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I am going to buy the book, because I think the author has some good concepts, and I want to read this story. I just couldn't finish listening to this audio book.
The reason I listen to audio books is because I can work with my hands and let the narrator read to me, while I'm doing things around the house and in the yard.. this narrator was so bad, that I literally had to give up trying to listen to it. I just don't have the patience to try to interpret every single sentence for correct inflection and tense. It's as if the narrator didn't even bother to learn what punctuation in a sentence does. I really hate writing negative reviews, but these books are to expensive not to warn the next person.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
The author manages to spends HOURS developing almost nothing resembling plot development, character development, tension, timeline or anticipation. The story is so very dry and poorly constructed, I found myself rewinding to ensure i had not entirely missed something important, which would not have surprised me considering I found myself thinking "why am I still listening to this...I should download something new".
Issue 1: The author loves to over explain the simple. Example: I do not need an explanation as to how a generator works. I know that diesel fuel is converted to energy, which is used in combustion to create compression, which turns a crankshaft...you get the idea. This is not a joke, he explains how a generator works. How is this relevant, at all, to plot building? There are a few of these. I even started my own monologue once where i was sure he was going to explain the workings and construction of the gun turret. Thankfully he did not.
Issue 2: Some mechanical research would have been appreciated. Example: no one with any, and i mean ANY, mechanical knowledge would write that deisel fuel would start to spoil after 10 days. What? Are you an....whatever.
issue 3: Who's on first? Whats on second? Very hard to follow who is where. There is no development in who is doing what, where and why. It is like reading a poorly abridged book. People seem to suddenly, without explanation, be alone and then confronted with problems. These problems are supposed to be...scary? Nerve racking? And there are attacks that happen without any explanation. A fellow gets a finger bit off, but there is NO build up to it. They are talking about a "thing" in one of the infected and the next thing you know a guy is running off, and the other character follows him to find out his finger is bitten off. It is so NON-climatic that you do not care.
Issue 4: The characters themselves are husks of people. They are seemingly hollow of any depth. Not a one of these characters draws you in, and there is no one main character developed to give reference point. It is like a Stephen King book if Stephen King did not do his excessive character building. That is the only way a King book works. Note: Maybe the book should have been 3 times as long, it could have been good, really good probably.
......except for my next issue...
Issue 5: This might be the main issue. The narrator. WOW. Wow. It is painful. I am not kidding. It is so, so bad. How in the monkeys-ass did this guy get the job,. I swear he narrated some of the training videos I had to watch as a teenager going to work at Jiffy-Jube. He seems to love his deep vibrating sentence endings, which have no place. It makes the characters all seem like being inside one persons head, without the benefit of the knowledge that would offer. I don't think I can listen to him again, and that is a shame, because there are some books he narrator that I want/wanted to hear. I feel like i listened to him before, but can not place it.
So, no, do not waste your money, serious.
19 of 21 people found this review helpful
This book is really well read, the story line is gripping and keeps the listener hooked from the first 5 mins, I couldn't put it down!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I was hesitant about this book after reading a previous review "Not for me", but I am very glad I was not put off. I think this is a well written story with an interesting take on the zombie apocalypse. I found getting to know the characters through flash back very comfortable, after all that is how we get to know people. We meet strangers then find out more about them as we spend time with them. The style of Peter Ganim did seem a bit odd at first but I soon got used to it and eventually came to like it - so much so I went straight on to listen to the second book in this series with the same narrator. I disagree with the previous reviewer but then, different people, different tastes. Thank you to the author and narrator - I am glad I used my credit on this book.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful