I love James Rollins' novels. Until recently I had only read them in paperback. However, not having as much time, but wanting to read Subterranean again, I downloaded the audiobook. After the first 3 minutes, I had to pick up my iPhone and look to see if I had hit the button that plays the audio at double speed... I hadn't!!! This narrator is talking so fast its like he is on speed!! He barely pauses to take a breath or switch between characters. While he does change accents or inflections between characters, its like he is trying to win a race narrating the novel. I will never listen to a novel narrated by this guy again. What a waste of a good book! Sigh
I normally don't enjoy books with this particular theme, but I have to say I absolutely LOVED this one! The author did such an amazing job of making me really want to pull for all of the victims to survive. I honestly think I feel the same awe for Deb that Mal does after hearing her survival story. And Florence has got to be my new hero! I absolutely loved the strong women in this novel! If you want a book that is fast paced with great characters you can identify with and pull for, then this is the book for you.
That being said, I was born and raised in the south, and while I live in the suburbs now, my family is from the backcountry of the mountains so I spent most of my youth in that area. I know that the majority of the world, and even the rest of the United States, has its own preconceptions about Southerners. That’s fine and I don't typically get annoyed at our portrayal in the media because its entertainment after all and who doesn't love a freaky killer redneck! However, I don't know if its my Southern heritage or my English degree that is making me nitpick but I am taking away one star from an otherwise 5 star book because of Mr. Konrath/Kilborn's blatant misuse of the word "y'all" was killing me while I read this novel. I started reading this novel on my Kindle iPad App but it was so distracting that I purchased the audiobook on Audible to finish it because the errors were less distracting that way.
For those of you who don't understand what I am talking about, "y'all" is the contraction for "you all". It is ONLY used when addressing a group. In my 40 years of life, I have NEVER heard a single person (even the most backwoods redneck) use "y'all" singularly. (If someone reads this review and DOES know someone who uses "y'all" to address only one person please post a comment and tell me the location where this is used because I would really be interested to know!)
For the majority of readers this nitpick of mine probably won’t bother you so for Y’ALL it’s probably a 5 star book and you will love it. But for southerners, be warned. While I would definitely say this book is worth ignoring the flaw if you can and still reading the novel, this misuse occurs at least once on probably half the pages in the novel so if it bugs you, you might want to read another of J.A. Konrath/Jack Kilborn’s novels. They are all great!
The audiobook for this novel is awesome. The narrator really brought the characters to life and gave them an awesome individuality. He also uses a wide variety of creepy crazed voices, which amazed me considering how many Roosevelts there were to voice. The only thing that might bug some people is the cheesy Scarlett O’hara accent he uses for the narration when he isn’t voicing a character, but that is easily overlooked. Otherwise, it was great!
This book takes me to a place that only Stephen King's "The Mist" could take me. Its a total end of the world scenario that is cloaked in fog and hidden creatures. I did not sleep well the night i finishied listening. I felt like the room was going to come alive. You need patience and love of detail to get through it though. If you want your book handed to you with nothing to think about then don't read this. As for the ending...someone said it jsut ended? But that is far from the case. There is 45 minutes left after the climax that leads toward the end of the story. It was wrapped up quite well.
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