I didn't really expect much when I first started listening, it started out a little slow, but when this story gets going, it's wonderful. I won't say that the who dunnit was a huge mystery, but the motivation behind the murder had a great psychological foundation.
This story's foreshadowing gave this story away in the beginning, and even the title. No unexpected twists or turns. The back and forth of the before and after seemed to be just a device to drag the story out longer than necessary. Though I finished the book, the expected ending was just a let down, and the characters were barely likeable. There was no tension in the book that I could fully believe.
the giveaway in the beginning of the book
The narrators were ok, but the best narrator was the woman who read Mia.
This is an Epic, and while some state it is about "vampires" called "virals" in the book, I say the boogeymen in this book are more peripheral than the wonderful story, rich metaphors, and character development that remind me of Stephen King novels. This is a dystopia that has a thin thread of hope throughout to keep the reader's heart in the story.
The ending sets the stage for a sequel I believe. Oh, and Scott Brick is absolutely the right narrator for this book. He was awesome as usual.
I was having trouble with the Narration at first, but I changed the speed on my Ipod to the quickest and it made all the difference!
I believe the narration of this book is wonderful. The narrator has narrated other King novels, and I understand why King picks him, he gives the flavor that King is looking for in his books, a flare for the dramatic, sense of humor and an underlying sense that the work doesn't take itself too seriously. Perfect!
I read that the new narrator mispronounced words etc. and she does, but the story has so many suprises that will blow your mind, you have to read it to keep going with the story. Loved it.
I found the most disappointing part of this book was a lack of plot development and description. It is a fast paced read, just like Dean Koontz used to be when he started. However, the rich detail of Steven King and the Current Dean Koontz is not there, and so the book from the perspective of a fan of those two, left me with visual gaping holes. The plot had many holes to fill in also, but if you are into the swift storytelling style, this is a good read. I thought the author made a good narrator.
I was one of the King fans that didn't want to read a series, I hate suspense. Now you can hear everybook from start to finish with a couple of the best Narrators I have ever heard. The narrators bring these books to life in a way that surpass the simple read. I am glad I waited to read it, because it is his best book to date.
Pulling in familiar characters, themes and their back stories was an extra bonus for loyal King readers.
The reason you have to be in the mood to read the Road, is because the subject matter is about relentless suffering and what I term a slow moving chase book. McCormac definetely captures the tough decisions about suffering and deciding to live a quality life. It is a depressing dilemma as it is, so if you are in the mood for apocolyptic suffering...I would rate this book a 5. As for me, I could barely stand it.
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