I could not give this book even one star and have a clear conscience. It is hard to follow at the beginning then after a couple of hours it trys to have some substance but soon fails. After that it is agonizingly long and drawn out. The last few chapters seem to have some periods of time where you can follow some sort of story line even though it bounces around. Language like "G Damn and G Damn It" is used often. Near the end I kept saying to myself "please, please end" and it does with a "Great Big Thud" or poorly. 37 hours, wow what a waste of money or credits. Wish I could be kinder but I can't.
A decent editor would have cut this book down to about one-third its size. There is a really painful section of the book 100 hundred years in the future. The author spends several chapters (6 hours so hours of listening) to introduce 10 to 20 new characters only to kill them off one or two at a time with little fanfare. Why? This would be a better book if were 10 to 12 hours long.
I liked how the book start... gripping intro of characters, building of suspence in the first part of the book...and then everything fell flat. I kept waiting for it to pick up and I was waiting for the loose ends to be tied togethers and each ending of various branches of the story were weak and disappointing. The vampires play a very weak role in this book. It is not a book I recommend to my "vampire" book reading friends. Don't wait 2 credits... I'm glad I only had to pay 1 credit!
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I'm not at all into the vampire craze and from reading some of the reviews knew this was about vampires. But, I bought it for my daughter and I thought I might as well give it a try, I could just stop listening if I wasn't enjoying it. And, I'm one that never gives up on a book and I was a bit intimidated by the 40 hours of listening. So, I waded in with a bit of trepidation but it didn't take long before I was caught up in the story and it just started rolling along. This isn't a vampire story like True Blood or Twilight, it's more of an epic sci-fi novel. The author had a creative imagination and told a good story. I also like that he honed his writing skills at the Iowa Writers Workshop. I was sorry to see it end.
This book was foul in many ways. I couldn't stand the language, and the discussion of child molesters and their thoughts was vile. It was not worth my time or attention.
The tale is fascinating,in its own way. The narration, having to listen to this monotone reading, will put you to sleep. The ending leaves a lot of questions.
This one had great potential but was just too strung out. It was disappointing to finally get to the ending just to find it has none. I doubt I will spend the money or Audible Credits to see if the story comes to a close in the book to follow, or the next....
Wow...this book took a long time to get into, but i thought it would be worth it in the end as it started getting more interesting and sucking me in...but the book just ends abruptly and horribly...the lead up to the end made it seem like it needed to go on for quite some time, and that there could have been some kind of happiness in the way it ended, but no...it was like the author just got sick of writing or decided he wanted to do something different, so he decided to slap on a messy ending that would leave you hanging if it hadn't been so needlessly tragic...I would equate the ending to what it would have been like if people watched all of the seasons of the TV show Lost and if it had ended with Joey Lawrence sitting up in bed waking from a dream and saying a la Blossom fashion "Woah!"...
It's hard to wite a reveiw. I didn't like it. It was weird. Way too long and the reading was equally as dragging. I was determined to get through it...and I did. But, it was painful.
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I fell for the hype - Stephen King loved it, but it did nothing for me. It started out as one book and ended up another. I didn't care for the characters or Cronin's implausible view of the future (trains & cars still work? MRE's still edible?).