My review of the first book in this series criticized the narrator as being somewhat flat and monotonous but that is not the case with this book. The story is pretty good but the narration is great! I wouldn't call this an "edge of your seat" mystery but it is definitely interesting enough to keep you hooked.
This is a great story, and even tho I'm not a big fan of zombies, I love how this is told. Sir Tristan is absolutely hilarious, and balances wonderfully with the seriousness of Sir Edward, the darkness of the story itself, and the plight of those not so clever chickens. The only issue I had with this book is that in between each "act" you are forced to listen to "historical notes" from the author. I actually appreciated these notes in the first book (because history fascinates me) but I liked it much better when these tidbits were presented at the end (that little time period where you know the tale is done, but you're not quite ready to let it go).
Sprinkling them, however, all throughout the middle interfered with the flow and kept forcing you back from the middle ages into a modern day guided tour. Again, I do appreciate the author's notes but hope that in the next book they will hold them till the end. That being said, I still absolutely enjoyed this book and am already looking forward to the next one.
The biggest problem with this book is that the narrator is flat and monotonous. If this were a history lecture all the students would be asleep, but since the story is interesting, you should be able to stay conscious. I did have to do an eye-roll when one of the good guys was finally confronting the bad guy and they both felt the need to spill their guts, explaining every single action they had each taken to get them to that point (even those things the reader already knew) - I thought it was overkill and a bit on the sappy side. I almost expected the bad guy to say something like "And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids". Other than that, it was a nice read and the historical context credible. I will definitely check out this author's other books.
As you've probably gathered from many of the reviews, the narration was at best, an irritation (why would people who have lived so closely together over several generations have accents that vary from a Brooklyn thug to an 80's Valley Girl to Festus from Gunsmoke?). In the section where characters are communicating over a radio, the "static" and apparent attempt to show us how difficult it was for them to hear each other.. made it really difficult to hear what she was actually saying. Personally, I think the narrator would have been fantastic if she had just read the book.
However.. it is a terrific story and although you will probably roll your eyes when a child character sounds more like Minnie Mouse than a little girl.. I hope the bad narration doesn't stop you from getting this book, because the story is very much worth it.
William Dufris may be a wonderful narrator, but for this story, he was oh so wrong! I admit I nearly gave up during the first couple chapters because I found him soooo annoying, but the characters were already interesting and I wanted to know what happened to them. I'm so glad I kept going because the story is intriguing and one that will make you think long after you've finished it. If you've ever wondered how much better, richer, happier you would be if only you could go back and do it all again. Mmm hmmm..you should probably hear Jeff's story.
I love how well we get to know the characters, and so much their inner dialog rings true. This is just a great story. I gave the performance only 4 stars because you can tell when Kel's narrator starts "fresh" and it's a little jolting.. it didn't diminish the story in any way but it's probably something one shouldn't be noticing.
I shouldn't be surprised at how manipulated our food supply is.. but wow - I really was.
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