BEWARE of the reviews likening this work to some of Stephen King's. That said, though, it is possible that the audiobook would have been a success if the narrator had had the skills necessary to the task. I dislike trashing a narrator (and Miller would be just fine in other contexts), but the voicings of the kids (around whom the story revolves, after all) are really bad, and Miller reads tense, threatening situations almost as though he's narrating "Wind in the Willows." Pay attention to the Sample and realize that that tone will obtain even when the storyline has turned to the dark, ominous, threatening. The non-fit of tone to content and the sheer fakiness of the the kids' voices were more horrific than the story. (Note, though, that I listened to "only" the first 7 hours. After that I had to give up.) (By the way, I loved the Hyperion series and The Terror.)
I'll only add that Richard Poe's extraordinary skill as narrator will be, I think, a cause of gratitude and source of great pleasure for those who miss Frank Muller. Poe is no copycat, but there is still a similarity of vocal strength, fluidity, nuance, and deeply intelligent understanding of the text that followers of Muller will revel in. I did, anyway, and that was on the very heels of listening to All the Pretty Horses and Cities of the Plain (1.2.3; back-to-back). I hope Poe wouldn't mind the comparison; I'd have been stunned by the skill if I'd never heard Muller. To Guidall, Muller, and Patton, I add Poe; and I hope he gets a lot of good, strong, deep texts in the future.
I grow weary of writers who seem to think that plausibility no longer applies when the genre is something other than strict "realism." The underlying ideas here (as you can discern from the descriptive synopsis) are deadly cool and fertile. The author is not able to live up to the possibilities. Too many implausibilities within the story's own frame of reference wreck the thing. (I cannot elaborate without giving things away for those who purchase--and, I hope, manage to enjoy--this audiobook.) If you like to continue THINKING while you listen to a tale (that is, if you enjoy tracking how a tale hangs together as it goes along), this audiobook will probably disappoint and irritate you.
Great idea with some terrific passages, but belabored and repetitive, and, because of that, it became boring and irritating.
This is far and away one of the most ridiculous things I have ever encountered. It is obviously Larry Correia's private self-aggrandizing wet-dream made public. You've heard of "deus ex machina"? Tap in here if you care to see "pantheon ex machina." The implausibilities (within the work's own assumptions) are mind-boggling. It's actually almost hypnotic in its badness, in its willingness to dare the reader/listener not to call bull**** on the whole thing. It's bad, but truly stunning in its badness.
The only thing that makes this story seem to work is Oliver Wyman's narratorial skill, which is very strong.
Please see the author's personal webpage and then know that this "novel" is his personal daydream writ large. Shame on Audible for trading on my trust.
I acquired this novel because I so much appreciated Journey of the Dead and Johnny Vermillion, both of which were excellent, both as verbal constructs and as audio presentations: Two very different works that are tied together in my mind by a recognizable intelligence.
Gashade, though, is oddly vacuous: both the person and the novel. I wish I could say otherwise.
Guidall is excellent, though, as always; and there are, truly, many interesting moments in this novel.
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