Audiobook Review: Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

Posted October 24, 2013 by Felicia S in 1 Wine Glass/DNF, 2013 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 28 Comments

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

Format: Audiobook

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

Date Read: October 2013

Genre: Horror, Post-Apocolyptic

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

  1. I listened to this one too, and yes it did take a long time to get to Red Hill. The book picks up after that but I was a little restless too.

    • Amy told me that I was almost to the point where they made it. That was just too late for me plus I would have screamed at the end (with who made it and didn’t).

  2. I ended up finishing this and rated it a 3. It took a long time for character development, and even then I wanted more. Despite all that I was entertained, and actually read this in 2 sittings. I think I was let down because I wanted more!

    • I think this is more me than the book. I just had a hard time with Allegiant. I may be coming to the end of my dystopian/apocalyptic love connection LOL

  3. I’ve seen mixed reviews for this one and even the author’s other books have mixed reviews, so I’d be hesitant to pick this one up. Thanks for the thoughtful and honest review, Felicia!!

    • 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).

    • I actually had The Book Goonie tell me the rest of the story. I would have been more pissed off had I read the end so I am glad I stopped when I did LOL

  4. If I had hit the fifty percent mark I would have forced myself to finish, but then I would probably be mad in the end that I wasted my time. THanks for the heads up!

    • 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.

  5. I always struggle with books where it takes a really long time for the characters to get where there going and for the story to actually start. The fact that they aren’t even at Red Hill at the 50% mark makes me think I’ll have trouble with this one too Felicia, so I’m going to pass! I think I’ll read her Beautiful Disaster series instead:)

    • I just kept waiting for them to get to Red Hill. Heck right now (where I stopped) one character hasn’t even mentioned Red Hill. I am not sure how it all played out (well I sorta do thanks to The Book Goonie) but I think they all eventually get there LOL

  6. 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.

    • 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.

  7. Sounds like this story needed a good editing and for someone to suggest the beginning of the story start much, much later than it did. I wasn’t actually expecting much from this book, since I’m not a big fan of the author’s other stories…but a DNF sucks for the reader!

    • The story needed something to give the characters more depth and connection. I wasn’t a fan of Beautiful Disaster either but didn’t realize it was the same author until I had already requested this one.