I typically read horror and zombie books. I shy away from vampires and love stories. I always thought Nora Roberts wrote the latter. This book was part of the May sale so I gave it a shot. WOW. Boy am I glad I did! The story revolves around a 16 year old girl whose every thought and action is controlled by her mother. She's a genius but socially inept. She's never been to the mall, doesn't know how to dress nor know any of the typical teenage pop culture. After a fight with her mother she rebels. She runs into Julie and they strike a deal, Liz will make fake ids if Julie will help her shop & take her with her to the club. Liz ends up witnessing something horrific and after an attempt on her life while in police custody she goes into hiding. The majority of the story takes place 12 years later. LIz - now known as Abigail is super suspicious of everyone, still socially backwards, a loner and incredibly paranoid. All of which has kept her alive from the bad guys! The small town chief of police takes an interest in her and it turns into a beautiful story of love, suspense, cat and mouse, computer hacking etc. Reminded me of the Sandra Bullock movie The Net in some regards. I was VERY surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It wasn't a mushy, over the top harlequinesque novel. Roberts does an excellent job of developing the main character. Though a bit peculiar she's "endearing" and you find yourself rooting for her. The narrator was wonderful. Unlike alot of female narrators she did a great job with the male voices. She captured Abigail/Liz's innocence and guarded reserve excellently!!! The last quarter of the book is non stop action when Abigail aka Liz decides to stop hiding and confront her past with the help of her lover Chief of Police Brooks. AWESOME read. I'm glad I downloaded it!
OMG this lady needs to find another career. I would do a better job and trust me when I say that is saying allot. I would not even like her reading children's books. She's THAT BAD. No emotions, dull, monotone and I swear I checked twice to make certain I wasn't listening in slow mo. Nope just the worlds worst narrator. Seriously 1200+ audio books (no tv for me I listen to books) and I can honestly say this lady was the absolute worst! The author turned me off from the beginning as well. He spends a huge amount of time telling people not to give away the book, download extra copies, if you want to give it to someone purchase another copy blah blah blah. What little bit that I listened to wasn't bottom of the barrel just so so. Husband does the unthinkable, wife & daughter move away to small mountain town for a fresh start. Every word out of the mother's mouth to her 15 year old daughter is honey, sweetie, sweetheart, baby and munchkin......yes she calls her 15 year old munchkin. No wonder she plays with a ouja board lol. Don't wast your time. You'll be cringing. The printed copy may be worth it but audio................NO!
I LOVED Rosemary's baby, Book & even the movie. I was so excited when I saw the sequel coming to audible. I had just finished Dr. Sleep (king) and I guess I was hoping this sequel would be just as good..............uh NO. I can't really tell you why it was so bad without giving away the ending & pretty much the entire premise of BOTH books. Lets just say the author turns the entire book Rosemary's Baby & Son of Rosemary into the biggest, annoying "no no" that any author can do. Lazy. Not only did he ruin Son of Rosemary but the first book as well Good Grief. Great writing but horrible horrible ending that ruined both books. Levin could have gone in so many other directions. The narration was wonderful, the book fast paced & as always he did a great job with the characters. Just lost his imagination in the end.................I think I'd rather watch an episode of "Dallas" lol.
Tufo he is not BUT it isn't horrible either. I don't feel the need to return it. It needs a little more zombie action/fighting. It is mostly about the humans & their struggles/relationships. The characters are likable & their actions believable. No dumb blonds (I'm blond I can say that) going up to a zombie asking if they need some lipstick! So So story, nothing special. Narrator did a really good job. Bottom line, if out of zombie books to listen to buy it. If one of your favorites is coming out in a day or two - save your credit it for it!
I like my coffee black, my house clean, my daughter strong and my Stephen King with a touch of horror/paranormal. Mr. Mercedes was not. Great police procedural, great narration but definitely NOT horror. Bad guy runs down group of job seekers, cop retires never able to find the killer and haunted with the mystery of how he got the 2nd key of the stolen mercedes he used. Mr mercedes contacts the now retired cop who watches tv all day and contemplates eating his gun. A game of cat and mouse ensues between the cop, his friend & lawn boy, new girlfriend (who happens to be the sister of the owner of the stolen infamous mercedes) and eventually the cousin of the sisters who is mentally unstable. Great character development, just enough detail to make the story interesting without bogging us down and realistic events. Why 4 stars? It is not horror. If it wasn't a good read I'd return it. You won't be disappointed in the story - you will be disappointed, if like me you shop in the "horror" & "paranormal" sections, that there are no ghosts, ghouls, monsters. Not even a premonition!
I thought Scott Brick (yes some think he is a narrator-GOD - me? dislike him immensely) over "acted" but whoever voices victor good grief. I heard peanuts teachers! OSC drags out everything. My gosh if he were describing eating an apple it would take him three chapters. Useless filler. He spent WAY too much time on Victor. Ship? What alien ship. It seemed like he skimmed over it. The story, the character development, and even the dialogue seemed amateurish. Yep, I'll pass on this one.
