I bought this because of the reference to Pans Labyrinth which was pure genius from start to finish. The Strain is far from it. The narration was really irritating and, as others have said, monotone. No sense of excitement or emotion in the reading. The writing did not live up to expectations. Too many examples of people dying at the vampires hands followed a set pattern and became formulaic. I was saying to myself, 'Yes, yes, get on with it. Boring.' The music at each chapter was exactly the same and I have never been so irritated by a piece before. I was getting relieved to get near the end when low and behold it's a triology. Very disappointing and if it had been half the story that Pans Labyrinth had been it would have been 10 times better than this effort. I was also thinking that this has pretty much been done/said before and was a bit cliched. Nothing really new and surprising. The point when they are fighting the Vampire Boss, and what happens at that point is the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard/read even in this story.
I use my left foot to type my reviews.
I decided to start on "The Strain Trilogy" because of much fan fair from my friends. I'm not into vampires because most of the books that I heard of are gear to teens and I'm not into blood sucking heartthrobs or underage girls with short skirts. No time to ruin my brain and I'm way past my puberty.
Unlike other vampires that I heard of, the vamps in "The Strain" seems to be more real. Instead of teen vamps, these vampires are more like the terror in "Blade."
Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan attempted a horror series that has yet to scare me, but I'm only through the first book. It didn't scare me per say, but I wanted know more about the vampires who drank the rats and how the CDC is getting involve.
I don't see the vampires cohabiting with the humans, but in the first book so far, it hasn't been a blood bath either. The first scene of the book is pretty creepy and rad regarding the plane. That scene really caught my attention to read more.
I just hope that FX doesn't screws up the show when it debut this summer.
For those who are interested in vampire stories and the end of the world will really enjoy this. A little spooky. First time listening to a book that had people coming out of the dark and it was very thrilling. Even those who do not like sci-fi will like this book 1 of a 3 part series because there is a scientific way in which they try to explain the characteristics of people bitten and turned. Very interesting point of view. Recommend a listen.
This is not for bed-time. Genuinely creepy and suspenseful vampire story that reminded me of a modern version of "I Am Legend". Some interesting mythology that I hope continues to be developed, and very suspenseful at times. Ron Perlman gives a suitably scary performance. I feel a film version in the future.
It seems a lot of people don't like Ron Pearlman's narration, but I completely disagree. His narration is superb, and each character is separate and unique - exactly what I would expect from a veteran actor. It's a great story and I can't wait for the next book.
The reader made a LOT of difference. Smoothly transitioned between characters. The material is not especially original but the beginning is uniquely creepy and all the characters are well thought out. Kept me coming back for more. Ending was a bit anti-climactic but will say that I was HOOKED throughout.
And del toro is even better. Chuck hogan rocks! this entire book is awesome!
And BTW I thought the corny music fit the book really well . got me into the mood of this book really well
I thought that I was going to strongly dislike this book, but I remember that I listened to it around Halloween of last year, and it seriously gave me chills. You think that you have heard all the vampire stories but there is nothing out there like this. Del Toro is the king of horror movies, in my humble opinion and in all honesty this book is so visual that when I was listening to parts of it at night, I would actually pull off my sleep mask and look around.
I am going to try not to be too long winded but Ron Perlman has the perfect voice for this kind of book and I hope that he will be back to read the rest of the trilogy. Another thing that I loved about this book is it had a mid-sentence ending, which is my way of describing when an author writes a book but there is no clear conclusion, something else is about to happen but not yet.
It left me wanting more, and on a cold snowy Wisconsin night, it gave me a good scare, reminding me of my mom when she talked about listening to Alfred Hitchcock on the radio. Good listen, totally worth the credit!
Outstanding! Was expecting the typical 'Vampire' tale, eventho the 'Vampires' shared some of the blood-sucking characteristics as the hybrid/mutations in "Blade 2" which was a 'Guillermo' film, Ron Pearlman's narration was AWESOME as was his role in the before mentioned film, also there were other character/storyline simularities, it has been one of the best listens in a last few books :) Can't wait for the next one!
I am a huge Perlman fan, and admittedly picked this up because of his reading. I find most vampire novels these days to be more about the sex than about the story, which I find to be incredibly boring. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised by "The Strain". Believable, good historical background. I can hardly wait for the next installment!!