I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.White Horse by Alex Adams
Narrator: Emily Durante
Length: 10 Hours 15 Minutes
Published by Simon and Schuster on December 18th 2012
Genres: Fiction, General, Thrillers, Suspense, Dystopian
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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The world has ended, but her journey has just begun.
THE WORLD HAS ENDED, BUT HER JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN.
Thirty-year-old Zoe leads an ordinary life until the end of the world arrives. She is cleaning cages and floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals when the president of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. When Zoe realizes that everyone she loves is disappearing, she starts running. Scared and alone in a shockingly changed world, she embarks on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are defined not by their genetic code, but rather by their actions and choices. White Horse offers hope for a broken world, where love can lead to the most unexpected places.
Why Did I Listen To White Horse by Alex Adams?
White Horse by Alex Adams is an adult dystopia book that has crossover YA appeal. Or at least that’s how it was pitched when the book was released several years ago. At the time, that really appealed to me. However, as you all know how TBRs go, I kept putting it off for newer and shinier books. Of course, as you all know basically every book I have been reading seems to be from the library these days or from either Netgalley or Edelweiss. White Horse combines both — it’s an audiobook that I borrowed from the library that also is on my Netgalley queue FOR MULTIPLE YEARS. Leaving it on the queue for years is kind of weird for me. I am usually all about books with plagues.
What’s The Story Here?
Essentially, White Horse by Alex Adams is narrated by this woman named Zoe. Zoe was a janitor at this biochemical company. One day, there is this strange jar that shows up in her apartment and she questions just why it is there. So, that’s the past.
Now, we flash forward to the future and basically humans have all but died out due to this disease. It was caused by the company where she worked – white horse is the name of the disease. Zoe, however, is immune and pregnant. So, she ends up on a journey traveling with another girl as well as a man known as the Swiss. White Horse goes back and forth in timeline between the past and the present.
How Did I Like White Horse?
Unfortunately, I feel like I could take or leave Alex Adams’ White Horse. I mean, I was really looking forward to this book. However, it just failed to really connect with me. I did find myself bored a lot of the time. Then there was the pregnancy aspect and as a pregnant person, I felt stressed out pretty much my whole time reading this book. The biggest factor generating my apathy was the narration though. It is likely that I would have enjoyed this so much more had I read it physically or via ebook and not listened to it.
How’s The Narration?
So, I listened to a CD version of this book from the library and ripped it to my iPhone as I only have a CD player in my car otherwise, I do not have one at all. The audiobook is narrated by Emily Durante and is 10 hours and 15 minutes long. It just DRAGS the whole time. Right now, I am used to listening to audiobooks via apps and so I have that ability to speed up audiobooks with the click of a button. I have become accustomed to listening to books at a faster speed than what is normal. Unfortunately, I could not do that with this book. It just went so slow. Plus, the production values were just terrible. There probably could have been a whole hour cut out with tighter engineering – there are a lot of awkward LONG pauses. I am just not about that life.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
How I felt during all those long pauses and then the introduction of the book on every single disc.
Other reviews of White Horse by Alex Adams:
- My Shelf Confessions – “one of the most distinctive writing styles of any book I’ve ever read“
- Jenn’s Bookshelves – “not a light book in any manner“
- The Book Smugglers – “a beautifully executed novel“