The story was a near perfect setting for the beginning of a zombie apocalyse. It had enough medical information to make it scary and attention grabbing (as if this could happen). It keep the action coming (though it took awhile to get through all the IMs in the first of the book) and you never really knew what was going to happen to a lot of the characters (still surprised that that character was infected and killed). The narrator was good, and he sounded like he did a good job of giving all the characters' different voices (and the accents was excellent). The only problem I thought was that some of the actions by the characters in the story did not make too much sense. Why torture the reporter for information if you had the doctor who told you all you wanted to know? If you did not see a soul alive and moving in a small town during a time of "war", why commit your whole troop to entering the town, going in blind? Why risk trained personel to go and get 3 so-called fugitives when you know the city is over-run with the infected and have a high probability of being noticed by said infected? But other than that, the book was really good and kept me so interested that I bought the next book.
Was the story written that way, stilted and unemotional? Or is the narrator a robot? The narrator was so mechanical, there was no flow or life to the story. And eventually, I started to get a headache, literally. After a couple hours (and a couple of pills), I still couldn't pay attention to the story to say whether it was good or not. I think I'll try the written version instead.
It was probably meant to be charming and funny, but the author portraying the main female character as a flighty dim wit was beyond annoying. It followed the same path as so many others who did versions of the same theme (Clueless idiot tries to help, but make matters worse. Doesn't learn so does the same thing that made it worse over and over again). Writing this as a regency romance with a little magic did nothing to interest me into finding out what happens to the characters.
When I got the first book in the series, it was a gamble that I would like it. But I loved it and so bought the next and then the next because it was so good. Now, in the fourth book, this author has still kept me riveted to the story. He refreshes the readers' minds about the first days of the Alaska infection with different point of views from several new characters. He introduces new friends (mostly those who don't know how to survive and can not accept the reality of the infection, providing a striking contrast with the main group) and now has the militia from the third book hunting them down along with a horde of the infected.
I knew when I started this book, that it was most likely going to be the last in this series. But I am still craving more from this author.
I do not know if it was deliberate for drama or a way for her to control her breathing, but this narrator kept making long pauses, at the end of sentences and even half way through.It was just distracting and totally ruined the rhythm of the story. I could not even make it forty minutes before throwing in the towel and choosing another audiobook by a different author and definitely a different narrator.
This is the second time I listened to this narrator. And the second time she kept me from enjoying an audiobook that was highly rated. She has poor breath control. After almost every sentence or after several words, she takes an annoyingly loud indrawn breath like she is racing through her speaking so fast that she can't breathe. And now the only thing I can remember after an hour of struggling through this book is gasp, gasp, and gasp.
After listening to the first, I was really looking forward to finding out what happened to Lissa, the main character. The first book was awesome. She found herself in a unusual situation (being turned into a vampire, and told she would be hunted and killed for being a rogue, and blackmailed by werewolves) and she dealt with it, in a lot of humor and butt kicking ways.
But this book, she was a push over. She didn't deal with it (compliance is not dealing with it). She talked about not wanting this or being against that, but only in her head and then does what she is told like accepting an engagement to Gavin, who is starts to become very possessive and verbally abusive.
This series started out as a urban fantasy with a strong female character, now it's becoming about a woman who is accepting being abused, molested, and tortured by not only the men (and there are a lot of them, very few female characters in this story) in her life, but also by her community and the laws that govern that community (she gets beaten for saving the so called good guys).
Even though this book ended on a very dramatic cliffhanger, I think this might be my last book of the series.
In an audiobook, the narrator is just as important as the story itself. If the narrator has some bad talking habits or just a bad sounding voice, the audiobook is hard to like. The narrator spoke well, but she unfortunately has a high pitched girly voice. Even though she did very well giving each character their own sound so it was half way easy to identify the character speaking, she gave most, if not all, a very annoying accent that started to give me a headache.
Years ago, I got the abridged version of this book (in cassettes). And it was okay, not great but halfway decent. This version on the other hand was not even halfway decent.
The narrator was okay, giving a good try at this book, but with this story I think nothing could have saved it.
The main female character was a complete wimp and sometimes seem to "tease" the main male character into almost raping her several times, and I mean "several" times. The main male character was a complete jerk, jumping to conclusions and insulting the main female character through most of the book, and still rapes her on their wedding night.
If I'm going to read a book about abuse, I would like to see some redeeming qualities, like the characters standing up for themselves or getting away from bad relationships, not "a tiger I can tame" (she thought this earlier in the book). Even the end was very cheesy and didn't really save the book from being bad.
The story was well written and it did not confuse me, but I couldn't agree with the logic. It seemed like the main female character was creating most of the trouble and yet she "didn't want trouble". If the main female character wanted the main male character to stay and govern and help her people, why did she allow him to be poisoned by arsenic through over 3/4ths of the book and then she gets upset when he thinks she was the one who did it. She didn't want to marry him so she hid herself with the servants, but she kept doing things to come to his attention. That's the problem with a lot of historical romances. If they are not written with some style and care, they tend to portray the female character as a dramatic ditz with very poor common sense and become bland, overdone, or just annoying.
Yes, this plot was the same as the first book, but it's still a pleasant read. No "damsel is distress" or idiotic logic that a lot of regency romances portray the main female character as. And this narrator, in my opinion, is one of the best.
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