- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 23 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Garret Ryan
- Audible.com Release Date: July 14, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073VXVTB2
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No Direction Home: Ordinary People Surviving Extraordinary Times, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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<I>No Direction Home</i> is post-apocalyptic goodness, mostly sweet with a little bit of salty thrown in. The world comes down with a mysterious virus, with a near perfect fatality rate of its victims. No grading on the bell curve here. And the virus is quick - once infected, the victim succumbs to the disease within three deaths, dying a painful death, covered in lesions and pus-filled yuckiness. Thankfully, however, there is no Afterlife Revival in Zombiehood. Here, the dead stay dead - disease-ridden, decayed and rotting organic matter that would cause its own second pestilence, if left untreated. Into this world that is suddenly turned on its head, author Sheridan introduces us to a slew of different characters scattered across the southern United States. An Irish couple, Jonah and Colleen, vacationing in Orlando when the virus strikes. Cody, a college student at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, who teams up with Walter, an Army engineer, and Pete, an ordinary guy. Ralph and Clete, two convicts who are mercifully released from incarceration by a corrections officer when the prison succumbs to the virus. And, of course, there are the bad guys.
The world of <i>No Direction Home</i> is tightly written, engaging, and highly detailed. Having lived in Florida for the past 20 years of so, I felt right at home with the author’s descriptions of the hotel, the freeway system, the local stores, the scenic wonders of O-Town. And I truly enjoyed the ‘flavor’ of the characters, particularly Tennesseen convict Clete (<i>“Why, I’d be happier than a tick on a bloodhound’s balls!”</i>) and Irish vacationer Jonah (<i>“Jaysus, love, never in me life did I imagine I’d be traipsing around the Magic Kingdom with Donald bleedin’ Duck slung over me shoulder. Yeh don’t get a chance like that too often in your life, do you?” He chuckled. “Now yer sure yeh snapped that with the iPhone, aren’t yeh?</i>) I love crazy characters, and these two are sure to be a lot of fun as the series progresses.
However, some of the characters were a little too goodie two-shoes for me. The Walter-Cody pair were the do-no-evil, think-no-evil duo, with super-survival skills to boot. All the women were sweet and smart and beautiful (Emma, Colleen, Maya) or useful and youngish (nurse Greta). I see babies in the future. Even convict Ralph, for whom I had high hopes of being a least a little morally ambiguous when he offed a fellow con on the way out the exit door, turned out to have “a heart of gold.” <i>Sigh</i>. Maybe next book someone will find their inner Rick. You know the one I mean.
Overall, an excellent start to the series, and one I would continue reading on.
Plot wise, it fell flat too. Apart from not knowing how the Pox came to be, it's quite slow going and had no development either. I mean, how could a prison function with only 2 men, plus why would they leave just 2 prisoners go?? It didn't make sense. I just didn't connect with anything in the book, and I really don't think I'll continue on with the series.
Kevin Pierce was just as good as he always is! He has a pleasant voice and always delivers a great performance, I do have to say though, that he needs to work a little on his Irish Accent, it was pretty bad!! But I'm Irish so I know a good one when I hear it. Other than that, I enjoyed his performance.
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