Yes, it held my interest and was well written. At times it seemed the author was on the fence between on what kind of story he wanted tell-- it is not exactly a straight horror, monster story. It is multi-layered without being complex. However, if you are squeamish about violence or blood and guts you might want to skip this one. It is not gratuitous but there are some pretty vivid passages.
Jaws (the opening scene is unnerving) and a Dean Koontz type villian and mystery.
I don't think so but his reading was fine.
There were several. Almost every character was flawed in some way including Finn, the tween with cancer and the protagonist, a recently widowed writer who is wallowing in self-pity. This added to the realism of the story. And the sherriff-- a truly evil piece of work.
Yes! And I have. This is so much bigger and better than the movie. Excellent early D. Koontz.
This is one of my top five all time reads/listens. Sure it's a little dated and a little corny but it's so entertaining, imaginative, fast-paced and scary. You can't be a fan of Dean Koontz if you haven't read/listened to Phantoms.
Absolutely if they were into well written mysteries. Although there are some rather gruesome elements to the story that aren't for the sensitive. The writing is clean, crisp and the characters move the story.
Yes, I wanted to.
Excellent narration by Kathleen Early. I've given up trying to figure out the correct order to these books. I'm just really happy when I come across one I haven't read or listened to before.
I actually had to find out when this book was published (1988) because of some of the attitudes and comments of the main characters. It is all about the navy and no one can argue the military is less than enlightened when it comes to attitudes about women but there are parts of this narrative that seem like they come from the 1880s. (For example, when a rape occurs aboard ship, the Captain actually asks the ship’s physician if the woman had been a virgin?!).
That aside, the story did hold my attention because of the premise. Multiple mutual nuclear missile strikes take out almost all of humanity. The missles are launched from navy ships and enemy submarines. Some of the few survivors of the apocalypse are shipmates aboard U.S. Navy Destroyer, the Nathan James. The Nathan James is one of the first few Navy vessels to hold a mixed gender crew. There are several plot lines (scarcity of food and fuel, PTSD, radiation contamination, command authority, reproduction ethics, religion…) that raise interesting questions and kept me listening. But, everything in the book is forced through the spectrum of THE SEA. Everything is seen, told, evaluated and experienced from a naval standpoint. There are several instances where it is stated outright with no irony what so ever that seamen are just better people in general and certainly better equipped to withstand the apocalypse not because they happened to be at sea when the bombs start to fall but because they are better trained, better equipped, smarter, stronger and better disciplined than ANYONE else in the world.
As noted by other reviewers, the story is bloated with extra narrative, but I would recommend the listen if you have a diehard interest in naval or post-apocalypse adventure. Christopher Lane is one of my favorite narrators and did a fine job here.
New Year Island is a who-dunnit mystery in the vein of Ten Little Indians with the setting being a remote tiny island inhabited by giant elephant seals and surrounded by great white sharks. The characters are dropped off on the island under the pretense they are participants in a new reality show in the vein of Survivor with a multi-million dollar payoff for the winner.
The first section of the book deals with the characters’ back stories. It was a bit confusing to me because I didn’t know that. The book just seemed to be bouncing all over the place. Once on the island it was easier to follow but it still took me a while to identify the characters.
The premise was good and the author had a few interesting twists but the length….I stuck with it because I wanted to know who did it, but this story did not need to be this long. So many of hours of repetitive petty bickering. Good narration. It would have been a 4.5 listen for me except for the bloated middle.
The saddest thing kept running through my mind as I listened to this story…this could be real. I’m sure no one would have to strain to recall a story of a missing woman suddenly returned or rescued months or even years after some horrific abduction and imprisonment. This is that story. And what life is like in the aftermath.
The story is very effectively told in first person in the form of sessions with a ‘voice-less’ psychiatrist. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good mystery and some horror. Well worth the credit or cash.
I recommend this book if you're in to cryptozoology. It's an enjoyable trip back to Crater Lake where new critters are threatening the tourists and townies alike. I did not care for the reader. His performance was oddly dull and unimaginative. IMHO, an unfortunate choice of narrator for such an exciting story.
This is more than just a haunted house. It's a hostile, not-so-subtle, evil thing that has ensnared a couple and won't let go. It really makes you wonder what you would do in their place. Highly recommended for any horror story buffs.
I found this story engaging but very hard to follow. It seemed disjointed somehow. Maybe print would be better. I think chapter and section headings would have made a difference.
Reminiscent of early Preston/Child non-Pendergast fare, this story should satisfy any need you might have for a good jungle expedition story. There’s nothing particularly new here but it entertains.
Smell the honeysuckle, summer heat and barbeque. Taste the homemade ice cream and peach pie. Hear the drone of bees and the yells of kids on the last of school before summer vacation. See the tiny town of Zephyr, Alabama and experience life in a small, rural town in the tumult of the 60s. A Boy’s Life is about feeling invincible, protected and being convinced you know what the world is about at the tender age of 12. Until a ghastly murder slowly erodes what you thought you knew. If you read A Boy’s Life in print, enjoy this unabridged Audible treat. It’s as good as you remember. If you never read A Boy’s Life, download it at once. This is a masterpiece.
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