I like the fact that it deviates from the show. It feels new.
There's a lot of people that don't like Lindsay's narration, but I'm not one of them. He's no Michael C. Hall, but who is? Right?
I have just recently listened to Paul Davies's book entitled "The Eerie Silence" so I can't help but make comparisons. There is a lot of overlapping information between the two books.
I have to say that I thought this one was slightly better. While this book has a lot of science in it, it didn't get as bogged down as the other book did. Seth Shostak is more up beat and seemed to get down on my level a little more. He seemed more optimistic than Davies. At no point in listening to this book did I get bored or felt like I wasn't grasping the subject matter.
There was also less speculation in this book, and it had more information on what it is SETI actually does and more importantly what they don't do. I felt like I learnt more.
If you are interested in this topic my suggestion would be to listen to this book first. However, you would be doing yourself an injustice by not also listening to the other book as well. Both are great.
This second Zombie Fallout book had less of everything I enjoyed about the first book and more of everything that annoyed me.
I've said it before, I get what Mark Tufo is trying to do. He's trying to create a character in Michael Talbot that has a witty, sarcastic sense of humor, but for me it was just too much. If he dialed it back a little then maybe I could get on board. I understand that hundreds of people love this, but I found very little of it to be amusing. I was rolling my eyes a lot.
I now have a strong suspicion that part of the reason it didn't work for me was the reader. Yet, there are hundreds of people who love him too. So, maybe it's me.
There were at least four times that I almost stopped listening to this book. The first time came in the prologues where it tells the story of a vampire who becomes a Zombie. There's only so much disbelief I can suspend. I have a line I don't want my stories to cross.
I'm sorry to say that I'm probably through with this series. It's sad because there was some things I enjoyed about it. If I do continue listening to this series it will be after I've forgotten how disappointed I was with this second book.
Jon Ronson is EXTREMELY British!
I'm talking about jolly good show, have a spot of tea, God save the queen British. I was taken aback at first by his accent, but the shock didn't last long. The articles in this collection are so compelling that after a few minutes I didn't mind his accent. In fact, I got to where I kind of enjoyed it. I don't believe anyone else should have read this book.
Wow, these stories were awesome. They ranged from big credit companies taking advantage of the working class to the darkest side of assisted suicides. There was even one about Stanley Kubrick's estate and the huge collection of strangeness that was stored there.
He tells them all with an unbiased voice. It's a strange thing to explain. Once I understood what a particular article was about I would immediately have an opinion (and often an emotional reaction), but as the article progressed Mr. Ronson would have me sympathizing with the opposite view.
The one about SETI inspired me to read Paul Davies' book "The Eerie Silence." The one where he interviewed the father of a highschool student arrested for conspiracy to commit mass murder at his Alaskan school made me want to cry. The one where he patrolled the streets with real life superheroes made me laugh while at the same time scared the crap out of me.
Listening to this book was kind of like watching a documentary news program like 20/20 or Dateline, albeit a very British version of these shows. Did I mention how British Jon Ronson is? Sometimes the britishness was confusing. Like, when he talked about the English court system. What's a barrister?
If I haven't made it clear, I'm now a HUGE Jon Ronson fan. As soon as I get more credits I'll be purchasing more of his books.
I consider this the 7th installment of The Lost Fleet series. It picks up pretty much right where Victorious left off. It has the exact same characters and moves forward with the exact same plot line.
I am developing a love/hate relationship with this series.
1. I hate the way Campbell keeps repeating the same stuff over and over until I want to scream, but I love the adventure of exploring this universe with the fleet.
2. I hate the way Campbell constantly tells you how the characters are feeling instead of showing you through their actions, but I love the power struggles between the different groups. (What is that devious government up to?)
3. I love the battle sequences, but I hate the way Campbell lists Evey battleship in the fleet ad nauseam.
4. I love the characters. I really do. However, I hate the way the heros are perfect. They never do anything wrong... and I want to puke every time they talk about how honorable they are.
5. I love the mysterious alien race. I find them intriguing. I want to know more about them, but I hate... actually, I have no hated counterpart here. I love this whole part of the story.
