This offering from Dan Simmons is more of a horror thriller than a strictly sci-fi genre book. Ordinarily I wouldn't have listened to this book, but having recently listened to the Hyperion series I decided on the strength of the storyline to give it a go. Needless to say I wasn't disappointed, despite the lack of "sci-finess" (or fantasy) which I usually look for.
This is a long book and understanding Simmons penchant for long and involved descriptions, almost rambling sometimes, he still builds a wonderful and gripping story that begs you to listen to the next chapter.
Simmons provides an interesting twist on the vampire theme now so common in print and video and with this being written almost 25 years ago, the variation is quite unique. In addition he skillfully blends in historical events and presents questions of morality that help to build the depth of the main characters in the book.
The bad characters are so horrible, they are almost likeable. They do the bad things you expect and the good guys are presented with situations that question their ethics and morality. Questions that still very relevant in today's society.
The narrators do an excellent job. The point of view swaps between first and third person depending on the character, but is consistent and works well as intended by the author.
The book and historical material is deep, insightful and well researched, giving great support to the overall premise of the storyline. If you wear a tin-foil hat you might almost believe it!
Overall a great book and worth the time to listen to a great yarn from an outstanding author.
This is a long book but very much worth the investment of time. You will not regret spending the credit on this book!
McCarthy king Martin Abercrombie Sanderson and Tolkien My favorite book as of 900 listened to ... Sutree
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.
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 female narrator did an excellent job. the male narrator did great with voiced. but when reading parts that were meant to be action and more intense, he just read the way he read the rest of the book. and it's really really long:-) I fell asleep listening for eight hours and I don't think I missed much.
Fun, unbelievably imaginative for its time and fun. Great since of adventure if not a wee bit long. For its length though the pacing is really good and the characters are very entertaining.
You can really get your listening value from this one. loved it all! 5 stars from me., and looking forward to reading another.
A fascinating concept with an incredible array of really good characters and Bo does this story pick you up and move.
Melanie is an old broad you will learn to both admire for her crazy like. Fox, daring without caring and I don't think I've ever met someone as self centered and delay duded in such a crazy, scarey and brutal way you can't help but both marvel and laugh. She is beyond amusing. So many characters who have a depth , if so someone told me I'd know this much about so many I would have said no thanks, but they come upon you or you them for a meaningful and interesting purpose...not hard to manage at all.
Great performances! I heard Melanie and the others this way in my head when I. Read the print version ages ago!
Sweeping beyond what you thought possible...riveting and great fun with characters you hate to love cause they are just that badly good.
Absolutely, besides the length, of course. The narration was splendidly delivered, and having the woman onboard for the POV chapters made this already engrossing story even harder to put down.
It's almost nothing like Stephen King's IT in plot, but the feel of the story is very similar.
Melanie, by Laural Merlington was superb.
Yes i have it keep me gusseing to the end
The ending was so well done
dont want to give it away