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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I would, especially if that friend was interested in weather events.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Not surprised and more than mildly amused.
What about Drew Commins’s performance did you like?
He was consistent, true to the theme of the characters and entertaining. A very good performance.
Could you see Supercell being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
I actually can see this appearing on the SyFy Network, or similar specialty networks.
Any additional comments?
I obtained this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review from audioblast.
Notwithstanding, this offering grew on me, and although there were some glitches in the performance production ( sounds in the background, some uneven editing, etc.) the overall experience was interesting, dynamic and actually fun to listen to.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
One of my favourite movies is Twister and this had the same feel as that. Extreme weather terrifies me but it also fascinates me so I couldn't wait to jump into this audio!!
The plot is summed up in this part of the blurb "Chuck Rittenburg is a washed-up, former tornado chaser/tour guide. A film director offers him $1 million to find the biggest, baddest F5 tornado within a 2-week window" of course, he accepts but how do you find the mother of all tornadoes when the F5 is so rare?
Chuck was, for the most part, a good character. He ran a successful Tornado Tour Guide business till an accident caused him to lose everything. So when a movie company offers him a million dollars, he takes the offer. Chuck knows how hard it is to find an F5 but he will do all he can to try to find one. Now, I'm torn on how I feel about Chuck though. The one thing I really didn't like was the way he was with his son, he stopped seeing him years ago because his son was gay. I'm torn because while Chuck did make contact and bring his son on this mission, he still struggled with his prejudice with the fact his son is gay! I will say that Chuck did grow throughout the story and we do see his inner monologue and thoughts about his strict upbringing and how it affected his thoughts on gays, but I still didn't like the religious crap that was thrown our way.
The plot of this, while slowish at the start, really picks up towards the end. I loved how vividly the author described the weather. It shows that his back ground is in meteorology!! I also loved the subplot of why the FBI was involved. It really makes you think, would people really stoop that low!!!
In all, an enjoyable, rip roaring, tense and entertaining read. Once I started this, I found it very hard to put it aside! There was even a few laugh out loud moments, especially when it came to the TV executive ;) This is definitely one to check out for fans of weather or for anyone who wants a great read.
Drew Commins did a really good job. He had enough voice variations that it was easy to follow who was talking and had the right tone for the right time.
*I received a copy of this for review, this in no way affected my thoughts.*
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Would you consider the audio edition of Supercell to be better than the print version?
Yes. I think the narrator does a brilliant job in bringing the book to life.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Chuck. He's incredibly flawed and unlucky but he's a decent guy. I like the aspects with his son and the job that he's doing and his story concludes in a satisfactory way that I enjoyed. I find myself hoping that we can see him and his friends in another book. They worked well together.
Have you listened to any of Drew Commins’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No. But the narration was spot on for characters, pace, driving the story. I really enjoyed it.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
That's hard as there are obvious synergies with Twister. But this book has its most interesting elements in a film crew pushing Chuck to be reckless and thieves taking advantage of disasters all on a collision course. How do yo tag line that because that's what I'd tag line.