Dave Courvoisier gives a steady performance of the apocalyptic novel The Flu by Jacqueline Druga. His clear voice is an excellent counterpoint to the chaos of the story. One day, a mutated version of the Spanish Flu returns, and becomes a plague upon the human race. This strain is much more deadly than its 1918 incarnation. As people begin dying in droves around the world, Lodi, Ohio, somehow remains free of the flu. The people of Lodi discover that their test isn't the illness, but their luck in remaining healthy in the face of death, destruction, and disaster.
Throughout history there have been several thousand different strains of influenza. Each year hundreds are active. Chances are, this year, you will catch one of those strains. You will cough, sneeze, and your body will ache. Without a second thought, you'll take a double dose of green liquid, go to bed, and swear you'll feel better in the morning. Not this time. In 1918 forty-million people succumbed to a particular strain of swine flu. It appeared out of nowhere, and just as quickly as it surfaced, the Spanish Flu vanished. Gone for good. Or so we thought. Though mankind has anticipated its resurfacing for some time, mankind is ill prepared.
Mutated and with a vengeance, the Spanish Flu returns. In a world blackened with plague, a glimmer of light exists in the small town of Lodi, Ohio. They shine as a sanctuary because they ... are 'flu-free' In the wake of the reality that they are spared, the spirit and strength of Lodi is tested. It becomes a fight against what is morally right or wrong in an increasingly difficult battle to stay healthy and alive until the flu has run its course.
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"It was okay. Not my favorite."
I'm a big fan of apocalyptic novels, but this one wasn't my fave. It was a bit of a struggle to listen to. It was very "conversation heavy" and didn't have enough narrative, so the characters and scenes were flat. I also thought the characters weren't very likeable. Mick came off as a "Rocky" type guy with an IQ of about 60. And Dylan was shallow, petty and immature. There were far too many scenes and conversations that were irrelevant and slow, not moving the story forward. Some scenes were great and well-written, others (especially the dialog) were really bad. it was almost as if two different people were writing it. I will listen to another book by Jacqueline Druga because I think she has tremendous potential. But I have to rate this accordingly. Sorry.
"More drama than thriller"
This story was more poorly written drama than a thriller or scary story, as the summary suggested. Also the narrator read annoyingly inconsistent. Overall I am glad I listened to it but the narrator and the drama ruined a good story.
I am happy with this book, the story and the narration is good. I must say I found it enjoyable, compelling to listen too and interesting. I am still unsure if I liked the character Dylan basically for the way she treated our poor Sheriff but then that was part of the fun of it all.
I would have preferred more about the FLU and the effects, but as a story it is enjoyable.
"A little bit of everything..."
Yes. I love these characters now. I love the way they are with each other and who they are. I would like to revisit the ones lost to the flu.
I loved the comical conversations between the characters, especially when Rose, Mic's mom explained the facts of life to Dylan's sons... and the moment Mic realized it.
He was as moved by the story as I was, so his emotional delivery matched my mood upon hearing it. His voice changes for different characters got a little out there sometimes, but I think it added to my ability to distinguish different characters from each other early on.
Sanctuary. I think that word has a double meaning in this story. At first it's the town as it holds off the flu, but even when that fails, the bonds between the characters create a peace for the survivors from which they can rebuild.
Sometimes the language was a little graphic, although I must admit, it somehow worked for Rose (to a point), and the homosexual love scene made me uncomfortable with openly recommending this book to just anyone categorically. However, the characters, writing and performance were SUPERB! I appreciate any author who doesn't lazily rely on pure villainy to drive conflict. These people are complex and flawed and so appealing. I intend to visit them again someday, and I look forward to sampling the author's other works.
"Kept me hooked!"
Well developed story. Very exciting and well written. Good narration. I couldn't wait for the next page.
This writer has a tin ear for dialogue. Really, it's kind of painful. And hello? If the speaker is petulant, I don't need the writer to point it out to me. The swifties came so fast and thick, it almost seemed like a joke.
Aaargh, the voices! Look, it's great when a narrator can develop voices for individual characters, but it's not necessary, and skipping it is better than doing it badly.
Romance novel with a few deaths thrown in for good measure.
I expected better. There was too much time and detail spent on mushy stuff nd not enough detail about the flu.
Mechanical sounding in places. Not sure if this was an editing problem.
This book was poorly written. The author keep jumping from scene to scene. Too many insignificant characters
"Worst audiobook ever!"
Nothing. The naration sounded like stick characters. When I heard the opening lines, I actually thought the speaker was going to be a comedian doing a character. It was like the narator couldn't do different normal voices, so he made up all of these bit characters. I could see him lowering his eyebrows to make the voice of a cowboy,
Yes. This purchase made me really mad. I've already used my returns, and this was a total waste of money
The main character. The author's depecition of these family quirks might seem charming to her, but they are just annoying. If I saw pepole acting like they do (before the pandemic) I would walk away from them. And that's what I think you should do from this book.
"Not as Good as I Hoped"
I always enjoy Jacqueline Druga's work, though I enjoy some of her books more than others. As always, her characters - typical Americans caught in disastrous situations - are well described. In particular, even in the most threatening circumstances, the interactions among the characters are drawn with wit and humor. The FBI agent partners were hilarious!
The most memorable event was probably the coming of the flu to the only town in the U.S. that had been flu free. However, the events on the town border with the biker-guardians were memorable, as were the interactions of the FBI agents in the hotel room.
The reader, Dave Courvoisier, does a great job of individualizing the multitude of characters. I could almost always tell who was speaking without being told.
I usually listen to audiobooks in two or three sittings, especially when I am grading papers (I am a teacher). However, I found my interest waning. I think I did not find the characters compelling enough to make me want to return. Perhaps, the characters in this book were just too wholesome.
I will keep reading Druga's novels. She is a wonder! Is there an apocalyptic plot she has not attempted?
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