This is a long, involved story with many characters. It took me a little while to get used to the overlapping stories and I couldn't always remember who was who but despite its length (dare I say the longest audio-book I've every listened to?) it was interested right up until the end. I don't know if I would have liked this book as well had I read a hard copy but the alternating narrators really kept it from becoming monotonous. What keeps this from being a 5-star is there were a few spots that seemed overdone and unnecessary.
This is my first Dan Simmons novel and I plan on reading more.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, based on the synopsis given, and I confess, at the beginning I was a little confused about what was going on, but once the story got going, I found it to be mesmerizing and fascinating at the same time. I thought the narrators were quite wonderful, and the historical background of one of the main characters was both gripping and educational at the same time and gave the story an international flavor that was unexpected. I found the book to be a very pleasant surprise.
As noted above, I felt that the character (Sol) brought a historical backdrop into the story that served as a very satisfying foundation of sorts for the entire book. The antagonists, had powers that were described with such believable detail that they were menacing presences up to the very end!
Can't really describe it without giving away too much, but the disastrous conflict in the city of Philadelphia was awesome in execution, and in its dismal outcome.
It is much to long to even consider doing at one sitting. I am primarily an audio book listener for my long commutes to work, but in the case of this book, I found myself listening at other times around the house. Always hard to stop and put it away.
The narration was exceptionally performed but jumping back and forth in time with each character had me replaying a lot. It is a good story, so I did get through it but I'm thinking I might have Rio listen to it again....
interesting story, I thought it would be boring, 38 hours is really a long time. In the end, no, it kept my attention during the entire book. Original story as well. I'll give it a 6 1/2 on 10.
Carrion Comfort felt like voyeuristic observation of sadism without any real literary payoff. I get what the author was aiming for, but (in my subjective experience) he didn't hit the mark. I couldn't even finish it. I don't mind graphic violence or disturbing imagery - it just didn't feel like it was going anywhere worthwhile in this story. If you're going to exploit the suffering of the Jews during the Holocaust and the rape of women (for example), I feel like you owe the reader some pretty serious rationale as to why those topics are justified. It just felt like Simmons thought that rape and genocide were good examples of bad stuff for bad guys to do.
I would tell anyone get ready for an unexpected ride. Character driven reading, everyone distinct and compelling in one way or another.
Urban warfare between humans and vamps.
Well both narrators did a great job. I really got drawn in with the voice changes and commitment to character from both, however, I am a Southern woman and the antagonist that sounded and further more acted VERY Southern just opened up the book for me.
Really nothing, they are both very talented and gave each character they represented a different feel.
Sucker punched into the story and WHAM! it gets even better.
Except for the male narrative and Natalie's voice- it was a solid recording
Well built story and developed characters. Saul did not seem "tortured enough" about his role in the deaths of Aaron's family. Also, not sure why Melanie did not just control Natalie at the end. Maybe she wanted to run and hide from Nina, but that did not seem the direction she was heading.
A fantastic epic in a great cinematic style Carrion Comfort has remained one of my favorite novels for years. The performance of the two readers was really great especially the Fuller segments.
This may be my single greatest audiobook experience. While very long (perhaps average for ASOIAF fans) Carrion Comfort moves at a brisk pace. It is truly epic horror that spans decades and hosts numerous characters you will root for as well as those you will detest. The voice acting (a more apt phrase than narration in this instance) is truly superb. I cannot recommend more highly.
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.