HAVING READ ONLY THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF THE PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY,I BOUGHT THIS BOOK AS A PIECE OF LITERATURE ON A NAZI EXTERMINATION CAMP. AFTER LISTENING FOR ABOUT AN HOUR I HAD LEARNT THAT IN REALITY THE STORY WAS ABOUT SOME TYPE OF MODERN VAMPIRE OR THE LIKE AND ABOUT THE US FILM INDUSTRY. I REFRAINED FROM SUBJECTING MYSELF TO THE FOLLOWING THIRTYEIGHT HOURS. OF COURSE IT WAS MY FAULT.I SHOULD HAVE TAKEN A CLOSER LOOK BEFORE PUTTING THIS BOOK INTO MY CART.
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.
This is a long book but very much worth the investment of time. You will not regret spending the credit on this book!
I generally enjoy Dan Simmons, and this story was very good--however, as I live in Charleston, SC, one of the settings of the book, I was distracted. It would have been glaring to any Charleston resident--Simmons did not visit the area nor talk to anyone familiar with the area before writing about it. Had he done so, the richness of the story would have so very much more.
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 beginning appeared to full of trivial info (like Stephen King). but if you stay with it, the trivial info became important as the story grew in focus and intensity.
a good long read, worthy story, rewarding for the patient.
I never write a review but this deserves recognition. I am veteran and after 2 deployments I have seen a lot. The depiction of the Holocaust writen here brought me to tears. I had to look around to make sure noone saw. Thank you for a great book and the to two actors who drove me through this world of the Author thank you too.
I don't usually 're-listen to my audible books but this is a great story and keeps you glued to the story.
Steven King's horror books. Complex interesting story lines.
Natalie 's fight to end Melanie. Totally action packed.
The masters of the earth.
I enjoyed this book totally. It was long but it moved constantly keeping the story flowing. What is going to happen next?
This was an excellent book and it was read very well. My 2nd Dan Simmons, much better than expected. I bought it because it was on sale for $0.99, it was worth way more!