I downloaded this book thinking it would be a haunted house story. It's so much more. I hesitate to say more because I would not want to give away anything. I'll just say there is a mystery that you will not guess. Not in a million years. The story is part science fiction, part horror, part thriller. I definitely wanted to finish it in one sitting.
I almost passed on this gem of a story. Unable to get a handle on what “kind” of story it is, I was going to skip it. I’m so glad I did not. Big thanks to other reviewers who convinced me to give it a try. It was a suspenseful, entertaining trip to a creepy place. Yes, there is horror, but it’s the characters that make this a solid listen. One character in particular, Sanjay, the proprietor of a motel that you really don’t want to check in to, is one of the most interesting and complex characters I’ve “met” in a long while. Mr. Dusk does a good job of melding the crazy goings on at the Shady Pines into a unique, gripping story I was sorry to hear end. I'd give it a strong "R" rating for all the sex stuff and some gore. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to more from the author.
The story did not get mired in relationship drama although a good deal of the book is ultimately about a very dysfunctional family in a very dire situation. The pacing is fast and the tension will keep you listening. I thought the ending was a bit weak but overall I recommend it to suspense and horror fans.
It's memorable because it's cautionary. It's not the best executed story but the warning is clear. The story was engaging with non stop action. However, I had big problems with some of the plot devices and decisions the characters made. I cannot believe that the CDC, FBI and Atlanta police would be that lethargic in responding to someone with critical information about a bio terror attack when they (1) know the threat is real; people are already dying; (2) the threat has no cure and a 90% kill rate and (3) the general public knows nothing about the threat so it's not some random person giving out fake information. Also, within moments of meeting you, your executive assistant is flirting with you like you're the last man on earth and you decide to follow her home just so see how things play out? Mind you, this is the new CEO of a major phamacuetical company, chosen for his good judgement. So overall this is closer to a 3.5 than a 4, but it will keep you listening.
The performance was good except for the wince-worthy accents. I couldn't get Rocky and Bullwinkle's Natasha out of my mind every time one of the main characters spoke; only to discover it was supposed to be an Israeli/German accent. And the African Americans spouted more Uncle Remus than a southern drawl. Drew Commins is a good text narrator but voices not so much.
What happened to the rest of the book? There's only one story here. Disappointed.
Lord of the Flies meets Hannibal Lector. I’ve been reading horror stories since junior high and it takes a lot to ‘disturb’ me. There were points in this story that made me nauseous. There are parts I wish I could un-hear. But there were also parts that made me ache for the characters. Some of the characters that is. Hell is not hot enough for a couple of the characters. Overall I’m not sure how to judge this book. But I can warn you that there are scenes of animal torture that are ugly and graphic.
The plot is interesting. A group of boy scouts on a remote island encounter a seriously ill man. It turns out the man is carrying a contagious “disease” that infects their scout leader leaving the boys on their own. One of the boys is a secret sociopath that would make Dalmer and Bundy turn away in disgust. And then there’s the disease… well that’s another very dark road. The writing and narration were good but imho the horror is too grisly, too nasty and too real. Listen at your own risk.
This is an early work of talented author Dan Simmons set for the most part in Calcutta, India. And it is definitely a horror story. The setting and suspense are very entertaining if you can overcome the voice in the back of your mind wondering why you would ever take a seven month old baby on a trip to Calcutta to find a may be dead poet. That voice will also wonder about some of the other choices the main characters make. Choices that I’m pretty sure I would not have made even back in the 80s. But if you can get over those blocks you have a terrifying good listen.
You should avoid this read/listen if you are at all squeamish about bugs. And if you think you are not squeamish, you will be. It starts with a slight itch on the arm, a light tingling on your leg that won’t go away. A fly maybe? Or the beginning of a mosquito bite? Water in the ear? That’s a really funny looking black hair in your nose… Why is it moving? By the time you actually see what it is, it’s too late. These are more than just insects. This is an engaging horror story about an infestation like none other and the beginning of the end in one small town. Over all the story is good but it does get a bit “sloppy” at times with repeated sentences and other minor boo-boos an editor should have caught. Also, there were a couple of coincidences that were a little hard to believe. Bottom line: Hatched is enjoyable escape listening with likeable characters. Note: this is the first of a series so not all loose ends are tied up.
This is powerful historical fiction that flows like a choice vintage wine. Wonderful performance by Dion Graham and a well told story with a protagonist you will not soon forget. Big thanks to other listeners whose recommendations led me to this gem.
There are many twists and what-the-heck? moments in this story especially early on. If you are looking for a listen that will keep you on the edge of your seat, make you yell in frustration and chew your nails in suspense, this is it. Fans of Dean Koontz will enjoy this unexpected gem.
The most enjoyable aspect of the story is the unflinching glimpse at life for ordinary folk in Western Europe in the 16th century: starvation, disease and ignorance all under the capricious glare of the church and nobility. There are a couple of mysteries here that maybe could have unfolded with less complication. And, overall, the story was not as crisp as it could have been and seemed to have a muted focus. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the history and the suspense. The narration was good and certainly did not distract from the story. Overall a 3.75 and worth a credit.
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