I couldn't even finish the book...the narrator was the most monotone, boring reader of any audiobook I have listened to. The first book was great...very disappointed. Maybe if he makes a movie I'll find out how it ends.
Where did they get this guy? I couldn't finish the audio book. Listening to this person read this okay installment in the trilogy was like listening to a 5th grade class read a book out loud. I had bought the book the day it came out, but was pining to hear Perlman continue the tale with his excellent depiction of these characters. The characters felt vivid and alive in Perlman's voice but what made it great was that it felt like not only did Perlman do his homework (like reading, and analyzing, the book prior to the recording) but that he was just as invested in the characters as the reader. The book is good, but not great, for several reasons but I don't need to get into all of them (spoiler free review).
I will say that there seemed to be a lot of lazy, spoon-fed plot devices, not as much multi-layered tension as in The Strain and definitely lacked the sense of urgency - which was so good in the first book that it added to the fear emoted from the moment the plane touched down.
As for the narrator, it was so obvious that he either didn't read the book at all and/or he didn't listen to Perlman's interpretation of the characters. There is such a disconnect that I could never finish the audio version - and had tried 10 times before finally giving up.
I tried a number of times to push through, but the first time I heard him speak as one of my favorite characters from the first book (and whose arc in the second is kick-butt and inspiring), I couldn't get past knowing that, not only did he not sound Latin, he couldn't even pronounce his name right.
I would say, if you haven't listened to the first one, you probably wouldn't know what you are missing. If you have listened to the first one, go buy the book or the electronic version because you will not be able to complete the audio version - which would be a shame because even though the second is a little bit of a let down compared to the first, you can tell that the third book has been set up to be epic.
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This series is amazing and very well written. Plot and setting very well done. As a New Yorker I felt the city was well represented and turned into a mystifying place. The Foe is hot on the heels of our hero's in this one and the odds seem stacked against them.
keeps you at the edge of your seat.
Excellent performance throughout the book.
The title is perfect.
Great story. Great characters. Great Performance.
I really can't pinpoint it. This is book 2 of The Strain Trilogy and it was worth waiting for. I think I totally neglected my family during this book. You have to give it 100% of your attention due to the curves and changes. Also so many characters to keep track of. Who is alive, who is not..
I liked the fact that I could not figure out what would come next. It was definatley addicting.
He was amazing. Another performance well done and I am fussy on narrators.
I feel this should be part of any readers library. A classic not to be outdone
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
I enjoyed the first book and got the second thinking it should be good as well. It was so boring and kept going over things again and again using the different character. I just couldn't get into it and I don't know how it finished as I couldn't finish the book Not getting the 3rd one now.
Audible makes me love being stuck in traffic :)
I'm halfway through the third book and I've really enjoyed this trilogy so far. I liked the first one better, but only marginally so, and I think that's because I love the buildup in apocolyptic stories--the feeling of knowing the world is coming down around the characters before they know it and watching the way they observe and deal with the challenges they face.
The first book made me care deeply about the plights of the main protagonists, Zach, Eph, Nora, Setrakian, Fet and even Gus (who, I liked from the beginning, despite his criminal background). Because of that, the concluding events of the the second book made me sad for all of them and anxious to listen to the third book so I could learn their ultimate fates. Since for me, the hallmark of a good story is that it moves me (whether I laugh, cry, get angry, excited, whatever), I've really enjoyed The Strain Trilogy.
You have to listen to these stories. They are truly truly truly great to listen to. If you have listened to book 1 then you can not wait to listen to this. It is simply awesome the way the story evolves and the direction it takes. Highly highly recommend this series.
Very disappointed to not have Ron Perlman reading. It would have been nice if Daniel Oreskes would have pronounced the main character's name the same way it was pronounced in the 1st book! Complete let down!
I love a good murder mystery or any novel where good overcomes evil. Two of my favorite authors are Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.
I think this book would make an excellent movie. The idea that people become vampires due to a virus is a new one for me. I enjoyed the characters, the plot and the pace. Very exciting!