Five days ago a rash of bizarre murders swept the country. Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected....
A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike. A mass of school shootings. Prison riots of unprecedented brutality. Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state.
Four Days Ago the murders increased ten-fold....
Three days ago the President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace....
Two days ago the killers began to mobilize....
Yesterday all the power went out....
Tonight they’re reading the names of those to be killed on the Emergency Broadcast System. You are listening over the battery-powered radio on your kitchen table, and they’ve just read yours. Your name is Jack Colclough. You have a wife, a daughter, and a young son. You live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. People are coming to your house to kill you and your family. You don’t know why, but you don’t have time to think about that any more. You only have time to run!
©2011 Blake Crouch (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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I didn't know what to expect with this book but it was a nice surprise. I am a huge fan of post-apocalyptic books and thought this sounded like a good listen. The book starts off quickly with action and keeps moving fast the entire time.
This is a book where the characters keep making bad decisions but thats what makes it a fun listen. Overall I am glad a picked this one up and will be picking up another one from this author.
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4
In RUN we follow the Colclough family as they battle to stay alive, together and for an uncertain future.
Oh my goodness this story left me a little traumatised. Mr. Crouch knows how to write a story that leaves you with a lot of WTF’s. There is a lot that happens in this book. A lot of unanswered questions. A lot of Oh my god moments. A lot of yelling “RUN!!!!!” to my audio book. And tears, yes there were tears in my eyes many times. As I listened to this book I found myself right there next to Jack, Dee and the kids. I found myself looking over my shoulder a few times.
This book is not for the faint of heart. Each page brings a new horror and just when you think it can’t get any worse it does. Seriously, if you can’t handle horror this is not the book for you. But if you like this genre or think you want to give this genre a try pick up a copy of RUN. But be warned this book is intense.
Phil Giganto did a great job of narrating this book. My only issue was some of the voices they were a little hard to tell apart at the beginning. But as the story went on I was able to tell the characters apart better and better. I am glad that I listened to this book on audio.
I purchased the book from Audible.com and this review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
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“Run” takes the reader on a wild ride through a horrific wasteland. A well written book, which keeps the action coming throughout the read. The writing style helps immerse the reader in the story with so many sights, sounds and smells you might not want to go to sleep at night.
The characters have their faults which makes them more realistic, but the children can be a bit annoying at times (seriously author has had your parents tell you not to look about 20 times in this book do you still need to ask why?). The story borders on horror more than a true thriller but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I was not a fan of Mr. Gigante's narration as all of the women (and Cole) all sound the same. He does a decent job of differentiating the male voices but needs some serious help on the ladies.
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Having come off of Pines from Blake Crouch, a novel which I thought was exceptionally well written, intelligent, and astounding... I was looking forward to seeing how this novel ended up, especially considering the mountain of positive reviews this material had been getting. So I hunkered down to enjoy it, and it started off well enough... but then became a drivel mess. However not for the reasons that most would have you believe.
I had no problem with the premises of the novel, even though it did seem a bit in the vein of Cell or Haters, but it was the main cast of characters I didn't like. The biggest problem was the wife and the children. Both were shrill, unsupportive, and idiotic. Every time they began to open their mouths I was ready for their part to be over. Was this a little unfair of me? Perhaps. But it is the first book in a long time I found myself walking away from.
The print version might have been better for this book. It took a while before I could get into the book. I'm not sure if it was the book itself or the narrator. However, I struggled with the narrator in this book. The story itself became quite intense, and it was difficult to stop listening at times (despite the narrator).
A lot of the dialogue was painful to listen to as it seemed that all conversations were on the same level of emotion. The narrator didn't seem to use much intonation, if any. The dialogues felt very choppy. Perhaps that was the intent, but it didn't serve the book or the readers very well.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Loved that there were no chapter divisions announced in this audio book. Loved that it just kept going and going, the tension mounting and the twists and turns not predictable. A very good listen!
"Run" is a mystery, love story, thriller, adventure, and a plausible science fiction story. It is different from any book I have listened to or read before. (I have listened to 1,715 on Audible and read many more. I started reading fiction in 3rd grade and joined Audible almost as soon as in appeared online.) At 72 I didn't there was much that could amaze me but "Run" did. I almost returned it at several points in the book but then it would take an unexpected turn and I would have a hard time putting it down. It is definitely worth experiencing.
I found this to be very similar to Stephen Kings Cell but almost a PG version. The main characters are easily able to get out of impossible situations and overcome obstacles to easily for it to be believable. It was ok. I would have returned it if I haven't listened to it for free through Kindle Unlimited.
I might listen to this book again because the story was incredibly engaging and the narrator did a fantastic job! I don't think I'm familiar with this narrator but I knew he was doing a really great job when I'd try to fall asleep to my Audible, as I often do, and instead found myself staying awake later than usual and resetting the sleep timer!
There were a few, but I think the last couple chapters really brought the story full circle in a way few authors seem capable of achieving.
Yes, but I'm not sure I'd be able to stay awake that long!
I'm a huge fan of all things written by, or with, Blake Crouch but this was a rare time when I found myself frustrated with how long it took for the explanation of why what was happening, was happening. Also unanswered little things like at the beginning as names are being read out over the radio... how would it be possible to know who was hunter or hunted without visual confirmation? Details like that are the kind of thing that can bother me even when I've finished listening to, or reading, or a book. Overall though a book I wouldn't hesitate to recommend!
I really wanted to like this book. I did listen to the whole book but there were times that I just shut it down to keep my sanity. The idea behind the book was iffy, because the author never really attempted to explain why people were affected in the manner they were and how it affected everyone with the same delusion and why homicide and hatred were the result of the delusion. Also, the thing that caused this mass delusion, was it world-wide or just country-wide? See, I can't remember and I don't think that was ever explained but I don't care enough to go back and figure it out. The narrator also got on my last nerve trying, and failing to sound like a young boy; a teenage girl; and a grown woman. If you can't do voices, just read the book straightforward. Also, being female, I really hated the way the author made the adult female in the story an adulterer, without any real reason given, and then made her whiny and a scaredy cat and totally not even remotely fierce and the character was a doctor, which is not accomplished by the faint of heart. One last gripe - the teenaged daughter was a stereotypical brat - complete with headphones and iPod and crying and whining. Just ugh. I resent wasting money on this book.
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