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.
OK basically I liked this book, there were elements that were heartwarming, thrilling, heartbreaking, horrible, sad, exciting, basically all the things that make for a great novel. It was certainly one that I couldn't wait to read what happened next despite a pace that is right out of a Steven King Novel, somewhat methodical and plodding. Unfortunately though I was left rather dissatisfied when I finished listening, while I now know this is just supposed to be the first part of a trilogy, I think even a cliffhanger can leave some sort of conclusion which can satisfy, but I was left feeling like I spent 37 hours putting together a puzzle only to find that a few pieces are missing.
I have been an Audible subscriber for about ten years now and download at least two books a month. This is a good book. It reminds me of The Stand. It is dystopian and post apocalyptic. It is long. It uses a multiple point of view structure and some of the characters actually die, even those that you may like. If you like this type of novel or The Road, this book is for you. If you would rather read pre-digested pap for morons, pass it by.
After 36+ hours of invested listening time, I ended up throwing my headphones at the end. The ending was abrupt with an overwhelming unsatisfactory completion. I had to check my Ipod to see if it skipped chapter only to find out the book was actually over. I will never invest in the sequel. His attempt at capturing an audience for his next book backfired with me. He definitely lost me with that rude ending.