The ninth and ultimate Maximum Ride story is here!
Legions of Max fans won't be disappointed by this encore episode in the beloved series about the incredible adventures of a teenage girl who can fly. As Maximum Ride boldly navigates a postapocalyptic world, she and her broken flock are roaming the Earth, searching for answers to what happened. All will be revealed in this last spectacular "ride" - a brand-new grand finale featuring all of the nonstop action, twists, and turns that listeners can rely on in a blockbuster Patterson pause resister!
©2015 James Patterson (P)2015 Hachette Audio
Weakest book in the Maximum Ride series. One of the worst narrators I've encountered in an Audible book, the voices were very stilted, and even too old for the character, such as the voice she uses for Gazzy. Basically, most of the male voices sounded stiff and unnatural. And the story was scattered and poorly developed. The earlier books in the series are far better stories. I returned the book, not worth a credit.
Amazon Prime isn't all it's supposed to be. Okay, I know that has nothing to do with the book at hand, but it affects how I felt as I went into it. You see, when you have Amazon Prime, you can have a family account. How exciting is that? That means we shouldn't have to replicate purchases. My husband has a normal amount of books in his Kindle collection. The Maximum Ride Forever was a part of it. I tried to borrow it.
Okay, let me back up here. I have a full public library's amount of Kindle books and I get more every day. With Prime, my poor husband was getting all my books onto his Fire carousel. So he called Amazon and they worked him through a couple fixes (two phone calls). He thought he had it fixed. But as of that moment, his copy of Maximum Ride Forever disappeared from my carousel with only 15% read. After much hassle, we decided to sign him into my Audible so I could listen to it on my tablet. Phooey with the book. So I spent my day listening to the story while I sewed. Not a bad way to read, huh?
Kasey Lee Huizinga does an amazing job as narrator for the story. She encompasses Max's attitude. She does all the characters with the acting skills that should be on Broadway. BUT...
I just wasn't thrilled with yet another Maximum Ride book that seemed the same as the last few. Boring! Even in the height of adventure, even with bad things happening left and right, it seemed the same story as last time and the time before. Sure, it was a distraction I was glad to put my non-sewing mind to. Still, I found myself calling out to the room, "Again?" I know. What do I want for a post-apocalyptic world that still had mutants in it? There were a couple surprises but I shall not place a spoiler here if you can read it and be as surprised as I was with each... bad or good surprises.
By the way, I think that listening to Maximum Ride is far better than reading it. Get the Audible version if you can. Just an FYI: the Kindle version is $9.99. Too high for me. But it does have text-to-speech. It may not be as much fun as with Kasey Lee Huizinga, but it could help the story go faster as you drive and listen.
Well while I feel like some of the story is really rushed in a let's just get this out of the way kind of way. It finally gave fans an ending that was not just a gaping hole in the story. That most fans will agree had declined a bit after the first 3 books.
Though I really feel like some characters were written out just to end it all and could have done a lot more for the story to have kept them alive or included them in a more dramatic way.
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