They all were captivating.
Swan of course!
I chose this on a whim, because of the length. I listen to audio books on my commute to work. Wow! I was blown away right from the start. Amazing story line. What's really scary, is that this could become reality. I would love to see this as a movie. The characters are rich and full of depth. I was so sorry to come to the end of it. However, the loose ends were all tied up and I was completely satisfied. What a wonderful choice of stories for just a "whim".
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
There is a good mix of good and dispair; realism and supernatural, I had put it down after I finished the first part for a while. Once I finished part two I was hooked and listened everywhere I went.
The concept that life is a jigsaw puzzle and each piece fits together for a purpose.
I liked Josh the best. A slow acting hero who does what he thinks is best in each situation he is in
The Poem of Death
stick with it, it is worth it
Only have audio version
When she first grew the apples and the glass crown healing the boy in the drs hand
Loved it, was sad when it was over
Imaginative Hopeful Rebirth
Characters were well developed and diverse.
It fit the book's premise.
Yes - but way too long for that.
Excellent story that involves just the right amount of realism plus science fiction/fantasy.
Yes, I would listen again. The book is very long and exciting. I am sure another listen would only enhance the experience. There were parts that gave me the heebie-jeebies, but I continued to listen because I just had to know what happened.
I would compare this book to The Stand by Stephen King.
His performance was exquisite! Part of the magic of the book is his performance. The characters were easy to remember, and the way he brought the emotions to life, and the horrors...well he is definitely one of my top 5 narrators now.
Yes, I would be interested in comparing his plots to existing books.
This would have been a great listen if i hadn't read the S King book The Stand.
What drew me to this audiobook was the repeated comparison to Stephen King's "The Stand". I will say that this book doesn't even hold a candle to "The Stand", BUT I still enjoyed it very much. It started off a bit boring for me, but after the introduction of the main characters, I was hooked. I had to make myself turn it off so I could get some sleep. This will definitely be on my repeat listener list.
It needed better writing, character developments that shows internal depth, less cliche"victims" on both sides. A bit better research...wolves in the appalachians? Coyotes maybe. It read like a pretty amateur first effort. Many elements were "borrowed" from the Stand, which would be fine if done well as an homage, but the book just never felt better than a cheap pulp.
Also another narrator who didn't read all female characters with strange whiny voices.
Good, Bad, ugly
Well, Swan putting on the "crown" and getting coated in a gold shield...it was never used again. It was like a deus ex machina without a cause. The entire cabin full of wolf gut eaters chapters...I mean, why were they eating the guts not the meat? The radiation would be very concentrated in internal organs so no better than the meat...oh, and every head coming out of Job's mask scene
People say if you like the Stand you will like this...I like the stand because of the quality of most of the writing in the Stand as well as subject matter. I did not like this because of the quality of the writing and the way the post-apocolyptic subject matter was handled. It was easier for me to believe Randall Flag than to believe so many people could live through the extremely high levels of radiation the book described
I read this book in the late 80's and loved it. I was afraid this 'read down memory lane' would be disappointing or terribly dated but it wasn't; it's still a gripping story. It's a science fiction classic and deserving of that title. The reader Tom Stechschulte does a great job with multiple characters.
One of the best books I've listened to. Very good story that has many climaxes throughout. You never know what's going to happen next. Well worth your credit!