What a great read. I've added the author's other audiobook to my wishlist, and wish there were more.
Drew Commins did an incredible job of narration. Another newcomer, but hopefully with a big future narrating audiobooks. Pacing was great, and character voices were all done so well, and each distinctly, you had no issues figuring who was speaking, ever.
The plot involves a bio-terrorism attack being planned, and a "sort of" ordinary man getting involved in stopping it. You know, it nice for once having a CEO character in a book that was actually a really good person. He is called in from retirement to run as a caretaker CEO of a biotech company, after the prior executives all die in a plane crash. He is a hands-on exec, and wants to know what is going on with his company, and things start getting pretty unruly in a short time. I found the whole book pretty realistic, and never felt like I was being insulted by ludicrous story constructs
I really wish there were more books of this genre - realistic virus infection stories. And tying it with terrorists made it even more thrilling.
Highly recommended. Very highly recommended!
Fugitives from Northwood is an enjoyable dystopian tale set in a near future USA. The tale revolves around a group of friends who escape from a forced labor camp and make a run for the Canadian border.
I found the story enjoyable, as opposed to anger-inducing or depressing. Not that the setting wasn't bleak, but more that the people the story was about were good people. And unlike a lot of dystopian and apocalyptic tales, we don't have people turning on others, traitors, and just outright despicable people. Sure there were horrible people in the book, but I felt they they were more peripheral to the narrative. At any rate, I found the story left me with a good feeling, and wanting more.
The narration was excellent, with some sound effects embellishments adding to the overall presentation.
I look forward to the next two books in the series, to see how the story proceeds and resolves.
What a fantastic story! Every so often, I come across a pretty unique and entertaining tale on audiobook, one where an author seems to have a new-ish idea. Sure, I love genre novels that really are just the authors take on a well trod story, but occasionally it is great to stumble across a gem like this.
Initially, the story started off with a tale that was somewhat reminiscent of the world of Silent Hill. Interspersed among the main tale are dream sequences of another story, which you can't see any correlation with the main thread. At the end it all comes together, and all makes sense. It is such a fun, intricate, and often dark novel.
The lead character's personal voice was great, and there were some pretty humorous thoughts the reader had access to (made me chuckle more than once). The narration was right on the money.
I look forward to more books by the author.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and really hope more books by the author make it to audiobook format. It was the sort of read I love to come across, like one of those Dan Simmons books like Summer of Night, or Stephen King's IT, or others. I loved the blending of native American legends into the story, and the progression of the characters as the situation devolved.
I have seen comments on the book that is was "dated". But frankly that sort of comment on any book is just embarassing. "I just read Nicholas Nickleby, and book, what the heck, they didn't have smartphones, or even cars? Sooo dated". I don't read reviews on Stephen King novels from the last several decades and see readers complaining that they are "dated". Books don't have to be set or written in this year, you know...
Narration was excellent as well.
This book was an unexpected delight, from the story itself, the writing style, to the fantastic narration. I was only about half an hour into the book when I hopped onto audible to see what other books the author and narrator had done, only to see the author and narrator were one and the same. I'll be getting the rest of Basil Sand's novels after this.
The story is book-ended by amusing but relevant advertisement for StrataCorp, the lead character's employer, and then proceeds into a tale of incredible adventure where chance leads Karl into another world and an adventure on a global scale. In parallel to the main tale, there is also a flashback story, also relevant, tying into the ending.
The characters are all well developed, individual, and likable. And the narration fantastic, and each character having a distinct voice.
First off, kudos to the author for bundling the three separate good sized audiobooks into a single book, making it a nice affordable chunk of sci-fi goodness. It would actually (I think) be a good strategy for authors who publish shorter books (or rather split a reasonable sized book into three short incomplete parts). Not that these books alone were short. But audible listeners here I'm sure would know what I'm talking about - these other authors that churn out series that give a bunch of closely released 5 hour audiobooks. If any authors ought to bundle their "books" as omnibus editions rather than split their novels into three parts, it is those authors. I don't think that these authors realize how releasing a 5 hour audiobook actually cuts down their appeal to listeners, and does themselves a disservice. Valmore Daniels however was not even close to this category. Each book in this omnibus was around a 10 hour book. So this omnibus is unbelievable value.
On the story itself, I found the trilogy quite a unique tale of interstellar beginnings and alien encounter. The alien interaction was more or less constrained to the last book in the series, which is definitely not a pattern I've come across before. I'm not saying no-one else has done a trilogy like this - just that I haven't come across one. The Mayan connection and thread throughout the tale, including the ancient historic sections, add a good level of uniqueness too. I enjoyed the story overall, but to be perfectly honest, I really, really disliked Alex. REALLY disliked him. Sure he was a youth and hence immature, but I found him the most irritating, arrogant and unintentionally dangerous fool I've come across in any book. All the other good characters were likable though. Alex though I just never want to come across a character like that ever again.
