SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States | Member Since 2013
This is undoubtedly the weakest of the 7 Dark Tower novels...but cannot be overlooked for obvious reasons. King does, from time to time, loose his way occasionally in some stories, and this installment represents that flaw...in my humble opinion.
The characterization of Susannah and the others remains pretty consistent, but the arc of the story gets a little strange. The good thing about this book is that it isn't as long as most of the others. There is some vital information here in regards to the Dark Tower story, and it isn't BAD...just not up to the same standards as the rest of the series.
George Guidall does a very nice job with the narration.
This is an amazing book. King really hit a home run here. If you have only seen the movie, please do yourself a favor and read or listen to this book. The depth that he delves into the character of Danny is really quite intriguing. As you follow the plunge of Jack Torrence into his own personal hell...insanity, possession, depravity...the journey is quite frightening. I also love novels where the protagonist is a child. Danny is the only one in this novel that seems to have any control over the outcome. He is the only one who truly knows what is going on, and as he struggles to keep his mother safe, and to try to help his father, I really found myself becoming attached to the 5 year old. Great story! Great narration!
I wasn't aware of anything about this series, or it's intended audience, so I accept some of the blame for my feelings about this book. I just felt that it was intended for a very young audience, and it didn't really appeal to me. However, the story was intriguing enough that I did purchase the 2nd book in the series. The characters were pretty good, and I thought that the storyline was unique enough to be pretty interesting. Not a rave review, I know, but hey...I didn't hate it.
Not quite as good as the first book. I felt that this book was written for an even more juvenile audience than the first. I mean, it is a good story, and I am sure that many people enjoy it. It just isn't my kind of story. This will be my last foray into this series.
This book is truly a masterpiece. Tom Clancy has no equals in the realm of technical, military thrillers. The Hunt for Red October is honestly toward the top of the list of his quality efforts. The intrigue and emotion of the cold war is in it's peak. The hunt that takes place as both the Americans and the Soviets search for the submarine, and the suspense that plays out is epic and amazing. Add in the fact that it all takes place beneath the surface of the ocean, in a world that most of us can only dream about, and this story takes the reader to heights that few novels can equal.
The Jack Ryan character is one of the best developed characters in any author's body of work. He is the epitome of the reluctant hero, never wanting to be in the center of the action, but finds himself there nonetheless. Not only in the center of the action, but saving the world to boot! Fantastic!!
The narrator of this book was just....really bad. I hate to use such a description because I am sure that it is a difficult thing to narrate such a work as this, but it was honestly hard to listen to the entire performance. When Mr. Charles was reading the simple narration, he was fine, but as soon as he went into any character voice things fell off the table. First of all, the accents were appalling. That, however, was the least of his character problems. He seemed to perform each character in the most ridiculous, stereotypical fashion that it was truly hard to listen to. There was no depth of any emotion...every line was delivered as if the sailors were all from Mayberry. There was never a trace of excitement, urgency, panic, dread or horror that should have been throughout the narration! Many times I thought, "I can not take this any more! Turn it OFF!!" But, I trudged through it, and I am glad that I did.
I love this story. I love Clancy. An amazing tale...if you can handle the narrator. Not an easy task....
This novel was definitely a little weaker than the first installment in the series. I really enjoyed AngelFall. World After was not a waste of my time, but the storyline seemed to meander a little more off track than the first. It felt as if Susan Ee lost her way a little bit, kind of like the sophomore slump with college athletes...not really sure how to proceed.
There were some touching moments, and some great scenes, but overall it fell short of my expectations. I also felt that Caitlin Davies got into a rut in the narration as well. She got a little too singsongy, and the character voices began to get on my nerves about a third of the way through the story.
This story really was refreshing, and was a different take on a post apocalyptic world than I have read before. The whole concept of the angels having been the cause of our downfall was an interesting take. Really kicked against the norm, or at least the stereotypical ideas of angels and deity.
I really came to like the Penryn character. As the world had fallen around her, and crazy and horrible things happened to her, she took them in stride and rose above them. There was a little bit of a detachment that I felt with most of the characters in relation to how they interacted with each other, and the events that were happening to them. As if they had already seen the worst that the world could offer them, and nothing was going to surprise them again, and I felt like that led to a very authentic feeling to the story. Rafi was also a very consistent and complex character. I found myself really enjoying his story, and looking forward to seeing what was next for him.
The story tended to be a little predictable, and there were some twists that were a little bit of a stretch, but overall I really liked this book. Caitlin Davies does a great job with the narration. It is hard for women to perform male voices (I think even harder that men trying to voice women), but she does an acceptable job. The voices were consistent and pleasing.
There was nothing earth shattering about this novel. No "new and improved" method of writing, and no ground splitting ideas or agendas to be pushed. This is simply a very well written story, and that was enough. I loved the characterization that Elliot created, and was sincerely interested in their lives early on in the story. I look forward to the next book in the series, and hope that it is at least this one's equal!
Kate Rudd did a fine job of the narration of this story. Her characters were believable and consistent, which is very important. Great experience!
The story within Watchers is truly one of a kind. Dean Koontz has always had a way of creating a world that is at once very ordinary and at the same time slightly off from reality. This story is a great one, although there is some strange language and odd statements made by most of the characters as the story proceeds. My real problem with this audiobook is in the performance. J. Charles does a fine job with the narration of the storyline, but his characters are...well, strange. I didn't really connect with any of the characters that he voiced, but especially did not like the main character of the story, Travis. The voicing that Mr. Charles used was not believable, and not very consistent. Just.... strange.... both in the inflections used, as well as the emotion put into the dialogue. I think he missed the mark of what Koontz was going for almost all the time. Not enough of a deterent to not enjoy this story, though. It really is a remarkable and unique story, and I enjoyed the experience!
Wow...what a great start to what promises to be an amazing series! While some of the events were a little predictable, and others a little corny, overall this book was a winner! Narrated in a whimsical, happy-go-lucky style that was quickly endearing, this story grabs you from the beginning and never let's go.
I loved the Ceepak character, and he is the hero of the tale. The story, however, is told from the perspective of his partner Danny (his Robin, if you will), who is much less experienced and has far inferior police skills. This technique gives the story a fresh feel, and led to a very unique experience.
LOVED Jeff Woodman's narration. Really made the audiobook. Look forward to the next book in the series!
I have to admit, at first this alternative style of storytelling was a little off putting to me. I am used to having SOME idea of what the supporting characters are thinking or feeling ... SAYING at least. In this format all you get is the writings in a daily journal by the hero of the story. However, after becoming more used to what to expect, I found myself really enjoying this style! Jay Snyder does a fantastic job of narrating, and brought the story to life, while still giving the somewhat clinical descriptions of what has happened that a few hours of distance would give. The ending is extremely abrupt, forcing the listener into buying the next in the series to get any kind of closer at all.....but I am up for it!
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