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.
This is one of those edge of your seat, stay up all night, intense books, one of the best listens I have experienced in a long long time!
RUN FASTER DAMMIT!!!!!
This entire book is about one family's attempt to survive. You're given a dramatic and in depth look into four family members (a father, a mother, and two children) desparently trying to survive being hunted down to be murdered in a hate filled frenzy. At first your not sure why this one father is so desperate to run hundreds of miles with his unprepared wife and family. His only driving force is to save his family. To get them into Canada where no one will want to murder them for no reason. At first your puzzled because "RUN" starts out quickly and then escalates at break neck speed. The family is running for their lives and your still trying to find out why. However, "RUN" intense start is absolutely necessary for the story to work. It is a delight that virtually the entire book's character development is used to bring you, the listener, into the escaping family desperate struggle to survive. You ride the emotional rollarcoaster with this family. "RUN" has to be fast paced in order to set the scene for the family's escape. Also, the ending is so intense that you nervously cheer, or in my case, yell at the family to do something more, especially run faster. Anyone will love "RUN" if they love a fast paced character driven novel that keeps you hanging on, cheering, till the very end.
Phil Gigante is one of the best narrators out there. With every book he tackles he seems to know it's secrets. And then he has an uncanny ability to reel just about any listener into the books true story. He brings a book's characters to life. His narration is often what let's you, the listener, become emotionally evolved with a novels critical main characters.
RUN, NOT FOR YOUR HEALTH BUT FOR YOUR LIFE!!!!
Great faced paced book that you'll love to listen too. You'll listen to it in one sitting. It would be great on a cold (really cold) weekend. ENJOY
I've always considered Crouch a good storyteller/writer, but a mid-grade writer. On the same level as Konrath/Kilborn and Jeremy Bishop etc. Not bad, but not an author that's an instant buy either. If he keeps writing books like "Run", Crouch will be an instant buy author for me.
It's about a man who has to keep his family safe in a world that's turned impossibly dangerous. It's about a family on the run from everyone.
The explanation for what is going on isn't fleshed out much. But it's not important. It's about the run. And about the family.
The narrator Phil Gigante did a great job. I've heard him a few times before, I think he did Shadowland by Straub. Solid performance as always.
I enjoyed the adventure, the terror, the on the edge of my seat, holding my breathe, sensation I got from listening to this book. This book is so well written and the characters are easy to identify with. The journey this family has to embark on and the horror and terror they encounter is one thing but the way they respond and react to their environment and situation makes it easy to get wrapped up in the moment.
The relationship development in the book and of course the raw fear from the story.
The end was a bit sad and disturbing! The family found in the minivan along with the father walking down the road was also a bit disturbing.........hell this whole book is disturbing.
Worth the credit.
This book is so similar in its basic idea to Hater by David Moody that I have a hard time believing it was not inspired by it. In both a portion of the population is overtaken by irrational, uncontrollable hatred toward the rest of the population and the need to destroy them. In both those full of hate can instantly tell on sight who the enemy is but the normal people cannot. A big difference though is that in Hater, we do not find out what caused it, and Hater is far more an examination of the crazy, irrational, zombie-like nature of divisive, pointless hatred. This is more of a survival story and we do find out what caused the division. So in terms of plot there is not a huge similarity ( aside from one scene that is nearly identical), but the premise is very similar.
This is not a criticism. It follows some similarities as a zombie survival story, but with the interesting twist that the people who are in the role of a zombie are not dead and retain their intellect. It is action packed and I felt for the characters and thought it was fairly well paced. The narrator does a great job too.
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.
I knew I was in trouble when I noticed myself accelerating while driving and listening to this book. It dawned on me that the book is entering my mind on a level I didn't invite. Blake Crouch is a WRITER!! Masterfully in creating pictures in your mind. This book is so well done...I can't express. just EXCELLENT!
Yes. Good story, good voice acting which made a great tense book. The pacing was good and kept me on the edge of my earbuds. It left you just long enough to gasp for air before you dived back in.
The Cell by Stephen King and The Day of the triffids by John Wyndham. Similar premise as the cell with half the world turning against itself. It reminds me of day of the triffids because of the meteor shower.
I liked how he performed the bit players in this book it really made me feel like each one was different.
Listening to contemporary and historical fiction, mysteries/thrillers, and the occasional bio or memoir. Narration is key; nothing is more distracting than a poor telling of a good story! My rating scale: 5=Love It; 4 = Like It; 3 = It's Okay; 2 = Not So Good; 1 = Bad, Really Bad.
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!
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.
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