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D. Tucker

crushing dave

San Tan Valley, AZ

  • 2 reviews
  • 24 ratings
  • 85 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • On the Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By James Smillie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Australia is one of the last places where life still exists after nuclear war starts in the Northern Hemisphere. A year on, an invisible cloak of radiation has spread almost completely around the world. Darwin is a ghost town, and radiation levels at Ayres Rock are increasing. An American nuclear-powered submarine has found its way to Australia where its captain has placed the boat under the command of the Australian Navy.

    Jason says: "What could have been."
    "Facing the end with poise"
    If you could sum up On the Beach in three words, what would they be?

    Satisfying. Tragic. Resilient.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter Holmes. He seems to entertain no illusions about the future of the world, but doesn't seem to be despondent like Moira, or optimistic to the point of delusion like Dwight or Mary. His argument with his wife over the pills, the fruition of his frustration over her choice to be blissfully ignorant is compelling. He is a realist, but not without a sense of hope.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing. All inflections and accents done sublimely.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the source of the radio transmissions was found, it was a particularly bleak moment, but it was the feeling I needed at that time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Days: Apocalypse Z, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Manel Loureiro
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The end of the world has come not with a bang or a whimper, but with the guttural snarl of walking corpses hungry for human flesh. The "lucky" survivors flee an unstoppable virus spreading death and societal collapse across the globe. As the rules of civilization crumble, a lawyer, a pilot, and a nurse become comrades-in-arms in the fight against extinction. But not every enemy wears a rotting face, and anyone who doesn’t have your back just might have your head. Humankind’s twilight is at hand, and these are indeed...dark days.

    Michael Oberhardt says: "Long Live Lucullus!"
    "Not a complete story"
    What would have made Dark Days better?

    The ending. What happened? It's like a TV show that, due to either waning viewership, competition in time slot or both, has the rug pulled out from under it. Think Jericho: Amazing show, great execution, but due to being opposite American Idol, it was dropped. The writers had to come up with an ending, and fast. That's AFTER the first season ended on a MAJOR cliffhanger without any plans to continue the show by the network.

    In any case, Apocalypse Z: Dark Days does this very thing. Manel Loureiro seems to have had a deadline waggled about threateningly by a publisher, and the ending was thrown in with all the grace of an egg hitting a car windshield. That's literally my only complaint.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Alaska Undead: Mitigation

    Which scene was your favorite?

    As a reader/listener, nothing is more satisfying than when the author chooses to illuminate the WHY behind all the questions, especially ones left unanswered by book #1.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark Days?

    The scene where the nun is murdered seems to be sort of arbitrary and ill-placed, if even necessary. I understand that with the hastened ending, this loose end had to be tied up, but the reader feels little sympathy for the character being in a coma for most of the second book.

    Any additional comments?

    The first book was actually pretty awesome. The second left me wondering how the author could have allowed a story this nicely written to fall apart. There's no sense of completion, resolution or advancement. Still, it's a good story overall, despite the holes in book 2.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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