Oh good grief! I feel like I'm listening to the 80's cartoon "Snagglepuss" (yep grew up w/it - look it up on youtube). This guy is SO annoying. Narrators rarely if ever deter me from books. This one is definitely getting on my nerves. He draws out, almost singing, words especially those at the end of the sentence. "I tried to seeeee, as I looked around the cornnnnerrrrr something biiiiiigggg blocked my siiiiiiiight". completely monotone too - absolutely no emotions shine through. Between that and the sound effects it is VERY distracting.
The book is worth the credit but be prepared to cringe frequently at "snagglepuss" and his posse.
For the story itself, it is "ok". The author sometimes goes into too much detail. If someone were to ask Jack, the main character, what time it is he'd tell them how to build a clock. There's this weird scene about opening a door and it takes him an entire paragraph to explain it. Nothing happens, not suspenseful just bogged down with details. Then there's the flashbacks. Fillers if you ask me. They lend absolutely no importance to the story nor do they help develop the character. Yep, fillers. Irrational, illogical acts are sprinkled throughout. One is Jack taking his teenage kids, just because they want to go and he doesn't think they'll take no for an answer, to Kuwait to get his girlfriend. They were snug with his mother at the family home. Yeah that's what most of us parents would do.
I do like that some zombie cliches are broken and I'm hoping book two will pick up. (AND please please please use a different narrator I beg of you!!!)
I've read worse but then again I've read much better (Tufo, Correia, Frater, Bourne, Imura, Maberry, Kirkman/Bonansinga, Petersen, Roux, Cook, Rowland, Aguirre, Barnes/Due, Clines, Pride & Prejudice and zombies series, Brooks, DiLouie, Atwood, Recht books ! & 2 NOT 3, Burke, Zito, Sprague, Thomas, Bell, D'Orazio, Matheson, Ryan, King, Wellington..............sure I've missed a few)
This is a great concept. I thought it would be a little ridiculous but the way the author presented the "reading other people's thoughts" was actually clever & not at all predictable. The only problem I had with it was the monotony of the whole running, chasing, catching and escaping. I mean really? Two really bad guys & they catch the kids (main characters Todd & Viola) at least three times each. Todd is not able to kill them so they tie them up or injure them and keep running. REPEAT. Bad guys chase, catch the kids, the kids can't kill them and they get away only to be caught later on. it gets REALLY REALLY old. narrator awesome as ever.
I read the free prequel first and I'm glad I did. The story starts with the prequel. A girl named Viola on a scouting/settling ship with her parents to a "new world". She was raised on a ship. They crash. Book one.........Todd lives on New world where every man can read the thoughts of other men. They can also hear animals. Todd has an annoying dog, though loyal, named Manchee. We learn his parents are dead & he was being raised by Ben & Kilian (though I don't know if Kilian is Ben's lover, brother, son or what). Todd is the last boy in his town called printisstown. At 13 boys become "Men" and stop talking to other boys so he as no friends. One day he catches "silence" in the swamp after being attacked by maniacal priest Erin for not being home doing chores. He tries to make it home without anyone in the town knowing he heard (or didn't hear) something. Whole town of crazy, mean men. NO women. We learn they were all killed by the "Spackle". the alien race that are a primitive humanoid species. Ben /Kilian go crazy upon learning of the silence in the swamp & chaos ensues. They get a backpack with provisions give Todd a knife and his mothers journal telling him he is in great danger & to leave now. There's another settlement. He has been lied to his whole life. Prentisstown is not the only settlement on New World. He reluctantly leaves and that's when all Hell breaks loose. he finds the silence............a girl named Viola. Turns out you cannot hear women's thoughts on the planet. Just men. For whatever reason during the initial war with the Spackle that killed all the women on the planet - the silence germ that the spackle released killed all the women & made the men capable of everyone reading their minds. OR so he's been told..........The whole town turns on Ben & Kiliean & begin to chase Todd who saves Viola from Erin, the evil priest. Viola & Todd search for the new settlement and learn allot more than they bargained for. Definitely worth the credit but I swear if the second book doesn't stop this continuous, monotonous run/capture sequence I'm going to ask for a credit back for book 2. But I'll give it a chance!!!
I honestly couldn't get past the first chapter. WHO is this narrator. Yuck. Just listen to the sample good grief. I should have. I relied on the past reviews. BIG mistake. She sings the last word / draws it out......of EVERY single sentence. It gets old. If she did it for one character I could handle it - but no. She drags out/ sings the last word for every character. It is not only annoying but distracting as he77. I'm actually requesting my credit back - it is that bad!
descent story about four kids on a deserted Florida Key for weekend romp when government experiment ruins it. Spiders & flies. Follows someone back to the mainland where they devour their human hosts etc. So So story & worth the credit but be warned this is one weird narrator. Any "an" that sounds like Hand comes out ain so Hand is Haind, Sand is Saind, Plan is Plain Ran is Rain where the heck does he come from? This WEIRD pronunciation quirk is heavy & throughout the book. Drove me nuts! Bottom line, descent horror novel if you can stand a quirkly weird narration!
All for killing main character when it makes sense..............This one doesn't. Some times it makes sense to kill off a main character so the others can come to the forefront and grow. In the last book we spent the entire thing longing for certain people & struggling to get to them. . All is well for awhile but there is not a happy ending. There were 5 other main characters that the author could have killed off that would have left a huge hole in Cassie's heart and changed how she grows & acts. The one killed off made no sense. I stopped listening. The narrator is awesome as usual.
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.
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