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Book Title: The Shock|
Date of issue: December 21st 2012
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The author of the book: Scott Nicholson
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 25.75 MB
Edition: Haunted Computer Books
Read full description of the books The Shock:Honest reviews are a bitch. It means that every now and then I have to give a one star rating. I hate that. It seems mean. But it’s honest. Seriously, I hate it.
I received this from Audiobookblast in exchange for a review, I think they preferred honest, and here we are. Considering who gave me the book, we should start with the audio.
I strongly disliked the narration. It was read well with proper enunciation and displayed a substantial talent when it comes to portraying different characters through the use of inflection but this was a unique case where every character invoked came across as cheesy and cliche.
The only way I can explain how cheery all these voices were is to show you this and hope it’s enough to make my point.
Everyone sounded like a character from this type of program. The cheesy sounding narrator is partly to blame, the cheesy dialogue takes the rest of the responsibility. I switched between Audio and ebook because the narrator was driving me nuts but this isn’t whispersync enabled, making it harder to do both at the same time. I tried to stick with the audio since this is an audio review but I really hated it so I relied heavily on the Kindle version as well.
One star for the audio. One star for the book.
This is my first Nicholson book and I wish I picked a sub-genre that was less beaten to death than the post-apocalyptic zombie routine. I’ve heard some good things about this guy and he seems to have all the basic writing tools in place but this was a jump-on-the-bandwagon story, with little originality and an open-ended plot that leaves zero satisfaction because the story doesn’t end; it stops. There’s a difference...
Unless you’re cool with reading this as a smaller part of an incomplete story that you look forward to reading in installments, I would steer clear. Book 1 was not self-contained. It relies on whatever happens next. It’s also not a comic book and if it were, my review would reflect the difference in mediums, and why the episodic structure doesn’t work here the way it does in the graphic novel world.
Yes, I’m a Walking Dead fan. Cliffhangers work just fine there.
I hate to rely on the Old Faithfuls of the post-apoc literary world but try to imagine THE STAND or SWAN SONG broken up into parts. It doesn’t work. When you start to staccato the hell out of your singular narrative, you lose readers.
Well, you lost this one, at least.
It’s a common tool these days, chopping up one book into many so it can be sold more than once. I get that, but I’m not a fan of it.
Lastly, I gotta mention the overabundance of religion used in this story. I wouldn’t label it as religious literature, but there is enough Christian Eschatology 101 littered throughout the story to make me occasionally have to confirm that I wasn’t reading the latest installment in the LEFT BEHIND Series. Nothing new. Just generic characters asking themselves rhetorical cliche questions about the meaning of life, god, etc. A sixth grade Sunday School pamphlet would have been a more efficient avenue.
And lastly, (didn’t I do lastly already?,) The Zombies in this story are called Zapheads. I won’t explain it but I’ll let it bounce around in your brain until you decide for yourself whether or not that is an incredibly stupid name for the undead. Every time it was used, I cringed. I hated it. It was almost enough to ruin the story all on its own.
Thanks for the book, Audiobookblast. Sorry it didn’t go a little better but I can’t recommend this one.
Read information about the authorWith more than 500,000 books sold worldwide, Scott Nicholson is an international bestselling thriller writer. He won the Writers of the Future Award in 1999 and was a Stoker Award finalist in 2003. His Fear series was published by Amazon's Thomas & Mercer imprint and 47North released the supernatural thriller McFALL.
He's also published a number of supernatural, paranormal, and fantasy books and stories, including the AFTER post-apocalyptic series, as well as children's books, comics, and screenplays. His 2006 novel The Home is in development as a feature film.
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