On the narration, I loved it. The accents were all well done. The production was also enhanced with sound effects, including radio and computer voice effects. I've seen some reviewers complain about them, but I seriously don't understand what the problem is, other than personal preference. At any rate, I thought they were fantastic.
Overall, it is definitely a recommended read/listen.
Overall, I did enjoy this book, although to be honest I really had to skip over many of the bits from the perspective of the killer - I just couldn't stomach it. I am a crime story and horror fan, but something in this seemed to strike a nerve. So be warned, you may find this gruesome. That may of course be a big plus to some readers!
I enjoyed the side of the story from the law enforcement a lot more, and the desperate bid to save an innocent man from death row. I did however find some of the premises a bit far fetched, namely the two people who were lookalikes, but no-one in the book seemed to actually notice this until the plot device was required for the story. I also found the personal relationships between three of the main characters a little confusing. I might have missed something
Jill Maglione's narration was very good, and she did a great job IMHO of doing both male and female voices as well as accents.
I am interested in picking up some of the other books in this series, as they are on audible also.
For a hit tv spin off, this is the best narrator they could find? Aside from the bad voices, she couldn't even pronounce Semper Fi. I felt like screaming every time she said "Semper fee".
Story was good though. The audio producers should hang their heads and apologize.
The Samaritan is a complex story touching themes of love, loss, family, revenge, and moral right, wrong, and shades in between. A commission of a crime goes horribly wrong, resulting in the death of some innocents, and the flow on affects of the tragedy, on all sides of the crime. Initially I started with a feeling of just who was right, and who was wrong, but as the story progressed, the line became more muddied, and many perspectives were thoughtfully covered. There were criminals, corrupt law enforcement, law enforcement acting officially sanctioned corruption "for the greater good", and just everyday people. A great portion of the story was a cat and mouse chase to an aggrieved citizen taking revenge on those he felt responsible, and "who" the person was was cleverly played out, but not with silly contrived red herrings. The story all wrapped up to a satisfying conclusion.
The narration was fantastic, with different voices conveyed distinctly. The narrator also took the initiative of adding some good sound effect embellishments at a few points in the story, and I felt this added nicely to the presentation.
I look forward to more titles by both the author and the narrator. Highly recommended
Ted Saves the World is a fun novel and an easy listen about a pretty average student who is gifted with some pretty impressive powers during a diner robbery. It is a rather public unveiling, leaving no chance of adopting a secret identity, or keeping it low key among friends. As with modern society, cell phone cameras, social media, it spreads so fast Ted is a sensation by the time he gets home.
The story was enjoyably light fare, and no plot points stretching believability, and none that had me scratching my head. And I really like how the evil in the book wasn't limited to the supernatural. There was also the small town ordinary evil, a favorite theme of mine from many of Stephen King's books.
I'm well beyond teenage years, but didn't find the characters irritating, shallow or "un-relatable". The "non-evil" characters were likeable (especially his entrepreneurial friend Dhiraj), and even one of the baddies had some interesting internal conflict for part of the tale.
Narration by Steven Jay Cohen was top notch. His reading is very soothing, and his accents and voices for each character distinct.
I hope this series continues in audio book, and the same narrator returns.
Ever since listening to Plague, also by "Buzz" Bernard and narrated by Drew Commins, I've been eagerly awaiting the release of Supercell on audiobook.
I have a real soft spot for disaster movies, and just watched Into the Storm a few days back. On the audiobook side of it though, I don't seem to come across many stories of that genre. Movies like "Twister" and "Into the Storm" do seem to be a bit formulaic in their story though and don't really try pushing the boundary of anything other than the special effects.I'm not saying that is bad, but I was kind of expecting the same with Supercell when I started. I was pleasantly surprised when the author added a real nice and very plausible plot thread to the tale - the concept of storm chasers who weren't chasing the storm for the same reason, but to do some rapid looting in the aftermath. That itself added a breath of uniqueness to the tale. And aside from the storm chasing part of the tale, and the crime plot, there is also a thread I can somewhat relate to, in the lead character trying to come to terms with making a conscious break from bigotry he had ingrained and trained into him by his father.
On the (I guess) primary plot of the novel, the storm chasing, the science of it all sounded pretty plausible, and given the author's background, I'd guess he would know what he's talking about.
And with the narration, I really hope Drew Commins has a prolific career. His narration is so easy to listen to. He is easy to understand, and carries off the accents fantastically, so each character is pretty easy to recognize.
I hope the author also continues to write more books! I'll keep reading them!.
In all I actually think Supercell would make a pretty spectacular movie, and provide as much excitement and a much better story than any similar ones out there.
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