I normally don't enjoy books with this particular theme, but I have to say I absolutely LOVED this one! The author did such an amazing job of making me really want to pull for all of the victims to survive. I honestly think I feel the same awe for Deb that Mal does after hearing her survival story. And Florence has got to be my new hero! I absolutely loved the strong women in this novel! If you want a book that is fast paced with great characters you can identify with and pull for, then this is the book for you.
That being said, I was born and raised in the south, and while I live in the suburbs now, my family is from the backcountry of the mountains so I spent most of my youth in that area. I know that the majority of the world, and even the rest of the United States, has its own preconceptions about Southerners. That’s fine and I don't typically get annoyed at our portrayal in the media because its entertainment after all and who doesn't love a freaky killer redneck! However, I don't know if its my Southern heritage or my English degree that is making me nitpick but I am taking away one star from an otherwise 5 star book because of Mr. Konrath/Kilborn's blatant misuse of the word "y'all" was killing me while I read this novel. I started reading this novel on my Kindle iPad App but it was so distracting that I purchased the audiobook on Audible to finish it because the errors were less distracting that way.
For those of you who don't understand what I am talking about, "y'all" is the contraction for "you all". It is ONLY used when addressing a group. In my 40 years of life, I have NEVER heard a single person (even the most backwoods redneck) use "y'all" singularly. (If someone reads this review and DOES know someone who uses "y'all" to address only one person please post a comment and tell me the location where this is used because I would really be interested to know!)
For the majority of readers this nitpick of mine probably won’t bother you so for Y’ALL it’s probably a 5 star book and you will love it. But for southerners, be warned. While I would definitely say this book is worth ignoring the flaw if you can and still reading the novel, this misuse occurs at least once on probably half the pages in the novel so if it bugs you, you might want to read another of J.A. Konrath/Jack Kilborn’s novels. They are all great!
The audiobook for this novel is awesome. The narrator really brought the characters to life and gave them an awesome individuality. He also uses a wide variety of creepy crazed voices, which amazed me considering how many Roosevelts there were to voice. The only thing that might bug some people is the cheesy Scarlett O’hara accent he uses for the narration when he isn’t voicing a character, but that is easily overlooked. Otherwise, it was great!
I saw a lot of parallels with American Slavery in this book. There is a lot of cruelty, which I suspect was mainly meant for cheap thrills, but which nevertheless did actually happen to slaves in the southern US. From the torture, to the dehumanization, rape, involvement of whole communities and taking of children it actually is not that far from the mark - just concentrated into a shorter period of time. I enjoyed the book because it was twisted and kept me on the edge of my seat. I disagree with some reviewers who imply that its too over-the-top ... I suspect its not as far from plausible as it may seem, and that's the scariest part of all.
Kilborn has the unique ability to combine gorgeously horrific visual imagery, antagonists, and setting with consistent and enthralling action and character development. Too often, authors simply can't deliver any semblance of plot within the genre of graphic or dark thrillers, and never have the elements come together so well as in Endurance. The setting alone was so wonderfully flushed out that an entire novel could have been written about coming across the area later on - even without the deformed and twisted inhabitants that brought it to life (and death! Muhahaha!). Christopher Lane delivered the performance of a lifetime in this book, I listened to it twice just to marvel at his vocal characterizations.
This book kept my attention throughout! Christopher Lane does an excellent job with the characters! I recommend this book highly if you can stand books a little on the gross side. Jack Kilborn does it again!
This book should not be listed under horror. It belongs in comedy. If any of its humor were deliberate, it would have been hilarious and I'd have given it five stars.
The narrator using a 'regular' voice and accent
No sure, I listen to a lot of them
I don't know them by name.
Didn't listen to the story.
If you like listening to a Southern "Mark Twain" kind of accent, maybe you will like this one.