From what I've listened to so far the narrator (Grover Gardner) does a great job! He pulled me into the story with no distracting affectation that you get from so many other recorded books of the horror/fantasy genre. However, the daunting 48 hour listen may have me augmenting the audio edition with my paperback.
Grant's Pass - by Amanda PIller. A post-apocalyptic anthology, well written and very fun to read. At times I felt that this collection was the 'lost chapters' of The Stand.
Swan's Song - A very good read in the same vein, Robert McGammon is another of my favorites (unrelated but other great books by him: Boy's Life and Going South)
The Road - by Cormac McCarthy. Grittier and darker than The Stand but evocative (the book is better than the movie and I liked the movie)
Gosh, so many! - the tunnel, the...hey, I'm not gonna spoil this for first timers! Read it and love it! Once everyone is up to speed, I may update this.
To all those folks who won't read this just because it's by Stephen King - please do yourself a favor and get this book. Although is has some 'horrific' scenes, the character development and story arc are some of the best I've ever read. Don't be put off by his reputation as Master of Horror - he's also a Master Storyteller; remember, this is the same author who gave us Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption.
Now, if we can just get Peter Jackson to take a peak at this little book....
This great novel is a long book, made longer by the foot-end-notes. Unfortunately, I had read and heard folks say that those little footnotes are both enjoyable and necessary to tie plot points and characters together. I agree. But so and because they are necessary I had to find some way to incorporate them into the audio-book experience. This way suited me the best: I listened to the book on my way into work and on the way home from work. Once the female narrator cued a footnote, I would simply pause the audio and switch to FM, usually classic rock, but sometimes sports or NPR and continue the drive into work or home depending on the time of day. Upon arriving, I would pull out my physical copy of IJ and read the footnote. Of course, I also listened to the audio form in the evenings and weekends, but I found the drive time listening the most satisfying. I looked forward to work for some 2 months, and likewise enjoyed my drive home. Some days I could get no more than a few minutes in before switching off, but that was fine. **Important** I also would back-reference the page from the text to the end note for future readings as I plan to start over pretty soon. (Like foot/end note 1. is on page 2, etc)
For some reason, I can't get this entertainment out of my head...
Wil Wheaton Delivers!I am a Scalzi fan and listening to Wheaton's performance of his work will solidify his position at the top of my favorite artists. His portrayal of a drunken crewman in deep conversation had me giggling. Scalzi's works are heavy in dialog, but the way that Wil animates each character you will have no problem keeping up. Good stuff!The main story arc ends after about 4 & 1/2 hours which was a very satisfying story. Then Scalzi tacks on the codas, which turn out to be 3 excellent tie-ins that give you not one, but four different (and equally satisfying) climaxes. They will in turn have you laughing and crying. This book will stay with me for a while (I am sending copies to my friends who are also big Original Series Trek fans). In fact I will probably listen to this again.
I didn't really have a favorite character, but the dynamic within Scalzi's Redshirt group was at times hilarious and at other times touching.
Yes, and this is one of his best.
Not gonna spoil this but I experienced both extremes - there was plenty wacky space humor with just enough father/son tenderness thrown in to make this a great, if not unusually structured, book.
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