It was a quiet Seattle morning until the skies filled with fire: without warning, a catastrophic meteor shower caused buildings to crumble and the lights to go out. Out of the rubble, five ordinary people arose to find themselves manifesting undreamed-of abilities.
Will they be enough to do what the military cannot - stop a massive alien invasion before the entire West Coast is destroyed?
©2016 Timothy W. Long (P)2016 Timothy W. Long
Yes. This is a different concept from other super hero stories. And I really enjoyed it.
Again. I really enjoyed this book. The only problem I had which really made me want to stop listening was the reader. He wanted to make everything sound like an action sequence. That very annoying if the characters are just going to sleep or sitting down. But other than that it was a good book.
The beginning was hard to follow at first because the narrator talked very fast and seemed to never take a breathe. I liked all the characters and the fast paced story.
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Seattle is the epicenter for an alien invasion. While the attack is going on five strangers will be struck by something and suddenly have the most unbelievable and unlikely powers. They aren't sure what happened but know that they are now capable of weird things. What they don't know is that they may be the only thing left to prevent the destruction of Earth.
Todd Menesses narrates Impact Earth and he has the perfect "superhero" type narrator voice. It just feels like you are flipping the pages of a comic book or graphic novel when Menesses is behind the story. The quality of the recording was perfect with no issues at all.
A word of warning, yes this book has some profanity to it. That is known to happen from time to time. And it doesn't bother me in the slightest. But as a service to others -- be warned there is a lot of cursing in this book. I chalked it up to the types of characters that Long was writing about. They weren't your normal 9 to 5er but more like your blue collar, un or undereducated people who are known to curse from time to time.
Superheroes aren't my go-to genre, but I still enjoy them. I wanted to read this book for two reasons. One, Menesses narrated it and I love his voice, and two, I want to get more into superheroes, comics, and graphic novels. This was a nice intro for me and I found myself enjoying it more than I originally thought I would.
The book takes on the typical "normal person turned super" but does a pretty nice job with it. The new superheroes are as confused and unsure as you would think a person would be and they even doubt what they are doing as they are doing it. There were a few times I found myself laughing at the situations they were in.
The details in Impact Earth were definitely there. Long takes his time making sure that the reader knows who these people are before and after the impact. I really like when an author can do that without making me feel like they are doing that.
Overall, a great combination of science fiction (alien invasion) and comic boon fiction (superheroes). Long is able to write a book that is both enjoyable and felt like good was served!
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This audiobook is fantastic! I have to admit though I almost felt like I needed a flow chart in the beginning to keep track of everyone in this book! But don't worry by the end you really feel connected to each and every one of the five main characters in this audiobook. It also took a little getting used to the author jumping between characters, but once I got a feel for each character, I honestly enjoyed how the story was told multiple points of view, it made total sense. What really helped was the narration by Todd Menesses, but we'll talk more about that later. So, in this ensemble cast, you have Brian, the overweight pimply faced 16-year-old kid. Elise, an abused woman just starting to rebuild her life. Sean, the big, kind-hearted divorcé. Martin, a crotchety old veteran dying of cancer and last but not least, Victor, the family man.
While the entire population of Seattle is caught up in an alien invasion, these five characters are fighting not one but two alien invasions. Talk about sensory overload! I'm not one for spoilers, so I'll leave it at that. Timothy W. Long really takes his time building this story, so expect this tale will roll out over several books because I really feel like book one is just the beginning! Speaking of that, I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but when I went to Long's website to see when the next book in the series was scheduled for release, I looked high and low and found zilch, so I'm assuming it will be awhile before book two is released... sigh.
OK, so let's talk about narrator Todd Menesses, I dare anyone to tell me that narrators are not actors of the highest caliber and that one person is voicing ALL of the characters major and minor! Genius! Each character has their own distinct voice and not once did I have to question which character was talking and trust me it's quite a feat to keep that many characters straight!
Amazing story, awesome narration, buy or credit this audiobook is worth it!
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We're being invaded and have the most unlikely saviors
An alien invasion strike Seattle, while the attack is happening, five strangers will find themselves now flowing with very unlikely... powers. What can these unlikely heroes do to prevent this alien invasion?
Impact Earth: Symbiosis was narrated by Todd Menesses who does a wonderful job. It's always nice to hear a narration that I would consider a "full cast" ensemble with only one narrator. A lot of the accents were really well done and it really helped move the story along.
Another book that has superhero undertones to it. Looking at the cover of this you would have no idea (but I guess that's why you shouldn't always judge a book by its cover).
While I enjoy superheroes, especially those who basically came from nothing -- this isn't my go-to genre. Menesses narration really kept me interested in this and helped me to continue listening to it.
I saw a lot of reviews that were complaining about the amount of profanity, so I will warn you -- if you are overly sensitive to profanity, just avoid this book. Given some of the circumstances that these characters are put into, I can completely understand the cursing -- I even support it for a book like this. I think that Timothy W Long was trying to make the book as realistic as possible (yeah, yeah, with aliens). But real people talk like that, especially those who are going through extremely stressful and bad situations.
If you look past the cursing there was a lot of really unique detail in this book. Long does a great job trying to make sure that each character is explained, and their backstories are told well enough that you can continue to follow with them as they learn of their new and different powers.
Overall, while a combination of a style that I really like with one that I don't as much -- I found myself enjoying Symbiosis. The combination of Long's writing style and Menesses comic-book-character-esque narration made this for me.
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
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Been waiting for TWL to crank out another good one. Tim, my man, please don't make me wait years for the next installment of this series!
Narrator. Is great, even liked his *pop* *poppop* that got left in when he made a mistake
The dialogue felt stunted between the characters and the lack of cohesion of the 5 main characters was frustrating and was never resolved. The narrator sometimes sounded like he was announcing for a monster truck rally commercial and his inflection on the last word in a sentence was jarring and kept removing me from the story. I will read the next novel in the series instead of listening to it.
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