I found this to be very similar to Stephen Kings Cell but almost a PG version. The main characters are easily able to get out of impossible situations and overcome obstacles to easily for it to be believable. It was ok. I would have returned it if I haven't listened to it for free through Kindle Unlimited.
Lots of action but totally unrealistic character situations. For example, what family with a 7-year-old would climb sheer rock walls of a mountain rather than go around as they trek through the woods? The narrator probably tried to keep keep the story interesting but I found his style totally annoying.
I discovered Blake Crouch after listening to the Wayward Pines series which was EXCELLENT. This book was slightly disappointing because while it was technically as thrilling as the last series, the plot was thin and the ending was a real let down. With all the crazy things going on, you would hope for a good explanation, but the author failed to provide one. He starts off right in the middle of the action but you don't really know any more in the end about what the hell is going on than you did in the beginning. Other than, great book if you're into gory, horror thrillers which he is very good at writing
I usually play a book on nights I can tell it's going to be hard to sleep, but this book was way too exciting I found myself awake hours past my bed time, not able to turn it off and listen the next day. If I didn't have work I would have listened straight though
I might listen to this book again because the story was incredibly engaging and the narrator did a fantastic job! I don't think I'm familiar with this narrator but I knew he was doing a really great job when I'd try to fall asleep to my Audible, as I often do, and instead found myself staying awake later than usual and resetting the sleep timer!
There were a few, but I think the last couple chapters really brought the story full circle in a way few authors seem capable of achieving.
Yes, but I'm not sure I'd be able to stay awake that long!
I'm a huge fan of all things written by, or with, Blake Crouch but this was a rare time when I found myself frustrated with how long it took for the explanation of why what was happening, was happening. Also unanswered little things like at the beginning as names are being read out over the radio... how would it be possible to know who was hunter or hunted without visual confirmation? Details like that are the kind of thing that can bother me even when I've finished listening to, or reading, or a book. Overall though a book I wouldn't hesitate to recommend!
(Spoiler alert!!) The ending is a little unsatisfying and would have liked more information about why and how.
Built a bigger explanation as to the why. It is hard to accept "That's just how it is" in a book.
The time spent at the cabin.
Faulkner, zombies, pandemics, Hillary Mantel, Linda Barry, Atwood, time travel, and Karr, I'm all over the map.
It's a compelling and scary story with alarming detail and clever onset, but there are so any close calls there's just too many close calls. The narrator doesn't seem to capture any of the characters well, especially the son and wife. And there's no evidence that the main character is a philosophy professor ( some very rich, unmined material) as stated. I loved the Wayward Pines series. This fell short. Was almost a thrill ride. Loads of gore.
Great story. Weak ending.
What I appreciate about Crouch is that he tells a good sophisticated action story. What makes it good is that its not all one long chase. Instead Crouch breaks it into types of suspense. For example: Characters are running for lives > characters need to survive the elements > characters are trying to survive extreme physical challenges > back to running for lives.
What I'm trying to say is that instead of holding one note of intensity across 100s of pages, Crouch breaks it up into different kinds of suspense, & this makes everything just thrum.
At fault is a schlocky ending.
Really, really, really well written but very dark. I love horror when I can get away from it. This was so well written and preformed I cannot stop thinking about it, nor could I stop listening. I liked how I felt lost and discovered the world with the characters. I will most likely listen again to fully figure out the story.
This is no where close to my favorite novel. I loved pines and wayward and was hoping for something along those lines. Those are my favorite books. This one was very disturbing and sad, but incredibly well written and performed.