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The Vines audiobook cover art

Classic kind of story

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

Reviewed: 05-13-15

Who was your favorite character and why?

Blake was my favorite character.

Any additional comments?

The book began pretty basic. Reminded me of the old classic horror stories of the 1990's but it grew about midway into the narrative to be far more interesting than the way it started off. The ending held a possible promise of a sequel (or series) but I also don't think it needs one if it's a stand alone book. I far more enjoyed where it arc'd to a standard happily ever after - every time kind of horror story of those classic 90's days. It was fun.

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I love everything this author does

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

What does R.C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The characterization is awesome.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Information about the main character's past was moving.

Any additional comments?

I have the audiobook (audible) version of the book and I love it. Not only is it read by an awesome narrator that Jeremy Robinson has utilized for other great books, but it also was just a thrilling story. Concepts of deception, amnesia, the question of forgiveness, revenge and the pursuit of what justice means to us all are wrapped up in a story where a man must find out who he was, who he is, and what he intends to do about what he learns about the details of his life. Of life all around him."Crazy" was a great anti-hero type. He follows his gut even if he's not quite sure of the circumstances going on around him. He's thrown into things he just doesn't understand, but at the heart of the matter- is a past that he can't seem escape from no matter how hard he may (or may not) try.I love a lot of Robinson's characters from his other stories- in truth there aren't many I don't want to see move onto more and bigger stories because they command the space that they're in, but I'm really intrigued by this guy. The man able to push the boundaries because of a birth deformity that allows him to view the world with an emotional condom of sorts.If you've never read Jeremy Robinson before I would recommend something like "Secondworld" or "Island 731" first, since this book (Mirrorworld)- while I love it- might throw a new reader, who might be not prepared for the anti-hero/world painted here and may need to familiarize themselves with the way Jeremy colors his brushes, off - but I'd recommend not leaving this story far behind or alone for too long. It's most definitely worthy your time.

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

Dead: Spring audiobook cover art

Just gets better and better

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

Reviewed: 04-25-15

What did you like best about this story?

If you've made it this far into the series you know why you keep coming back - the story is just really GOOD and continues to be fun and interesting along the way. Some of the same types of things may come up that you've seen in zombie stories before- but each time, TWB does a great job of personalizing the problems for each of the characters. I can't wait until audio book 10. Looking forward to more stories!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Dear Lovers of Zombie fiction...

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

Reviewed: 11-09-14

Any additional comments?

Dear lovers of zombie fiction,If you have not been keeping up with this series or have not been introduced to this series, you're really missing out.I freely admit that the first book in the series did take a little getting used to for me because I wasn't a huge fan of the narration at first. But I had read some of the books in the series before and wanted to remember them again to be able to continue forward with the series - nothing worse that forgetting everything about what you read in the past and not knowing where you are in the series. So by the second book, I was definitely invested and have been ever since. This series is super good. I mean it takes you on a roller coaster of not just emotions but just STORY and STORYTELLING which is fabulous when you're talking about a long span of books. It's never always predictable and while there is some "hero stuff" and hero like characters at times - that's ok because you can understand that the strong people with strong beliefs would be the people that would be leaders of groups, for as long as they're able to manage it.If you're looking over these reviews because you're not sure if you should give it a try, I encourage you to definitely give the first two a try because if you're not hooked by then, maybe they're not for you- but you're rewarded with a lot of entertainment if you stick with the series. I look forward to the next books in the series! I want to know how Billy is going to get out of his current dilemma and I want to know how Kevin and Aleah and their friends deal with their current situation (I can't give out spoilers but you KNOW what I mean if you've listened to the book.) These books make you want to know what happens next!


-Peli

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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More zombie adventure

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

Reviewed: 09-30-14

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were a few lines that I laughed out loud listening to - which is a testament to the narrator enjoying the written content.
"the zombie version of the stink eye"
"what- the hell- is *kuru*?"
"..was like roaches when the lights come on..."

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book just as much as the rest in the series. You pretty much know by this point in the series if you're going to like the story lines and I do. I still like Steve and Kevin's story lines best.
I smiled at the mention of Mark Tufo, another great zombie series to check out, books on the shelf of a zombie fanatics' book shelf. It was fun to see the shout out.
At this point I'll keep listening as long as there are books in the series to listen to. I've grown to really appreciate the narrator for this series.
Highly enjoyable, good zombie adventure fun -- and occasionally a curve ball where people that we "know" die- which not every author does too often.
Definitely worth checking out the series! It starts with Dead: The Ugly Beginning.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Still going strong

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

Reviewed: 07-11-14

Any additional comments?

