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By Dave on 08-28-13
Would you be willing to try another one of Jordan Leigh’s performances?
No. Can someone please explain to me why the narrator is changed in the middle of a successful series. By the third book readers are accustomed to, and, if they are listening to the third book, satisfied with the narration of first two. You get comfortable with the narrators voices and cadence and connect the characters with the narration. As I have previously experienced with the Sigma Force series, the replacement narrator for this series cannot hold a candle to the previous narrator, Guy Williams. The voices are forced and without emotion. The lead character, Eric, is now shallow and almost unrecognizable. If another book is offered I hope that the author and publisher have the sense to go back to Guy Williams and beg him to resume narrating the series and perhaps rerecord this one. It would be an excellent addition to the series if not for the narration.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Mike Naka on 08-23-13
Did Jordan Leigh do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
jordan leigh is a new narrator. he does a pretty good job differentiating the characters; however, my biggest caveat of the story is how he narrates steve. i kept thinking of those cheesey gov't sponsored voice overs from the movie starship troopers. jordan's portrayal of steve is too cartoony. another reviewer, greg, says jordan's portrayal of gabe is kind of like batman. i agree, but i got used to it. the new narrator isn't bad, but i did ding that part of my rating one star.
Any additional comments?
why do i say "surprisingly good?" at the end of book 2, you kind of get the idea that the story is going to take a turn - a turn away from battling with zombies to clashing with another group of survivors. as a zombie junkie, i wasn't sure if i was going to like the change in plot. after finishing the story, i can safely say that i think this is the best book in the series.
at the end of book 2, eric and gabe run into steve, the green beret eric met and didn't really get along with in book 1. steve offers them refuge in hollow rock and treatment for eric's gunshot wound, but they need to trade something in return. elizabeth, the mayor, wants them to train some of the citizens of hollow rock so they can defend themselves against the free legion, another group of survivors who've been looting all of the other towns.
as book 3 opens, 6 weeks have passed and eric and gabe are training a group of volunteers. i was worried that this would be cliche and boring, but it ended up actually being interesting and exciting. the amount of the story devoted to training is just right, and you believe the story the author's spinning.
the author does a good job of building the suspense of a new enemy- the free legion. again, i wasn't sure of the direction of the story, but this is a nice twist! eric is tasked with infiltrating the free legion, and i was really leary about how the author was going to do this, but i must say this was my favorite part of the story. it's horrifically delicious listening. lol
this leads me to pacing. the author does an excellent job of pacing the story. he continuously keeps the story moving. the author doesn't linger or waste too much time on one part of the plot. it is kind of teasing though! the overall story is broken into 3 parts, and i kind of wished the author had squeezed out a little more time with each part. must have been the editor! lol but the writing is much stronger in this book than the previous 2.
a few new characters on both sides are introduced, and they are unique enough to stand apart in your mind. they add depth and flavor to the story, especially the evil ones. i enjoyed listening to how survivors are indoctrinated into the free legion. it's heartbreaking and diabolical!
overall, a very good story! even though the zombies are less of the plot, i enjoyed the direction of the story! now if james cook would just get to writing the next chapter in the series! lol btw...he's got a good blog and an interesting story.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By greg on 08-18-13
Good Book 3, bad narrator
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
It is a good follow up to book 2, It is worth a listen if you can stand the narrator
What was one of the most memorable moments of Warrior Within?
Nothing huge stands out, but a solid read
How could the performance have been better?
Go back to the original narrator. I can get over the voice changing from 2 to 3, but not the best choice. Especially annoying is he makes Gabe sound like batman now, I wouldn't say it "ruined" the book, but was for sure a bad performance.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
yes, for sure
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Alexandra Caley on 08-21-14
Fire Jordan Leigh
Would you consider the audio edition of Warrior Within to be better than the print version?
No because I had to listen to batman tell the story
Who was your favorite character and why?
The ones from book one and two
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Who was the most memorable character of Warrior Within and why?
Any additional comments?
Get the original story teller to redo this one so I can listen to it
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Drew (@drewsant) on 08-25-15
A Non-stop thrill ride
A non-stop action thriller which continues the story of Gabe and Eric. The zombies take a back seat in this book to the marauders that threaten Hollow Rock and the action starts from page one and doesn’t stop. The story is well written and give you a couple of different views from both main characters and does well the paint a vivid picture. The characters are a bit static (hey it’s the 3rd book in the series how much can they grow) but they’re fun and have both their strengths and weaknesses. If you liked the other books in the story jump on this one as well!
Mr. Leigh does an excellent job with all the characters and really adds to the story.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful