I listen to MANY horror and science fiction audiobooks. I picked this book out because I wanted to see the movie, but decided to listen to the book first. I've read many of the reviews for this audiobook and I can't get over how polarized they are. Either people love it or hate it. I guess I'm no different. I hated it.
I found the story to be completely boring and extremely predictable. There is almost no character development at all in the book. Instead of story and character development we are treated to juvenile one-dimensional women and overly macho one-dimenional men. There's even a section in the book where the characters discuss who is going to play them in the movie. Yeesh.
Without giving anything away, the 'evil force' was never scary.
I will say that I found the sadistic nature of the Mayans to be very objectionable.
For those of you who liked it, more power to you. However, I need more from my fiction than this author was willing to give. I need interesting characters and interesting situations. The author had the interesting situation, it's everything else that falls apart.
This was my first experience with this narrator, but I found him to be easy to listen to and he had very good tempo. He's the reason I'm rating this book with more than one star.
Based on listening to the book, I've decided to not see the movie.
While not bad for a "beach read" I can't help but think that this is simply a modern, more serious rewrite of "Little Shop of Horrors." But at least "Little Shop of Horrors" was all singing all dancing.
PLEASE DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!!!!!!! The absolute worst book that I have ever wasted my time on. Completely pointless story with a very stupid concept, flat characters and horrible ending. I beg you not to listen to this book and waste the valuable hours that it will take!!!! PLEASE!!!
It seems to me that there are people who either hate this book or love it. I listen to TONS of audio books of all kinds and occassionally re-listen to the good ones. Can't say the same for this one. For the life of me I can't figure out why some people think this book is so good. My guess is that if you are an experienced "reader" that you shouldn't waste your time. If you are of the high school reading level, you might enjoy it. 14 hours is WAAAAAAY too long for this story. It's not like he developing characters or anything.
This would have made a good and entertaining short story and possibly an OK teen horror movie but as a full novel it doesn't work. Rather than endearing you to any of the characters, the overly extensive characterisation just serves to bog down the story. Even ignoring the extent to which you are asked to suspend disbelief regarding the main events and activities I found myself not caring what happened to any of the characters but, rather, I found myself just grinding to the end of the story to finish it - vaguely hoping that some sort of explanation would be forthcoming.
Like many reviewers of this book, this is the first book I've gotten from Audible in 4 years that was bad enough to compell me to write a review.
It could have been a short story, but through repetition and monotony it is a novel.
If I heard one more time the inner dialogue of one of the characters, as they do or say something stupid and unnecessary, describing how they knew they shouldn't but couldn't help themselves....
I spend much time in my car for work listening to audio books, well over 100 books so far. This is my choice for one of the worst books I have ever listened to. Tedious is an understatement. You know exactly how it is going to turn out and it takes forever to get there. It will make your drive seem longer rather than shorter.