Sure it's long, the character development seems unnecessary at times, I was surprised by the jolt to the future and I still have 8 hours to go. Not your "normal" audiobook, but I like it! Don't set expectations, don't suppose what will or should happen, rather sit back and let yourself be entertained. A lot of these characters are quite worthy. If you enjoyed, The Talisman Series, Koontz Frankenstein, the Seven Suns or The Enders series-YOU"LL LOVE IT!
Others have mentioned, that they hated when the first part of the book ended, and we shifted 92 years into the future, new people, new way of life, and what happened to everybody else? Those characters so well described ? Well - gone.. I guess they got eaten, or something.
I got really caught up in this book, I could to Scott Brick forever, at first I didn't like his narrating, but then it became such a big part of the story. I love Justin Cronin' level of detail, I can still vision all the place "we" went in the book.
I would recommend it, if you like sci-fi, gruesome tales in the future, survivial of mankind and how we may all learn from this, you'd probably like this as well.
I don't quite understand the negative comments I have seen, but we all like what we like. I took a chance on this book and I am glad that I did. Yes, it's a long book, but it's a very interesting journey. This isn't dime store fluff, this author makes you think. Sometimes he lets you figure it out, and others he keeps you guessing. I disagree that it's a Vampire "Fad" wannabe, but that's just my opinion. I can see where someone might draw some similarities if they wanted to, but lets face it folks, the whole point is to read or listen to a good story. Stop worrying about what this book is or is not and just jump in and enjoy. If you think it's similar to Vampire stories ... who cares, what does that have to do with a good story? I think you just ruined a great adventure for yourself if you are one of these people that let that upset you. While I was listening to this book and even after I finished it, I couldn't stop thinking about it. So much went on throughout the story that I was still mulling over situations, thinking about what could have been done differently or what something might mean about what is to come. People say the ending is terrible ... well, the ending is what you make of it I think. I don't want to spoil anything so I will just say this, it left a lot up to interpretation and speculation, and I am betting there will be a sequel that answers a lot of questions as well as creating more. In all, this was a great, great book that I for one am very happy to have experienced. By the way, in my opinion, the reader can definitely break the book (maybe help make it too), and this reader is AWESOME! No droning monotone here, this guy (and gals) are super.
Okay. Everyone has said it better than I ever could. However, since I wasted my money on this "epic" piece of trash, I still want my say. I can only assume that the great reviews are from people under the age of 16. Every time audible offers a book at a special price I get burned. Every time. I wanted to force myself to listen to the whole thing since I paid for it. I just couldnt. I kept waiting for it to get interesting but gave up in the middle of the second part. I left three and a half parts on the table wondering if I quit too soon and didn't give it a chance. But after reading the other reviews Im glad I did. There are just too many other entertaining books out there for me to waste my time on something that is depressing and uninventive. Same old, same old. Nothing new under the Sun. I am actually offended by this book. How could it possibly take 5 parts to tell a story that could probably be told in one. Next time Im offered a sale on a new book Im going to pass.
If I only read a couple of books each month this would have been a disappointment. But, since I'm constantly either reading or listening to books -- and since I tend to read just about anything -- it wasn't all that bad. In general I thought the writing was good but it needed some serious pruning down. So much of the plot was repetitious and predictable. The foreshadowing leading up to the ending was more interesting than the conclusion itself and much was left unresolved. As far as vampire/zombie thrillers go, it was okay.
Don't get me wrong, l love a good long story, but this was ridiculous. Let me echo the book's most annoying theme with these simple words, 'Where was the editor? Where was the editor? Where was the editor?" Redundancy, repetition and recap seemed to be the reason for the exhaustive length. Was Justin Cronin paid by the word? Either Cronin ran out of things to say or the publisher felt he had earned the 'per word maximum payment' because that’s how the book ended; it just stopped. I wanted to like the characters but there was never enough to truly engage the reader into cheering them on. I just kept looking at my count down timer wondering just when this book would end. And then it did, the story just stopped. I kept alive the vain hope that things would finally tie together and there would be some sort of resolution to the various plots; there wasn’t. Perhaps with the strong hand of a good editor there could have been some promise here. I was hoping to discover a new author, but I'll just pass on Mr. Cronin. There are too many great books out there to waste you time with this one.
I was disappointed in this book. The middle part dragged on and there really wasn't a good resolution to the story. There were too many characters. I wish I hadn't gotten this book.
Most of the book predictable and unbelievable...how many time CAN you escape the virals after all... and then just kind of peters out. An OK summer read since all I really wanted was to be is transported into another time and place for a few hours a day, and it did do that. But it in the end, it is just a snapshot of time after an "event", without any resolution. The only way to redeem the book is to assume there is a sequel that describes what happens next and comes to some "end".. Perhaps a few hints of that...the "ghost" that kills the viral in the cabin (is it part of a future story?)....the idea that in the massacre "our" characters were not killed (just like they escaped like every time before). why only Leish is changed (what is the role of that). and why Amy destroys the vials (explained in one sentence) ....if/how she finds the rest of the virals...etc. Just kind of leaves us hanging there waiting for parts 10, 11, 12...etc. I had to check the library to make sure I had really come to the end of the book!
If you want a really incredible, stark, and poetically written post apocalyptic novel, read The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. it is magnificent.
. . . did not Edward Herrmann record the unabridged version of this book? The main narrator has an annoying vocal pattern that did not serve the story and in fact, worked against the style of this author's writing. The two women were great. I suspect this is a good book. Listening to it was torturous.