This is my first Wolfe novel and I've been very dissapointed. I found his deliberate story development tedious and his very frequent use of word repetition annoying. It was a chore to make it through the first half dozen chapters - certainly not a book that kept me listening through the night.
The reader was generally OK, but needs to work on his "ha,ha,ha" laugh sequences - annoying boardering on awful. The frequent work/phrase repetition of Wolfe's novel is something you probably would simply have flown by if you were reading, but Phillips seems to add unnecessary emphasis to this annoying literary technique. The characters were not well differentiated by tone or accent in this reading.
Back to Blood has definitely not made me a Wolfe fan.
The story line was absurd. Relying on mystical elements to enhance story didn't work for me.
The Cummings did a fine job, but if the book is lousy, there isn't much the Cummings can do to enhance the reader's enjoyment.
Will avoid books by Koontz in the future.
I didn't care for this book. For me, it lacked convincing character development, had a flat/linear plot line and portrayed characters with almost comical superhuman abilities. Be sure to preview before you wade into this book to get a peek at the writing style which I found sorely lacking. Also, why so many readers - they don't take on the voice of individual characters but just read a section of the book. I'll be sure to avoid O.S. Card in the future.
I found this book unnecessarily gross and crude, seemingly only for shock value - not to enhance the story line. The plot was poorly developed and the main character inconsistently portrayed Other characters were totally undeveloped. Don't waste your time.
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