Dan Simmons spins another yarn that is riveting in its accuracy and historical references, while leaving one in awe of his ability to make the incredible scientific while the horror of Dracula remains even more palpable than Bram Stoker's vision.
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
I read my first Dan Simmons, Carrion Comfort, book several months ago based on the exuberant accolades of another listener whose reviews I follow. I will say the reviewer did not lead me astray as that story was gripping & one of the few horror books I consider really terrifying.
That lead me to listen to Children of the Night. I admit I like a good vampire book - not the fluffy ones where the vamps are really good ( you know deep down inside) with a Harlequen romance vibe. I want a mix of mystery & the unknown with vampires that are ruthless & heartless & that's what this book brings to the table. Simmons takes a different approach to explain the existence of these creatures. This is not Simmons best work but a solid book worth a listen.
Defender of fiction!
I really like Dan Simmons; he's written some of my favorites. This definately won't be one of them. I made it through the book but it was a near thing. I found the story slow and the characters lacked depth. The only things that really kept my interest was the history and cultural oddities of Hungary and Romania. It was a visual reminder of the levels of poverty and desolation that many in the world live. The descriptions of life in those countries with their rampant corruption and stagnation was fully realized.
. I wasn't that fussed about the narrator either. I thought his pacing was too slow and he got a breathless quality in some of his reading that distracted from the book.
Dan Simmons can always set a scene well. Too bad about the characters in this book. I look forward to the next try.
Half Romance, half adventure, mostly stupid.
If this is an example of Dan Simmon's work, probably not.
The narrator was fine.
I was very disappointed by this book. Worse than a Sci-Fi channel story.
After reading (dead tree version) Dan Simmons masterpiece "The Terror", I dove right in to find whatever else I could by this talented author. But my enthusiasm waned about 1/3 way thru this dull, plodding, hackneyed vampire story. The narrator did an okay job, he has a droning voice but handled the Euro-speak and accents well. But the content of this book belongs in a TV movie. "Vampirism is a disease, and we can cure it!" Sound familiar? Ho-hum.
Let me point out from the start, that I only made it 1/4 of the way through this audiobook. I am an avid audiobook listener and have tremendously enjoyed Simmons' Hyperion books. This one however doesn't cut it.
The character development is minimal. I have some interest in what happens to the main character Kate. I see no compelling reason though for her to have adopted her baby boy. Of thousands of babies she met in an orphanage there was nothing special about this one; no formation of a bond; no hard luck case that was much worse than of hundreds of other orphans. Still, he apparently is cute and maybe that is worth going through heck for.
The writing that finally got me down involved the endless medical terms and genetic details. I would expect a few just to establish Simmons' validity as a story teller. The continued detail though seriously bogs down the story telling. The narrator can only trudge through just so many eight syllable words before I'm ready to stop listening.
Unfortunately, the reader also trudges through most of the story telling too. Most female and male voices he tries are very similar. The worst is the voice of the ex-husband Tom. This voice sounds just like Rodney Dangerfield. I kept expecting him to finish his emotion filled dialog with a puchline of, "I get no respect!" This reader would do well to use only his own voice, without changing for each character.
The concept of this vampire tale is very unique and very intriguing. It is unfortunate the writing and narration do not deliver.