I don't ususally write reviews, but after reading other reviews of this book, I almost did not get it. I am so glad I did. It was great. I loved the way the story is layed out, the characters, the Epic time frame. I don't at all understand the complaints about the ending. I do hope there are sequals.
In short I loved it. The only reason I give 4 stars instead of five is for the short periods in the audio book like the litany of names that if reading the book, I would have glanced at and moved on, is not so easy in an audio format.
I'm now in Part 5 of the audiobook and after reading the reviews here to get a sense of whether the ending redeems the unrelentingly depressing slog it's been so far, I am officially GIVING UP. Because apparently the answer is no. I'm at a point where the author is obviously about to slaughter off a whole 'nother set of characters I've finally managed to get interested without answering any of the backstory questions he keeps raising and then wandering away from to do more slaughter, and without at least the hope of a decent ending, pfaaaghh. Forget it.
And an even bigger honking raspberry for the idea that he's going to follow this elephantine tome up with two more before he gets around to trying to wrap it all up. Yeah sure. Just like X-FIles and the aptly named Lost, right?
Somewhere the author has to keep faith enough along the way to reassure you the whole thing isn't going to turn out a mug's game. At least in the case of X-Files and Lost there was some fun along the way. But as the latest carnage-fest starts to unveil itself my doubts have gotten severe enough that I came here looking for reassurance and clearly the answer is no. So, sorry Justin, YOU LOST ME.
I love to read and I love to listen to books. Are you kidding? This book SHOULD NOT be attempted in either format. Please don't buy it and send your money to a charitable organization. This is PURE HYPE! LOVERS OF LITERATURE, BEWARE!
I loved every minute of it. Sometimes it was so horrific I almost didn't want to continue listening. The characters are drawn with a light touch, but this doesn't make them unidimensional. The way Justin Cronin omits some facts, some rendering of detail, somehow made me feel more involved in the story. I can't wait for the sequel!
Flyers! What a long book! But worth every minute of it and I'm looking forward to the next one. That's right - this is the first of three. My wife and I listened to this going to and from Key West (14 hours each way) and then on another trip to and from Orlando (6 hours each way) and we still weren't done! The characters and the storytelling are unforgettable. Stephen King was right - Justin Cronin has made vampires scary again. (And I was never a vampire fan!)
I read the very mixed reviews on this and have never read anything by this author in the past. I was very pleasantly surprised. I loved the symbolism and the depth of the characters as they developed in the story. The elements of fear, connectedness, loss, and hope are very powerful. I look forward to the continuing story from this author. I also thought the narration was great.
I couldn't stop listening to this book. It was a fascinating story, and I hope the author is working on the sequel. I will be anxiously waiting for the next book!
I love books!
I'm not at all into the vampire craze and from reading some of the reviews knew this was about vampires. But, I bought it for my daughter and I thought I might as well give it a try, I could just stop listening if I wasn't enjoying it. And, I'm one that never gives up on a book and I was a bit intimidated by the 40 hours of listening. So, I waded in with a bit of trepidation but it didn't take long before I was caught up in the story and it just started rolling along. This isn't a vampire story like True Blood or Twilight, it's more of an epic sci-fi novel. The author had a creative imagination and told a good story. I also like that he honed his writing skills at the Iowa Writers Workshop. I was sorry to see it end.
I went into this book knowing nothing other than it was my wife (voracious reader's) #1 book since finishing "Under the Dome" and that after "Spin" I'd listen to Scott Brick read anything.
Easily one of the best books and one of the best performances I've enjoyed in the 6+ years I've been a member of Audible. It's long, it's worth it, it's worth knowing this is book 1 of a saga, and it is a must-listen. I lucked into the "only spend 1 credit on this" sale, but I'd have gladly spent 2 credits on this title and got 6 weeks of happy morning commutes out of this and plenty of terror-filled nights up too late listening before bed. Everyone will be talking about this book soon, it's well worth being in on it before someone spoils the wonderful surprises and the masterful reinvention of a classic monster.