Okay. Being a big Stephen King fan, I thought this book must be good, given his blurb about it. Maybe the book is good. I couldn't get through it. After 14 hours of listening, I kept wondering, "What's the point?" I enjoyed the first part of the book, but then it just kept plodding on and on and on. I know many readers/listeners enjoyed the book. I just couldn't bear to finish it.
I have made it through 2 of 5+ parts on this book. I like some of the characters and I have a feeling the book ends well or gets more exciting but this story is so slow in developing! I have run out of patience. 14 hours in and I must give up. My brain hurts.
I loved the post-apocalyptic parts of this book, and some of the interpersonal relationships were pretty good also. The idea of a virus, even one carried by vampires is okay, but all the paranormal stuff was a little over the top.
Meanwhile, there were so many different parts of the book and different people going in all directions that I would have liked a cheat sheet so I could keep track of everything. I definitely didn't understand the point of giving us long introductions to characters, only to have them die shortly afterward.
That being said, I thought the narration was great. The pretty abrupt ending certainly leaves room for another volume, and I'll definitely be listening to it when it arrives.
Part futuristic vampire sci-fi, part mystery thriller, part psychological drama, I had no idea what I was buying when I downloaded this book for an upcoming long road trip. But while the narrative can feel tedious at times, the story was compelling enough to keep me occupied and oblivious to the passing miles for my two 15-hour-long drives. The characters are well-developed and the story, if not exactly unique, is at least original enough to offer a few new twists along the way. If an audiobook can keep me riveted for that long, and make me want to take more long drives just to finish it, it's done its job.
With all the positive buzz about the book this summer I really thought it would be great and really wanted to like it. However, I can only echo many of the previous reviews--there were very brief moments of excitement followed by long, tedious, mind-numbing lulls in the story. I'm sorry but I can't recommend this book to anyone.
For whatever it's worth I thought the narration was good. I can't believe I'm saying it, but maybe I should have gotten the abridged version.
This story grabbed me right away and took off picking up steam the whole way until about 8 hours in, then everything changed. It slowed way down, the characters became thin and stereotypical. It became fairly predictable with chapters building up to suspenseful spots and you new that the next chapter was going to start off with something new and slow, leaving cliffhangers, that got old. Several major plot threads did not make sense. By the end of the book I was not very interested in the story just trying to finish it, maybe the next book will be better.
This one has much meat to it. I liked it but I there where times that I wanted to call if quits. The story was top notch and the character development i liked but if you tire of the use of heavy doses of profanity then you may wish to let this one pass. A good story does not need the profanity
This is my first Justin Cronin novel - purchased solely on Stephen King's review. Impressive writing from beginning to end! Some writers, Tami Hoag for example, come up with a good story, but are not particularly talented in choosing the right words or expressions to maximize the effect. This author is immensely gifted in using the right words at the right time - breathing life into every movement the characters make, every thought they think, every smell, every breeze, every step of the way is alive in prose. A most excellent book through and through - and the narrator was great, as well.