Audiobook Review: Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

Posted October 24th, 2013 by in 1 Wine Glass/DNF, 2013 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 28 comments

Audiobook Review: Red Hill by Jamie McGuireSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Simon & Schuster

Red Hill by Jamie McGuire
Narrator: Emma Galvin, January LaVoy, Zachary Webber
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins

Date Read: October 2013


When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these 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.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best

More Information:
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

My Thoughts on


Listened for Review (Simon & Schuster)
(Finished 4 of 7 disks)
Overall Rating: None (DNF)

Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)

Why did I DNF? Red Hill is going to work for other people very well but I was just not connecting with the story (or characters). I felt that I gave Red Hill a pretty good whirl (50%) but at that point I just had to call it a wash. Why didn’t I connect with the characters? I felt the adults were a little too cardboard and when they did get emotional it felt forced. I did like the teenage girl but she honestly wasn’t enough to stick with it. Why didn’t I connect with the story? At 50% they still weren’t at Red Hill. I kept thinking at that point the story would start to gel and there would be a connection. However, the story was to disconnected for me and at points a little unbelievable. I did find out the rest of the story from a friend and feel like it wouldn’t have been a good fit for me overall. Again I want to state that Red Hill works very well for other people so please read other reviews. You might decide to give it a whirl.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Emma Galvin, January LaVoy, Zachary Webber/Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins

The narration for Red Hill was phenomenal! I thought that Emma and Zachary did a fantastic job. January didn’t do a bad job either but it felt a little “flat”(and honestly it might have been the character not the narrator in this case). I thought they handled their parts well and each brought something different to the plate. Overall I would recommend this on audio if you are going to give it a whirl.

Final Thought: Not every book is for every reader. Please read other reviews to see what other people thought of the story.


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28 Responses to “Audiobook Review: Red Hill by Jamie McGuire”

    • Felicia S

      I have to admit that I didn’t like Beautiful Disaster (though my problem with it was not the same as most peoples) and didn’t realize it was the same author until after I requested it. I am not a fan of how she writes characters (they just aren’t layered IMHO).
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    • Felicia S

      I admit that on this one and the one that I am posting on Monday–I stuck with both longer than I normally would have. I wanted to know what happened even though the story was not working for me. With this one it was the characters and choppiness though that finally made me throw up my hands in defeat.
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  1. Lupdilup

    I can definitely see I liked it a bit more than you did..LOL, but still for me it was just meh! I can see some peeps enjoying tho. I know I expect a lot more from a post-apocalyctic setting, and if it’s about the characters, then the author needs to make me really care for them.
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    • Felicia S

      The bar is set so high for me in zombie genre with Rhiannon Frater, Jonathan Maberry, and even Jesse Petersen (though yes hers are lighter) that I expect you to bring a very good story with complicated characters. I don’t think the characters were very “deep” in this one. Granted they might have gotten deeper in the 2nd half but the first half–I cared more for side characters than the 2 of the 3 mains.
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