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So boring!

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

Reviewed: 2021-01-16

How can a plot about a brain-eating virus be boring? Well, it happens in this book: The writing is mediocre, the story line mediocre and the narration mediocre. Oh... and the characters are ridiculous.

Stupid, stupid, stupid book.

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

Reviewed: 2021-01-09

I bought this book because of the accolades from reviewers. I now ask myself what they were thinking? This is one of the most pedestrian, ridiculous, nonsensical books my poor ears have been subjected to and I am baffled - absolutely baffled - by all those favorable reviews. The only good thing about the book is the narrator. Otherwise... this is one, stupid book.

Surprisingly disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 2021-01-05

I usually like Greg Beck's books, but this one isn't up to par. Yes, the author does his research which teaches me something in every story. So, that is a good thing. However, it isn't enough to have kept me interested in this choppy, disappointing story especially in light of some obvious failures: For instance, why does a linguist tell a biochemist how to conduct biological investigations? As well, it is my understanding that online dating sites offer their clients photos and even face time with potential matches. If this is true, why didn't Matt recognize Lana when she arrived as part of the research team? He was absolutely gob-smacked when he realized who she was. As well, Greg Beck certainly took license with coincidence making her part of the team at all. These are minor points which I could overlook if the story held my interest. But, this convoluted tale was a letdown to the point where I really didn't care how it ended. Regarding narration, I am not a fan of Sean Mangan's dulcet tones and, upon listening to Extinction Plague, that remains my opinion.

One of King's Spookiest.

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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: 2021-01-03

After close to five decades since it was first published, Salem's Lot holds up to high standards as a well-crafted horror novel, replete with fascinating characters, a scary story line and all the talent Stephen King could pack into one novel. To make it all the better, Ron McClarty's narration brings this excellent book to life.

Surprisingly good.

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

Reviewed: 2020-12-20

I hesitated to purchase the first in this series since I was concerned that it would be a rehash of Adrian's Undead Diary which I found kind of dragged out as the books went on. As well, I am becoming rather tired of the same-old-same-old zombie novels. But, curiosity got the better of me and I bought book one... which is surprisingly good. Carl Meadows' imaginative writing is complemented by Danielle Cohen's eloquent narration making Lockey vs The Apocalypse thoroughly enjoyable. It has its gory zombie-bashing moments, strong characters with whom I sympathize, the drama and action just enough to satisfy. A bonus is the threading of humor throughout which only adds to the story's interest. Too bad this is just book one which means I'll be forced to spend more on the novel's continuation, but I will make the investment since I need to know what happens next.

Excellent melodrama.

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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: 2020-12-14

Although the author skims over the ghostly aspects of this story, she does produce an excellent melodrama that captures the desolation, isolation, desperation of a man alone in the cold, dark arctic. So, even though this is not a particularly scary ghost story as suggested in the description, it is hauntingly eerie and fascinating. Michelle Paver is an excellent writer and Jeremy Northam is her equal as a narrator.

Just couldn't get into it.

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

Reviewed: 2020-12-04

Couldn't get into characters, plot and narration. All are mediocre, in my humble opinion. The whole thing is just lackluster and rather boring.

Not very good.

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

Reviewed: 2020-11-27

This book is nonsensical and certainly not scary. I don't know about Ambrose; he's kind of a Jekyll and Hyde: Some books are good and some are so-so or downright awful. Anyway, I cannot recommend Night Society to my Audible family because of the mediocre, silly storyline and Joe Hempel's lackluster narration.

Too overwritten.

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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: 2020-11-20

I think James Watts is confused about genres: 'Them' is marketed as horror, but the author clearly wants to write more literary fiction. This is evidenced by his penchant for similes and flowery descriptive passages that only serve to annoy this listener who spent a credit on a straightforward scary story and not pretentious prose . Incongruous to all of this is that the novel is speckled with unnecessary crudeness which just makes it all the more discordant. So, in my humble opinion, a stringent editor and a decision as to which genre he prefers will help Mr. Watts hone his talent. Meanwhile, Daniel Caravetta does a good job narrating.

Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 2020-11-12

This book has its moments but they are few and far between. It is rather juvenile, in my opinion, and does not at all reflect F. Paul Wilson's earlier works. The narration doesn't help... it's pretty bad.