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.
Yes, amazingly the book wasn't boring. Although it's repetitive and very little actually happens. Protagonist/narrator John Whitman Sutter likes to hear himself talk, apparently. So ordering a pizza is described in detail, along with the arrival of the pizza, and the eating of the pizza. And what's with all the time spent on this Iranian neighbor? Nothing develops there. If I were reading this, not listening, I'd be skimming. But sometimes that's hard when listening, and anyway, Christian Rummel is great reader, so I made it through from start to finish, many hours. But I could describe the events of the plot in about a minute.
Hastings hits on everything, especially the human costs of the war, not just the numbers of dead but the personal stories. The war is not a series of campaigns, this book reminds us, but a story of mass murder, rape, and starvation. Probably the best all-around history I've read. And Hastings is not reluctant to voice opinions. He's tough on the tyrannies of the time, of which their were many.
Explorers suffered a lot. And made others suffer. Times were tough. Africa was tough. This is a great story with a great reader.
The Beatles story is great. Davis provides incites since he was there a lot of the time. But I really wanted to hear a British voice doing the audio.
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.
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