Less nonsense about being "holy" or religious enough, less judgmental of others, no elitism that makes you feel as if you are at some bulls**t tent revival or having to listen to these fire and brimstone ministers that pop up wanting people's month. I felt it cheapened any spirituality and replaced it with a lot of dogma, highly edited versions of the way powers that be want. I felt as if I was listening to the idiots of Fox news, the religions right and the idiotic people we have running the country. I does make Americans sound like a bunch of ignoramuses who believe all kind of crap that they have been told and cannot think for themselves. Do yourself a favor, unless you really like the "Rapture people" and their version of things, DO NOT BOTHER.
Definitely nothing along these story lines. Maybe debauchery and orgies and a lot of drugs.
Ed Hunter is a good narrator, but I could not finish the book. He did all of them that I heard very well.
Do not get this book. What seemed like something that might be interesting, it was so similar to the crap we seem to hear everyday from Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and the other over religious morons who have some how have taken over the US. I do not know why authors that seem to have some talent want to continuously want to write a book that has been written before the same as the right wingers' books are because they are all about the same thing. This book is complete and utter crap and very disappointing.
Yes, for any one who loves mythology, especially Celtic, Welsh mythology this is the book for you.
Hard to say, there were a lot of moments that were good and makes you guess what is coming next. For those who read the first book, they know that the center of both books is the small town of Cainsville, an odd little town with a variety of characters, quite literally. Olivia Taylor-Jones aka Eden Larsen, a young woman with a psst that even she does not fully know, searches more about who she is. She is aided by her birth mother's attorney, Gabriel Walsh. Both of their roots are in Cainsville and some of the best parts and the theme that comes into play is the dynamic between these two people. It is not a sexual or love interest but one of true allies. There are times when Liv gets angry with Gabriel but it is short lived as they become closer regarding what they have come to understand about Cainsville and their heritage. Both of their goal is to investigate the murders Liv's birth parents are accused of committing and how it may involve the citizens of Cainsville. It poses many questions and answers some from Omens but you find yourself completely enthralled into the lives of these two characters in particular as they discover that they are pawns in a bigger picture.
Yes, they were excellent. I like the way Carine Montbertrand is the primary narrator for Liv from her point of view and how Mozhan Marno narrates for other people's thoughts, feelings and intentions. It works quite well because the reader knows what else was going on around the main character by using one and knowing what else is going on around by using another. It works quite well.
I would have to say that it was not one particular moment so much as a theme that went throughout the story. Even though Gabriel is usually the one who messes it up, Liv comes to understand that and backs off from him as she gets to know him. I liked the way the bond between the two becomes strong as they become very loyal to each other and have each others' backs throughout the story. I do not know what is in store for the two characters, but they make a great team throughout the story to the point of a best friend type of kinship as they both come to understand what was done to both of them and how their bond deepens.
It is hard to write any type of review because I really do not want to give the story away. It did not focus on the investigation of the murders so much as it is investigating a murder of someone who has ties to Cainsville and what they are able to find out about the people who live there and the effect that the citizens have had not only on Liv and Gabriel's life but others as well as the two discover their importance or role and how the plans of the townspeople is revealed and how others become interested in the two.
This is a story that will want to make you talk about to others who have read it to come up with what you think will happen next. There is so many aspects that I found interesting in the series so far that I am wondering how Kelley Armstrong is going to tied it all together in just one more book. I think it would be interesting to have side stories as some authors have done with their books. The Cainsville series so far is a great story that leaves you with a sense of fulfillment and also keeps you wondering what is going to happen in the next book.
This was a very different sort of novel in that it includes just about every genre in order to create the world in which all of this takes place and is very unique. My understanding is that this takes place in the very distant future where humanity goes through a lot and presently is in a world where demons or demon like creatures rule the lives of the people. There are three POV characters that are followed from early adolescents, or in Rojer's case a young child, to adulthood and what makes them who they are. There are many things I love about this story and it is told in a way that you recognize certain elements that occur in modern day and back in history. There are two societies, Krasia, which is similar to the Eastern cultures but not one in particular, and Anjeers (don't know the spelling as I did not read it but listened to it? based on Western cultures and not one in particular. The world of the Western has become a similar to a Feudal Lord type of society in which the three main characters grow up in. The warded man ventures to Krasia and become involved with a different mindset than the area he comes from. I would say this is more of a drama, fantasy and horror.
