This book was an easy "read/listen." There is nothing controversial, steamy, offensive, scary, or complex about it. If you are looking for a no-brainer, non-thought-provoking, easy listen, it is definitely worth your time. I enjoyed the story, but felt that it was really written on a level that would be safe for 6th graders (not that the story would interest 6th graders). So, it was not a "bad" story by any means, and the narrator does an ok job, it just did not instill much emotion at all (which is not always such a bad thing). I would like to give it 3.5 stars.
The story is nowhere near comparable to King at his best (Salem's Lot, Needful Things, etc.), but pretty close to him at his pretty good (Lisey's Story, Under the Dome). Tananarive Due kept it simple, yet scary and just enough to hold your interest. It could have been quite a bit shorter and just as good. The evil house plot has been done a million times, but this author put her own spin on it and I will download another of her books. So, if you're in the mood for a fairly simple, but pulls you in just enough to keep listening, kind of story, give this one a try.
I was going to start off being angry that this author decided to narrator her own books. BUT... I will say that I went on to listen to Between Georgia sometime after this book and I think she did a much better job. Maybe the problem was that I listened to Gods in Alabama, then immediately listened to BackSeat Saints because the main character here was introduced in Gods in Alabama. I think I was expecting too much (and the narrator of Gods in Alabama is tough competition). This was a good story and I am glad I downloaded it, but it was really hard to like the main character. She was a victim of domestic violence her whole life, so you want to root for her and be on her side, but she has such a crappy attitude and personality that often I found myself not liking her and not rooting for her. Either way, the story was well thought out and worth a credit. If you loved Gods in Alabama, do not expect to be as satisfied with this story. Go ahead and give Between Georgia a shot too (I think that story is a lot better than this one)...
If you are craving a Southern fix and miss The Help, I think you'll like this book (not to mention the narrator sounds a LOT like Skeeter). It was enjoyable and had a thought-provoking plot, while still being light and pleasant to listen to. Great story that was full of well-developed twists, and the narrator was great. I've recommended this audio book to several friends who have also loved it.
I downloaded this book with an open mind, but was so bored by the main character and the plot that I couldn't keep listening. I put in a good 2 hours then tried to fast forward here and there hoping it would get better... it did not. It was just terrible... horrible...
Another perfect example of why an author should almost never read their own book. Why can't an author be happy with the writing talent... why prove you can read your own book??? I would probably like the story, but I will never know because after 2 excruciating hours, I finally gave up. His voice is gravelly, without the appropriate fluctuation, and only has one tone. What a waste...
If you can get past the narrator sounding like a robot (and doing a terrible female voice) and the monsters being named Boogers, it's a fairly entertaining story. A very easy listen; a simple story about a big city family moving into a haunted house in a rural area. The tone and writing reminded me of Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box, but not quite at that level. Nothing really that hasn't been done before, but a well-written story. This book would definitely be appropriate for YA and doesn't have anything racy or controversial. I'd avoid the narrator, although he's not terrible enough to stop listening, and may download another Goingback book if I feel like a non-thought-provoking, entertaining listen on the long commute.
I haven't read Card's sci-fi books, but have enjoyed several of his "horror" novels. This one really confused me. 99.9% of the book has no scary undertones, nothing out of the ordinary, nothing supernatural, and is frankly just a boring story about a family of Mormons living their everyday lives. I kept waiting for something to happen, but nothing happened until the last 15 minutes of the 16 hour book. Every time something new happened, I thought it would lead into something scary, or at least something interesting, but it never did. Yes, the ending was pretty good, and for some reason, I didn't stop listening... maybe because I was already a fan... but I would not recommend this book. If you're looking for a story about a family of Mormons living their everyday lives, it's a story that'll pass the time on your commute, but steer clear if you'd like something scary, thrilling, or anything more than a story about a pretty ordinary family.
Yes, the book ends abruptly, but it's a journal... the journal of one of the last survivors on Earth after the living dead have taken over. It was so creepy that I was scared to get up by myself at night. I found that I couldn't listen right before bed or I had nightmares. It wasn't THE most creative zombie story ever written, but it scared me so bad that I have to say it was a great book! I was a little bummed when it ended, but I would have been even more disappointed if it had a nice bow around it... being written like a journal was a great twist on an old story!
The narrator definitely lacked range and emotion in his tone. The story was just kind of "off" for a Koontz book. There was nothing really supernatural or edge-of-your-seat and it wasn't even a good mystery. It was an ok premise for a story but was just very dryly written and read.
I really liked this story. I agree with the other reviews that it was all over the place. I'm still not sure I understood what was going on throughout the book, but I couldn't stop listening. As long as you're ok with not understanding every single thing that happens, and if you have a good enough imagination to fill in the blanks for yourself when it gets confusing, it's a fun listen! Unfortunately, Jonathan Carroll doesn't have any other books on Audible, but I purchased a couple of his books after listening to this one, and I have not been disappointed.
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