Saratoga, CA, United States
Narrator Ray Chase reads all characters with a Spanish accent--and it works. Gutsy move, but it does keep you reminded where the story is happening. This is a different type of Z story. There're guns, but they aren't going off constantly. The writing tends to be hit and miss. If your a zombie fan, I think it's worth a credit.
There is a lot of action here, and the setting in Queensland, Australia is refreshing for zombies. Some of the writing is pretty unbearable. Characters grin a lot, and every sentence must be enhanced decoratively with an adverb that doesn't tell us anything new. There is one cliche after another here. You can't hide from them. But you can't hide from the zombies. Somewhere, despite the unfresh writing, Sue Edge makes this entertaining through constant changes of scene and relentless action. But if you don't like schlocky zombie books you certainly won't like this. Cynthia Barret's narration is very good. She does the best she can with the first-person cliches.
Some intense moments, but long. Actually, I like Koontz attention to detail. Parts of this are good. But I'm tired of authors telling us the crazed or quirky thoughts of serial killers. I don't really buy it.
Dan Brown writes some really trite sentences, so if you don't mind that, go ahead and listen. Actually, listen to Paul Michael is better than reading. Of course, a person reads Dan Brown for the historical oddities and tidbits. At least I do, and there is enough in here to keep one's interest. I like to that the repercussions of this so-called terrorist attack or not completely ignored or undone at the end of the novel. If you've read it, you'll know what I mean. Dan Brown sticks to his guns there.
So this book is kind of fun if you keep your expectations restrained.
Professor Steinberg is good, speaks well. This doesn't go too deep with the early czars, but I've enjoyed it.
Yeah, it's long. But I go back when I drift off during a sentence or paragraph. Nobody creates a whole life like and universe like Proust. Great narration. I'm wondering if I should try the Neville Jason narration for other books, but I'm reluctant because John Rowe is so good. Recommendation to those who have second thoughts about starting Proust: Jump in. No harm in listening to other books while you do this one. Let the whole series take you a year or two or three. It's your life, let it be your pace.
We tend to think of Hitler and Germany to their west, but Ukraine and Belarus got it bad from both sides. Hard to believe what humans can do to each other. Well-researched, well-narrated.
The dogs tail whirled like a helicopter. That's the kind of simile you can expect, which at its core, is inaccurate. Dogs tails and helicopter blades don't move in the same way. At all. Good writing is not a requisite for a good Z book (see the Day By Day Armageddon books), but language that isn't careful or that is cliche continually interrupt a reader's focus. Or my focus anyway.
I'm astonished by the positive reviews. The female characters are helpless, hapless screamers. Is that what people like to see?
Horror and thriller narrations come across best when done quietly, straightforward. Narrator Christian Rummels--who might be great in other works--is dramatic here. With the unrefined prose, and B-movie tough-ass dialog, the result is cheesy and old-fashioned.
And this all comes form someone who LIKES zombie/apocalypse books. Maybe Molles picks up with the next books in the series, but I won't be trying them.
Very good book. Phil Harwood comes across as a reasonable and friendly badass. He's ready with a smile and a handshake, but he's not going to be pushed around. There's not a lot of nature encounters in the book: it is mostly a tale of alternating harassment from venal officials and kindness from fishermen and their families. But Harwood does a good job capturing the feel of the river--while convincing you that no matter who cool this trip sounds, you don't really want to do it.
Fascinating, horrible history. Good research, but the the voice comes off more academic than necessary.
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