I usually love long books and love listenting to Scott narate but this was awful. I did not even start part 3. By then I was hopelessly bored.
It is obvious that I am in the "love it" camp. I normally read Mysteries, Espionage and Adventure books. This book is completely different. If you approach it as a regular "sandwich" novel with the possibility of knowing where the ending is going to be, you will be vastly disappointed. I agree that it reminds me of The Stand but liked it much more. I think the thing that really made me like it, is that it IS disjointed, complicated and doesn't flow like a "regular" novel. It was more like it is 3 or even 4 books mixed together. I had a hard time finding places to stop. I wanted to just keep listening. I like Scott Brick and thought he did an excellent job with this one. As far as I'm concerned, this is his best work. He really made the story come to life. The ending is strange! However, if it ended like most novels it couldn't be the book that it is. I agree with others here. You will either love it or hate it. Personally, I hope I get the chance to vote for it for the book of the year.
I really loved this book, it was very long but kept me entertained. Was surprised how long I had to listen before getting any idea of what the story was or where it was going. There were a few things I thought were completely stupid things for people to do in it, won't give the plot away but if I had several decades to make a back up plan for survival I would actually take it and not just resign to just die because we lose electricity. I wouldn't just live in a regular house that is easy to break into, i think given almost a century people could build a defensible domicile to protect them. It was a great plot overall, and the characters were very likeable and made me actually care what happened to them.
After reading mixed reviews, I was skeptical about this one. Some saying it's the next best thing to King's "The Stand" and some saying it's way too overhyped and long. I found it long in a good way. I feel that I really got my credit's worth, and thought this was a great story. It did remind me of King's work in it's vivid detail and build up of suspense. Not too gory, but enough battle scenes to keep you on the edge of your seat. A good bet for zombie fans and post apocolypse fans. The ending really leaves you wondering when the next comes book out.
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.