This book i could not finish.I can't remember ever not finishing a book.It went on and on and went off on tangents that had nothing to do with the story.This is one that would be better as a movie.
Way too long. Too many flashbacks, flashforwards, new characters, unanswered questions. Slow pace. By the time I got to some action, I was so impatient for it that it was always dissapointing. I was sick of the narrators reading, he seemed to be whining the whole time. It wasnt over soon enough.
I started off not loving this book, then got really hooked - to the point of volunteering for errands so I could listen some more. I thought it was an interesting study on what would happen in this situation. I loved Auntie's diary entries. I have to say the ending disappointed me. I'm not sure how it could have been done better, but it left me wishing it had gone differently. All in all, it was very good mind candy.
While the concept and the plot are inventive and interesting, this book was WAY longer than it needed to be. Character development in a book is good, but this went way too far. Had this been a normal-length book my review would be very different. Why it was so drawn out, I have no idea. By half-way through I was finishing it out of principle and by the end I wished I hadn't bothered.
I am not done listening to this book yet but so far I love it. I even want to buy the book to reference back to anything I may have missed. I listen to this book in my car on my GPS. I'm glad I didn't read some of these negative reviews. I would have missed a great story. I even told my friends about this great book. I had no idea when I first started this book it was a 'vampire' story. I got it because is was on special for 1 credit. I didn't start it right away. When I started listening I liked the narrator's voice and kept listening. When I realized it was about vampires, I was pleasantly surprised. I like it so far and am going to keep listening. I guess I might not be happy with the ending but no story ends the way we want it to end. I judge a book by if it is entertaining and makes me think. This book is entertaining me. I would have ordered it for 2 credits.
This was a hodge podge of so much mishmash that I could not finish it. The same things kept happening over and over and now I've started doing it.
5 volumns of this Mr. Cronin. You could have told a good one in two.
Though painfully long, this book was extremely interesting and I really had a hard time not listening to it at every possible moment. The character development was very good. I enjoy sci-fi/fantasy books and though this one was indeed depressing at times, I enjoyed every hour!
In general, I tend to stay away from generational books, where part one introduces us to one set of characters, and part two takes up a few decades later, in an entirely new world. I also tend to shy away from two-credit books, but in this case, I'm very glad I took a chance.
This is an exceptional novel; the story is interesting and different enough from current "vampire" fiction to be unique, the prose is lovely; simple and lush at the same time. The characters are intriguing, the world is post-apocalyptic but recognizable. There are just so many great things about this book, including excellent narration. I highly recommend it!
If this gets 4 stars then you should never downoad anything less than 6. This was the most painfully frustrating and inept novel filled to overflowing with useless and needless embellishments.
I like many reviewers found the first part of the book very enthralling. I invested in the original characters and wanted more. BUT, I have started part 2 and find myself falling asleep during the reading....repeatedly! I cannot seem to get very interested in the new characters at all and it is so hard to follow who is who and starting to ask myself, do I even care? After reading the many negative reviews here and on amazon, I am wary of investing more time only to have to wait the next 4 years for the books to be completed (2nd book out in 2012, 3rd out in 2014). I think I will take a break and maybe read a little in the next two years to draw it out, or maybe I will just get another book, like the Road, and forget this one altogether.