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Where does Phoenix Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I have 2 hours a day driving back and forth to work and spend that time listening to Audio Books every day. I’m not sure if that makes me an avid reader, but I burn through a lot of books and have a strong sense of what is good and bad. Phoenix Island is one of the best Reads in a long time.
What did you like best about this story?
John Dixon weaves an amazing story that is a mix of a modern day Lord of the Flies and a medical/science based thriller—in a style of one of Michael Crichton best. It will appeal to YA and all adults—young and old. The plot advances at a near perfect pace… The descriptive detail never slows the story, but is able to paint a vivid picture. There is enough conflict to keep you on the edge of your seat---but it is not over done.
The main characters are developed and grow throughout the story. I found myself looking forward to the drive to work--- which is about the best review I can give. It is an amazing accomplishment for a new author--- look forward to seeing what is next.
What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?
I do not think I ever heard Kirby Heyborne read before. He did a great job bringing the story to life. He had very distinct voices and cadence for each character... Audio Book fans know how a Narrator can make or break a audio book--A+ job. I will track down other books he worked on.
Any additional comments?
I completely enjoyed the Audio book... I started the book after seeing the TV series premier. The TV series must be a Bitter-Sweet Success for John Dixon. I am sure the majority of the attention and interviews he is getting focuses on the TV Series---not his book. The TV series is very good---- But the Book—completely different, is so much better. The TV series should “live” in the shadow of the novel—not the other way around. It has to be hard to field so many questions and attention about a TV series that only samples his story line at best. Hopefully someone will make the movie.
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