I don't review many books. I have to say this book was amazing! The narrator was great! His voices were spot on and never missed a mark. I normally only listen to books on my commute to work. I drive about an hour each way to work so I get around 10-12 hours a week to listen. This book had me listening on my off time...which is not common.
After listening to this book I actually started appreciating more of the small stuff we take for granted every day like clean drinking water, and electricity. I wished there was a movie made about this book... I found myself watching movies like "Book of Eli" and "The Road" just to add to my mental depiction of the settings in the book. I imagined Swan looking like that actress from "Hanah" for some reason.
Yes I did get choked up at some moments of the book, I don't want to mention them as I don't want to spoil the story but I will admit I did almost shed a tear.
This was one of those rare books that you want to listen to while getting dressed in the morning, hurry home from work to listen to in the evening and fall asleep listening to at night. Complete escapism. I really enjoyed it.
I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.
I thought I was prepared for the bible-beating, and could appreciate this novel. I've enjoyed many post-apocalypse stories and religious stories before, but I had trouble with the constant bone-dry religious ravings. Crazy inner-city cardboard billboard 'SAVE US JESUS, THE END IS NIGH!' brand of rantings. This is not a light-hearted fun storyline. Get ye behind me, comedy!
This book isn't tongue-in-cheek, and the evil has a paper-thin alibi for suddenly destroying civilization. There is no linear progression to the meandering accident-prone plot. McCammon offers a repetitive flat cameo perspective of the world, and people, as three dimensional as tooth-paste, and misfortune enfolds them like a dull and rather poorly tailored suit.
Stechschulte's voice dips breaks and rises in ways that had me fidgeting with my ipod volume regularly. His vocal range for his female characters is rather limited between floral male voice and whiskey dry screech.
If you are an enthusiastic christian, you will probably enjoy this book. I'm sorry I can't give a better review. This book just wasn't for me.
In 1986 ; this author had a revalation of a story line that wouldn't ever seem trite or dated. If you like hear about the forces of good and evil and the degrees of separation between the two to fight it out. If you're hopeless optimist who no matter how bad it gets you'll find the one glimmer light in a sea of darkness; you will love this book.
The charActers were unpredictable; the Heros unlikely; and the evil; vile. A perfect analog for mankinds view of what evil and good should be. If you don't find yourself experiencing the hope, fear, and longing while listening to this; you aren't breathing.
Despite his limited ability for voice intonation ; he more makes up for it by giving each person in the book a careful emotional dimension that is so real it leaves no doubt that these people are real.
Sister ; cause she'd be a lot of fun for conversation.
This book ranks around the top 5.
The battle in the ice field.
Ha-Ha! No way, this audiobook is 34 hours long.
A great listen. :)
With all of the hype, I thought it would have been better! Really long, really strange and really boring. Started out alright and then went down hill from there. Also a ridiculous amount of foul language where it just wasn't called for.
It took me away.
Tom Stechschulte made this book an excellent listen! Every last min. from start to finish.
I did not read the print version, but I found myself thinking that I might have enjoyed it more due to the narrator's less-than-ideal performance on several characters.
I was reminded of a Stephen King novel. The plot was not reminiscent of any particular one, but the style and character development in particular seemed very like him.
Yes, but the narrator interprets more than a couple of the characters in a way that makes them sound mentally deficient, which was out-of-sync for me. Also, his black characters sound like redneck hillbillys and his southern characters are voiced as if their IQs are in the single digits. I found those voices distracting.
Overall, it is a good listen, and I did want to keep listening to find out what happened next.
Having just listened to the Stand, this was not the best novel for me to pick, as there were many similarities; end of the world, survival of the remaining, etc. But it was entertaining, and there were clever twists that kept my attention. The naration was done very well.
Less Profanity. It seems like every other word was an expletive. If I were reading print I could skip over it, but listening to it was nasty.
More up to date terminology. For a 2011 copyright, the terminology describing the US Arch enemy was confusing. If the US is contemplating a war with Russia -, Russia and Russians, would be OK, but to have these terms all mixed up with Soviets, Soviet Union, and Ivan was confusing.
Plot development just didn't hold me through the first 4 chapters.
I put it down unable to listen to it any more.
Unsure - I would look for additional reviews in the print media, listen completely to the sample audio.
NO - It wasn't interesting enough to finish.
It wasn't worth my time to listen to it. I regret purchasing it.