I liked the way Peter Brett creates these two societies in such a way that is not prejudice or saying one is better than another but explains them and does not judge them. Though many may be more comfortable with the Western world, the Krasians are very interesting people and the culture was talked about more in the next one in the series. He delves deep in the three POV characters showing their honorable qualities while at the same time showing their flaws and vulnerabilities. All three grow up to have an special skill that make the story very enjoyable. I like the way Peter Brett brings the three characters together in their meeting and their similar convictions of not only survival but of inspiring others. There were so many things that I loved about this book that is it hard to just pick one or two things.
Some of my favorite scenes include a secondary character from Leesha's life, Bruna, the aged herb gatherer or the village healer. I found her wisdom and influence in Leesha's life to be very solid. I liked how she spoke her mind and would smack people with her staff when they acted a fool. One group of scenes is when Arlen at such a young age goes off on his own and how it shows his courage with being such a young boy and how he develops further and decides that he the master of his destiny. Roojer's life of how his parents died and he had to see it was a bit heartbreaking as is when Arlen is betrayed by his best friend who is like a brother to them. It will be a theme that is probably carried through the series as the main dynamic.
Definitely. It captures you and sucks you into it and you begin to care about the characters and go through what they go through both happy and sad. The characters are not real, but they have the same qualities that we admire in the world while at the same time show their frailties as well. I felt this story, though not real, reflect a lot in society about what we can learn from each other and what we are finally realizing out load as a society. Heroes are not perfect but are still worthy of our admiration.
I was very take in from the very beginning, which starts in tragedy and shows the three characters and the things they go through, both good and bad, that make them such strong characters. The idea of understanding and learning from each other and of different places is of great interest to me as it just shows that all of us have commonality and are not so different. I do not know if that is what the author intended but that is my perspective.
I would have to say that the story was a bit original and the narrator is the one that made if fun to listen to especially when he talks about the POV characters with an exactness that some narrators are not as capable to do. I am not a huge fan of Dean Koontz but he does have some good stories and there are times you want to yell a some of the characters telling them to do or not to do something. It delivered the atmosphere of mystery, suspense, creepiness. All in all it was rather good for a horror book.
I would recommend this to people who like Dean Koontz or would like to read their first Dean Koontz novel. Since I did like this particular story, I would probably recommend it to anyone interested in "getting their feet wet" with a horror, suspense book.
I thought he was great the way he captures the characters themselves. He does an excellent job with the thoughts and feelings of the characters and I know that is not the easiest thing to do. I especially liked the way he did the two sisters because he nailed it because that is how siblings act and react to each other. It gave me a chuckle which is what I think he intended to do. Excellent reader.
The part that made me laugh was the dueling sisters. I think all books that have a lot of mystery/suspense in them need a bit of comic relief. I am beginning to think that what makes a good "horror" novel is not the gore scenes if any, but the amount of mystery it has and thriller element that I believe are essential. It does build up slowly but it is worth the wait.
I like Dean Koontz, but I am not a huge fan and I hate to say that because he is a good writer and it seems that he tries to make statements not so much about how horrible the situation is, but the "horror" that led up to that point or situation to begin with. It is always good when you get some background on the characters of how and why they are the way they are. Not all horror writers can do that and I think Dean Koontz does that very well. I have liked what they have done to the movie versions of his novels and he does write about interesting subjects. All in all, I will continue to read his books.
Because it has different elements, suspense, comedy, and a curse.
Hard to say, the spirits were great each having their own unique personality which the reader captures perfectly from the first, the old crone to the newer ones. It showed the personalities as being very personable and will remind you of people you know. It is not spoken in old way of speaking, but more modern as they have been there for a long time and picked up on the current vernacular which makes it even better. The living characters are fun too with situations most people may recognize as their own from a time in their own lives. I would have to say the Old Crone who sat there through the years listening in.
I liked the spirits listening in on the young couple and placing bets as to what would happen, that was funny; I liked the flashbacks as to the origin of the "curse" and the simplicity of breaking it and I like the squabbling between two of the spirits, like an old married couple and I liked that a curse was broken by the simplest of deeds. It is hard to pick just one part because it was a combination of all of it that made it a good story.
Marty, because I have a cousin named Marty but in this case it was used as a not so friendly way and every time someone would call him Marty, he would say "don't call me Marty." They were all special in their own way, but I still chuckle at Marty because it reminds me of Barb Wire when she kept telling people "Don't call me babe!"
