I agree with all these glowing reviews, especially the reviewer who said they were in intense pain for Jamie and Claire! I cannot stop thinking about these characters---they are so compelling.
I thank Audiblebooks so much for my finding the Outlander series---I am obsessed.
This second book is absolutely wonderful as it moves back and forth through time. One of the author's brilliant writing touches is to present something---an event that a character tells, and then later reveal what really happened.
I have already started on the third book in the series and I don't want it to end! As I said, I'm obsessed.
I think I expected a rousing thriller of a near impossible mission, but instead got a "just-the-facts-ma'am" telling along with some not-so personal details of what's it's like in life in the military along with some really off-putting and offensive comments about our president and his commander-in-chief.
It was one thing to know that he and his group took credit for the mission, but another thing to dismiss President Obama's role completely. If the mission had failed, who do you think would take the blame? Who, ultimately, do you think is responsible for the mission?
And one more thing that really bothered me: isn't the president of the United States his commanding officer? So if the president had been Bush, would he has treated him with more respect?
So even aside from Mr. Owen's political leanings, I found his telling to be too dry, too confined to non-personal details and not for me.
It never failed to amuse me how completely I accepted the brain-eating nature of these zombies! A real tribute to Diana Rowland's writing to make it so believable with the whole parasite thing and the true nature of zombies.
One thing is so funny--- while I was listening to I think the entire middle section, I heard Allison McLemore's voice sounding all stuffed up and I thought either it was a problem with the audio or it was just me. I'm so glad others heard it too! It took me a little out of the story for a while, but then her voice cleared up towards the end.
Also, I just saw an article about a new upcoming series about a girl zombie who looks normal and who eats brains. I wonder if it might be based on these books.
Anyway, on to the next book.
It took me the longest time to listen to this series because A) the title is kind of misleading and I just wasn't sure and B) the cover artwork portrays a disagreeable character. Sorry to be petty, but it just looked like books I wouldn't like.
But I love them!
The writing is very clever and quite unique for this genre. I love the twist on zombies that Diana Rowland created. And Allison McLemore's narration is spot on.
This second book is as good as the first.
Great unique twist on zombies and it's definitely an unique perspective on diet. If you try to describe what these books and characters are like, it sounds so weird, but when you read/hear it, it becomes totally rational!
It works in part to the really good writing and also the excellent work by the narrator, Allison McLemore.
Definitely on to the next book.
What other compliments, accolades or glowing tributes can I bestow upon this author and the narrator? I love these books! Okay, this review is not fancy, but straight to the point.
I love the terrific writing, everything from the film and literary references to the deep and deliciously dark internal musings of Sandman Slim about the world and the universe. And the wonderful sarcastic humor!
I love the side characters, all the gods, demons, angels and especially his group of friends---all so inventive and unique.
I love the wonderful twist ending to this book.
I love, love MacLeod Andrews! Others have said it here perfectly---he IS Sandman Slim. His performance has made the character come alive.
I am so heartened to hear that there will be another book. YEAH!
I love just about everything in this series and in this Book 5. I love all the characters that MacLeod Andrews brings to life so perfectly. I love the writing that is so rich with emotion about the universe, the world and people.
I can totally see this entire series as a film. I know I have said it before in my previous reviews, but these are such awesome books that impart a beautiful visual display as I listen.
I don't mind at all that the book ends with a "To Be Continued". I certainly will read/listen to the next one. I don't want it to end.
I would have given this two and a half stars. For my taste, way too much unnecessary vivid description of the victim's torture; too weak of a heroine; average amount of humor for said heroine; average uninteresting storyline with rather uninvolving characters.
Takes place in the South (at least I think it does), but you wouldn't know it with no flavor of the locale.
I will give the White Trash Zombie books a try.
I understand that this is more of a prose narrative of the Titanic, but when the iceberg spoke and the rat scuddled, I gave up.
Even one of my favorite narrators, Phil Gigante, couldn't save this Titanic.
I am still a huge fan of this well-written, engaging, fast-paced series, but this book is a little bit weaker than the previous installments.
Some other reviewers said it best, but there are some plot developments that have too many loopholes and some characters such as the Dreamers, that really stretched any believability.
Especially since I live in Los Angeles, I love all the locations and happenings in this city. And I adore all the wonderful references to movies, books and social media.
But no review is worth anything without a standing ovation to the narrator, MacLeod Andrews, who makes the character come alive.
I was trying to come up with some clever headline for my review, but the overall picture is that I just love this series!
As in the two previous books, the writing is so good with all the wonderful ruminations of the lead character, done in first person perspective. I loved his inner turmoil, his wrestling with his good/bad self, his take on the world, people, monsters, the devil and god. And the story still moved along at a fast pace and I never lost interest in this extraordinary character.
I cannot say enough about MacLeod Andrew's performance. His narration makes the character absolutely come alive. I wonder if reading it would have the same impact, but I think the experience would be quite different. His smokey, growling voice conjures up vivid images and that perfect sarcastic humor just swept me away.
I would love this series to be made into a movie. It is so visual and such rich material, it would make a terrific film.
And if only MacLeod Andrews looks anything like his voice, he could play Sandman Slim!
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