When I first got the Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, I knew that I would be purchasing all the books in the series. I love this new book The Fall. I love the story, the character development, and the new world that is being built by the writers. I love the fact that here is a well written and interesting vampire story line with out being a romance with fangs book.
Knowing of Del Toro's love for HP Lovecraft, the whole premise of the book is even more interesting as he and Hogan as they build a new work in fear, and the fear of the unknown and there extermination of man kind by an ancient race.
It is interesting that one of the main characters is an epidemiologist, and how his scientific mind has to learn to accept the fantastic world of vampires which is like a virus.
As much as it is about vampires it is about the story line of the main characters reacting to a new world of vampires in New York. Having been on the subways and train systems in New York, it is amazing that they have included the dark elements of this work into the work.
As for the Narrator, Daniel Oreskes does a fantastic job narrating the book. Yes, it would have been great to have Ron Perlman for this book, but Daniel Oreskes has the voice to do this job. He developed his own depth to the reading of the book and makes it very accessible.
I loved the book and the narration.
While the book is well written, it is mostly speculation and not even documented speculation. The work meanders and large parts of the book are spent in the guise of creating the foundation for speculation and how the speculation can be validated.
It was a complete waste of my time, and I am deeply saddened by the lack of scholarship.
History Decoded: The Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time is a great little book. It is quick and very detailed about Ten Conspiracies that are the foundation of the history of American.
I loved every aspect of the book from the lack of John Wilkes Booth conspiracy to what is stored at Fort Knox to the Spear of Destiny (once owned by Heinrich Himmler-one of the authors of the "final solution" the Nazis used to justify what we now call the Holocaust.
Makes me want to buy a shovel and a submarine and learn how ot extract DNA.
This is the ideal holiday gift for any history fan.
Bonus: It is excellently narrated by Scott Brick!
I wish I could give this book more than 5 Stars.
The story is interesting, but I hope it dosen't end up like the 4400 did. It is hard not to see the tparallel in some instances, although they didn't appear out of a lake. Still the return of dead people is interesting. to see how the story will progress.
In years to come Double Feature will be considered one of the "Great American Novels" from this generation of writers. It is not horror or suspense; it is about life and tells the story of growing up in this age through the story of Sam Dolan an everyday college student working on his college film project. It is as beautifully written as Saul Bellow’s Seize the Day, and could become the Catcher in the Rye of this generation. The writing and storytelling in this book is exquisitely beautiful.
This book is the journey of the hero. It is very much a coming of age story as we see the main character of the story and his growth from a young self absorbed film director into a person. He is not perfect by any means and there are painful parts of the story that make you want to scream at Sam Dolan because you see the train wreck happening that you would like to stop.
Everyone who has made a student film in college, especially those that failed, should read this book. It is a way to relive the anxiety of giving birth to a movie and get it out of your system if you are holding on to the film making tragedy.
Amazingly, this book defines life of today in many ways born from dysfunctional families searching for meaning. Our lives have become so complex and probably the 75 Things That Cause Unnecessary Fatigue that Wesley lives by is ridiculous in a most entertaining way of portraying today’s complexity and yet don’t we all wish to be more misanthropic at the end of the day. The viral video, reality TV, cell phones and a centaur all make up the world of today and Owen King has described it perfectly, because we are all living in a TV documentary.
I loved this book.
I love this story, I only wish that someone else loved it as much.
Happy to see this available, but these recordings of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, etc are the Library editions that were created over 20 years ago. It is hard to believe that the publishers don't feel that they had enough NEW interest in the books to make new recordings. of the books, certainly the hundreds of millions of dollars made by the films would have warranted new recordings of the book.
That said, Bob Inglis did a great job on this book; It is sad that I had listened to this before.
If you have never heard the book I highly recommend it to you.
Dreams come true.
Never thought this book would make it to Audible, The subtitle -The Mitrokhin Archive And The Secret History Of The KGB really describes the book that took Mitrokhin 18 yesrs to compile in the about the KGB and clearly it was his obsession. Many consider the Mitrokhin Archive to be the Bible of the Cold War from the KGB side and clearly it has tremendous historical importance as one of the main books of this age.
It should not be only book or even the first book you read, but it will be the one you keep and refer back to again and again. This book will give you a very detailed glance into the inner workings of the KGB -Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti 0 Committee for State Security. The importance of this book from a historical perspective cannot be lost of the current generations in Russia as the current president Vladimir Putin was a KGB agent in East Germany in the 1980s.
Robert Whitfield (Simon Vance) does an absolutely fantastic job narrating this book and the author Christopher Andrew has done an equally fantastic job writing the book. It is easily one of the best written books that I have ever read. It was a joy and pleasure to read. Whitfield's can actually pronounce the English as well as the Russian names correctly, which is a pleasure to listen to in this book.
Although this book was published in 2000 it is still a great historical account of the KGB. If you are interested in the fictional accounts of John LeCarre, Len Deighton, and other writers of spies during the Cold War you will love this book. If you like Spycraft by Wallace, Melton and Schlesinger you will love this book.
I loved this book and you will love it too.
The book is very long. I love that it is in audio format on audible.com, but I would also get a copy for your reference shelf. It is a wonderful book.
This is an interesting book from the standpoint that it is not a scholarly piece of work but the ravings of a bigoted Zionist. Only calling him a Zionist is not fair to Zionists.
I am not sure what I found more distasteful, his gross characterization of Muslims in America and Britain. From his stand point Middle Eastern and men from Pakistan are only after one thing, the young girls from 11 to 16 that they can "use". They are after our women and they want to build a Mosque in every city in the world and take over.
It is the worst example of Yellow Journalism I have ever read. It is just full of things that make me believe that he and his readers feel that their is a terrorist under every bed, just as there were communists in the 1950 McCarthy era.
Instead of the propaganda of the Yellow Peril coming to destroy the American way of life, we now have his characterization of the Muslim Peril coming to destroy our American way of life. Really? Paranoid delusions is the best way to describe this book.
This book is not worth the credit I spent on it. If I could give it a Minus 5 Stars I would.
This is the must have for the Stephen Colbert fan. You must not only buy this audio book, but also the hardback copy. The proceeds are going to a charity.
What could be better, Tom Hanks reading the heart and soul of Stephen Colbert.
Lovely children's story.
Perhaps he will write a follow up book 50 Shades of a Grey Pole by Stephen Colbert. Now that would be an interesting follow-up book.
Buy this book!
I love the continuation with the Dune series by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. Yes, it is not Frank Herbert, but it is as close as you are going to get, and it is Wonderful.
The authors have done a great job telling the back story, although for me, I had already read what is called the Legends of Dune series, which includes the Butlerian Jihad, the Machine Crusade and Dune:the Battle of Corrin. You don't need to read these books to enjoy this book, but I enjoy the series and it is impossible for me view this with fresh eyes, the back story is told very well, so you don't need to read the other books.
Although I read an ARC of the book I could not wait to get the audiobook so I can hear Scott Brick add his voice to this book. For me he is the voice of the Dune series.
It is a great telling of the background of Bene Gesserit School and how the Mentats developed.
For me it closed the loop on a lot of things just mentioned in the original Dune series.
The book is good, but not great. A bit dry in places. I think some of her analogies are faulty because people should be encouraged to write; her observation about New Yorker being filled with the same type of writing does hold up to closer inspection. However, just because it has been done in the past, doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be completely new to someone who had never seen an original publication on a topic.
Thank God! Not every editor is Ayn Rand or we would only get about 10 books a year published.
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