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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The narrator was great. I have no complaints about him at all. The problem with this book is that there is literally an hour of plot and 17 hours of "character development". The premise is extremely interesting, but this isn't a case of bad execution, its a case of NO execution. This is a book where millions of people die of a virus, the world is attempted to be taken over by a secret organization, but the ONLY mention of the public and how they react is the hospital being messy. Seriously? I get that you need to leave some things for the next two books, but that doesn't mean you ONLY do character development in book one.
What was most disappointing about A. G. Riddle’s story?
That its missing a story, I get that its the first book in a trilogy, but we don't need to be beaten over the head with why the characters are the way they are. Character development is great, but in this case its taken way too far. For example one character had a troubled youth, and it effected his relationships etc... Well that is explained to us about 20 times and takes up probably 6-7 hours of the book. Its interesting the first time, but to make the same point over and over just distracts from the plot, we get hes messed up we get why, now PLEASE get back to the plot. On top of that there are important characters who are messed up primarily the main bad guy! (granted we are introduced to them towards the end of the book, but whose fault is that?)
All of the people raving about this book either haven't read it or are just fanboys because of his previous series, which I enjoyed but did suffer from some of the same issues. No where near as bad though.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Extremely disappointed, although I do believe this series will get better.
158 of 169 people found this review helpful
This was my first audio book experience, and I loved it! The storyline was great, with some really strong character. The narration was really impressive too, and I soon learnt to distinguish which character was which, by the tone of voice and accent use. I'm really looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.
19 of 20 people found this review helpful
Was a bit worried that this story has been "done before". However lots to keep my interest, sub plots, back stories and great characters. Really enjoyed it. Thank you
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
If you've got a book with many many Australian characters, hire a narrator who can do an Australian accent. Every time an Australian character started speaking I cringed and it (among other things) eventually made me stop listening.
The story is very drawn out and all over the place. I agree with many other comments that it's about 10hours too long and has many story lines that are unnecessary.
A really shame I got about 8 hours in and wanted to give up, gave it until 13 hours and then really did give up.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
A great story and I enjoyed the plot thoroughly. However the narration, particularly the Australian characters, was atrocious. If you are going to produce a book with many Aussie characters, please employ a narrator who can do an authentic accent. I cringed every time he attempted to speak in an 'Aussie' voice. It almost made me give up and miss out on a great story.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful