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.
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.
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!
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if you are like me you quickly burn through your favorite authors on audible and then have to mine for a nugget , this isnt one but it is flecked , alot of other reviews compare it to stand by me , but that is not right it is closer to IT than SBM and closer to the goonies than Salems lot I like alot about this book except I cannot for the life of me think why Dan simmons spent so much time describing how brilliant the fat kids father was, together the son and father invented everything except the ipod 50 years ago , but it is still worth alisten if you have the credits and hours to burn.
Dan Simmons has a very unique writing style. It is very pleasing,but can also feel too drawn out. His descriptions of the mundane (in order to pull you into the moment) are lengthy, and often do not push the story forward. The payoff is in how his descriptions make you feel,...The nostalgic moments experienced by the young boys in the book are beautifully written. However, this effects the pace of the story and slows down the plot. A better mixture of story and nostalgia would make The story's pace seem quicker and more suspenseful.
The performance is horrible. The Inflection of the readers' voice conjures up Saturday afternoons in the children's library, being told a children's book the week before Halloween. He brings no tension to the story and diminishes the suspense and scares.
This does not need a follow up book....but I wouldn't dismiss it. I like the characters.
This Book could be fantastic with a different performer, but it would still suffer from Simmons' overzealous attempt to make you feel the nostalgia of the era. It falls flat of expectations.
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.
The narration was excellent and the writing rich in descriptions that brought life to the story instead of tedious listening. It was an enjoyable escape back to childhood. I do plan on listening to it again.
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.
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.