this series is in my top 10! I drive a lot for my job and that's when I listen to audio books. With this series I had to force myself to NOT listen when I stopped working. And that didn''t always work!
During the first book I kept stopping and telling myself: Oh yeah that's Ron Perlman. I absolutely forgot during the second two.
I watch Sons of Anarchy and I hate Clay, so I had tough time with him as narrator (silly I know) but I so got over it! GREAT JOB!
Vasili for sure! What a great guy! Honorable and so much more than he thought that he was.
READ THIS SERIES
way too much time whining
the side pockets could have been less
give up reading vampire stories
this series could have been written in one book
I appreciate what del Toro is trying to do here. His vampires aren't rock 'n roll stars, nor are they dreamy. They're scary and bad-ass. But the oh-so-slow pacing puts a stake in the heart of any enjoyment I might've gotten out of this book. I won't be reading the other two in the trilogy (like we need another vampire trilogy). Even worse - I listened to the the audiobook. Ron Perlman is a horrible, horrible narrator.
from Literary Exploration
It is refreshing to read a vampire novel, written the way you would expect a vampire novel to be written. While Guillermo del Toro???s vampire are different to the typical vampire at least they don???t sparkle like fairies. Del Toro has given a truly thrilling novel full of heart racing scenes and a unique blend of old vampiric mysticism and the modern infestation typically made popular with the Resident Evil games/movies. While I would love to give this book 4/5, I have to say this book reminded me too much of I am Legend by Richard Matheson to warrant this score. The Strain is a dark and enjoyable horror novel that I would highly recommend for anyone interested in reading an exciting vampire novel.
I'm not sure what all other negative reviewers are on about. I really enjoyed this. I must say, I'm not a big reader of horror/thriller stuff, but this was great. Scared me so much in some parts I couldn't listen at night. I like the way the different characters and stories wove together. I loved the sense of doom and it built really well.
I had no problem with Ron Pearlman's performance. I liked his deep tone and he did the growling and creepy bits really well.
I think most of the negative reviews are very harsh and some of them just simply wrong. Loved it.
This trilogy is definately not for everyone. And the narration is a little dry. But I admit it...I love this stuff. I'm a end-of-the world, conspiracy theory, epic disaster junkie. What are you gonna do? I grew up in the 70's with Towering Inferno, Earthquake and all the Airport movies.
Anyway, this series is a bit on the far-fetched side of the vampire stuff, but I like the main characters a lot. They are just regular people that get to save the world. They don't have any special powers, and they lose people that they love in the process, which makes it more real.
And the vampires aren't flying around like bats and sparkling in the daylight, although they have this gross stinger thing that shoots out to "drink your blood."
If you are squeamish at all I would opt for lighter vampire fare, like the popular Twilight series or something equally YA, but if you like more hardcore apocalyptic stuff, give this trilogy a go.
Interesting twist on the Vampire origin.
You really get involved with the characters.
the current title is perfect.
Story kept me interested to the end. Ron Perlman added a gravitas to the reading, making it stand out from other books. From looking at other reviews, you love him or hate him as the narrator. I give it two thumbs up.
I really loved the beginning of this book. I like that the take on vampires is more scientific and less mythical. Alas, that doesn't last very long. Although one of the main characters regularly derides folklore remedies, there are still weirdly unexplainable events. Why can't vampires cross bodies of moving water? Why are they hurt more by silver than other metals? What is the deal with them having no reflection in silver mirrors? What the heck was the deal with the plane?
As the book progresses it gets less and less interesting and turns into a vampire slayer novel. There are some good parts, but mostly it loses steam as it gains momentum.
Would not read again.
(Perlman was a great reader though :-)
Thrilling, powerful, and captivating
The chilling narration made the story even better.
The narration in general was excellent. It created the perfect mood, terrifying but oh so real. I'd love to hear more by Perlman. Makes me wonder why he didn't do the rest of the books in the trilogy....
Refreshing. Don't come here for trashy vampire harlequin romances. This is a tale that brings back the original horror and blood lust.