but I can't really not recommend it, either. It somehow manages to rise above its many flaws.
So, the author's premise seems to be that people (especially women) are being driven slowly mad by societal pressures to conform and pressure to ignore their innate talents. Her solution is to find the most domineering, badass, alpha male and to retain just enough sense of self to ensure constant discord for the rest of their time together. This is made more tolerable by chapter long episodes of hot sex. Really? Fast forward 10 years and 3 cubs later, and that bad boy won't be so gentle, and our heroines will be frantically searching for a domestic abuse hotline. I guess the writing was not nearly good enough to help me massively suspend my disbelief during this story.
I've come across books before with narrators I'm not fond of, but this is by far the most shockingly bad reading I've ever heard. Children and women sounded like petulant old men. Sound effects ( as in the jingling of bells on a cap) were done in a jarring whine. I struggled through one hour of the audio and finally gave up.
I gave the book to my husband, and he lasted 15 minutes. His impression was of a particularly boring and uninspired minister. I have now finished this book, but I had to buy the text version to do it. Five stars for the story.
This second book in the trilogy is even better than the first! The characters continue to have depth; the conspiracies are even more chilling. I was not too fond of the narration in the first book, but Chris Patton does an amazing job in Deadline! I can hardly wait for the third book to come out.
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