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Take that thing out of the freezer!

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

Reviewed: 25-07-2020

Volcano eruption leaves a group of people trapped on a mountain and then Bigfoot attacks.... what’s not to love?

When it began, I thought the characters would be insufferable. It’s basically an eco-village full of hippy, new age types.... seriously, the child had a “placeholder name”, Palomino.

But as vapid and ridiculous as these characters seemed at the start, I think they developed quite well as the story went along, and I actually ended up liking almost everyone.

The story kept along at a good pace, and I thought it was really descriptive without being too slow.

My only issue is that with this being a “found diary” book, there is of course the mystery as to what happened after the diary ends.
It wasn’t as satisfying an ending as if everything was tied up in a neat little bow, but also wasn’t as annoying as other “you decide what happened” endings I’ve read in other books.

The narration was good. I had no issue with Judy Greer’s voice, although I think it’s a shame that she didn’t do Mostar’s accent, it was a little distracting having a European character with an American accent.

I haven’t read World War Z, so I can’t compare it to this, but Devolution did remind me quite a lot of Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven, and if you enjoyed that, I’d say you will probably like this.

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 19-06-2020

I have always loved this book, it is clever and funny and a classic book for children. This version is excellent.

A lot of people have complained it their reviews about the narrator’s accent for the Grand High Witch, but compared to the written book, the narrator said the words how they were written, and she had the correct accent, and I had no trouble understanding her at all.
Perhaps because I already knew the book almost by heart, I knew what she was saying. But I didn’t think it was an issue.

I think the narrator did a great job, and if I have any complaint about the book, it’s that there were background sound effects that were unnecessary and a little distracting at times. But that was a minor niggle and not really a problem.

A good yarn

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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: 22-05-2020


This story had a large cast of characters and many were quite unique and had modern identities, eg gender-fluid, poly-amorous, Wiccan lesbian couple etc. I’m unsure if this is a true portrayal of demographics in small town America, but I thought that Bill’s response to these identities was very accurate, but at the same time was not insulting. It was a believable insight into the way older generations think about new ideas around gender and identity, and try to assimilate foreign concepts that younger generations accept more easily.

I don’t read mystery or crime novels usually (Kelsey Grammer sucked me in with his soothing voice!), so I’m certainly no expert on them, but I found the mystery to be interesting and compelling and I didn’t know what would happen next.
I figured out the murderer about 2 minutes before the reveal, which I think is a sign of good writing. I’m keen to go back and listen again to hear any clues I missed.

I hope Kelsey Grammer keeps writing, and narrating because he has a great voice and his story was well written and well told.

Compelling but the end was unsatisfying.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-2020

I really enjoyed this for the most part. I didn’t want to stop listening and finished it in less than a day.
But I felt that the set up just didn’t quite deliver what I was expecting in the end.
Marian was an interesting character, but I was hoping from more from her, or a bit more of a climax in the story.

The narrator was fantastic !

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 17-12-2019

This reminded me a little of A Clockwork Orange actually. It has its own special ‘language’ and had some pretty extreme violence.
It definitely won’t be for everyone, but I really enjoyed it.

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Meh

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-2019

It was okay. I wouldn’t say it was horror though, more adventure or fantasy. It was entertaining enough to get me through but I am not a fantasy fan so everytime there was mention of “magic” as the answer to why something was happening I just rolled my eyes and tried to ignore it.

I didn’t love the main characters, they behaved in ways that I didn’t really agree with. I did like Julie. There are still a lot of unanswered questions at the end of this, and certain mysteries are never properly explained.

I didn’t hate it, and I got to the end, but I doubt I’ll listen to it again anytime soon.

Marvellous

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

Reviewed: 22-11-2019

This was the rarest of the rare... a short story compilation where every story was good!!! I think this is actually the first book of short stories ever, that I have enjoyed every single story.

Yes it is gory, yes there are some very unpleasant scenarios mentioned, and yes the darker side of human nature is showcased in almost every story.

But it was entertaining! Even the frame of the story was very good.

If you have a weak stomach or are easily offended then this probably won’t be for you. But as a hardened horror reader I found this pretty tame and only had 2 “yikes” moments...

This is the third book by Chuck Palahniuk I have read (the first two being Survivor and Invisible Monsters), and I think this was superior.

All I can say is give it a try! You can always request a refund if you don’t like it.

Captivating!!

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-2019

This was amazing for the first 90%
I have to admit the ending was a real let down for me.
I wish it ended differently and the story hadn’t taken that particular direction.

But the story as a whole was compelling and fascinating and I really felt like I was going on this roller coaster ride along with Chris, the main character.
I couldn’t stop listening and finished it within a day.

Highly recommended if you enjoy psychological drama and enjoy questioning what is real or not.
But just don’t expect too much from the ending...

Meh

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-2019

I generally don’t read vampire books because I feel like it’s been done to death. And after listening to this I am convinced yet again that I should steer clear of them.

These ‘fugues’ were slightly more interesting than the usual type of vampire, but they were overall underwhelming.

Basically every ‘horror’ scene with a fugue involves some sort of sexual content. I almost feel like the audible preview was all I needed to listen to, because several parts of the book seemed to just recycle that scene in slightly different ways.

Overall I felt it was way too many sex scenes, which were not scary, and it almost didn’t feel like a horror novel at all.
For the majority of the book, there weren’t many deaths, except in the last 45 minutes or so.
The tree... it was a weird aspect of the story and was not scary at all.

After reading the excellent ‘Meat’ by the same author, I was very disappointed in this novel.

Not for the squeamish!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-2019

This will be a difficult review to write, because I loved the start, and then the story seemed to lose something in the second half. Also I had an issue with the narrator.

I absolutely LOVED the first half of this book. The set up, the parts in the slaughterhouse... It was so well written, thought provoking and intense. There were some incredibly disturbing things in it. The world building was excellent.

I felt the second half, especially parts with Collins vs Magnus dragged a bit and I didn’t find it as interesting as the initial set up.
The plot thread with Parson Mary investigating Shanti was good, although I felt it was almost forgotten as the resolution was just sort of slipped in at the very end.

I didn’t really get the whole “breathing in sunlight and living off air only” thing. The whole idea that not eating gives you superpowers was pretty ridiculous.

The section with Grenville Snipe was one of my favourites.

A note on the narrator though... it was so frustrating having a narrator with a strong regional English accent.
He didn’t say his ‘T’s half the time... it was very distracting hearing things like “Shan’i” instead of Shanti and countless other instances of missed Ts throughout the book.
I understand that the author is English, but why not get an English narrator who speaks with a more neutral accent.

Overall, even though it wasn’t perfect, it was definitely worth reading, and I may find on a second listen that I like the ending more.