There's a line in the book at the very beginning made by Steve that made me laugh out loud at the way the narrator - Andrew McFerrin- delivered it. It was done exactly how I'd expect the line to be delivered and it helped bring me back into Brown's world easily. It was "God knows, the bones wouldn't come out of the trench on their own.... *God, please. Don't let them come out of the trench by themselves."
You'll know when you hear it.
I've said it in a previous opinion of the book series, but if you've made it this far, you know that you'll enjoy the ride.
I will say that there do seem to be a lot of characters in the books that start kind of feeling like they have a lot of the same character traits of other major players- but I'm ok with heroism in books. And, not every character that I want to see lives, does- so there's a good balance of new people to deaths of characters who have been around a while, and most die in a tragic way, that's gutsy for a writer to do - considering fans have come this far.
The book takes place at the very beginning of Winter - and then during some big snow storms that have taken place. In most cases, there won't be SO much action taking place because all of the people would want to hunker down and avoid the weather, so I can at least say that the book does a good job of at least showing some of the horrible bickering that would go on if you were locked in one place with a group of people, but luckily does NOT go overboard with completely inane conversations that would happen to people for real. (The girls never get THAT over the top girly in annoyance).
The heroes have proven themselves and most often than not always put themselves first in harms way. While that could seem to have some drawbacks, I don't think it completely does. While I do wonder when Steve and Kevin might actually fall into sheer unconsciousness for days, I would believe that the type of character that we see- this hero type, would rise among the people who don't know what to do, or how to do things to stay alive. So, I'm fine with all that.
I did find the Vignettes a little more distracting this time, since there's now a group in Egypt , a military area, and a tourist attraction, and island - and while these snippets felt more interesting in the last book, since I've seen those characters (some) before- it felt a little more jarring this time, in that- a scene with Steve or Kevin might end on a cliffhanger and I wanted to know more- and had to wait. BUT - it's good to see the rounded sphere of the world going on around the main characters to date (even though in print I *might* have skipped some of the PoV's because I was too anxious for the main stories).
Overall, this installment to the series is a great addition and I enjoyed listening to it again. I look forward to the next book, one of which I didn't catch up on this first time it was in print.

You know if you're a fan of the series and the characters by this point. I can't tell you more than what you know from the past books- but this one definitely didn't let me down.

Enjoy!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Really entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-14

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character has been Kevin, but Steve is a close second. Aleah, Heather, Teresa, and Dr Zahn are great female characters who show a strong side, to some of the women who are weaker in the books (which would be natural in a catastrophe. Some strong, some not) The two were just average every day guys before the zombpocalypse started but each finds something to step up for and be more than who they were before. I've really enjoyed their development.

Any additional comments?

I'll be honest, if you've made it to book 3, you already know that you're enjoying these books and the stories that are being woven in this world created in horror. The stories get better and better because with each one, the stakes are high, emotions feel real, and you grow to care about a good deal of the characters. Especially the main story lines. This is a great series for a zombie enthusiast.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Fun Ride

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

Reviewed: 06-25-14

What about Michael Kelly’s performance did you like?

It took me a chapter to really get into his voice narration but I got used to it and enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

I listened to Mr Mercedes before this one - and I was struck at how many small references that you can find in the books when you listen or read them so close to one another. Names used (Rose, Brady, Midway, etc), places, and the like. It's nice because they tend to all kind of daisy chain each other together in small ways. This book felt in some ways like....the Hardy Boy's grew up a bit and wrote a book. Except it is just one of the Hardy's. I admit, the cover art for this one kept me away for a while- until after Mr Mercedes (and earlier in the year I'd listened to Doctor Sleep) when I wanted to dive into more of King again. He's a great writer, but some stories thrill me and some fall flat. This one is decent and interesting. Not as good as Doctor Sleep, but I enjoyed it a lot.

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An AMAZING 8th book

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

Reviewed: 06-25-14

Would you listen to Written in My Own Heart's Blood again? Why?

God, yes. Firstly, the story continues on where it left off in book 7 - and it manages to answer all the cliff hangers of the last one. It brings all the great people we want to see in it, plus more we didn't know were going to be in it. And Davina Porter is simply magnificent as a narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

While I loved the entire book- I rather liked Roger and Bucc's journey and the little trip that Jamie and William go on. I won't spoil anything!

Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. All of the Outlander series. This one is just as excellent as those ones.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I couldn't manage that since it's so long, but one I was finished reading it -- I seriously was sitting alone in the dark, gazing at a blank white wall and thinking of the story and where it would go from where it leaves off. I imagined the conversations that are likely to take place and my heart felt so...good. It took me a while to pull myself out of that post-audio haze and return back to the real world. Absolutely no kidding. You can't have listened to this book without having experienced all the others, so I have no doubt it'll have a powerful effect on you, also.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely love this series. I wouldn't dream of pushing the author to hurry with the next one, but I will say that it's so hard to know that the next one is years away. But boy, does it give you things to day dream about until the characters come back again. I'll be listening to the entire series all over again very soon, and likely more times in the years to come, waiting for the next one.

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Never look at the icecream man the same again

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

Reviewed: 06-25-14

What made the experience of listening to Mr. Mercedes the most enjoyable?

Will Patton's narration of Stephen King's writing was excellent.

Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Will Patton is an amazing narrator and I just love the tone of his voice. Silky and full of the emotion that each scene needs.

Who was the most memorable character of Mr. Mercedes and why?

I really liked Jerome- but more than that, I liked the 3 party caper part of the story once all three people were together and figuring things out. Like a Scooby Doo mystery.

Any additional comments?

I never really trusted the mobile ice cream man to start with, but after this book-- when I hear the tinkling tones around my neighborhood I REALLY am not interested.

If you like this kind of Crime Thriller - I really encourage you to seek out "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith. While I enjoyed Mr Mercedes a lot, TCC had a lot of similar aspects (the male tough gumshoe) with excellent writing. And vice versa :) Enjoy! I sure did.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful