I knew it was going to be dark when I started this book, but I thought, How bad could it really be ? Now I feel I have wasted 40 hours of my life. If this is your genre, if you enjoy no hope, no win, depressing stories, then dive right in. I need to get into another book asap so I can wipe this one out of my head.
I did not realize from reading the description that this was a vampire book, and I stay away from those. I stopped listening after 10 hours, even though the story of the little girl was interesting me. I just couldn't cope with the foul descriptions of vomit, tastes of rancid meat in mouths, that was part of the story line.
Alot like King's The Stand but the Stand was so much more creative. I liked the character development in the first part of the book but then it went off on a tangent and there were too many events and characters to hold the thread of the story. I thought I was really onto a good book but by the time I finished it,I could not wait for it to just end-too bad. When a book leaves me hungry for more I know I have found a great author. Please tell Scott Brick not to be so dramatic in his narrations- I now think twice about buying a book if he is the narrator.
Fantastic tale that trumps Stephen King ("The Stand"), Frank Herbert ("White Plague") and Brahm Stoker for telling a good contagion-apocalypse-vampire story. Surprise ending and unfinished business left this listener hoping for a "what went on in the rest of the world" sequel.
I can sure do without this narrator - he seems to have one voice throughout most of the narration and manages to find voice suggestive of any female character only toward the end. Otherwise his presentation is sing-song and lulling, not much change of tone or expression even for the bits that should be read be *so very dramatically*. Maybe the director was out to lunch during recording?
Narrator scotches a 5-star review.
Very different take on a vampire story. Enjoy Scott Brick as a narrator also.
Well worth the money.
I hope Audible will soon have the 2012 book by Justin Cronin as well.
Very slow paced, jumps around likely crazy with too many sub-plots going on at once, hard to keep it straight. The narrator has the most annoying cadence, most sentences bhild toward the middle, then trail off at the end with the last word ending in a depressing drawn out sigh. I don't unerstand the hype for this book.
Tedious. I really tried to like it, finally gave up somewhere in the fourth download bit. Way too many preachy, boring, or tedious parts. I gave it three stars because I think there is a good story somewhere among the tedium.
I love post-apocalyptic themes, and this book did not disappoint. The characters were interesting and great action sequences were plenty. One critique, did Cronin have to include that PS at the end?