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THEY TOOK OUR OFFERINGS AND THAN THEY TOOK OUR SHAMANS
I have been telling everybody that Joseph Duncan's Zombie novel Cattle: The Fearlanders is one of the best zombie books out there for sometime now. I was hoping his vampire story was as good. For the first couple of hours it was, but than I am a big fan of Jean Auel and her randy cavemen.
The first couple of hours was devoted to open sexual relationships. This was practiced by early man, according to Duncan. Homo as well as Hetero. I was buying all of it and did not have the same problem one reviewer had with the pre-teen sex. It was not adult and child, but kids playing around and imitating the adults. Even Jean Auel expressed that since sex was not private, little kids would play at the act they see their elders do. Even today kids experiment, so I was not bother by it. The problem was that once Duncan quit writing about sex the story got boring. I listened for over seven hours and the guy was still not a vampire. One reviewer said it was nine hours into the 10 and a quarter hour book before the guy was turned. If you advertise a vampire book, you need a vampire. I have checked the reviews for the sequel and it seems that it does not get much better, so I will not continue this series. If the Zombie series continues and I will definitely listen to that.
This guy talks the entire time in a gruff whisper. Okay for awhile, grating over time.
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I really wanted to like this book as I do love a good ol vamp story but it just didn't grab me. I wonder if it was the narrator more than the book though as it does quite well in the Amazon reviews. (So I do advise to have a read through them and not just take my review as the be all)
The narrator had quite a nice voice but I found he did not bring much energy to the characters. In this time, with so many audibooks you can't capture readers with a nice voice alone. It felt like he was reading a book to me but not wanting to wake the people in the next room (not meaning he needed to yell but it seemed hushed like a bedtime story) and there was not much if any distinction between characters.
As with some of the Amazon reviews they mention it takes a long time to actually get to him being turned to a Vamp (I actually never made it to when he does). Also as mentioned in the other reviews there is a real awkward start about his sexual liberty that seems to go on and on then get re hashed a lot. I'm not abashed by this but the point that was trying to be made could of been done so without so much (maybe enabling a quicker flow).
As I hinted above, the pacing was a bit slow for me (I know it's a saga). Last night I actually forgot to turn off my tablet in my car and got McDonald's then came back in and it had been going the whole time and really nothing had changed. I could of just kept going.
Like i said, this is just my opinion and it didn't grab me. A lot of people will likely enjoy the book so try it out and see I guess.
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