I'm currently in the middle of "Ghost Road Blues" and I'm getting that "first 100 pages" feeling. I'm starting to look for a different book... Don't get me wrong! I love the Joe Ledger series and the Rot and Ruin stuff but I'm having an awful time getting attached to this one. It may be partly the narrator who's a little dry but the flow is off as well. I'm reminded of the first dance with a new girl - awkward. I'll admit I'm spoiled by Ray Porter (narrator of the Joe Ledger series) who makes me look for excuses to go for a drive (I listen mostly in the car). More than once I've taken the long way home just to have more Joe Ledger time but "Ghost Road Blues" just doesn't grab me. I think this one's gonna end up being "filler" between downloads.
I would recommend this book to fans of Stephen King, while it doesn't have the epic feel of a King novel it feels much the same. The characters quickly become recognisable
Responses to other criticisms of this book:
Poor narration: I guess that I must have a fairly high threshold for bad narration because this narrator did not give me any problems at all. I don't expect a narrator to provide a full cast of voices and honestly find it annoying when they attempt it but are inconsistent or each voice sounds like a variation of a 80 year old crone (I'm looking at you Game of Thrones). Weiner has a deep voice with excellent diction and enunciation, I have no problems with him.
Jumps around between too many characters: Again this isn't a problem for me, I have listened to books where there is no indication that the perspective or character being followed has changed but I didn't find this the case with this book. Thinking back I don't remember being lost at any point, the writing is fairly straight forward and the author uses numbered breaks in chapters to separate each scene... well I'm pretty sure he did though it is possible that he didn't break up every scene... anyway I had no problems with jumps in narration.
The book doesn't resolve anything: Considering this book is a trilogy and one with a grand plan that is obvious pretty early on I had no problem with the end of the book. There were some minor resolutions and there is a lot left unsaid but this makes me want to move on to the next book. To me the ending was logical and satisfactory.
Not Joe Ledger: Yep it definitely isn't... while there are horror aspects to the Joe Ledger novels this isn't a pulp action novel. There is action but it really is more like a standard horror novel. I don't have a problem with this fact it is what it is and the summary of the novel doesn't hide the fact as far as I'm concerned.
Boring: Again this is a personal opinion. I wasn't bored there are a couple of lulls in the action like with any novel and I did want to move on from a couple of scenes but nothing more than you would find in any 12hr+ audiobook.
I liked the book and will definitely be starting the next one tonight. This isn't a earth shattering piece of literature, it does borrow from lore and legend but the fact that I'm not sure what the villain is exactly, how the disparate horror tropes will all be tied into each other and finally who the book will end has me intrigued not put off. Give the book a go it is worth a credit and I like knowing there is a limited number in the series and I'm not looking at a huge investment with no end in sight like the Vampire Earth series.
Good book, but alot of unanswered questions by the end. I know its a trilogy, but I had hoped a few more things would be settled before the end.
I stopped as soon as I got to the introduction of the Evil Christian, obedient, of course, to the voice of his Evil God. Personally I m sick of this tired cliched character in my books. I mean doesn t EVERYONE know by now that Christians boom songs about they B's&Ho s at their weekly services, dismissing the flock by popping a cap in another MFing parishner, or dress llike Demons and scream their drug induced hatred of God until they are so worked up that mutiple fights and stabbings breakout? Doesn t EVERYONE know this about Christians... I mean its in sooooo many books& movies?
Not recommend, the book bounced from character to character and it became very difficult to follow the story and how all of the seperate parts fit together. Have no desire to read the subsequent books in the series
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
Nerdy, mundane, cliche.
Maybe I'm just jaded, but it's really trite.
The author's voice is awkward and ...nerdy is the best way I can describe it. I just get really tired of being disappointed by hours of suspense for mediocre highlights.
As long as it wasn't as crude, gross, and dirty as this one. Tom Weiner does a good job at the narration, too bad it's a yuck story
I just don't like stories that everyone is sick in the mind---dirty thoughts, want to hurt people and enjoy hurting people, dirty sex, devious, lying shameful people. I like a good ghost story or murder story, it just has to have some redeeming qualities.
I'd listen to this again and again, the character are well developed and the suspense is spooky!
I listened to this book in 2 days and that's only because I had to work. I wanted to call out to finish it!
A lover of the printed and spoken word.
I will not be revisiting this book for another listen. Why? Not because it wasn't a good book, because it was (once it got going), but once you know the "set-up" for the series you won't be missing anything needed for the next book(s). The story is well written and while setting up the next books, you'll be able to guess who/what will come about.
The idea of the town being an epicenter of evil. I'm a big fan of Halloween and I'm sure my affinity for the holiday played a part of this books appeal
The voices and personality given to each character is wonderful. The softer female voice infused with strength all the way to the gruff evil overbearing voices make you imagine these characters in a vivid manner.
No, the book progresses a little slow at first and I had to make myself keep listening. With that being said, the book reels you in toward the end and makes you wonder what book 2 will bring.
I've read the other series Mr. Maberry has written and this story/writing is not done in the same manner. If you are a fan of Mr. Maberry's other works (Benny Imura & Joe Ledger series) know that this is a deviation from what you would expect.