This book started with an interesting premise but went off into many different seemingly irrelevant tangents. When the story is just starting to finish up and get interesting it just ends. It is like the author said "Well, I finished the number of pages my contract stated so let me end it here"
I wasn't sure what to think when picking this title out- the reviews were so mixed- either love or hate. Sign me up for the 'love' side of things. If your attention is easily lost, you don't like committing to long stories, or your expecting a story that neatly ties up at the end- steer clear. But if you are someone who diligently takes in the details, loves long stories, and enjoys knowing that there is more to come, you'll love this. It's essentially two stories in one- the first being roughly 1/3 of the book and the second being the remaining 2/3. That's a pretty bold move for an author especially when the 1/3 at the beginning has characters that are pretty endearing to you by the time you get to the second portion. While I didn't seem to enjoy the second set of characters as much at first, I ended up really, truly enjoying them every bit as much. I also was setting myself up to be disappointed by the ending due to people saying it abruptly ended. I was pleasantly surprised with a few really satisfying 'end game' elements that were thrown in. The stage is left solidly set for the next two books- I really can't wait. One of the best books I've downloaded here on audible.
The story was interesting at times but the author is so wordy and gets carried away with every detail and every thought. When you couple this with the narrator's constant, painfully sad voice I finally gave up. I almost made it to the end but just couldn't take it any more. I quit.
Sometimes a little long in the set up but this is the best book I have read in years. The movie version which is all ready in dev will be great if they do not screw it up. Really, really good book, not at all about vampires. Great characters, fascinating story with lots of twists.
Not exactly a bad book but alot slower paced than I expected. The story starts to become kind of a downer after a while, with nothing but bad luck, bad memories and bad omens. You keep expecting some kind of redeeming event to happen but it never comes. In fact, the big moment kind of falls flat. You feel like "what? is that it?" then it goes on for a while and ends with no real resolution. They're obviousley trying to leave the door open for a series of books. Kind of a ripoff of "I am legend" with a longer timeline.
For a very long story, it fell short on the content; the solution to the problem was bland, too simple and left me hanging. The ending was not satisfactory for all the challenges they went trough.
The story failed to point out how the gov't/miltary even knew Amy was different and where to find her. The nightmare experienced by some surviving decendants was rather loopy in the explanation given.
This story was not worth listening to for the second time
This was my third ever audiobook. The first two that I listed to were abridged versions of books and were about 6 hours long. This one, at around 36 hours, was a significantly higher time investment and was somewhat of a completely different experience.
The book is good, and the story is very intriguing. The characters are likable and the story really feels like it could very much happen. I especially liked the way that the virals were characterized (I'm a little sick of sexy vampires). Although most of the characters are excellent, I felt like Cronin went into a little too much detail for some that weren't in the story very long, and yet not quite enough on a few of the more important characters.
The story moves quickly, and keeps the listener/reader involved and wanting more. I really didn't have any problem with the plot or the way it was developed. I will say, without trying to have a spoiler, that the book is obviously set up for some sequels, which is perfectly OK with most listeners I'm sure.
As a piece of advise, I would advise the more ADD listeners to opt for the abridged version. However, if you have the time, I didn't feel like there was enough downtime in the unabridged to hurt it and would definitely recommend it.
The narrator is a popular and long-tested one who is narrating my next book as well. He is a tiny bit dry at times, but for the most part entertaining and his voice, for the most part, does the story the credit that this type of epic deserves.
After spending all of the time listening to this book, and telling friends, along the way, how much I was enjoying the story, I feel like I may have to apologize to them after they get to the end of it. What a letdown! I really had been enjoying it all the way up to the last paragraph. The ending was that abrupt. I felt like there was a part of the book that I hadn't downloaded! And that left me dissatisfied.... Like I had been enjoying a good meal and someone suddenly cleared the table while I still had the fork in my hand.
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Despite some of the reviews I read here, I enjoyed it. The basic story, while somewhat similar to other books I've read, was interesting; as were most of the characters. It's style resembles Stephen King's. The character development fits the category as does the length. It was, at times, predictable, but overall a good read—though quite depressing. It had few stall points, and a couple moments that seemed to have no originating points, but in Mr Cronin's defense, Mr King's works can, too.
Some reviewers have mentioned the jump into the future. This took me by surprise as well, and I did find the first part more engrossing, but he brought it back around eventually.
For the record, I get sucked into the long books for the sheer escapist factor. While I'm reading I'm also gardening, driving, floating in my pool, etc. While I can get into an autobiography or non fiction book, I usually prefer the entertainment factor of unrealistic fiction.