I found the narration to be very wooden, but I persevered with it and was so drawn into the story that I didn't even notice the narration in the end.
The story is an excellent take on the zombie genre. Unlike most novels in the genre, it's set long after the outbreak, but the search for understanding and the fight for life is just as vivid.
I felt like there were a few too many different storylines and characters. I don't mind some converging storylines, but there really were quite a lot in this book.
It had a bit of a Dracula-ish vibe with way the story unfolded (from different perspectives) and because of the presence of the "master" character. The monsters were more like the vampire evolution in Blade. Despite these similarities the story was not as good as either; it lacked a strong hero or heroine like Mina Harker or Blade, and I wasn't drawn in enough to really care what happened to the characters. I was interested enough in the story to finish the book, but that's about it.
I loved this book. I'm now listening to the next in the series.
I enjoyed Partials, the first in the series. Fragments delves much deeper into the background of this post-apocalyptic world and what brought them there, as well as exploring the world further. I loved it and was drawn right in.
The narrator doesn't have a huge character range; I felt like a lot of the men and older characters sounded very similar and rather nasally, but that's bearable and I love Kira, who does a large chunk of the talking.
This book really wasn't what I expected and didn't interest me as much as I'd hoped, but it was engaging enough.
It has a similar air to 1984 and Brave New World: control of society, looking at humanity, indulging in the forbidden...
I thought that a book written as recently as this might have a more scientific premise: their society is split up by humours (ie the hundreds-years old medical theory), which was a pretty unbelievable premise, but beyond that the analysis of the human condition and finding of self was interesting.
It took two thirds of the book to actually get interesting. The story seemed to meander for a good 7 hours before it finally had some movement. I found the narration to be satisfactory apart from the main character sounding very whiny. Maybe as a pre-adolescent child he might have been a bit whiny, but it's a bit annoying to listen to given that he is the main speaker; I'd be happy to listen to him again as long as he's not reading children. I can't really recommend this book; I'm surprised it featured on the Audible front page so much.
I thought with the enduring nature of this tale, and my enjoyment of the similarly enduring Dracula, that I'd enjoy this book, but I found it pretty boring. Victor Frankenstein is such a whinger, and spends a good proportion of the book describing the scenery of his travels, which does very little to advance the story.
That said, I'm glad to have read/listened to the original tale and pondered its commentary on society and human nature...
I liked Dracula when I read it a while ago, and it was brilliant to listen to this performance. The diary format of the book makes it perfect for an audiobook, and this all-star cast did a fantastic job.
It is devastating that what happened to Jaycee really happens. But it's good to hear her story in her own words, and encouraging to hear about her love for her daughters and hope for their lives going forward.
I wasn't sure about this book at first; it strays pretty far from traditional zombie lore. However, the story hangs a lantern on that fact, and it is so well told and narrated. This book has so much character, I couldn't help love it.
I enjoyed this book more than I expected. The history of Twitter and the insights into the startup were well researched and collated in this book. Normally it takes me a while to get through non-fiction books, but I was as drawn into this book as much as any fiction books I've enjoyed.
I loved Ender's Game and the narration on the original book is great. Ender's Game Alive takes that same story, but moves the story-telling to the perspectives of the characters. The actors do an excellent job of bringing this play to life.
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