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I honestly didn't even see the comparison to The Martian and I Am Legend (I try to not read the synopsis of a book that I'm pretty sure I'm going to love) -- but that is a great combination of exactly what this story was. I hate copying exactly what is written in the description on Amazon, but when it's right, it's right.
Dean M. Cole can write! Every time I thought "okay, this is it, he's got it!" or "she's got it!" he continued to throw everything at the two main characters. It got to the point where I was pretty sure that both of them were going to give up numerous times.
A story about what could potentially be the last two people in the world and one of them is stuck on the International Space Station is already a story that I would read in a heartbeat. Then you throw in that R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan are going to dual narrate it? Okay, now I'm salivating. Oh, and it's funny and heartbreaking at the same time like The Martian? Jesus, okay, I bought the book, let's go!
We're almost at the half-way point of the year and I believe that I may have found my audiobook of the year already. Ironically it follows a similar type story as last years -- but this one has even fewer people in it.
There was a part of the book where I was a little worried around R.C. Bray narrating it -- not because of him or his narration at all (he's seriously one of the best in the world and is the sole reason you're reading this blog today). It was because there was a character named Mark. And I couldn't get "Whatney" out of my head every time he would say his name. I was seriously concerned, but my concern didn't last as long as I'd expected. There was even a line that made me pause the audiobook: "...duck tape... Oh right, you're Mark Whatney and this is The Martian".
I honestly don't even have to go into Bray and Whelan's narration of this because it was spot on and perfect. One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. Definitely up there with The Martian as Bray's best performance.
Overall, Solitude is easily one of the best books I've read in 2017 and will be in my memory for years to come. I will gladly be recommending this to all of my friends and family -- especially those who loved The Martian (or enjoyed I Am Legend). Dean M. Cole has shot himself up to the top of my 'to-read' list and I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.
I was given a free copy of this which has not affected my review at all.
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25 of 26 people found this review helpful
I'm a huge fan of sci-fi that isn't always about Aliens or at least takes a bit for them to show up. I loved the humanity of the characters. they had ups and downs and in betweens. the pacing of the story was wonderful and had me hugging my seat and breathing in relief at the proper moments. the way everything happened you almost hope that humanity isn't gone as there are no bodies to be seen. I can't wait to see where Dean m. Cole goes next with this story.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
An awesome book narrated by the very best.
Shame Audible haven't made it clear this is book 1 of a series that's yet to be completed. It'll be a long wait to conclude this gripping story.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
A real page turner. Want to know more.. Can't wait to see the movie! Next book please
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I normally don't like female narrators. It's not a sexist thing it's just I prefer listening to a deeper male voice over a long period of time. Julia does a great job with this performance and I have no issue with listening to her at all. (only put this in for anyone of similar taste)
My gripe is with the decision to alter chapters between the two based on who was the lead character at the time. That's fine, seems logical, BUT, why oh why did they make the choice to have the male and female narrators perform both male and female voices during those chapters. It was a horrible choice and a missed opportunity.
You have them both already recording, why not get them to do the lines and splice them into each others chapters. Yes it would've been more editing but FFS.
Okay rant over. Buy this book it will be a fun series.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Stop reading this review right now.
You're still reading??? Why?!? This is time that you could be putting into listening to this awesome piece of apocalyptic sci fi!
Ok if you are still persisting with reading this review I may as well give you more info. This story ramps up the action from the very beginning and doesn't let up until the very end. I love the accessibility of the science elements that are introduced, making most of the premise of the main 'quest' quite believable. It is also really refreshing to have a genuine post-apocalyptic setting that DOESN'T involve undead or some form of viral problem. A nice, fresh idea for humanity's sudden demise.
Finally, if the smoking hot combo of RC Bray and Julie Wheelan aren't possibly the best narrating duo in the biz (as evidenced by the brilliant performances in this recording!) then I'll eat a mouse.
Still reading? Stop. Buy. You're welcome.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful