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Awful narration quality

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-2020

Initially I was really disturbed by the narrator's licking lip-sounds, swallowing and breathing but I persevered. The story got going, but by chapter 6 the sound quality became echoing, like it was being spoken into a very large auditorium with audio feedback. It was at this point that I visited other listeners' reviews to determine if it was just me having this issue, when I learned that the ending was going to be terribly abrupt and not worth the journey. Those reviews coupled with the terrible lipsmacking, breathing and awful audio experience meant that I chose not to continue and will be returning this book. There are too many great books out there to enjoy and my listening time is too precious to waste on bad production.

Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-2020

I LOVED this author's "Mountain Man" series, and I have listened to it more than once, it's sooooo good if you are into the apocalyptic fiction genre. I was excited to get into this series from Keith C Blackmore thinking it would be as enjoyable, engaging and entertaining. This is not any of those things. I was listening for a long while, over several periods of time, and then I realised I was still kinda waiting for it to start getting interesting. I checked how far into the book I had listened and was surprised to find I had persevered through 2/3s and yet I didn't feel anything for any of the characters and barely knew who was who, they all just meshed together. The introduction to the story is the story, the most interesting part is the demise of Borland and yet he was the most interesting character and killing him off so early felt like where the book failed. He declares WAR, and then he's gone. After that it's just a yawn fest of pointless gore. I really wanted this to be good, hence my perseverance but it's not getting any better or interesting and I've about 2 hours to go, as I wonder if I should just call it now and get my credit back and use my time on another book.

Enjoyable and well paced

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-2020

This is a very pleasant listen, the narrator is enjoyable and the story meanders at a good pace. It's not revelationary, not particularly suspenseful, but the plot twists are admirably delivered and believable. I liked the characters, I felt like I knew them and their seaside town was familiar. I laughed a little, had a good cry and all up enjoyed this book from start to finish.

I don't get it...

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-2020

I thought I was a Margaret Atwood fan, but I am 1/3 into this book and I feel I have given it a good go and yet I am just not engaged and cannot continue. I am returning it, sadly, as I wanted it to be great. The story is very slow, and involves themes of genetic engineering and what I would describe as the death of humanity. I was just bored, and kept having to rewind and recap and then I just gave up.

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Gripping, suspenseful, sad - and a great listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-2020

I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding this book, namely as it was not written by a Mexican immigrant, but by a person living in New York. However, as a work of fiction about a tough journey, a mother's love and some gritty adventures I enjoyed the story. Following a horrific massacre at a family birthday party, Lydia and her son Luca are the only ones left alive. The decision to run for possible safety in the USA is as dangerous as the decision to stay which will result in certain death, and so left with no real alternative, they run. The characters were engaging, and well written and I was gripped by the tale, and also found it quite informative causing me to look up some of the references in the book (the train "Riding The Beast" and learning about Central/South American geography). It was at times suspenseful, heartbreaking and hard to stop listening. These people are running for their lives, not just to find a better life with more opportunity, but running because they cannot stay behind lest they be hunted and massacred,

It started so well... if 2020 was a book...

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-2020

I love a dystopian apocalyptic adventure and I really enjoyed this book to begin with. It started so well and I was really enjoying it, couldn't stop listening to it initially. Then it all went a bit wrong with too many characters, disorganised plot and a hint of Eastern Asian mysticism, before a descent into the ridiculous. Not an amusing ‘suspension of belief’, but totally bonkers. It took on the impression of somebody’s weird dreams, made up from totally disjointed episodes before it just stopped making sense – or perhaps I lost interest. The plot holes are massive, like how did Naz’s sister arrive from Tehran in a world where air travel would be impossible, to find her in a downtown industrial area of America which she had never seen or visited before. Maybe she flew in on a magical elephant who paint and read minds? The borrowing from other sources was also very apparent. Echoes of “The Stand” and “Swan Song” with the spiritual quest; flashes of “His Dark Materials” and the loss of the shadow like the detrimental severing of the dæmon; roving gangs of violent marauders like any post-apocalyptic adventure (“The Road”, “Mountain Man Series”); Katniss from the Hunger Games appears as Naz, the arrow wielding assassin; and who could forget the nod to Ghostbusters with the Statue of Liberty episode. I had high hopes, I wanted it to be good. Now I want to unlisten to it, return it, and get my credit back.

Awful! Chicklit if that's what you're into...enjoy

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-2019

I realise that I am in the minority here with the reviews, however I had high expectations and feel very let down. The characters "Tiffy" and "Leon" are one-dimensional at best.. she is "so pretty" as we are repeatedly told, and quirky and he is just torture and very, very dull. The story was an interesting concept of 'hot-bedding' - 2 people sharing a residence on rotation so never there at the same time, but wasn't the ending inevitable?! The narration was jilted and the accents terrible. Hmm, I am struggling to find something positive to say. **Spoiler alert** The shower scene meeting was excruciating and not in the manner it was meant to be by the author portraying the awkwardness, but excruciating in the dissection afterwards in conversations with Tiffy and Leon's friends' discussions about it... we get it, he got an erection!! It was so bad I skipped from there to the epilogue, saving myself from enduring a melodramatic yawn-fest and also saving a heap of time as the epilogue was exactly what I expected! Utterly predictable, chick-lit fiction and perhaps I am not the demographic audience for this but it was absolutely dreadful in my view and I couldn't wait for it to be over.

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Disappointing and difficult to finish

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-2019

First, the positives, the narration and the writing style are excellent, but the premise is weird and the delivery of the story is hard work. Told in the first person, the main character, Kepler jumps from body to body, and supposedly seeks to avenge the death of Josephine whom he purports to have loved and whom was gunned down by a sect hunting these body jumpers (ghosts). Kepler jumps from Josephine's body, leaving her to die as he moves onto another body, as he always does. He claims to LOVE all his bodies, but he uses them and disregards them with impunity seeking only to further his own existence. The bad guy (or girl) Galileo is ridiculous and unauthentic. The pursuit of him is like a travel diary, and pointless. I am still struggling to understand the inclusion of the old Duke and his daughter, Antonina. What was that part about!? I loved "The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August" but I really struggled to get through this book and will be returning it.

Captivating and humorous with excellent narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-2019

This is an excellent journey through 1970s and 1980s Northern Ireland, but could be set in Scotland or any other area subject to sectarianism and of that era. The beautiful voice of the narrator transports the listener through the story, which weaves and turns and never really makes great revelations, but meanders through a really interesting period of the main character's life and struggles. There are twists and turns, and while you wouldn't say it's 'gripping' it will captivate the listener to the end.

Nothing to do with basketball!! A great listen!!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-2019

I had this title in my wish-list for ages, but not being from the USA, I had this vague notion that "The Nix" was a sports team and while I read rave reviews, I didn't think this was really a book I would get around to reading/listening to, as I thought it was about a basketball team. However a Nix is actually a house-spirit, a family ghost, a generational haunting from Scandinavian folklore. This is not a faerie story either, but a depiction of family, love, sacrifice and irony across generations. Now that is clear, this is a great listen. It's very well written, and narrated perfectly bringing each character to life, giving them distinct voices and style. The old adage is true, never judge a book by its cover, give this one a go and I don't think you will regret doing so.