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Other reviewers have done an excellent job of telling us about the story itself so I won't try to reinvent the wheel. You are better served by reading a plot review here:
So I will limit my review to other aspects of the story like narration. The narration does remind me a bit of a Seinfeld episode. It is pleasant but does make it a little difficult to experience any sort of tension. The complete opposite to a narrator like Kevin T Collins (who is great at adding tension to a scene by his voice). The narration speed on this title can easily be increased to 1.25x with no problems. I listened to it at 1.5x mostly and the only draw back was that at some places the voices seemed a little too high pitched (narrators pitch was already high to start with). The increase speed does of course shorten the total listening time of the story, if you are like me and consider the length of the story in your purchasing decision; please keep the speed factor in mind. Personally, I wasn't worried it was shortened by increasing the speed, because I didn't really enjoy this one.
This audible story had the misfortune of following my listening of “The Undead Situation” my review can be found here:
So it had a tall order to compete. Sadly it didn’t reach such heights but it still wasn’t all bad. It started slowly and I considered returning it during the first hour. But I am glad I didn’t, it got better. It isn’t a story I would recommend to someone who might be interested in ‘end of the world’ type thing, nor is it good enough to recommend to anyone sorely on a ‘listen to this and you will want to buy more audible books’. But it did kill many an hour of a boring commute of break time.
I did find myself wishing that there was a bit more character development between the relationship of the main characters, as a result on a couple of occasions I thought 'what just happened here?', 'how did he/she?', 'why did he/she?'. The story itself could lead to further reincarnations maybe a mini-series. I do like the ideas and the possibilities this story has. The author does have other titles which seem as interesting. I just wished this one was better executed, and I am going to give her other work a go. I really do hope her other titles do a better job at bringing life those interesting plots!
In summary this could have been a great listen and read. But sadly it just seemed to be poorly executed. It is another 'wait for it to be on specia'l so you don’t feel ripped off type of thing!
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Torn is a present day "end of the world" apocalypse done in the laid back style of a sit-com. The end starts innocently enough with carnivorous ants and cockroaches and from there proceeds to solar flares and killer snakes and finally to massive snowfalls. Along the way we follow the exploits of several scientists putting the pieces together along with their eclectic band of unusual people that they accumulate along the way while trying to craft a plan to survive.
While the underlying premise is reasonable (a magnetic reversal of the planet) and the strategy to survive is sound, the story suffers from overdoing too many elements. The government coverup is never fully developed. The notion that only these three scientists would figure out what is going on is just not reasonable. The absence of more survivalists is unlikely. The intermediate plan to wait out the initial killer wave only made sense in order to introduce another plot element just to add another dramatic scene. This element also required a separate introduction, quite late, of an independent character that disturbed the pace. Finally, the epilogue only serves to highlight the abject failure of all these heroic efforts.
The narration is good, although a bit hurried. Some of the characters are portrayed a bit too flip or overly dramatic, but the tone is well suited to a lighthearted, slightly comedic approach to the end of the world.
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