Wanted to like it but just could not, though I did try. The narrator delivers the text in a halting, breathy type of way that just grated my nerves. The characters were not at all believable. The brilliant scientist is really an idiot and the grieving mother is at the middle of a love triangle that is totally out of place in this story. Also, many of the relationships are not made clear so it left me wondering what the heck was going on. I would pass on this one.
There are a couple of interesting twists tucked in to this story and you don't have to wait too long to find out what the first one is (I guessed it). The narrator does a decent job with the various voices. Some of the characters worked my nerves but it wouldn't be a good book if everyone made sense. Of course, there are a couple of moments where you think, "that would never work", etc, but the good action outweighs the bad. It wasn't a bad way to spend an afternoon and I will likely listen to the sequel when it becomes available.
If you think this is going to be your typical post apocalyptic zombie tale, you're wrong. It's mostly a collection of memories and events that happened prior to the outbreak. With well over 100 chapters in this title, there is surprisingly very little zombie action. If you are looking for lots of action and gore, look on. This listen was just ok for me. The narrator does an adequate job, but for the most part, these people go about life in a fairly normal way and are not bothered by zombies most of the time. I found it kind of dull, no idea where the "wow's" are coming from.
I listened to this with my 11 year old son. We both enjoyed this and in this current societal environment, it's a good lesson about understanding differences, empathy and acceptance. I'm glad we were introduced to August.
I was excited to hear this after The Jakarta Pandemic, which I firmly believe is one of the best stories of the genre. I was glad to be back with these characters and hear how things continue after the pandemic. For the most part, I wasn't disappointed, the story was pretty engaging. The only issue is that it ended too abruptly and it seems they really could have continued on and found a better point to leave off until the next installment. That said, I will be anticipating the 2nd and I do recommend this one, especially if you were left wanting more after Jakarta.
If you're looking for excitement, keep looking. You will not find it here. There is nothing exciting about this story, which is odd given the subject matter, and just as important, there is nothing exciting about the way the narration is done. The entire story is told in a matter of fact, reading type of way, so much so that it seems that things are pretty calm in the face of the biggest disaster a country could potentially realize. There is little difference among the male voices as well. Not one of the better selections among this genre.
This story moves. fast. There are a ton of chapters but the whole thing takes place over just a few hours on one day. Just as the main character starts to reach his purpose, the story ends, to be continued. I like to savor a story and I felt I couldn't do that because the listener is just slammed with event after event and disaster after disaster with not much of a break anywhere to be found. If you like fast paced zombie tales, this is for you.
I liked the things about this story that were different from the typical zombie junk. Anytime an author can take a subject that has been so overdone and make me see it from a different perspective, it's a good thing. A lot of things about the story were unexpected, like the main character, Dannie. It's a lengthy listen. It starts slow, even a bit dull at first. I had to double check to make sure I was reading the right story because it took a while to get to the zombie stuff, but once things got going, I thought the story was pretty good. The ending was interesting enough that I am actually looking forward to the sequel.
Wow! This book drones on and on for almost six hours before the disaster it's focused on even occurs! It's just too much and it's not interesting and it feels really outdated. Going into the second of three parts (another 9 hours for part two) I realized I just cannot continue. There are a slew of characters to keep track of and I didn't connect with any of them. Walking away. I do not recommend!
This was a pretty good listen. The story is pretty interesting and kept my attention. My only complaint would be that all of the male voices sounded the same to me, which I found annoying after a while. Other than that this is a pretty engaging survival story. I appreciated that "The Infected" are not zombies. As usual, I struggled with some of the characters that are a bit thick headed, but that's to be expected. I'm planning to give the sequel a listen.
This one was difficult to finish and I'm glad it's over. The narrator does a not so great job with the delivery of this text, reading with a herky jerky style that made me really aware that he was reading vs allowing me to concentrate on the story. I think the author just wanted to write about survival gadgets. There's a lot of detail about gadgets and guns but the plot is really lacking for substance. Overall, I didn't care for it and found myself just wanting it to be over vs see any sort of resolution.
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