I'm a big fan of this genre but this book was a pretty big disappointment. It's got a really weird pacing/structure. I was often confused what was happening, which characters were involved, or if it was real-time or a flashback. Justin Cronin has potential but this book really needed several more drafts or some serious editing work to be enjoyable.
This narrator is overly dramatic and, in my opinion, turns a mediocre book into a painful discourse. If the story had been more interesting, I might have stuck out the narrator, but with the two combined, I gave up listening after the first 5 hours (which was way too much time spent).
I wasn't sure that I wanted an audio book this long but after the first quarter of the book, which was mainly getting all the background of the characters of the book in, I was hooked. Thoroughly entertaining and I couldn't stop listening. I would have given it 5 stars but I had to make it through the beginning before I was totally hooked.
Not as bad as I thought the story might be, some areas were just to long and unnecessary. Great character development.
I thought the story was very good and so was the readers but early on there seemed to be allot of pointless drivel and a few places where you wanted to say OK enough already! Overall it was worth the time although I may have to replay the last chapter.
The writing was excellent. Someday I would like to read something by this guy with a plot that would make it worthwhile. If you like cartoon characters, vampires, really scary things going bump in the night, etc. this is your cup of tea. I prefer coffee. That fact that I didn't much care for the plot will pretty much assure that it will be a phenomenal success.
I loved the book!!! I'm a huge fan of post-apocalyptic novels and this was one of the best. However I almost quit listening when the character Ida was introduced...She sounded like a slave from the 1800's. Who speaks that way?! This story is set in the near future!!! And Ida's not even from the South she's in Philadelphia!!!! I had to force myself to get past the "mama's, You-hush-now's and no-mo's" I'm glad I did because it was still a great listen, defintely worth the 2 cerdits.
Really disappointed. I can't listen to it anymore and i will download something else. The reader makes it all monotonous and the whole story is just creepy. Maybe it just isn't my genre.