The scientists made it out of the lost world but the mite outbreak back in the real world has escalated. Militia, crazy zealots and people with their skin falling off are abundant. I had to give up after chapter three. The last straw.....They are trying to get the possible CURE back to the CDC in an armored truck with a flame thrower on top. They've been attacked by zealots & one scientist & one army guy killed. The leader is stalking them. So what do they do? See a little girl with boils on her in the middle of the street holding a dead cat. When her boils burst aka bloom the mite eggs will be thrown in the air for blocks, get in your lungs and eat you from the inside out. NO cure. Can't help the girl. She will either bloom (the boils are close to blooming) or the mob that's chasing her will kill her and them. What do they do? Stop! If she blooms in their "tank" they'll die instantly but that's ok. Carla, the CDC scientist that could save the world decides they have to bring this ticking time bomb into the tank with them. Head military guy argues against it & the crazy mob shoots him. One little girl who is contagious and about to die/kill everyone for blocks is far more important than getting the cure to save millions to the CDC. Dumb Dumb Dumb. Would never happen. Kill blooms, Carla the scientist who insisted on stopping and CDC wiz kid who can save the world is holding her shoulders & now infected. Head military guys, only one left, is dead, tank on fire and now they're on foot. Girl is dead. Audio turned off ............
The narrator has weird pronunciations that are driving me insane. Debris is Deb-ri and figure is fig-ur - those are the worse and abundant throughout
Books one & two had flaws but was a descent listen. I can't continue with book #3. Characters would simply NOT act like that & good grief someone tell this narrator how to pronounce his words.
I walked by my daughter's baby doll & almost had a heart attack when it said "mama". That's how creepy this book is! It's been awhile since a book gave me the "heebie jeebies" but baby talk is truly one of those books that keeps you up at night.
Neal finds himself in an unhappy marriage, in a minimum wage delivery job (dropped out of college before becoming a chemist then medical school because a one night stand ended in a pregnancy) and a very young father to Natasha. Natasha is he and Annie's 5 month old daughter. All is not what it appears when he thinks he hears Natasha, in an evil voice, talking to him. Think Chucky but instead of a doll its a baby. TOTALLY creepy. If your Aunt Mary has a room full of lifelike dolls that you have to help her change a light bulb in .....do NOT read this book lol.
The author did a good job with the story & with the characters. All were multi dimensional and not boring. In a story like this it is easy to just pile catastrophe and bad luck so high on the character that the reader becomes smothered as well and frankly loses interest. There's just enough to make it interesting without bogging down the story and making us think "there is just no way someone has THAT much bad luck. There are hints as to who or what baby Natasha is but I would love to see another book with another unsuspecting family and a tad more back story
I loved it and will definitely keep my eyes out for more from this author. Spend the credit you won't be disappointed!
boring, dry, VERY hard to follow, all the characters seem exactly alike to me. The "bad guy" is not scary just annoying. Stopped after a few chapters.
OMG OMG OMG. Best one yet! I really think I like the Elizaless story much better. Mike & Family set out looking for Dr. Baker thinking he can cure BT & Mike's son. Both had been infected but not yet turned. BUT not only does the Talbot caravan provide awesome entertainment - Tufo gives us the back story of Mrs. D. and it is a doozy! Better yet...........TRIPP is back! Gotta love the stoner with a big personality. It seems Mike & Company aren't the only ones looking for Dr. Baker. A military group with connections to Mrs. D. is also interested in the Doc. Everyone ends up in the same place and we learn more about what started this whole zombie apocalypse.
Mike & the group start to ponder on whether or not GOD is steering the group together & somewhere since there are allot of events that they had been chalking up to coincidences or fate that now seem outrageously unlikely. I don't mind the religious aspect of 7 at all but I hope, are you listening TUFO?, the author doesn't turn this whole series into a Lost finale and the Talbot party is in purgatory. That would not fly with us loyal fans. GOD helping out, fine, Mike waking up in the shower and this is all a bad dream, Mike being in a psych ward & slowly coming out of his stupor and purgatory/hell would be an insult to those of us who love this series!!!! I don't know if that's where he is going but I hope not. The book kind of ends abruptly but I don't have a problem with it at all. It simply means there's a book 8!!!
Zombie Fallout 7 is the best yet! WOW
Our hero, Emily, was likable yet flawed (really ride a bike from NY to Alaska instead of learning to drive quickly? puleez). I love a story that has "monsters" (monsters & zombies - Christmas Day) and I liked how these were portrayed. A nice premise and I think book two will be even better than the first. There were a few cliches that I could have lived without but for the most part interesting and entertaining.
Red rain begins falling & people die. Aliens? Terrorists? Monsters appear that may or may not be Aliens but definitely scary. Emily doesn't see a single soul but is lucky enough to find a well trained and protected malamute. They journey north towards Jacob & his group of scientist hoping the cold will stave off the effects of the "red rain". Along the way she meets a surviving family and they join her on her trek. Emily runs into lots of problems along the way but triumphs!
looking forward to book 2.
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