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  • Deadline: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Chris Patton, Nell Geisslinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has. But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life....

    damien cost says: "Great listen"
    "Dead Redundant"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you loved the first book so much and are happy with the formula that was established and you never want it to change, this is the book for you.

    What was most disappointing about Mira Grant’s story?

    It's second in the series, but a long winded senseless recap of book one. So if you miss Georgia and Buffy, don't worry they will never be far from the narrative.I finished the book but by the time I got to the second half I was able to skip chapters seemingly without skipping a beat in the narrative. They kept repeating what had happened anyway, perhaps Grant was trying to prove their frantic actions had some kind of point.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Yes, but I felt he was, for the most part, reading it in the cadence that the author would want. Shaun is an obnoxious selfish bore; and it's his book, so perhaps it couldn't be helped.

    What character would you cut from Deadline?

    Georgia's brother, Shaun. lol.

    Any additional comments?

    I hate it (especially) when a female author celebrates bullying and outright physical humiliation of a lone female character (Kelly) who enters the established group, while trying to depict it as part of the "coolness" of Shaun and the other characters. I don't think the author realizes she's written a book about a group of jerks. The fear that character must have been experiencing is all I took from that scene. And the moment was prolonged beyond any the faux 'necessity' that was claimed. It was really kind of gross and inexcusable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Red

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jason Bovberg
    • Narrated By Jessica Kaufman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rachel is 19. She doesn’t know how to handle her new stepmother, let alone the end of the world. But after finding her stepmother dead, Rachel is suddenly racing against time - and terrifying, unnatural forces - to survive a gruesome apocalyptic event. Outside her door, the college town of Fort Collins, Colorado, is filled with corpses, and something unfathomable is happening to those bodies. And it’s only just begun. As Rachel struggles to comprehend her horrible new reality, she’ll need to find answers to questions she never thought she’d ask.

    Étaín says: "It could have been bloodier...."
    "It could have been bloodier...."
    What disappointed you about Blood Red?

    What a fantastic premise for a post-apocalyptic zombie novel. I gave it an extra star for that alone. It started out strongly; but unfortunately, the awesomeness of it was virtually lost in it's execution. This is a YA novel about Rachael, a 19 year old college student whose emotional development was arrested sometime during her sophomore year in high school (my guess). It turned out that there was not much going on in Rachel's head and she had the emotional tunnel vision of a child. Her decision making process was frustrating and nonsensical. Who walks into a post-apocalyptic Target for one item and leaves with one item? Rachel with one flashlight and the batteries she put in it. And the world was over, I mean apocalypse over.

    Has Blood Red turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love a good post-apocalyptic and/or Zombie story! I prefer great, but I'll read a 'just good' one and enjoy it. There is a whole lot of dreck published in this hugely popular genre. I sift through a lot before I settle on one I'll think I'll like. This one was so well reviewed, I took a chance and missed.

    What three words best describe Jessica Kaufman’s voice?

    Screechy, dog-whistle, headache (no joke). There was another 19 year old character whose voice was described as high-pitched in the narration, and Ms. Kaufman delivered. I thought I was listening to anime. Bonnie, a nurse in her late 40's with no backstory, spoke in a 'Mom' voice that I imagine is from 1950's, even with a sing-song cadence of 'Radio Days'. Nobody speaks like that, I wish they'd retire the whole matronly cliche voice for anyone who is either a mom at any age or is a woman over 40.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyed at times and on the whole: Disappointment.

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  • Sand: Omnibus Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    We live across the thousand dunes with grit in our teeth and sand in our homes. No one will come for us. No one will save us. This is our life, diving for remnants of the old world so that we may build what the wind destroys. No one is looking down on us. Those constellations in the night sky? Those are the backs of gods we see.

    Étaín says: "New world, not as compelling as Wool"
    "New world, not as compelling as Wool"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's value neutral, no time lost and a little bit of a gain.

    What was most disappointing about Hugh Howey’s story?

    Sand doesn't stand up to Howie's first series of books (Wool, Shift, Dust). The world building and character development are lacking compared to the riveting Silo world of Wool, which was enjoyable and addictive. You cared about the characters in Wool even if the lines between good folks and bad eggs were a bit simplistic. In this book, more of the same of that but without the same general development and attention to detail. The people and the world of Sand just exist (despite all the action) and are not as compelling.

    Slight spoiler as example:

    The glaring treatment of Mom as Dystopian prostitute is just hammered home (no pun intended) every time the character was in the scene or beyond. Her children, near and far, do not have an interaction with a friend or stranger without their mom's (survive or perish) profession being thrown in their face as a slut-shaming joke. I mean it, every time. It's lazy, clumsy, and somewhat awkward until it becomes distractingly annoying.

    /End spoiler.

    While I've never found Howey to be sophisticated in his handling of adult relationships or sex in general, I thought he was better than this.

    What does Karen Chilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She did a great job. Howey writes straightforwardly and without flourish (or variety) and Chilton bought the story to life and made it what I think would be a better listen than read. I did listen at 1.25 narration speed but it was not due to the narrator (it worked well at both speeds) but the writing.

    Could you see Sand: Omnibus Edition being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I kept thinking of Kevin Costner in Postman and Water World even though the only middle-aged man who is a 'would be' a main character is but a distant memory to the family in Sand. This not a good sign. I'd much rather see Wool as a mini-series!

    Any additional comments?

    I'm on the fence about the rest of series, even though the story picked up at the end with some of the most thoughtful writing and the only real moments of intrigue in the book. Like the best of Howey's characters though, I do have hope...

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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