I'm about 1/3 of the way into it and nothing is happening. An unreasonable amount of time has been devoted to the present state of mind of a teenage girl whose friend disappeared, and now we're hearing way too much about the present state of mind of her brother who is off to college.
Is anything going to HAPPEN?
So far it's really boring and I'm just about ready to bail.
A real story would have made this better. Unfortunately I stayed with it hoping something would happen. Heard an NPR interview with the author as the HBO series was going to launch. As one reviewer said, HBO has a pretty low bar to hit.
It was a great idea executed through the mundane, lame personalities of the characters. As a result, there was no overriding communication, no big realization. No real tension. it's like a PBS show about growing old: you don't get nicer or meaner as you get older, you just get more of what you were before. These characters were lame before the "event" and they remain lame after. I actually tried to get through the final two hours by putting in an earbud and "listening" in the background. Now I wish I had quite.
He did very well with poor material.
Very hard to choose. I didn't feel connected to any of them.
No one sets out to make a bad movie or write a bad piece. This was just not for me. I like my fiction with a purpose. In graduate school, talking about "the narrative turn" one noted professor said, "We look for change in the writer from beginning to end." These characters did not change. As a result, we shared their mundaneness in an extraordinary time.
This just wasn't for me. I was hoping for a fresh take on the Rapture and not a heavy-handed religious brow-beating. It's not that. It's a fresh take on the Rapture from the perspectives of those who live through it. But here's the thing, if you remove the Rapture plot, and put in a shooting, or a flood, or a tornado, it's the same thing. The Rapture isn't the point. Loss is. We've all lost things. Our favorite toy, a loved one, a boyfriend/girlfriend. We've all had to cope with that loss. And that coping isn't entertaining. It's necessary, but it isn't fun to live through. Now if I told you a room full of strangers you just met (not spoken to, just viewed through one-way glass) had all just experienced loss and that it was your job to watch them deal with it and write it all down, then you would have this book. It's a "day in the life" of people who lost something and can't figure out why and need to cope with it as best they can with limited tools. If you are a fan of reality television shows like Intervention and Hoarders, then this might be what you want. If you are looking for escapism, a thought-provoking take on a religious calamity, or to be entertained, I couldn't recommend this book less.
I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.
Yes! There were a lot of characters and story lines and at times it was difficult to keep them all in line.
Oddly enough, I liked all the storylines and the way they all were linked together.
There were a lot of good scenes
It did neither but it did make me think what I would be like if this scenario happened to me.
It was a good book and I would recommend it to others.
I loved the deceptive simplicity of the story. So simple and so layered and complex at the same time. Great narration, kept the rhythm and cadence of the superb writing.
Very good story. Great concept.
I really enjoyed the whole thing but I deducted one star because I found the ending lacking
did not have a favorite
I liked the book. It kept my attention until the end when I felt as though the author had gotten tired of writing and just ended, kind of taking the easy way out. The ending left me feeling like a leftover.
Great story. I inadvertently read Left Behind before I realized who wrote it and that they were serious. I like this much better and I love this narrator.
I loved the concept of this book. However the book was garbage. I really hate when movies and TV shows just end....no closer, no wrap up..it's like they just got sick of the story and walked away. Which is exactly what happened here. Hopefully the TV series picks up where the book left off. Super Disappointed....Narrator was great btw....
I never read the print version so I'm going to use this to compare it to the HBO series. The series and the story share a common world and the Garvey family but the series goes far beyond where the story ends. I loved the show and so I thought I'd pick up the book that it was based off of and see how it was. It's a good story though I felt like the ending was bit weaker than I'd hoped. The story in the book never goes to Miracle, TX and all takes place in Mapleton (other than when his son is on the road with one of Wayne's brides). If the spirituality and mysticism of the show bothered you then you'll be pleasantly relieved that almost all of that is absent from the book.
He has a fantastic voice that's easy to listen to and a great range.
It's a good story just don't expect it to follow the same path that the HBO series took. It's like they started with the same background story and then took two different paths.