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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Review: Resonance

Resonance
Author: A.J. Scudiere
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Skyboat Productions
Release Date: November 20, 2008
Audiobook: 16 hours and 19 minutes
Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki (Narrator), Carrington MacDuffie (Narrator), Paul Boehmer (Narrator), Gabrielle De Cuir (Narrator), David Birney (Narrator), Rosalyn Landor (Narrator), Arte Johnson (Narrator)

Source: From the Publishing Company
Buy the Book: Amazon.com
Book Description
The shift is coming. Soon. Dr. David Carter knows this. However, he's a geologist, so 'soon' means anywhere from tomorrow to a thousand years from now. People are dying. Now. Drs. Jordan Abellard and Jillian Brookwood are standing at the edge of SuperAIDS. Or are they? They won't be able to figure it out if they can t get some authorization signed--and soon. But they're peons and no one is paying attention.
Whole species died at the last polar shift, 65 million years ago. Right now Dr. Becky Sorenson has some seriously mutated frogs in her lab. In Los Angeles, Bees are making abnormal columns on the side of the freeways. In Georgia, birds are migrating out of season. It all makes a sick kind of sense when the doctors consider that the last magnetic shift is strangely coincidental to the dinosaur die-out. And the only similarity in the problems today is that each is occurring in a 'hotspot'--a pocket of reverse polarity tells them all the shift is already here.
Review
I received this book from a contact of Teresa Reading Corner.  I think it came from the audiomovie publisher.  What is an audiomovie you ask?  Well it is an audiobook with extra items added to it.  Items like sound effects and music.  When there is a phone ringing in the story you will hear a phone ringing in the background.  You will also hear the other person on the other line in a muffled voice, as if you were really listening in on a conversation.  Sounds great right?!  Well yes and no!  I wanted to listen to it and review it based on the concept of an audiomovie.  The story was secondary for me.  Well were do I begin.  The Story!  Great concept, good plot but tooo many holes and no real resolution.  In the synopsis you know there is a problem occurring with the planet.  90 percent of the book is following three doctors (one not a medical PHD) who are trying to figure out what is going on.  The last 5 percent is the hunch of one doctor becoming fact for the others with no proof, evidence or reasoning behind it all.  Really?!  And they keep it to themselves too!  They don't tell anybody outside their circle why half the Earth's population died.  WHATEVER!  The music.  In various parts of the audiomovie they have inserted instrumental music.  I don't mind it but honestly I think it takes away from the story.  When ominous music starts you think something scary or suspenseful is going to happen.  So why the scary music for just an update on a doctors status?  The narrators.  In this audiomovie there is not just one narrator but a whole cast of people for every single character.  I was not impressed.  There were to many voices that made the story corny.  Thier voices made it feel like a B flick on SyFy.  It would have been better as a read instead of a listen.  But I do love the audiomovie concept and I look forward to more stories taking this road.
Recommendations
I recommend this book to adults due to language and subject matter.
Challenges
This book is number 20 in my Audiobook challenge.
This book is number 54 in my Goodreads challenge.

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