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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
This book really is an appalling load of tripe and falls into the familiar trap of forgetting it's a zombie novel in favour of what sounds like the classified section of Guns 'n' Ammo. It veers horribly from pages of boring, stilted dialogue to tooth-grindingly dull prose which sees our office worker hero selecting and loading, unloading, shooting, discussing, cleaning, and strapping-to-his-manly-chest various forms of gun, rocket launcher, grenade etc. Over and over and over again. The zombies barely get a look-in. Add to this the fact that the only female characters are cooking, having sex or looking after babies and you have a novel that bites in all the wrong ways!
Has No Easy Hope put you off other books in this genre?
No, but will listen to a sample first next time.
What three words best describe Guy Williams’s voice?
Narrator was OK. Made Gabriel sound like an even bigger jerk than he actually was - which demonstrates some talent.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
All of the above!
Any additional comments?
Really, if you enjoyed World War Z, Zone One etc don't buy this - it's not fit to sit in the same genre with them.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful
The book is very well written. The characters, dialogue, behaviors, and other elements are believeable not remarkable. The character is a everyday joe who befriends a survivalist type character (pre-apocalypse). The outbreak occurs creating Romero type Zombies. The main character begins his journey to meet up with his survivalist friend. The real journey is the discovery and growth the character endures while meeting other good and bad survivalist. When I first started to listen to the book I immediately thought that this was a "guy" book due to the long drawn out references toward guns, fighting, and other "manly" type interests. As the book went on I found myself engulfed in all the characters and thought to myself how well written this story really was. It became hard to put down. Just wish there were a little more action involving Zombies.
Narration was good but the female voices were a bit comical.
Starting second book now!
28 of 30 people found this review helpful
A pretty standard tale but though the story's kind of old hat to someone who likes zombie fiction, the characters are well fleshed out despite being mostly well-worn and typical.
Surprisingly, there are a couple of pretty emotional moments, especially towards the end of the story, as the author makes a point of dwelling on cause and effect. He makes a decent stab of putting some real pathos in to proceedings and, more often than not, does a good job of it. In that way, this is a cut well above the average.
Biggest obstacle I have is the narrator who does take some getting used to. Male voices are either slow, deep and gravelly or fast, a bit squeaky and bland. Aside from stereotypes like the duuuude surfer voice, that's about as varied as things get. Female voices aren't that great either. But you get used to it well enough and once you do it rarely intrudes.
All in all, you could do a lot worse than give this a spin. I'm off to grab book 2 anyway, which gives you some idea of how much I enjoyed book 1.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful