this is one of the most boring books i have ever listened to ...3 hours into it and I have no idea what the plot is. Production is very good, its the book that is bad. DO NOT spend your money on this book.
This is an insult to the reader and fiction. It is a maniipulation by the publisher and literary critics to sell books. Not worth the paper it is printed on--a total waste of time and trees. Avoid this book--it a lengthy disappointment.
This is a must read for anyone who wants to be a writer. Justin Cronin takes all the tools available to the novelist and applies them in this one novel. And, just like the chef who takes every ingredient in the kitchen, he cooks up an awful tasting, smelly and disgusting dish. This is a lesson in how not to write a novel.
Cronin has talent that is certain. In very short order, he introduces characters and makes you care about them. He also knows how to make you feel like you are living in the story. Then, for some unknown reason he changes tactics; moving from third person to first with varying points of view. Or, he will introduce a long list of names to make a point - the only point he seems to make is that he is full of himself as an author.
Justin drones on and on, taking forever to make a point or end a subplot. This is just boring. The worst part of the entire story though, is the ending - making bizarre turns in the plot, seemingly just to make bizarre turns in the plot. The open ending no doubt is the means by which he plans to offer a sequel.
The bottom line, I can't believe I invested all this time listening to a story go on and on, just because it can. I fortunately only paid 1 credit for this audio book. Whatever you do, don't waste two credits on it.
Ive read the bad reviews and dont think they are a reaction to the book but to Scot Brick.If this was read by someone else it would get much better ratings.Scot just reads badly,I read the book first and its better and you have to get around the whinning voice of his.The prose is good,the story lines detailed.And it may have a vampire story line but thats todays "monster".If it was from the 60s it would be space monsters. All books have a period accent to them.
Ever listen to a drunk ramble on about unrelated events in his life? Yeah, this book.
Unbelievably, I am 24 hours into this endless ramble and I have another 12 hours to go! Not gonna do it. Author Cronin must love the "sound of his voice" because there is no end to his bombast. There seems to be no point to this story. There are too many characters and I don't really care what happens to any of them at this point. I love unabridged novels but I am so sorry I bought this one.
Love the book as a window. Shocked by the number of definitions for the word "turn". Widowed and sad, but thankful. Trying hard to be useful. Have 28 years as a step-father to a fantastic grand-daughter and a not so fantastic drug addicted, step-daughter. Oddly focused on the fun of preparing to die well, and help those left behind, while eating, hot springing, and reading for pleasure.
If one waxes quixotic, this is interesting cultural commentary. But it is way too long, and most will not ask themselves about what dreams or delusions they are locked in. I only just barely stayed with this read, but I may read what I think is the newly released sequel. At 36 hours, this read is long.
Today I heard there is a sequel to the vitalness, needless to say it is already in my library and I cant wait to get started
Yes I would recommend to a friend. As a matter-of-fact I have recommended to many. Spend about 8 hrs a day in my car and listened to this while I would drive. Actually looked forward to my next day of travels. So excited about the sequel, downloading it now!
Scary and captivating,incredible humane, despairing at times to the point of getting so anxious that had to stop for a while to regroup. Most of all: ONCE YOU START YOU CAN'T STOP !
Performance is very good. Just right for the book.
One bad thing: The end left me hanging. What happened with the sequel?! Please don't tell me is like "The Way of Kings" or "Reckless" !!!
Even so it is sooooo worth it.