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February 20, 2014 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

Red Hill by Jamie McGuireRed Hill
by Jamie McGuire
Narrated by Emma Galvin, Zachary Webber, January LaVoy

Genre: Horror
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publish Date: October 2013
Format: Audio CD | 9½ hours
Audio Listening Level: Intermediate
Rating: 3 of 5

Publisher’s Synopsis:

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, three ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

My Thoughts:

This is a fast-paced, action-filled story beginning with the outbreak of a mysterious, previously unknown disease which is spreading fast. Soon the three main characters, each in a different location, realize they need to get out of the city and find a safe place to hide out. The point of view alternated between the main characters, but there were also a lot of other characters to keep track of, and after a while it got a little confusing. Unfortunately I couldn’t connect with any of them, but I was interested enough to keep listening; I had to know if anyone survived or if the world was truly going to end.

The love story was very subtle, even by my standards (which is, I don’t like romances unless they are in the background), and I didn’t feel a great attraction between Nathan and Scarlet. The horror story was the typical dead bodies with a taste for human flesh. I like horror, ala Stephen King, but zombies aren’t my favorite and that could have been my problem. I was hoping for a new twist on the zombie genre, but didn’t find one. The writing is good, and a lot of people loved this book, so if zombies are your thing, give it a try.

Audio production: Narrated by Emma Galvin, Zachary Webber, January LaVoy. I had no problem listening, the voices and performance of the narrators were good. The only caution for the audio is the need to pay attention to the changing points of view. The use of different voices does make that easier for the listener.

Source: Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster Audio.
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  1. BermudaOnion / Feb 20 2014 9:40 am

    Yeah, I’m not into zombies either so this probably isn’t for me.


  2. Suko / Feb 21 2014 10:25 am

    Leslie, I don’t think zombies are my thing either, but I like the idea of a more subtle love story or romance in the midst of this horror story. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts about this audiobook.


  3. Suko / Feb 21 2014 10:25 am

    (P.S. I love your countdown to spring graphic!)


  4. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Feb 23 2014 8:05 pm

    Zombies aren’t my thing either, but I did enjoy this book.


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