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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
For me, 'The Last Town' was frustrating read, with too much sudden exposition, random character backstories and other such nonsense filler that served as nuisance obstacles in my quest to simply just finish the trilogy and find out how it all ended.
What could Blake Crouch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I am issuing a minor spoiler warning here. Just like 'Wayward', this book finishes on a cliff hanger. I am not opposed to this as a thematic device, however, in this instance, it just felt like a lazy attention grab at the last moment.
In addition to this, Ethan, the main character in all three stories, has been transformed in 'The Last Town' into this laughable, machismo, Bruce Willis 'Die Hard' wannabe, action hero. There is little semblance of the desperate and scared Secret Service agent that I really liked and could actually get behind in 'Pines'. In this third instalment, Ethan is so gung-ho to the point where it is off putting to everyone apart from all of the other characters in the story, who seem to be enamoured and infatuated with him and his actions. The characterisation was lacking in this story and I missed it. Crouch puts more depth into the guns, weapons and vehicles he describes in 'The Last Town' than he does his characters.
There were also some small continuity issues present here, which I kept expecting to be resolved and never were.
What three words best describe Paul Michael Garcia’s voice?
Needed more variety.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
I might check out the Fox TV adaptation, but I hear it is quite different to the books.
Any additional comments?
If 'Pines' had been a standalone book, I would have been seriously impressed. However, Crouch felt the need to give us two more stories about this quirky little, Idaho town, which I feel were unnecessary and unearned. Where 'Wayward' just about to maintain a 'meh' level of interest throughout , 'The Last Town' failed to achieve even this. It was not the ending I expected, nor wanted, with characters that has become two dimensional parodies of themselves.
If you like action orientated novels, then this conclusion might be for you, but it was not all that for me.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Was not sure at the first of these books but got totally hooked and now will be watching for another in the series. Want to know what happens next!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Book One and Two were great books and I wrote glowing reviews on them. This is not a terrible book, but there are no mysteries solved. This is an action packed result of book two and one. This has lots of gore and violence as is a trademark of Blake Crouch. I did not like it as much, as it lost it's Twilight Zone, Outer Limits feel to it. This is an average book made a little better cause you know the history after reading the first two books.
The narrator has a soft voice with a lilt at the end of his voice, which I am not sure I even noticed in the first two well written books. It was distracting in this one.
I must answer to another reviewers' rant. First, what most people do not realize is that some customers get a crack at books before others. It only happened to me once. A couple of years ago, while on the site I got a text from audible, about the amount of reviews I had written and how that was helpful to others and then they offered a list of books that had not been released yet and I got to pick one for free.
As Jim The Impatient, I feel strongly that my time and money are valuable. I feel an author should have something to say in each and every chapter. I loath a writer who fills his books with fillers and boring nothings, just to make his book longer. If I do not finish a book I usually will mention that in the review, so you know and you can decide.
To me negative reviews are more important then flowery reviews. I want to know before I spend my money what I am in for. The reviewer should try to not be hateful, but list why he/she was not happy. The consumer is the most important. It is there money. I do not follow people who love everything they listen to or hate everything, I just want honesty. I work very hard on my reviews to give you a feeling of how I felt while listening to the book, so then you can decide based on my review and others. I trust you to write an honest review and will read several reviews, leaning harder on those I follow, who have proven that there tastes are similar to mine. Yea, you can get your money back, but I am a big boy and if the reviews and summary are honest and I still don't like the book, I just buck up and take it. I have been a member for years and I think I have returned two books out of hundreds I have bought.
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Any additional comments?
Not trying to harp on this ONCE again, but this trend of people POORLY rating audiobooks that came out less than 2-3 hours ago is RIDICULOUS! Not only is it UNFAIR & MISLEADING to the publishers, the Audible site, the author (likely trying to support themselves financially)...but MOST importantly, us the CONSUMERS.
I listen to around 4-5 audiobooks from Audible PER week, so I understand getting a DUD of an audiobook now and then. With Audible's No-Hassle Return Poiicy in effect, there is NO reason to poorly review a book based simply on first impressions, and that you have NOT completed (since cramming a 6+ hour audiobook into 1-2 hours is impossible last time I checked).
If you are like myself, the most IMPORTANT aspect of whether I use a hard earned credit on an audiobook, is BASED on the REVIEWS...There is a reason Audible's rating sytem is starred in 3 distinct areas; to allow a FULL and knowledged review of the ENTIRE production. There is NO star-rating category for anything like "first minute impressions" or "How good was the INTRO" lol. If you dont like the book after an hour, FINE. If you know the narrator isn't great early on, FINE. But don't come handing out ONE-STAR ratings in categories you HAVE ZERO ground to give out...you MIGHT be able to rate the "perfomance" but your creidbility to rate the Overall & Story categories is NULL in any case...because you did NOT finish the BOOK!
FYI - As to NOT be partial in my rating of this title, I will update and provide a FULL REVIEW once I have completed this title. But something had to be said about the unfair, early reviews posted for so many new books lately :)
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