Coming off of Stieg Larrson's trilogy, I really wanted to like this book. In fact the first third looked very promising, great characters that I really cared about, good plot to look forward to, but then it fast forwarded to the future with characters I could care less about and the further long in the story, the less I cared about them or the plot. I'm afraid I don't care enough to finish this.
Any recommendations out there for the "post Stieg Larrson blues"?
I am hoping for a sequel. It kept me interested the whole way through and I was sorry it ended. The writing is like S King without the petty political garbage and unnecessary detail that seems to go on forever. Creative and nicely paced!
Reader was slow, boring and dry. I could not stand the story, but I stuck with it for half the book. Finally, decided I had better things to do with my time and many wonderful books to read (or listen to.) I have listened to all of Steig Larrson's books and loved them; this was recommended for me;not in the same league.
I don't understand how anyone with a love of this kind of fiction could love this story. If the reader isn't to you liking then just listen to the words. The story is detailed, prosaic and a fabulous journey.
I really loved it, great writing
This book was agony. If you want to read it, I recommend an abridged edition. I stuck with it to the bitter end (which is a whole other can of worms...the ending), hoping it would go somewhere but it never did. I actually got lost a few times, characters coming back to life and whatnot. This is truly not worth the effort. Of course Scott Brick was at his usual excellent self.
I guess it's OK if you're into vampires. It's very dark, with rather too much inconsequential filler that doesn't add anything except additional gloom. Not my cup of tea. The narrator does a good job but can't save the book. Didn't finish it (rare for me).
I probably wouldn't have had the patience to read this book in print. It's a good choice for audio, with some warm characters making believable choices in unimaginable circumstances. In some ways it's like "The Road" (similar title, too) but far, far more enjoyable.
The book is actually narrated by three actors. I found Scott Brick's familiar, endearing if slightly-angst-ridden reading to be just right, but the second narrator, an actress whose name escapes me, reads the part of a futuristic young African-American girl from Philadephia as though she's auditioning for Br'er Rastus or Uncle Tom's Cabin. I have not seen the text, but I hope it isn't written in the "Yassuh, we's all gwine down de station, boss" style she adopts. It's really hard to listen to.
one being vampires (more or less) and the other being an apocalyptic event(s) that ends civilization as we know it....
I had hoped that with 40 hours this book would last me a long time, but I got so sucked in that it was over way too soon--rather abruptly (hope there is a sequel), but it doesn't really require one.
I liked that the author led us into the story by unfolding the main themes bit by bit as he built the context. It was an interesting examination of the variety of ways in which people responded to an end to all that was familiar.
Once again I wish Audible would give us 1/2 stars to use. The writing wasn't really up to the level of "The Road" but I gave it 4 stars, not only because there are no 1/2 stars, but I enjoyed it too much to just give it three.
I listened non-stop (almost) and when the end came it was like the "road just ended." As though the author got tired of writing and just wrote "the end." There certainly had better be a sequel and when there is one, I'll be the first to get it.