I couldn't stay away from this book then came the ending. The author must be saving hunting down the others for another book. I hope it doesn't take to long.
The worst book I've [tried] to listen to or read in the past 4 years! Disjointed and long-winded to the point of lunacy, this is amateur fiction/fantasy at it's worst.
I just couldn't get past the 15th hour as it was just too much for me but do note that of the 1,000's of books I've listened to or read in the past 20 years, this is only the second or third I have ever quit before finishing. Yes, it's really that bad, please don't waste your credit, I wish I hadn't!
I'd guess this could have been edited down to an interesting 8 hour book but wasting 12 hours just as a setup that has no conclusion should give you an idea just how poor the editing is.
When I purchased this book, I was expecting the next thing in the horror genre; unfortunately, the horror elements in the book only seemed to be present in the first parts leading up to the event and just after. The second part of the book attempts to achieve the same level terror, but doesn't really come close. Fortunately, there is still a great story to be told, and if you don't mind the pacing, following along with the band of survivors as they seek out answers to how their world came to be is just as entertaining as the first part.
Cronin's prose is great as well, I especially liked the sections on Carter, a simple and sympathetic death row inmate; at times it felt like I was listening to characterizations from Truman Capote.
I would give the review 5 stars, but the post script ending kind of left a bad taste in my mouth, by no means did it ruin the 36hr experience though.
As far as the narration goes, it was Scott Brick at his best, which is to say, some will love it and some will hate it. I think his voice fits well for the horror/high tension sections, but not as much for the action parts. If you're relatively new to the audio book world and have yet to listen to his work, listen to the sample a couple of times to really get a feel for his style and cadence.
Creative idea for a story, interesting novel construction, not quite as enthralling as you might hope but does keep you wanting to turn pages. I like the narrator but his style does get tried with this novel. Will keep you entertained and that is mostly what I think we want for summer reading pleasure.
The story could have been interesting but spiraled hopelessly into tons of subplots starting and stopping. Even though it sounds like there will be a sequel a book still needs a beginning middle and end. This story has the beginning and middle the keeps going and doesn't go anywhere except into a story that has no climax or resolution. Don't waste your time, money, or credits as I did.
This was a so-so book, bloated and now I find out the first of 3. I won't be buying the others - by the time they come out I will have forgotten the large cast of characters in this one. It just didn't grab me at all, and I gave it 3 stars just for length.
Don't let the hype sway you. If you like this kind of thing - apocolyptic futures, vampires, etc. - buy it, but if you're on the fence like I was, look for something else. The length didn't make up for the bizarre and sometimes inconsistent story.
I really don't get all the great reviews this has gotten. It's extremely slow, with long, dull passages of characters thinking and thinking. I got bored and so started noting down all the "inspirations" (read: thefts) from other writers. Stephen King hyped the book, but probably because he knew it would drive readers back to his superior The Stand, and the Dark Tower series, both of which clearly served as models. There's even a Harry Potter moment (the little girl communicates with animals at the zoo, just as Harry did... a decade ago).
It's not badly written, but it's not WELL-written, and I'm thinking all those literary reviewers who gave it faboo reviews are easily seduced by long paragraphs and lots of supposedly "deep" thoughts.
I do like the narrator (Scott Brick), who is always good. It's not his fault I got to the end of the first audio part and decided that I'd give the rest of it a miss.
I stumbled across Stephen King's The Stand about fifteen years ago. I'd never read King, thinking all he wrote was horror. When I was intrigued by The Green Mile and read (and loved) it, I began reading all of King's work. The Stand was my favorite. This book appears to have taken most of The Stand, dumbed it down (down to some of the same characters, for heaven's sake), and added our current fascination with vampires. Save your credits. If you want a great read about the fall of our society, brought about by our own stupidity and hubris, read The Stand. My audio version (obtained elsewhere) is abridged and read by Grover Gardner (a master narrator), but I can heartily recommend it. Of course, the unabrdiged print version is wonderful too.
After the initial reviews, I was looking forward to it; but it didn't live up to the hoo haa. The early part of the book and all the character development was lost as the plot lurched forward to the second part of the story.
The subsequent storylines were poorly woven and skipped around so much - I found myself thinking I must have zoned out and missed something, only to back track and realize it wasn't ME... the story just irratically moved forward to a new tangent.
There was a scene where one of the characters is watching a movie and mentions the people in the movie are just pretending to be a part of the story... that's how this book felt too. The characters were flat and lifeless.
With all that said, I enjoyed Sarah's narrations and would have like to hear more of her part of the story.
The ending was BLAH. I'm only glad I got it as a "special offer" through Audible; I would have been pained if I had wasted 2 credits on this book.
What can I say? I totally enjoyed the story and the reading. Warning: it totally took over my life -- I could not wait to keep listening...and I can't wait for Part II, which unfortunately is not due to come out for two years.