New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
While others are thinking about what to do, Joe Ledger is getting it done. If you take a second to think, Joe will kick your ass, he pulls no punches, he is balls out all the way.
The book is funnier then a John Scalzi novel, Scarier then Stephen King and weirder then Dean Koontz.
The Department of Military Science, seems to be the action side of the X-Files. It is run by Mr Church, but who is Mr. Church? People used to say Who is John Gault, but now they will be saying Who is Mr. Church?
Don't get me wrong this is no comic book fluff, this is well-written stuff. Some say it is not literature, but I dare you to say that in front of John Maberry. He even knows how to use chapters, something that seems to confuse most modern Science Fiction writers.
This is the best book I have listened to since I started listening and that is hundreds of books.
Ray Porter does an excellent, excellent job. If I could give Seven Stars I would give it to him.
While listening, I thought two things, it must have been written in the 70's and that it was written for a movie. It was actually published in 1988 and it did start out as a script. The book has a sort of Ira Levine feel do it. Most of the scary happens toward the end and by today's scary, gory books, it is not that scary. It does build to a pretty good climax and from chapter 23 on it really gets good.
At first I thought the main character a little silly, since he did not believe in the supernatural, but did believe in the paranormal and telepathy. By the end this makes more since and I can not explain without giving away the plot.
I normally would not read another book by the author if the first book is only worth three stars, but in reading Herbert's bio, it sounds like his very first book Rats, might have been his best and pretty good by today's standard. He was criticized for it being too gory and too negative about London slums.
When I want really scary I turn to the three K's, King, Koontz and Kilborn.
IT WAS A SHALLOW EMOTION FEELING SORRY
If you have watched the movie this is nothing like it. King kind of mentions that he did not care for the movie, he also did not like the movie Shinning. I believe in both cases the directors did what they needed to make the books popular for Movies. So, the movies are good and the books are good, but they differ in many ways.
SH@T IN YOUR BOOT AND EAT IT.
This is a dark Orwellian type of book. It is very Liberal in it's political views. The United States has gone to Hell in a hand basket. The air is so polluted by large corporations that children are dying from cancers and other diseases that are pollution related. Their is a large divide between the haves and the have nots. The poor have no medical insurance and they are starving. The cops are corrupt, mean and are always calling the people maggots. THE POOR ALWAYS HAVE ITCHY A##HOLES.
All that said, I love the book, love King and love King as Bachman. Long before their was a Survivor or nothing on TV, but reality shows, King had predicted that we would be watching game shows in which real people, put their lives on the line for money. I like the main character, who despite the situations he is thrown in, remains defiant. I agree with some others that more could have been done with the game itself and with the hunters. If you read a lot of King, then you know he is more interested in making social statements then in scary books. He has a reputation for the scary, but most of his books are character driven with scary as the backdrop. He usually has a message and it us usually liberal. When they make the movies they take out the message for scary effects. Read the book and watch the movies, you will like both.
I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.
I love The Stand enough that, when I heard this one put all the stuff that was edited out of the original, that I was interested enough to pick it up.
I still love the story...but did't really have the sense there was a LOT of new material. I liked "the Kid" -- but I can see why he was edited out -- and there's not much of that.
Very listenable...outstanding narration. Certainly worth a credit -- just don't expect to see a new landscape for King's outstanding vision.