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What disappointed you about Ravage?
A lot of things disappointed me.
1. Weak, shallow characters that are massively difficult, if not impossible, to like. In particular I couldn't stand the MC. He was often cowardly, always doing the wrong and stupid thing and was one of the worst in the book for dialogue that made me want to punch myself in the face to forget what he just said.
2. Pop culture changed so characters don't know what a zombie is. This can confuse a reader for a while, given that we know zombie books/films/tv exist, and is somewhat disrespectful to those that created the zombie horror genre in my opinion. If you aren't the first to write something I'm not a fan of you making out that you are.
3. American phrasing from a British writer is pretty poor I think.
4. Some truly painful dialogue in this book. Certainly in the first third of the book, and often when characters talk/think to themselves. Or most of Dash's dialogue, due to author trying to write like a black gang member and just making them out like some horrible cliché. So much of the conversation just doesn't feel natural or believable.
5. Some of the word usage would have been more at home in past decades. Girls referring to guys as dashing. Dash referring to white people the way he does etc
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Honestly, it was all a little predictable, but it wasn't horrible either. My issue is when writers just repeatedly write characters doing stupid things to get their plot done. If your readers are constantly screaming, "what the hell are you doing?" it's not a good thing.
What didn’t you like about Nigel Patterson’s performance?
Very little or no major difference in some of his character voicing for one thing. And I'm not sure if he made the dialogue sound worse than it was, or if he was just struggling to make bad dialogue better. Either way I didn't like his reading, and that isn't common for me to really not like a narration this much.
What character would you cut from Ravage?
Nick. Impossible to cut a MC, but I didn't like him at all. I think the only character I actually liked to any degree was Anna.
Any additional comments?
I'd heard the author was a very good horror writer, and so I was kind of shocked at how bad I found this book to be. It's possible my reaction to the narrator isn't helping me here and if I'd read it myself maybe the dialogue wouldn't have felt as painful in places, but I don't think so. I think it was just really bad in areas. I felt quite let down over this book, though it's not a total waste. Some of the narrative is fine, and some of the story is ok too. However the first third is really bad and many might not get past that point.
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What made the experience of listening to Ravage the most enjoyable?
The charachters are strong and its a brilliant story with many twists.
What did you like best about this story?
The way things dont always turn out as you would expect. Terror around every corner.
What about Nigel Patterson’s performance did you like?
Nigel has a really good voice to listern to.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The bond bettween Nick and his friends xxx
Any additional comments?
Loved the story and loved the audio a must for any borror fan xxx
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The characters seem all a little stupid. For example, the word zombie or 'coming back from the dead' is not mentioned despite all of the blood shed until over half way. Surely the characters would not be so stupid as not to even know what was happening? It would appear in the realm of his book no one had ever read or even heard of a zombie book or film.
What three words best describe Nigel Patterson’s performance?
Did his best!
Did Ravage inspire you to do anything?
Any additional comments?
To be honest I'm not sure if I have listened to one to many 'zombie end of the world' stories, and I have had enough, or if this story was just plain old average. The story certainly had the elements to be something great, but compared to some other recent releases it does not rise to the challenge.
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Perhaps I've read one too many of these zombie apocalypse books and have just hit the wall on them, but overall, I found this book frustrating and annoying.
I found the main character very hard to engage with from the beginning. I can see that Wright was trying to write a very 'everyman,' unremarkable character for his main protagonist in the first part of the book, but Nick Adams is SO unremarkable, I sort of kept hoping he'd get bitten and die off fast.
Also, both he and the main character in the second part of the book keep seeming extraordinarily stupid and doing extraordinarily stupid things just to build artificial tension. All of this seems a bit of a shame since the one good thing about post-apocalyptic zombie novels is that the tension is really built in. You can write really smart, capable characters and still have tension galore.
I found the story, on the whole, unoriginal and dreadfully formulaic. The sub-characters were stock and 2 dimensional.
Patterson's narration is fine, but not outstanding. Sometimes a really good narrator can rescue a mediocre story and Patterson didn't succeed in doing it.
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