I like short stories because it is something you can read or listen to and it tells a pretty descent story most of the time many of which are significant in long term ways such as Nathaniel Hawthorn's Young Goodman Brown, but this was one that had a beginning and and ending and was simple because of the curse placed upon a family and it shows that the smallest of things is all that is needed to be forgiven for something wrong that was done generations ago. It did show some hypocrisy and the staunch belief and takeover of a reasonably peaceful path by those who are in it for their own good. It had a good ending and there were parts that were funny in a cute way. I think a lot of people would really like this story regardless of age, education background and spiritual preference. It is a good story and I hope others will agree with me.
If they are horror fans
Sarah becoming Alpha Female; SUBJECT 33 and the doctor; Martin's fate; Lester's fate; what the helicopter pilot said to the General (priceless); the irony of it all; the will to survive and live.
He does them all so well. I know there was mention about some voices being stereotypical, however, I might be willing to agree if the background of the some of the characters were not explained throughout the story. I think it did a great job with the character.
Sarah for sure, and we would talk about taking over the world or at least bringing public attention to something we all know is true regarding gender stereotypes and who the real strength of this world truly is, who is the true survivors of humanity are and we would force the world's nations to value women more, especially in areas where women are subjugated.
This book was a wild ride, but is not for everyone. I do agree that anyone prone to a weak stomach not read it or buy it. It is for horror movie or book fans or the macabre. The characters were mixed, some you liked and routed for, some you didn't care for but still didn't want to see hurt, some you hated and wanted to see them get what they was coming to them, which is done so great in this book. In some of the characters, you go from dreading them to understanding them and wanting them to get their justice too. The military is involved and if people think that the military would not do such a thing, think again. I love what the helicopter pilot tells the general in this because it shows that some people are not just sheep. I also think that this is a chance for people to question things that have been going on for a very long time and things that have caught up with the US in resent years and how we are look upon as people. This is almost a political statement and it is something that George Romero would come up with when he has made some of his political and social commentaries in his movies. I would recommend this book to anyone, but would warn that your stomach has to be tough and you have to like the macabre.
Elitist, snobby Rapture people who watch fox news
No, others tend to be at least factual. This book was extremely non factual because the "Pagans are coming to get us and the world will end" themed. Other books, if they are not sure, they are honest enough to say something may or may not be true. This bitch has got some nerve, it is like she is possessed by some thing that seems to convey that she is here to enlighten the rest of us about shit she know is not true, not historical. Ed and Lorraine Warren are honest about things and they actually dealt with this kind of stuff on a lesser scale, so what makes her think that she can write crap like this.
It is people like her that make others embarrassed to be associated with Christianity. I really thought there was going to be some part where some things get clarified, put to right, but no, it is the same crap you hear from people like Pat Robertson, John Hagey and Jerry Farwell. No wonder people have distanced themselves from any mention of the word "God"
She was great, nothing bad can be said about her performance and how she read the book and did the characters. She is a great reader and I hope I hear more books that she narrates.
The series had it's moments, it wasn't completely terrible, I just get tired of these people who think that unless you are their type of "Christian" then you have no worth and every thing else is bad, terrible and "Satanic."
I don't care if people have a certain view, but if I were to write a story regarding the early days of judo-christian facts that people seem to ignore, I would be called anti-Semitic, anti-christian and so on. The facts about the Native American's being cannibals is a joke, and the Druids practicing human sacrifice (they may have, that has not been established) and that the Christians came to sooth the savages, it makes me want to find the author and ask her if she went to the Fox News University where she too works and is suppose to be a legal analyst, I hope she does not teach Civil Rights and Liberties. I thought it would be a fun spiritual paranormal dealing with some evil that came from some crazy man, ya know, like a lot of people in the old testament, I mean, didn't they do sacrifice as well? Was it all animals or could it also have been human as well?
I don't watch Fox News so I was not aware of this author. I would have had a better view of the series, and yes, I listened to all three, if she would have been more fact based rather than the Satanic Panic of the 80s-90s and make me think of what Salem, MA was like and the people who existed back then.
There were some funny little moments and the characters were likeable, but it was too much like listening to the Rick Santorums and that stupid brunette bubbled headed bimbo on "The Five" who hates the fact that we have a president that shows respect for all people's belief system. Then again, if any of them were any good, they would be working for better networks though all of them have been dummied down since the Cheney administration.
