This is a cleverly written book with some very graphic details. However, this narrator has obviously not heard any of the other stories in the series. He is not consistent with previous narrators with his pronounciations of names and places. He makes characters that are likeable in other stories, creepy and slimey. The publisher should consider being more consistent with narrators, as they can make or break a book. I have heard other stories this narrator has done, and I thought they were fine, but with this series of stories, I am not impressed with his distortion of the characters.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
And Art is that which is not art. Just some wisdom to be found in this book.
I seemed to like stuff that is a little edgy. Stuff with science and maybe some pseudo-science. I like looking at things from a different point of view. Preston and Child have a knack for filling that niche.
This is a sequel to Relic, but it also a stand alone novel. There are some mentions of Relic, but not enough to make it a must that you read Relic first. Having said that I would suggest you read Relic first, simply cause I liked it better. But only by about half a star. I also must mention that I prefer Koontz, when it comes to this type of novel, but it is well worth the four stars I gave it.
This is a lot here about the underground of NY city, about those that live in the tunnels and sewer pipes under the city. As mention in the Afterword, even though this is a made up story, there is a population of people who live underground and it goes several stories deep. These tunnels are not charted or mapped.
The entertainment value of this is rather high, but I was getting a little bored between chapters 51 and 57 and then it picks up.
These c/o authors also take a hard hit on conservatives. Accusing them of mob behavior. Which is actually the opposite of the truth. See Anne Coulter, Demonic. She shows that conservatives rarely if ever protest or bend to mob rule. Protesters through out history have always been liberals. Those occupying the parks around the United States were very liberal. But that is a very small part of the book and should not keep you from listening.
If I ever give Dick Hill less then six stars, please take my temperature.
I also like Mount Dragon and Ice Limit.
I read the first book and took a liking to many of the characters so I was happy to see some of them return here. Given that fact I will likely listen to the third book and hope it gets better.
If I had rated this before the last hour it would have been 3s all across but the story took a turn for the dumb in the last hour so I took it down to 2 stars.
I did not enjoy this narrator as much as the narrator of the first book. It seemed that he mixed up the voices of two of the main male characters a couple of times. I figured it out from context but it interrupted the storyline.
Dick Hill again proves that he can ruin any novel no matter how good it is. He portrays the characters as either chronically hysterical (especially women) or prone to fits of anger. Spare me any more narration by Dick Hill.
Having enjoyed " Relic", I was excited to pick up where that tale left off. Unfortunately, the villain in this second outing is never really fleshed out and the creatures aka 'wrinkles' are poorly described. All I know is that they wear cloaks (which feels a bit too tongue in cheek) and have reptilian eyes--doesn't do much for the imagination. This was a stark contrast its predecessor where the museum beat was superbly described to the reader along with great overall character development. This second entry in the series feels incomplete.
Aloysius Pendergast as an FBI agent that is over the top and an incredibly awesome literary character. I have read all the books multiple times and now I am enjoying listening to them.
My first full audiobook and I'm hooked. The narrator was spot on. He really brought out the uniqueness of each of the characters and you could feel as though they were actually different people (even the women sounded unique, which can be hard for some men to convey). While I loved reading Relic I hope I can get the audiobook with the same narrator just because he was so good. Truly an amazing read!
The author does a superb job in researching and visually illustrating the inner workings of the New York underground: sewers and abandoned subway tunnels. The author Also exhibited a generous amount of imaginative ingenuity as well as literary brilliance to bring the main storyline of the plot to life. The book was written as a mixture of genres: science fiction, horror, and crime mystery. The shortcoming of the book lies in the mystery portion of the plot. Most of the answers to the mysteries of the crimes being committed and the mastermind behind them are fairly obvious and predictable. I would recommend this book but only at a bargain price. I would not recommend using a monthly credit on it.