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I love sci-fi apocalyptic novels so when I read the synopsis of this book I said "yes, please." The listen did stay true to its genre - earth was annihilated and surviving humans had to figure things out - but a crucial element of the new earth and its inhabitants was never explained.
Still, the narration made me not care too much about the details. Kyle Tait was exceptional. He was the glue that kept the story going and the emotion that kept me involved. In short, the best of why audiobooks rocks!
This was not my favorite listen but it was in no way my worst. I liked it (loved the narration) but the fiction in the science fiction fell short.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This book started off really good unlike any other end the world stuff I normally read. it was fast paced and moved along quickly. Then somewhere around mid book started to get weird, not in a good way. I like books that are weird, but this one, was kind of really out there. It didn't help that the main characters in one of the groups, seemed to truly hate each other and argued most of the time. It was just something I didn't want to put up with it. The book did move back on track, and was interesting.
The narrator for this, Kyle Tait, did good job. I loved all of his voices, except for the nuns.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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What did you like most about 10:37?
I enjoyed the new angle on the busy genre, the Narrator really brought the characters to life and made them likable or not depending on the story. There were also interesting relationships between the survivors.
What did you like best about this story?
The narration was excellent, it really brought the story together and the characters to life.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, it had a gripping story line - i listened to this book in just two sittings, sadly the ending was a slight disappointment.
Any additional comments?
I would like to see this story extended to a series. I was asked to publish an honest review in exchange for a free review copy of this audio book.
Eight years old Dawson is a bit of a dreamer, sometimes bullied and often in trouble at school. So when he wakes up and sees his classmates with their heads on their desks, he thinks that they were playing another trick on him, mimicking the way he had been sleeping. They weren't: they were all dead. And so was everyone else in his school and, when he finally ventured there, outside, too.
In another part of town, country music star, Judd, was reluctantly taking part in a publicity video, high up on a semi built construction site. Afraid of heights, he watched as first his best friend and manager then others fall the several stories to their deaths.
Suddenly everyone, it seemed, was choking and dying, car crashes and dead bodies everywhere with only a tiny handful of survivors. And then came the rain.
This very atmospheric apocalyptic story by Jacqueline Druga is different from any other of it's type. The characterisation of the half a dozen surviving humans we meet is superb: like them or not, each becomes a very real, three dimensional person - a cop, an embittered risk assessor, Dawson and Judd, a priest and a nun - even, briefly, the voice of someone in Australia. And then there is the person they call Tyre Man...
Narrated by Kyle Tait, the pace is gentle, perfect for the action, clearly read with good intonation, understanding a voicings for all of the characters. His interpretation is excellent, book and reader in complete harmony. Tension reverberates from start to finish.
Ms.Druga is a very talented author. I had read only one other of her books before, What Tomorrow Brings, another compelling mystery, and, after reading 10.37, fully intend to look out for more of her books. I was fortunate in requesting, and being given without any expectations from me, a complimentary copy of this story,, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. I thoroughly enjoyed it all, from the dramatic beginning, through unusual storyline to completion, the skilfully drawn characters and the excellent narration. And this is a book complete in itself.