This was not an enjoyable experience for me. I don't normally complain about a book being too long but this one sags and drags. I did not bond with the characters or the improbable plot. There was no suspense for me. Very repetitive and farfetched. The narration was okay, it was the story that disappointed.
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.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable science fiction/post apocalypse story of survival and morality. I stayed up late a couple of nights glued to the headphones needing to know what happens next. There are lots of plot twists, some you might see coming and some you don’t. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. Don’t miss this.
I was afraid this might be a really poorly written blood and guts splatter-fest. It was actually pretty entertaining. By no means is this a literary jewel but it entertained and held my interest. There were parts that made me laugh out loud. And the main character is memorable. I wish it was longer.
Michael Ray Davis is not a bad narrator. His voice definitely gave depth to the main character. However, there are several instances where he runs over punctuation and paragraph stops. It made it unnecessarily difficult to follow who was thinking/saying what.
It was thrilling, terrifying and well written. I read the story in print years ago and was pleasantly surprised that it did not seem terribly dated. This was written more than 30 years ago so some of the themes you've seen before but this just might be where they were born. I highly recommend this especially for horror fans. Mr. McCammon's energy, imagination and writing skills teamed with Ray Porter's performance makes this a winner.
I would not dare to change a word of this gem, including the title.
It was a compelling listen. I would hold off ranking it until I've completed the series.
I did even thought the writing seemed to get boggy in the middle part of the story and seemed repetitive. Overall it held my attention from start to finish. The premise is interesting, if extremely creepy. A genetically modified parasite becomes a wildly sought after medical device. It does everything from dispensing vitamins to managing diabetes to curing cancer. All from inside the human body once implanted. But then this microscopic miracle "rebels" and people start to "sleep walk". And worse.
A word of caution: this is apparently the first in a series. The story by no means ends here.
It's a favorite in print and audio. If you are a fan of the Preston/Child team and read this years ago, I can highly recommend the audiobook. Good escape listening. And one of the Pendergast characters is in the story-- Mime.
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