So Many Books, So Little Time...
The author's use of imagery and also the narrators really got into telling the story.
They bring the characters to life. Hearing them read this novel sets you in the midst of the story.
Melanie Fuller. She's elegant and classy yet evil and corrupt to the core.
Great novel to "take you away" for a while.
The premise was fascinating with really good character development, but, oh my...it was about 15 hours too long.
The switching to and fro of perspectives allowed for a well-rounded vision into the story.
Mel Foster had a wide range of voices. His "black voice" was unfortunate. It reminded me of stereotypes portrayed in early 20th century film. Laural Merlington's voicing of "Melanie" was very typical of a non-Southern person trying (and failing) to capture an authentic Southern accent. It got better towards the end, but, maybe I just got used to it.
It was a good enough story that it inspired me to finish it to find out what happens.
Look, I didn't hate the book. I have listened to many books as long or longer. I just found myself wanting to bash my head on the steering wheel to make it stop when the main character, Saul, would make a plan. Then change the plan. Then doubt the plan. Then tell the other main character, Natalie, that he doubted the plan. Then argue with Natalie about the plan. Then agree to an amended plan. And then not do the plan in the end because he improvised instead and then acted shocked when things didn't go as planned. In the end, things went as planned. *SPOILER* But, then you find out it didn't go as planned at all.
the only gripe I have is that the old lady gets her own narrator , who is fabulous and everyone else shares the same narrator who is middling but still a good story and interesting , it feels a bit like simmons wrote a bunch of shorter novels or stories and then mxed the characters together into the larger volume ,and at least its not narrated by john lee.
My previous experience with Dan Simmons was his remarkable "The Terror", which stands head and shoulders above anything else I read last year. CARRION COMFORT is a much earlier work, more than 20 years ago, and both the writing and the story reflect badly on the 1980s. The story is fine - nothing totally weird in the realm of horror fiction - good versus evil, absolute power corrupting absolutely, etc., etc., and the storytelling is mundane and acceptable. The characters are many and fleshed out well by the two (male and female) readers, making a 40 hour long audiobook fairly easy to follow. There is a great deal of dated racism in the book, making for some very squirmy moments for me, and I don't believe it would find a publisher today without some heavy rewrites. The non-white characters are very cardboard, very thinly balanced between "Whatchoo Talkin' Bout Willis?" and "Gonna Cut Me Some Whitey Bro". The young black woman who is a sort of love interest is typical of lame-ass females in most of these types of novels - if we start discussing sexism in horror fiction we'll never be finished! Anyway, there is no excuse for this book being so amazingly LONG, because the language isn't particularly florid or memorable, and the actions scenes are many, but could well have been edited down to a few. I don't mind devoting 40 hours to an audiobook, but I know that once I reach the end (on Pt 4 of 5 now) I'll forget this one as soon as I begin another.
I struggled through almost half of the book and finally had enough. I couldn't justify another minute of it for the amount of misogyny and blatant racism it endowed. Good narration. Terrible story.
I'm sad that I wasted my time and my credit on this book.
The story moves along without getting bogged down. 39 hours is a lot of story after all. But the plot moves fast enough and still takes the time to breathe interesting backgrounds into it's characters.
The readers gave great voices to the different characters. Melanie's southern 'hospitality' and antebellum contempt and prejudices were the real treat to listen to. Can't say how often I smiled and winced at her, and the reader made those reactions all the stronger.
It was better than I expected. There are a few points that some deus ex machina enters to provide some tools to the characters, but the author mentions as much directly in the story at one point. It made me grin. I'm a stickler for no plot holes and anti-deus ex machina, but Dan keeps it just on the fringe of believable and the plot is solid.It's an alternate history of sorts, told from the present. A very creative way of explaining historical moments in the past and their possible causes -- from a pseudo-supernatural perspective. No ghosts or aliens here. Just people who have the power to realize the darker manifestations that most of us are wont to not admit to. I'm now off to listen to another of Mr. Simmon's books. :)
yes. Really interesting book. I enjoyed the way that real historical events were woven into the storyline. Kind of an alternate history kind of a story. I agree with other reviewers that it's not really a vampire book at all; that description really sells the book short. It's like a suspenseful miniseries that you want to binge watch.
I can't really say that one was better than the other. They were completely integral to the telling of the story. Listening to their performance was a great experience. It made it really feel like a performance rather than a recitation of the book. Made it worth listening to the book vice reading it myself.
The book and performance are good, but I wouldn't have wanted to listen to the epic 40 hours in one sitting.
I have read and listen to a great number of Dan Simmons novels. I consider the Hyperion Saga one of the greatest literary works that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. But I have never quit a book halfway through because I simply felt dirty after listening to it. Many of us have listened to and read great fiction and great horror, and I do not consider myself squeamish by any means, but there are several chapters but I do not believe hold any narrative significance other than the writer expressing his most horrific fantasies and seeing if he could put it on paper. Theyy do not appear to add to the narrative in any meaningful way, they exist for a very cheap shock value alone. I really can't believe anyone would thoroughly enjoy this book unless they held sociopathic tendencies.
Great performance by the narrators, and overall a good story.
Took awhile for me to get into and there were a several times that I wish the writer could have moved the story along at a faster pace.
I'm not sure I'd recommend it to the horror novel lover, as much as I would to someone who likes a drama with supernatural elements.