"Phew! Not for the faint hearted!"
Roller coaster ride that sometimes I had to have a break from as it was so intense. Amazing trip though - brilliant story with characters you really invest in. Read it.
"Amazing! My First Robert McCammon novel."
Narrator was excellent. Brought the characters to life for me. An epic story . If you're a Stephen King can you will love this too.
"Loved this book - still do"
Yes. Its standard fare Good vs Evil, told in a post apocalyptic America. The characters are well rounded and develop well. Some of the plot and development is a touch cheesy in places but that doesn't detract from an overall damn fine book.
Sister was just brilliant. Tough, fiesty, hard as nails and a deeply loving homeless woman who recovers from her pre-apocalyptic issues to become someone you really loved and admired.
The Nuclear attack was written and narrated in such a vivid manner, visualisation was automatic and not at all hard to accomplish. It struck an equal measure of awe, fear and relief. Awe and fear from the terrible destruction and visceral descriptions and relief from knowing it's just a book.
Oh yes! Both! I laughed and especially for Sister, I cried.
I can only give 4 stars for the story as it does rattle on a bit over details it shouldn't really dwell on, not to mention the cheesiness in some places, but I still love it.
It's a huge read (or should I say listen) and special mention MUST be given to Tom Stechschulte for an absolutely incredible narration. Every character was individually voiced and each was given their own life. It's worth listening to just for the narration.
All characters I felt were really done well but Josh Hutchins was my favorite it was a great performance.
I cried my eyes out don't want to spoil it for anyone but there are lots of moments the this book where you'll be reaching for a hankie.
This is one of my favorite audio books ever I was sad when its ended I just wanted it to go on forever. I loved all the characters each were performed amazingly. I will defiantly be listing to this again maybe wait a year or two though.
A bit Stephen kingfish and overall a very engrossing and entertaining book. Let down slightly by some very small plot discrepancies but that may just be me being very picky. Will definitely listen to other books by Robert McCammon
Near the top
no but I will look out for him from now on
No, too long
I just got so into the story and the characters. It had a big impact and made me think about it while I was not in a position to carry on and listen. I really looked forward to my next episode as I listen to the books while at work. I took a little while to get into, but once I was in I was hooked. Brilliant!
This has to be one of the most gripping audio books I have ever listened to. Just fantastic, great characters, griping tension and a wonderfully rich story.
"THE STAND'S TWIN?"
This was a great book, but Stephen King may have a few things to say about the similarities to his book, The Stand.
The slight difference is that nuclear warheads were detonated here, not a virus, but the oracle is called Sister (the Stand is Mother); and the groups of survivors lead their own tales against marauders until they unite at the end.
You would think that such a long book would be boring, and wonder how you could keep interest in the small group of heroes, but it proves the writing is great as I never once felt the need to check my watch and see where we were. In fact, I looked forward to going to bed, knowing I had more to listen to!
"2nd time around"
Read this book over 10 years ago and never forgot it. Was delighted to see it available as audiobook. Will probably listen to it again. Wonderful story brilliantly written.
"Outstanding first half."
It's very like The Stand and yet totally different.
The first half of this epic is totally engrossing and well written but turns into stereotype and cliche in the last third. A let down in the end. Still worth a go.