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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-18


-The performance was not half bad.
- Nicely written ( organization, diction, etc)

- predictable
- deux ex machina was absolutely horrid
- Lazily written (plot)
- Ending disappointing
- falls flat

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-17

Very interesting read

I enjoyed every bit. it was well balanced and the writer was incredibly knowledgeable. I highly recommend it. It's very short but very addicting.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-17

Absolutely Astonishing

The performance was superb and this classic still gives me the creeps. I've read it and hears it several times and every time I learn something about myself.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-17

Absolutely Amazing!!!!!!!

Never have I been so enthralled by a book before. I felt like the kid on the never ending story with a sandwich in one hand and a news to listen to more of this great adventure. I felt sad when it was over.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-17

About as exciting as seeing grass grow

I've seen more complex plotlines in an episode of spykids. I've had more interesting reads on the back of cereal boxes. The characters are flat. The love story is incredibly sappy. There are way too many 1980s macho quips. The novel reads very sophomoric and not worth anyone's time. I appreciate the effort and if it weren't for my odd and the need to have to complete a book 'til the end, I would have dropped after the 2nd or 3rd chapter. Good luck trying to chew through this dry and tough piece of writing.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-16

Nothing original!

unbelievably cliché. The plot line has been seen and heard 1000 times over since the dawn of time. Very predictable. the first 50 chapters are intriguing but then it seems like the author ran out of ideas and just settled with the most mundane ending to what could have been a great book. The voice acting was decent but Ana's character was subpar. The author uses cheap tricks to make then novel more suspenseful but fails miserably to deliver. very unoriginal, trite and ultimately anticlimactic and pathetic.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-15

Nothing new.

none of the information provided was novel. they were very rudimentary and nothing that you couldn't find on the internet. very little guidance is given and the first three chapters of the audio book are all devoted to copyrights. this book would be a mere introduction in another book on willpower

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-15

Sensory overload and ridiculous character development

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

For starters, it would have been nice To have heard something other than the narrators same monotone voice for more than 16 hrs. The fact that the book is overflowing with metaphors, similies and other types of figurative language plus what I can only describe as a complete disdain for dialogue made this book about as enjoyable as a trip to the dentist. The author tried too hard to "paint" the images and scenes for me with the overly rich language. I get it. Shes blind but that doesn't mean that you have to describe every little detail to us either.

What was most disappointing about Anthony Doerr’s story?

It was very unrealistic. For instance, we are led to believe that the young boy is a genius with a knack for electronics but when he starts solving the mathematical formula simply from what he had taught himself (in an orphanage no less where a dearth of books is quite common), I simply took a deep breadth and pressed on. I've taken geometry and trig and unless you have someone teaching you, problems like the one presented to him would be nearly impossible to solve. He ain't no Newton either.

How could the performance have been better?

If the performer would have varied his voice from one character to another it might have salvaged a percentage of the story. The 99% of the book is already written in 3rd person narration; using the same voice with the character as that used to read the nArration is over kill.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

Sorely disappointed. A potentially great story line wasted.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-14

First Stephen King Novel and it was brilliant

Would you listen to Mr. Mercedes again? Why?

I'm not sure that I would listen again as I rarely find the same enjoyment that I did the first time.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Absolutely. The visceral details and true to life elements of the story kept me grounded in suspended belief.

Which scene was your favorite?

Although gruesome and very sad, the hamburger scene with mommy was a good one.

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

Yes. When the car goes "Boom!!!"

Any additional comments?

Mr. Patton is an exceptionally talented actor but his voice acting is another level. Super loved hearing his guttural voice.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-13

Too politicized

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book was more bout what governments did after the zombie invasion versus being a book about zombies. I was expecting something akin to the walking dead or just about any other zombie book. I think thats why Brad Pitt wanted to do the movie. He is very political and this book was just up his alley. As far as I can remember, the book only had roughly two sections dedicated to zombie attacks and the rest of the book seemed to be mostly a long diatribe of political rants; the evils of capitalism and the American war machine. The actors were horid. Im not sure why Max Brooks was cast to be the narrator for the book but his inability to make the conversations sound fluid and genuine were very disappointing. Also, although the interviews were done with people of different parts of the world, they all seemed to be well versed in American idioms. That took away a lot of the realism for me. Overall, a very disappointing book and audio.

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

Nothing. He was horrible.

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