I read The Passage and was engrossed. I bought the audio sequel the day it was released at audible. I had a difficult time following the story line. It jumps from past to future and back like a game of ping pong. If you lose attention for a minute you find yourself entirely confused. In a print version you can flip back to find the time transition. In audio format it's difficult.
Although I love Scott Brick, the story is just too complex with too many characters. I expect the print version would be better format to consume this book. Normally I almost always like audio more than print. After 12 hours of listening I just put aside for a later date. Maybe when I am sitting on a beach with nothing else to do I will pick it up again.
When you sell movie rights to book, on average the book will be better. In this case no. I remember the movie, Charley, where Cliff Robertson played the lead role. His portrayal elevated the story to one of my all time favorites. As an analogy I would rate the Shawshank Redemption better as a movie than a Stephen King book. So skip this and find a copy of movie. It will bring tears to your eyes.
I know that my title might be a down put for Joe Hill, but it is not. King has the "brand" recognition for this genre of supernatural. I would rate this book with the best of any King novel. Again maybe the comparisons are not fair, but for this review they are because you will know hat you are getting. We have time/space shifting, people who seem to be immortal, ghosts, and freaky kids. Aka Carrie. It makes for great fun and a good listen. My only complaint is that the heroine seems to sustain grievous bodily harm time and time again and keeps on going. Good fun with not to be expected ending.
Bought #1, #2 and #3 in this series. As good as Hunger Games, Ender's Game and even Girl With a Dragon Tattoo. Rated as YA but as an adult I enjoyed because of all the science. If you have a teen daughter have her listen.
Listened to # 1. Bought #2 and cannot stop listening. Still no sleep. This series is addicting. Great for teens
Okay as a whim I purchased this because it was so inexpensive. Big mistake. Started listening and could not stop. Lost sleep and now I have to buy #2 in series.
I am a fan of these books (James Lee Burke) and love the narration of Will Patton. The problem is if you are addicted to these books, you find yourself listening but associating the character with voices in earlier books. Will Patton has this husky voice he used for Cleet in earlier books and it resurfaces here. So when you listen to this book it's hard not to think that you are not listening to a character that is not even in this book. I suppose that this is the problem with being an "audible" book. If I was James Lee Burke, I would think about this and maybe change the character profile so it incorporates "new" voices, I am sure that Will Patton could so something of asian descent for example.
This book as the title indicates is about brothers. East of Eden refers to the biblical story of Cain and Abel. There are two generations of brothers in this book, with each generation representing "Cain", the the other "Abel." Although it was written decades ago, the storyline is as relevant as ever, just as Shakespeare and Dickens would be. This book is overshadowed by Steinbeck's book "of Mice and Men", but is just as relevant. It combines a great story, historical facts (civil war and early California), and is why Steinbeck won a Nobel Prize. Take a break from trashy novels and listen to this.
I have never read this book. Saw the movie and was in the play in High School (30 years ago). It is a work of artistry with every word fitting together with the next like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. I wish my children would read it. It gets no better than this.
I thought the book was well narrated and excellently written. I did enjoy it, but really think a woman would appreciate it better. I suggested my wife read it. The scenes of elementary school politics were reminiscent of when my children were younger. I suspect those "feelings" exist among women, but most men are oblivious as are the male characters in the book. Most of the men in the book are jerks and half the women are the B word. But parts are really funny.
This is one of the best written, most suspenful books I have listened to in a long time. Quite plausible plot, great charcters, and complex plot that works quite well. At 22 hours of listening pleasure get this book. I could say more but you have to listen for yourself.
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