Robert McCammon set out to write a post-nuclear earth epic and he has done that. The story could probably have been a little shorter without losing any of the drama; but that is a piddling little complaint. (And it may be that some sections seemed overly long simply because I listened for hours and hours and needed to sleep but I couldn't stop listening.) His mix of real world with magical/miracle elements is done gracefully so that neither one overpowers, making it easy to accept both as "true".
As narrator, Tom Stechschulte makes each character distinct without falling into the trite "squeaky woman voice" for the female characters. Each character not only has a unique voice, but a unique speech pattern that makes it come alive. There is never any confusion about who is talking. His narration reading is crisp and expressive. If you're going to listen to someone for 32+ hours, that someone better be good and Mr. Stechschulte is excellent.
If Dean Koontz had written The Stand, it might have come out a bit like this. There was a supernatural element that was not mentioned in the description. Happily I happen to like that sort of thing. Others may be put off by the wandering demon and magic ring stuff. There was a lot of swooping in at the last minute to save the day, and it was occasionally silly, but I liked it well enough.I had never heard of this writer before, I might try another of his books. I have to say though He uses analogies way too often, and they are often strained. ''the bullets flew like flies at a garbage man convention'' Well whatever it was interesting enough to make minor annoyances like that bearable. So my reviw comes to the end of the road, where there stands a stop sign, a bloody crimson red, as the setting sun after a storm.
Gripping story with complex characters. The narrator brought the story to life with his multi-dialect ability to capture regional accents and character nuances.
When Josh broke out of the compound and overcame his captors.
When Swan's face was revealed.
Loved Stephen King's the Stand and didn't think I would enjoy this. Happy to be wrong. It drug a bit at the end, however, I was still sad to say farewell to this cast of characters. I mostly listen to audible books to and from work, but recently have had to do quite a bit of long distance driving. This book made those journeys pleasurable.
No too long and repetative
The apple tree
Just did not like presentation
This book was interesting but could have been better in half the time. Much too much of the same situations over and over again. Very difficult to finish because of the length of the audiobook.
I'm a Big fan of Fantasy and Sci-Fi. I don't have a long history with reading books but most of what i find is enjoyable. My favorite series i have ever come across is Dresden Files.
First looking at this book i was interested in reading an old classic that was based on nuclear aftermath. The book really isn't that aged as some say it feels like it could of been written very recently. The story is based around a few main characters initial surviving in the hellish aftermath of nuclear war. These characters are molded by their situations and decisions in the fierce fight for survival. There is a prominent element of "magic" throughout the book that is surreal and enjoyable.
I enjoyed this book a lot mainly because there was so much depression and sadness when something hopeful or good happened it shined like a bright light in the darkness. It filled me with pride and joy for the characters and humanity in general. It's something I've never really experienced with any other story.
I have always loved humanities willingness to survive and endure. This book expresses it so well.
Apocalyptic adventure with a touch of magic. Great story that really pulls you in but I was a little disappointed by the "magic" elements. Still a great listen.
Reader did a good job of changing voices and accents. Made it very realistic without overdoing it.
This kept coming up on my device while I was asleep. I would awake and start listening, unable to get back to sleep. I'd have to switch to another story. I finally started listening during the day and for the most part was totally involved. I need to hear it again.
I kept thinking, "is Steven King annoyed?" because I do think the book was very like The Stand, but I listened to the whole thing in spite of the sometimes irritating narrator. He had a lot of voices to do, but when he had to express emotion, he was not that great. His idea of a woman's voice crying . . . Not good. But it's a long book, good value for the money and the apocalyptic story came together well in the end. Although, I kept thinking, with all the bottled water in this world . . . surely there's enough of that to last for quite a long time!
in the top 3 for sure.
The obvious comparison is Stephan King's classic, The Stand but I like this book better
Josh was the best performed although the creepy pedophile in the airstream was also well done
The beautiful moment when Swan's horrible disfigurement was cured and hope was restored to the land
I listen to audible constantly and I have to say that this narrator was the best I have ever heard. He managed to make every character believable and different with assorted accents that never strayed. He was a perfect choice
Satisfied Audible listener since 2002. I mostly listen to Sci-fi and anything by Stephen King.
Hard to think of a more depressing subject matter, the misery just goes on and on! Book feels very dated as far as geo political situation goes, also about the effects of a potential Nuclear winter (not giving much away here is all happens at the beginning of the book). Feels very like Stephen King's The Stand, which I liked a lot better.