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Rupert Degas is a deadset legend

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-2016

This is easily the best performance from a narrator that I've ever heard.

Rupert Degas defines the characters in both Book 1 and Book 2 of this series. Amazing performances that were a better fit than what I imagined myself.

Standout performance that any audiobook lover should listen to.

Typically Dan Brown: fun, engaging and lightweight

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-2015

Dan Brown delivers another engaging, fast paced adventure. It's not going to test your grey matter, but it will keep you entertained from go to woah.

I was disappointed with Paul Michael's narration. Brown has crafted some very strong female characters within this story yet Michael's attempt at a feminine voice was lacking even a hint of the strength the characters obviously had. Otherwise, an excellent audiobook.

4/5 Story
2/5 Performance
3/5 Overall (splitting the difference)

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#NailedIt

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-2015

If anyone ever tells you the movie is better than the book, you have my permission to slap them. Seriously, it's okay to go right ahead and give them a high-five to their face.

No... I kid. Sadly, it's not cool to slap someone in the face. Let alone for having an opinion, no matter how much you agree or disagree with them.

So, why is this audiobook so good? Because both aspects of the audiobook are brilliant; both the audio and the story.

Firstly, the award for best performance in an audiobook of all time goes to Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, Jennifer Woodward, David Thorpe, Adam Sims and Robert Slade.
Luckily, that is not a physical trophy, otherwise they would have to develop some crazy algorithms to dictate how they shared it between themselves!

In all seriousness, excellent voice acting. This alone added a huge sense of depth and engagement to the story.

The story is fantastic... It isn't one flowing story but simultaneously, it is.

Just so that statement doesn't bend your brain, a better way to explain it would be World War Z is a collection of interviews with survivors of the Zombie outbreak. The survivors are from all different parts of the globe, each discussing their own different experience.

While each experience does not directly interrelate, they indirectly do - usually through referencing the major events that occur and how that event impacted on the current interviewee's specific experience.

So, while separate interviews with unrelated interviewees from different geographic and political backgrounds, the interviews still build upon each other giving a flow to the overall story and a build towards the conclusion.

If you've ever sat on the fence about whether or not to give this book a crack, it's time to stop risking splinters and spend a credit on it.

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Excellent performance adds to an average story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-2015

Troy Duran did an excellent job narrating this book. His performance was fantastic, perfectly paced with excellent use of tones and differing voices. (4/5 stars)

The story, however, was a little lacking. Don't get me wrong, the concepts are unreal. The characters are developed well. It isn't too slow or too fast. It's just not quite there...

There are times where Krisch has included graphic violence and language without it actually adding anything to the story... To the point of it feeling out of place... I couldn't help but think its sole purpose was to stand out and be "cool" for some of the readers who fit the "high-school" demographic.

This detracted from the overall story for me... I'm the polar opposite of prude, if anything I am crude... but a classy kind of crude. Also, I have zero tolerance for trying too hard.

So, in summary - this story is built upon intriguing concepts with some great character development and a solid pace. It just tries a bit hard in a few spots, which took it from a three star story to a two star story.

Finally, I wouldn't class it as a "horror". For want of a better vocabulary to describe it, I would say that while it has supernatural concepts, it is more a thriller than a horror.

4/5 Performance
2/5 Story
3/5 Overall (splitting the difference)