I can't believe that this story---zombie apocalypse, of all things---was so boring! I gave up 3/4 of the way through. The writing is stilted and the author makes very awkward and obvious attempts to use "big words" to make the writing seem more literary. I felt kind of sorry for the narrator having to read this, but his performance was also stilted and fairly monotone.
The author drags the story on and on with overly verbose descriptions of each zombie the main character sees. Okay, okay---black vomit, missing limbs, head twisted around---we got it! Enough already!
Perhaps it wouldn't have been such a bad story if there were other narratives braided in, such as what the wife and kids were doing at home, what the fate of the dispatch center was, how his cop friend survived/didn't, etc.
If you want a good ZomPoc story, 'Day By Day Armageddon' is a thousand times better.
The premise for the story was great; empty island, mysterious plant blight, crazy scientist, stuck there for two weeks...
Instead, the story just rambles on with very little character development or coherent plot structure. Things just seem to happen with very little actual story building.
Biggest peeve: the main female character is portrayed as a very inconsistent and weak personality. What kind of woman would stay with a husband who hits their mentally challenged child, calling him a freak? The author immediately created a main character that we can't trust or even like much---so who cares what happens to her on the island.
I gave up 2/3 of the way through.
A very fun listen with a surprising story line. Love books where I can't tell what is going to happen next (so rare!). Especially effective is the slow-reveal of character's histories. Also, is the creature evil or not? Keeps you guessing. Listened to this book several times since I purchased it.
Well paced, well-constructed alien invasion story which develops into a global battle with a militaristic feel. An engaging listen with a good narrator....BUT.....
Okay---how many books are out there which start out so promising, only to introduce some female characters in an end-of-the-world setting who just sit around, passively waiting for the male characters to take action?? It's so tiresome and ridiculously sexist. This is yet another one of them. The story structure and pace was so promising, but with this one element, it just ruined it. Having a fierce-personality female character who becomes clingy and stupid broke my enjoyment in the story.
I wonder if these writers even respect their wives/sisters/mothers/girlfriends....
I returned it. So disapointing.
Peter Clines definitely has a knack for suspenseful story telling. Enjoyed the interweaving of the different characters and story lines in this one. Plausible details plus well-constructed writing make this a really good listen.
Enjoyable addition to the Virgil Flowers storyline. Thankfully, not as dark and grim as some past novels. Sandford has backed off from the murder/horror a bit, which I'm thankful for. A few story lines woven together in this one. Interesting that the character of Flowers doesn't respond in a more empathetic or even sympathetic way to the abuse of the dogs---which other characters in the book do.
Eric Conger is an excellent narrator for this series. Sandford books are good for multiple listens.
Gillian Flynn does it again! Thoroughly engaging novel with complex, interwoven story line. Regardless of darkness of characters and their actions, she writes in a way that we can empathize and see humanity in each character. Narrator is brilliant for this book---exceptional listen.
Awful start to what I'd hoped would be a good follow up to Seaon #1. Right off the starting line, the story was atrocious and ridiculous---and the narration over the top/over-emoted. Enough is enough! Very disappointed. I had looked forward to the continuation of a really interesting story premise. Bombed it.
Sincery reiterates a lot of the self-help genre's methods, and madness, but seemingly with a fresh voice. She's witty, self-referential, admits her failings and is very, very human. Put in her voice, many of the activities/behaviors/ideas take on a new meaning.
Definitely enjoyed it.
Also---really appreciated her talking about the energy and vibrations of the world within us and between us. Call it God, call it the Force; I got it.
It's a relief to find a zombie book that isn't all about death, destruction and gore. Sure, that's what the genre is all about, but this new take on it is really refreshing. The narrator did a brilliant job with accent and attitude and the story line just rollicks along. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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