I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
Set in 1960, the plot is reminiscent of two Steven King classics: Stand By Me and It. It also employs the wonderful "Impossible Quest Against Absolute Evil Undertaken by Ill-Equipped Small or Young Heroes" form of storytelling found in a lot of my favorite literature. Nicely done, very creepy and suspenseful. The author takes his time setting the situation up and getting us to like the characters, which is fine with me, and then rockets his cast through a roller coaster ride of horrors that would challenge even Sam and Frodo. Worth a credit for sure.
This book was very long. Its not that it was boring, it just took forever to get through. The narrator did a good job of making different voices, but there was no sense of real urgency in terms of the plot. It really just lumbered along. At times it was good, at times it was boring. Overall, not worth the over 20 hours you have to put into it.
I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.
The story was good and in the beginning I thought I was going to enjoy it as much as "It" by Stephen King, but there was not enough depth to this story to support the length of it. I think it would have been a much better story if it had been about 2/3 as long.
I really enjoyed this book, there is a lot of time spent on character development so when something happens to the character you are invested in that person. I think of this story like stand by me with sci-fi/ horror. It is not very fast paced, but that is due to the character development in the story which adds the richness to the book. An interesting story, a great narrator and a good ending combine to make this book very credit worthy!
This book was not compelling. The narration was good. Perhaps I was unimpressed because I had recently finished the excellent Justin Cronin books 'The Passage' and 'The Twelve'. This book seemed more like a Hardy boys adventure when compared to Cronin's work.
scary, fun, and exciting.
Dan John Miller is one of my favorite readers, and this story read by him is no acception.
This was really a good book.
If you grew up in the 50s, 60s this will take you back to your childhood.
My favorite book like this was Stephen King's, it.
Summer of Night came close but not quite.
Nevertheless read this one. You won't be sorry.
Willy Wonka of it
I did not read the print version, so I cannot say. I will say that I prefer audio books to reading.
There's a sad scene where one of the little ones goes down.
An excellent reader who conveys emotion and tone very well.
I was a bit sad at the loss of some life, but overall it was a good read/listen. I wish we'd gotten a bit more after things were all said and done.
A very good standalone story. It was long, but pretty worthwhile. The story could have been shorter, but at one point the mystery got stalled and had to start over. Those parts of the book were harder to get through, but overall it was a good one.
BEWARE of the reviews likening this work to some of Stephen King's. That said, though, it is possible that the audiobook would have been a success if the narrator had had the skills necessary to the task. I dislike trashing a narrator (and Miller would be just fine in other contexts), but the voicings of the kids (around whom the story revolves, after all) are really bad, and Miller reads tense, threatening situations almost as though he's narrating "Wind in the Willows." Pay attention to the Sample and realize that that tone will obtain even when the storyline has turned to the dark, ominous, threatening. The non-fit of tone to content and the sheer fakiness of the the kids' voices were more horrific than the story. (Note, though, that I listened to "only" the first 7 hours. After that I had to give up.) (By the way, I loved the Hyperion series and The Terror.)
Dan John Miller made this book come to life for me. It is well written and well read. Has hints of Stephen King's Stand by Me and Robert McCammon's Boy's Life with plenty of suspense and horror thrown in. I would highly recommend this book!
First to be fair, I stopped listening half way through the first of the 3 chapter breaks so if what I didn't like somehow changed, I'd be surprised. Regardless of what was going on at any given moment of the plot, Simmons doesn't convey any sense of dread or horror even during the "scary parts". The comparisons to King's Stand By Me or IT are warranted and would have been fine had it not been such at labored attempt at recreating the same vibe as those stories. For example, MUCH too much time dwelling on the details of a baseball game and the neighborhood kids to draw out that sense of camaraderie was really painful. That's when I called it quits. Disappointed. Right now, even though I feel I've drained all my options for horror fiction, I won't be going back to finish this. If the story is good it's still a huge bore because it simply isn't scary. The narration doesn't help but it's not all his fault. There is an art to horror that I'm afraid so many modern writers don't get.