The story starts well, takes a few good turns, and could have landed nicely as a fine short story. In stead, the author decided to fluff it up. Too bad.
In spite of the many great novels, novellas, short stories, and essays produced by King over his long career, this short piece of writing is definitely some of his finest. Not kidding -- this is a must-listen!
I really can't rate the story because the narrator was so awful I couldn't finish it. If you like the villains in your stories voices to sound like Squidword from Sponge Bob Squarepants, this is the narrator for you.
Lindqvist's prose is wonderful and his storytelling is meticulous -- it unfolds so gradually that one may not notice a turn in the story until it's well underway. What a crafty writer! Great book!
I gave this book a mediocre rating which isn't really fair, and were I not required to rate it in order to make this post, I wouldn't have. If I were a young reader, say fourteen or fifteen, I am certain I'd have given it a high rating. This is not a book for adult readers. I'm not saying an adult reader could not enjoy it -- I enjoyed some of the Harry Potter books. However, the description of the book had me believing this was something a little deeper than it is.
Audible should do a better job of putting books into categories that allow its members to choose better. If you read the description of this book, there's nothing in it to tell you that it's for young readers, or, at least, nothing that I was able to find. Anyway, in my opinion, this is probably a fine read for young people. Not so much for myself.
Were you to read this piece, I'm certain you would hear Burgess' voice to be quite different from the voice of the narrator of this audio version.
Moody's first in this series was, at least to me, unique in its concept and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This second book, however, didn't nearly engage me like the first, and, in fact, seems in concept much like McCameron's Swan Song or a dozen other apocalyptic novels out there. It's too bad. I hate (no pun intended) to say it, but as wonderful a book as was Haters, I think Moody should have stopped there and gone onto something else. Dog Blood is not a good second installment and I have no desire to purchase the third installment. In fact, I'm getting a little tired of this marketing strategy. Moody is too good for this. Dog Blood is a bomb.
This book should not be listed under horror. It belongs in comedy. If any of its humor were deliberate, it would have been hilarious and I'd have given it five stars.
If you are like me -- you don't feel that you are overly prejudicial about religion but, at the same time, you don't care to indulge in it -- then, you may find as I have that the promotion of this book to be a bit of a ruse. That is, the description gives the impression that, while it is a "Christian novel," it won't just outright bombard you with religion. But it does. And, by the way, there is no comparing this author to King or Koontz. No comparison at all.
If you're looking for good supernatural noir, don't look here. If you're looking for good comedy, don't look here. It ought to be both, but it's not. Rather, as someone else mentions, it's annoying.
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