©2009 David Robbins; (P)2009 Books In Motion
I spend about 2 1/2 hrs a day commuting to work, so I have a good amount of Audible time. I love sci-fi, post apocalypse, and zombie books.
I really enjoyed it, and was thrilled to know that there was a second book. But a warning...the second book takes place 100 years in the future, but was written by the author in 1986 and has 28 books in that series. Star Wars type deal. Both books are good (although second is a bit dated with super cheese macho dialog). But the second does not really talk about many of the characters from the first book that you want to know about. So I can only hope that Mr. Robbins is planning some books that take place between the two. I am having surgery and will have 6-8 off from work so maybe I'll read the other 27 books! :)
I thought the idea of the story was great. But the author would go into detail on some things but then skip over major plot lines. It also had no ending .. and part two was a totally stand alone book so there really was no ending.
Most of you may not be familiar with this series or its author but I have read this series since I was around 12 years old. It remains one of my cherished childhood memories sitting by the pool with a new Endworld and reading it straight through. I did a lot of book reports growing up on Endworld and the dystopian future it revealed. I remember even writing an essay about if the apocalypse could possibly happen in this way. Needless to say I love this series and for those who are confused about characters and why it stops where it does just find the series in paperback (they have the first four on audible and eBook format) and give it a read. You'll understand that this book was just the foundation of what was to come. Another book "A girl, the end of the world and everything" is also part of this universe. It all builds upon characters that are known in a series called Endworld, that is 28 books ongoing as of now. Love this series and everything in it!
The premise has merit but the execution of the initial plot lines is awful. It starts like most End Of Civilization stories with things going from bad to worse as you meet the main characters. But as each one finds themselves in the expected tough situation cliffhanger, it just ends there! You find out a few chapters later that this character or that one arrived safely..Ummmmm OK. Great.
As it progresses it just gets..strange. It seems that most of the main characters are a bit...odd. ( Without putting any spoilers out there, I have one word..Thor) Which might not be so bad except you are constantly reminded they were chosen based on their psych profile..
The Narrator was mechanical, monotone and made a poor attempt a changing up the characters voices with any consistancy
There are few audible books I cannot finish, this was one of them.......and solely put off by the narrator. There are some narrators who when reading the female parts put on a voice that makes the female characters sound stupid, moronic, slow, etc etc, and this spoiled it for me and I could not keep listening. Do they really think women sound like that?
I was weary of getting this in Audio book based upon a few of the comments, but found this to be a very entertaining book. The narrator did a very good job as well which made it very enjoyable as well. I would recommend this to someone looking for a fictional but not a realistic nor a fantasy account of a doomsday scenario. It got pretty close to fantasy with one character but I found myself chuckling at certain points with pure joy at what was happening. The characters were good and a nice variety, loved how it bounced around from character to character at the beginning and left you hanging between the changing story lines. Yes, as others post the ending is very abrupt but knowing that going in I accepted it and now I look forward to the follow up books.
Dear Mr. Robbins, please do the world a favor and never write another book.
This is the worst book I have ever read, and I am not hard to please. Ren and Stimpy seems profound compared to this book. I could not take anything seriously in this work of garbage. Crap story, disconnected characters and an abrupt ending - save your credits folks.
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