I went into listening to this book with high hopes. Adveture, mystery, the Marines...how could it go wrong? Well, I found out. The story is okay, but by the end of the book, I really didn't feel anything for any of the characters, except for the P.I. who was killed, and we only learn about that peripherally. Overall, I think that it had good bones, but the meat just wasn't there.
I enjoyed both versions of this book a lot and there are so many reasons why, I'm not sure I'll be able to enumerate them all.
The narration, for the most part, is top notch and the actors they chose were excellent. Each one brought a certain gravitas to their reading and each injected the emotion that I would expect if I were interviewing someone about a disaster such as World War Z. In particular, the stories behind the effort in the US to create the safe zones, the Battle of Yonkers, the flight to the Himalayas, the report of the Canadian Soldier and the Australian space-walker were some of the most informative. The most heart-wrenching, however, was the interview with the feral child. The actress deserves every award that is possible for this kind of voice-acting; I really believed, for the duration of her interview, that I was hearing about something that had actually taken place. I know that a lot of that was Brooks's writing, he was able to portray in words the experience of a child and keep it in the child-like tone and diction. That is difficult for an author, but he manages beautifully. A lot of the credit, however, goes to the actress.
The politics involved were also interesting to listen to, especially when the Allied Commander is talking about WHY the US nearly lost the war and it hits you in the gut when you realize that he is talking about America's reactions right now. Everything that he talks about is exactly the way that it is right now, both in the armed forces and with the country at large and it is frightening to think that we could be so vulnerable.
Totally worth the money to purchase. Buy it. Now.
I did enjoy the book, let me be clear on that, but it took a long time for any real action to take place with the main characters. I did like Andrew Warne as a person, but I found the character indecisive and felt that there was too much time spent in his head. The amount of second-guessing he did, while understandable within the context of the events in the book, were tiresome after a while.
There was one major issue with the recording, and that was that there were 4 instances that I counted where the author repeated a line; a minor issue, but annoying all the same. This was jarring when trying to get into the world of the novel and lose yourself in it.
Over all a good book, and I definitely do not regret buying it.
I read the novel before I got the audiobook and I have to say...that I love both of them. I enjoy John Ringo's military thrillers, perhaps too much, but I must say that the novel, paired with the narrator's voice and performance takes this to a whole new level. An excellent listen and totally worth it!
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