Say something about yourself!
Cross my heart, I tried my best with this book. Notwithstanding many poor reviews, I spent 2 of my precious credits on it, and started building castles in the air about a trilogy. What a thrilling horizon: over 100 hours of post-apocalyptic vampire saga on the tracks of King's legendary "The Stand"! I could not ask for more, nor could I obtain less. I've reached part 5 and I must say, much to my dismay, that the plot is so slow that I've been using it as a sleeping-aid for weeks now. It is also one of the least thrilling books I've ever stumbled upon. Hundreds of useless characters and insignificant details on their private lives. For the first time in my life I wished I bought an abridged version. Take my word, do not buy this audiobook.
It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!
This book had me telling people about this wonderful book with interesting people in it that were caught up in some engrossing stories. But then it happend! The book shot ahead 100 years and a new book started! No kidding, it seemed to me it was written by a different author as well. It went from great to something that did little to interest me. It went from interesting to drawn out. It pains me to say anything bad about a book because just because I don't like something doesn't mean you wont unless we have the same taste but I feel the need to point out what I see as a problem in this book!
The book has been compared to The Stand. It's not in the same league. It is about a viral apocalypse that kills most people and leaves a few survivors holding out against rabid vampires. This scenario is set up plausibly but it is shockingly boring boring boring.
The first part is slightly compelling as the background is set up, although the author is too long-winded with descriptions and inner monologues that never pay off. He's simply not good at creating differentiated characters.
Then there's the second big setting where a large community hides in a fortress against "the virals." It's hour after hour of nothing but not very intriguing descriptions of political alliances and love triangles among the residents.
There are a few skirmishes with the virals but they're not tension-filled. And the computer hacking 90 years after the end of civilization is preposterous.
The last thing I would say is that I might've given the book two stars because I could see how maybe fantasy fans might like some of it, but the book costs two credits! There are longer (and better!) books available for a single credit, such as The Pillars of the Earth. I can't imagine anyone finding this book worth two credits, all of the positive reviews notwithstanding...
P.S. The narrator is fine, perhaps a bit slow or maybe that was my desire for action to happen.
This book is soo frustrating. I can tell its exciting and well written, but as it goes on, I can't get past the awful narration. The reader has a tick- on every line, EVERY line, he drops the pitch of the last word. His voice carries an actorly dread throughout, which is wearisome and undermines the sections where that emotion is really needed. I end up approaching the book with dread and I'm not even past the first section. I doubt whether i will be able to finish it.
Im a good listener
I think this is probably a good book, but it's not a very good audio book. The narrator doesn't seem suited to the book at all. There are large parts with no dialogue and his cadence is sleep inducing. It's probably a combination of the reading and the author being rather wordy and overly descriptive. If I were reading it there are parts where the ability to accurately skip ahead or skim would make the book a much better experience as the core story is pretty cool.
I'm really bummed out I spent both my credits this month on this. I feel obligated to finish it but listening to it is like when your wife is watching Housewives of Somewhere and you're on the couch pretending to watch with her while you pick at your fingernails or play games on your phone.
I couldn't stop listening to this book. I don't understand anyone who didn't find this book engrossing, thrilling, suspenseful, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. Now I have to wait two more years for the sequel. Yes, there were some rough spots, but I think this book was all of five stars and if there were six, I'd give it another. Read it, you won't regret it.
First, I hate vampire books, second I don't like the emotive Scott Brick. But third this book is not all that bad. It sure held my attention, and I really liked the first half of the book, before Dark Night. Before Dark Night the book was a bit disjointed bringing several stories together to meet and make sense. I could not stop listening to that part of the book and liked several of the characters. The book picks up about 93 years after Dark Night with new characters and a new story. This one I did not like as much but is still a good story. These sticks, viruses, dracs are sometimes called vampires but are just people that have gotten sick and been changed. Virals is the best name for them, and folks cluster together to avoid being killed by them. All in all it is a fantasy and if you can get into it I think you will enjoy it. At almost 37 hours I admit I was a bit tired of it all at the end but still rate it four stars, and think you should get this before it goes to two credits, as it surely will.
This is the first time that I've written a review after being with audible since 2004 or so, but I had to because this book is simply breathtaking. 3 reasons come to mind:
1. It is epic in scope, spanning over a century in its development,
2. The characterization combined with the apocalyptic setting put you there asking not only, "what would I do" but also, "What am I capable of enduring".
3. 30+ hours of phenomenal literature for 1 measly credit! Like I said in the title, I knew the 1 credit charge wouldn't - COULDN'T last!
This one is absolutely worth it, even for 2 credits!
Cronin has latched onto a clever conceit: Man's hubris leads to a pandemic that, like rabies perhaps, turns victims into vectors and nearly destroys the world.
At best a good plot line with stretches that capture our attention. But the story as a whole sprawls--an endless trek, rather than a passage. Cronin is best when the theme is mystical and etherial, but often when the mists clear, there are simply more mists.
The action scenes are jumbled and too long. They might be good action directions for a movie, but they are flat as direct fiction.
Not every story needs a linear plot, and dystopias fall into that class perhaps especially. But Mr. Cronin ultimately does not know where to go with his nice conceit, and at some point I had less and less interest in where it was going--but hoped that it would get there sooner than later.
Minor note: Mr. Cronin has not yet mastered the simile and should use it sparingly. "Wet, like the sea," "dark like the night," and "empty as a vacuum" (not actual excerpts--rather my models of the problem) are tautological, add little, and are annoying.
Summary: A good yarn with much entertainment value, but also much missed potential.
The readers are all excellent, and they make the most of the material.
From 4/12/15 on, I will only rate a book 5 stars if it so good I will listen to it again. To date, the Bino series tops that list.
It's not something many of my friends would like, but my 20 something zombie lovers will appreciate it. It's well written. It becomes an epic tale of adventure. I sensed a lot of metaphors in the story.
The nun. She's mysterious and powerful, yet illustrates the power of forgiveness in a most remarkable way.
This would have to be a mini series.