After that last book I was loosing interest in this whole series. After this one I have a renewed interest. I shall be sailing the universe with admiral Geary again in the future.
I was hoping for so much more in this 6th installment of John Geary's adventures. I'm sad to say that Jack Campbell phoned this one in. As I've said in my reviews of the past Lost Fleet novels the man can't write romance and should quit trying. The last 45 minutes was the audio equivalent of a root canal.
Know your limits, Jack! Stick to what you're good at, which is naval strategy and military mindsets.
There are some great moments in this book that occur when the story is moved forward and not the strange character development stuff. I can't stress enough how bad the forbidden romance nonsense is, how melodramatic and forced on the characters it feels. The characters dialogue doesn't even make sense in these contexts.
Christian Rummel does an outstanding job reading the material. His voice acting is second to none, and each character gets a unique voice.
I've already purchased the 1st 'Beyond the Frontier' novel, so I have reason to hope the story gets back on track. I really do love this series. When it's good it's awesome. I just get frustrated by the melodrama. I'm sure there's a lot of people who feel differently.
I absolutely love the Arisen series. I can't get enough. I was worried that I may should have listened to this one before the omnibus, but it turns out that it doesn't matter. The characters and the story line are not the same as the first three books. However, I have a strong suspicion that they will appear in the future novels. You can't go wrong with this series. As I've said before it's not just a great zombie story, it's a great story period.
In a nutshell this book is about what really smart people imagine an intelligent extraterrestrial civilization could be like given what we know about life, intelligence, evolution, civilizations, physics and the universe at this time. It chases many rabbits down many different holes into wonderland. I absolutely loved it. It's remenicent of the science books of the late Carl Sagan. If you're interested in the SETI program and you like watching the science channel then you'll probably like this book.
I have a few issues that kept me from giving this book 5 stars. The first is that chapter three gets REALLY boring. I just wanted him to get on with it. The second is that Mr. Davies is too hard on religion and Christianity. I don't feel like he has a good understanding of what real Christianity is, but he's a scientist and this is a science book. The third is that I would have really liked to have heard his views on the ancient alien theories. He kind of danced around the subject without ever actually addressing it. I gather from some of his other views that he would be adamantly opposed to the idea, but it would have been nice to hear him discuss it.
Anyway, this is a solid 4 star audio book... If you are really interested in the subject matter.
I feel like I've overused the word "really" in this review.
I have just recently listend to the Arisen omnibus, and that is some of the best zombie books I've ever came across. Unfortunitly, those books greatly influence my judgment of this one. I know it's unfair. This is a completely different kind of book, but what can I do?
Zombie Fallout is, for me anyway, a mixed bag. On the one hand I enjoyed the hell out of it. There's some fairly decent writing here and the characters are interesting. On the other hand a lot of the jokes fall flat. I get what Mr. Tufo is trying to do, but the parts that were more serious were my favorite parts. The parts that were supposed to be witty and humorous felt too forced. This may be the reader's fault, but I don't think so. Sean Runnett does a great job.
Something else I didn't get (SPOILER ALERT) was the mind controlled zombie make out scene. What was that all about? I think Mr. Tufo is setting up for a plot development at some later date, but the whole scene was strange and out of place and it also felt forced.
I think my favorite part was the last 10 minutes when the "Canada story" is told. This may be the one spot in the whole book where the humor was actually humorous.
...but what do I know?
I enjoyed this short little book.
I don't know what it is about Stephen King and his writing. While I'm listening to his audio books I like them, but when I look back on them I don't know why I like them.
To me Joyland was a feel good book.
It's a really good book, but it's not hilarious. It's amusing, it's entertaining, it's motivating, but it's not laugh out loud funny. I liked this book. I liked it a lot. I love Ron Swanson, and I found it very interesting to see where Ron Swanson ends and Nick Offerman begins. I don't agree with all of Offerman's views, but it's damn close. He's a cool guy. He's lived a cool life. He's not a bad writer. I recommend this.
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