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Anastasia

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Uhm, uh, ya, no.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-19

My husband gave me a gag gift pen and every time I press the button is says "um, uh, ya, no..." That's what I think of the reviews of this book and the book. I bought it based on all the great reviews. When it was over, I thought I'd missed something so I went back and looked at the reviews again- no, I didn't miss anything. I'd read the sparkling reviews and think just that- uh ya no. It felt like much longer than 3.5 hours. Although I think the author meant to really develop the protagonist's character- she did not. There was no story here. No questions were answered. There was no conflict. There was no revelation. There was no ending. Maybe I'm too dense or stupid- but I don't get it. To be honest, the performance was good- but I think the performance ratings often skew the overall rating higher, so anymore I just rate the performance the same as the book.

Interesting- Woman's Perspective

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-19

That was interesting- it's a zombie story from the perspective of a woman (periods in the zombie apocalypse and all)-seriously, I did not know that the author was a man until I looked him up after completing the book. The only other author that has done that convincingly for me was Stephen King in Gerald's Game. I read/listen to a lot of zombie books and I'm always purchasing books when someone says "different," and they usually really aren't. But this one was unique and a lot of fun. She's a strong heroin, there's a touch of (really odd) romance, and a lot of action. Obviously a dog lover. Definitely worth a credit!

Maybe I have to be a guy?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-19

I'm sorry- this is probably a decent book- and I'm not particularly sensitive or uppity about gender issues, especially in books. I usually hate "traditionally" female entertainment like rom/coms and romance. However, the author seems to be a bit of a misogynist and eager to share his opinions about the inequality of women. Which, honestly is fine- authors are people and have different views just like everyone we meet on a daily basis- but it was just pervasive and after a few hours I was just tired of being annoyed by it and had to turn it off. He does not treat women badly in the book. It's more just his views- like one is an over the top annoying feminist, there were constant comments about the appearance of the women characters, the potential for rape or at least the absolute necessity to 'get some.' Masturbation was a surprisingly frequent topic. The reference to feminists wanting to believe that ancient societies were egalitarian even though that idea is irrational, women can't contribute physically, etc. Bleh. Additionally, the narrator either could not, or did not bother to, make any vocal distinction between characters which is a problem when there are ten primary characters and I often had to reverse to figure out that there was a conversation occurring between two people.

Huh?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Touted as horror- more like 29 hours of story about a bland, emotionally stunted and unlikable family, and 1 hour of supernatural creepiness. The writing was beautiful, poetic. The narrator was just perfect- good voice, rhythm, different voices, accent. But, it was just a long history about a family with some super natural elements- which abruptly ended with no explanation whatsoever. I read a review about this on Goodreads and a reviewer really hit the nail on the head- Angus McKeogh wrote "But the best I can figure is Southern Gothic means uneventful with a sprinkling of supernatural events." I coincidentally ended up with another book by this author- The Elementals- and now I am dreading listening to it. I really hope there's more to it than this one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Read Paul T.'s Review- spot on

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I'm about half way in and I was confused and kept thinking I must have gotten this book mixed up with another. But I was right- reviewers had said this was a different apocalypse story and it was so interesting because it wasn't a prepper novel and the characters were not all experienced military buffs. No- this is definitely a prepper novel and one of the main characters conveniently has a huge house and workshop and stored gasoline and supplies and vehicles and a library devoted to self-sufficiency to get this little group through. I am a personal protection gun owner- but the descriptions of the guns, honestly, I would start doing chores and completely zone the book out after five minutes of description. Personally, think that takes away from the challenge of surviving and triumphing that I find to be the point of such books. There's very little conflict and not a whole lot of actual survival challenges going on. The one good thing that is different is that the author give the characters more credit than most- the characters are smart, loyal, and do the right things and we are not stuck the morass of self doubt and inaction that most authors of these novels put their characters in.

Fun!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-18

My 7 and 4 year old listened in the car on the way home. Very cute and fun- they laughed all the way home! It's like the Hank the Cowdog stories, only clearly more modern and without some of the cliched stereotypes that weren't appropriate for my kids that made me stop listening to those. It's a sweet story about a little girl and her grumpy horse and their shenanigans on the farm. It also does a nice job of explaining that hard work and caring for animals is part and parcel of owning and animal.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Review

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-18

This is the second Audible book in a row leaving me thinking "this cannot be the same book everyone else reviewed." I was originally hooked and enjoyed it very much because it was just so different and unique. But the last quarter of the book was nearly incoherent and the lack of explanation or resolution just made the whole thing a waste. There's quite a bit of animal torture-not super explicit, but disturbing nevertheless and it's punctuated throughout- so be forewarned if that's not for you. Really, it was just an endless tragedy with pointless depravity and suffering with no resolution. Considering the very strong start, I was really disappointed.

This can't be the same book everyone else reviewed

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I used a credit because everyone raved that it was so scary! I kept waiting for it to get scary. Yes, it was creepy, but not scary. Moreover, it was just a pointless string of depravity, torture and horrors and random, unpleasant sex and rape. I am a huge fan of all kinds of horror (psychological, subtle, supernatural, whatever) and I am not usually turned off by depravity and explicitness. But this book just seemed like the author's excuse to just string together all the gory, awful, disgusting tortures he could think of and every nightmare he's every had with no real explanation or conclusion as to why we just had to endure all of that. And the sex (exclusive of the rape scenes) was just awkward and seemed thrown in because "well, you have to have sex in a novel, right?" It's like there was no point other than to list tortures. It was not fun, good, or scary.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Review of 6 year old

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-18

It was super scary and fun. I didn't want to stop listening. R.L. Stine is my favorite author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Not typically my type of book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Loved it. Some complained about the performance but I thought the narrator was perfect. I think the protagonist was supposed to irritate the listener but then transformed.