If I would have known that she was a legal person on Fox, I would have not even gotten it. But, I might have on the hope that in their spare time they are not as stupid as they are on the show. I thought it was entertainment, not real stuff. I think the non factual shit, and that is what it was, is what turned me off and I thought it would stop or clarify at some point, but I guess she is not capable of being factual and now I know why.
Ms. Wiehl, keep thy religion to thyself or at least be factual, and own your crap. Don't fart and blame it on the dog. And, if you would make that a constitutional amendment, I would back you 100%. I wonder though, didn't her family, ancestors, get converted many moons ago, or were they just born with all the answers?
Yes, it deals with a subject very real in today's world. Thrilling, surprising, and fun.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It is very similar in that Frankenstein ventured into areas that were not as well known to the general public. The things that she writes about are things that we are able to do today regarding transplants and other medical aspects, not the reanimating part. It was also a warning about going too far into things before the technology is ready and warns against what could happen if done improperly and too soon before society and human knowledge is ready for it. There are differences too, but all in all it reminded me of Frankenstein except the creature was a more tragic figure that never asked to be created and was thrust into a world that was not accepting of him. Basilik is different in that no one knows the nature of what one might do. It also raises the idea of mythological creatures were more a product of very early science rather than myth.
I liked the way he was able to give each character their own "voice" so to speak. The way he reads for every character gives you an idea of why some of the relationships were the way they were, something that may have been lacking in just reading the book.
Not sure about this one.
I did not read the book myself, but saw and read some of the reviews from other readers. I can understand why some of the characters and the relationships between some might have not been conveyed as well. For example, I read some of Masterton's novels as a teenagers and if I were to read them now, I may have a different perspective on it. The relationship between Nathan and his son Denver makes more sense in the audio book than the book may have been able to portray. Nathan is a man on a mission who wants to do something for humanity and Denver is a typical rebellious kid who hates his dad and thinks he is misunderstood.
All in all, I would say that it was an interesting listen as it delves into explanations about mythological creatures that are very different than the fantasy aspect. Like most books, it has it's plot holes that are not totally understood. However, there is a second book and it may be that some of those holes will be more fully understood. I can't wait to read Petrified, the second one. I am wondering if there might be a third.
How normal Ed and Lorraine really are.
I liked the stories that were told. It is hard to really know a lot about them and to hear some "stories" one would think they were very religious. Though they are spiritual, they seem very easy to approach and talk to and I was very glad for that. They are very careful to make a distinction between what is considered "bad" regarding the spiritual beliefs that have been demonized by fundamentalist, the Rapture people and some by Hollywood. I really enjoyed the stories that they told and how educating they are to explain certain things. They are private people and I understand why, but they are so much like everyday people and seem to just want to help where they can. They could be your next door neighbor.
Hard to really say, he did them all so well, even the female and kids. Good narrator.
I liked that they set out to educate people about what is dark and what is not, that distinction seems to get forgotten and tried to warn those about fooling around with things that they know nothing about. I wish I could meet Lorraine very much.
The Warrens seem like such wonderful people that had a chance to do something that is hard for some people, through no real fault of their own. People do care about the troubles of others, but there is not always a way to help your neighbor. To help some one in this way is remarkable. There are so many things I wish I could ask Lorraine.
I first became aware during the Amittyville Horror investigation as I lived in PA at the time. There were many theories about what was going on and of all of them, I thought that Lorraine's not only was correct, but also that of all of the speculation her's made the most sense and was very believable.
Attention grabbing, a lot of action, mystery, questions.
Yes, because it grabbed your attention and drags you into the characters. It is a situation inside of a mystery that leads into a bigger story. The story ends perfectly with just enough questions to make you look forward to the next book in the series, the Cainville Series or Chronicles would be a good name. A mystery that makes you question motives, intentions with revelations that ask more questions, but not in an irritating way, in a "I can't wait to hear this story" kind of way. Highly recommend anyone who likes book series and dealing with old unknown and forgotten forces that humankind has either forgot or demonized.
No, this is the first time I have heard the two together.
Neither, I felt very drawn in almost immediately.
I have read and listened to Kelley Armstrong's books before, and I am not so much interested in book series. However, she is an excellent writer and does know how to peek your interest in her novels without confusing the reader. I loved the way this one came together and I love how the story involves several areas, but is grounded in a small town that is welcoming and a little mysterious in a good way. I cannot wait for the next one.
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