The concept itself is intriguing enough. Anyone who cares about history would love this, even with the sci-fi twist. The research had to be grueling, kudos to the author for making such details exciting and interesting at every turn.
This is not a stand alone book--it is a two volume novel which should be read as such. Go ahead and buy them both!
Salem's Lot is just pure scare! King's second work is devoid of anything extraneous to the story at hand. It will have you looking over your shoulder and closing your blinds at night. I made the fun mistake of listening to this book the first week we were in a brand new home we built. No window treatments = sleepless nights in this case. I scared myself silly!
So glad I did. I was expecting more of and "It" type of tale, and got something completely different--and nearly as good! Two masters of fantasy is just double the pleasure as they weave a haunting tale of a boy and his dog, er--no, a boy and his mother, errr.... no, a boy and every hope and fear and dream his 12 years can fathom!
This is a terrific ride that captures perfectly the essence of being on the brink between childhood and teendom by putting our hero on the brink between two literal times and worlds. Scary, funny, heart-breaking, and fun. I can't wait to listen to the followup and see how Jack turned out.
I will have to go back and listen to other books in this series. This was actually less fluff than I expected, but I feel I am missing a lot of character development that probably happened before this installment.
The story here is good, but the revelations are far from earth-shattering. As the words flew by, I was much more interested in the people than the mystery, but it was good enough to warrant listening to another book in the series.
I thought I read it in middle school.... Then I thought I read it again in college. I must say, I truly have never read 1984. I have seen the Macintosh commercial 1984, and I have heard the misused references to Big Brother time and time again. I have assumed my entire adult life that I read 1984. I had not. And I should have!
The narration hooked me immediately into this ugly London of "the future" that is quite different from what I expected to encounter. The main character is a stark figure who is constantly in search of something just to define his existence. There is a love story here, and an adventure, and they culminate in a horrific ending that certainly is worthy of more than the daft pop culture references to the government spying on us.
If you have read 1984, let Simon Prebble tell you the story again. If you assumed you'd read 1984 at some point in your life, I assure you you probably haven't--you'd definitely remember it!
Not quite what I expected, but interesting enough to hold my attention all the way through. I found myself wanting more information, and this lecture series only has enough time to scratch the surface in many cases. It did ensure I will look for more in depth titles dealing with real world espionage and its effect on the geopolitical landscape of the past couple centuries.
P&C could spin Corrie off in her own series. This is much more a Corrie Swanson novel sprinkled with just enough Pendergast. After the roller coaster Helen Trilogy's climax in the last book, this one is more a stand alone "in-between" book to sate fans of the series. it's very reminiscent of Still Life With Crows in that respect. There are short nods to past characters and events, but none play a particularly important role here, as the plot is self-contained.
That plot and the telling of the story are a perfect winter's tale revolving around a strong, smart, young heroine and a series of strange and horrific events that build to create the mystery she must unravel. As with all Pendergast stories, this one is replete with history and charm, action, and downright horror.
I enjoyed the book, because Miss Swanson is delightful and worthy of being Pendergast's protege, and the mystery is nail biting, but I kept looking for more of the overall Pendergast universe to appear.
I love most everything Baldacci, but I especially love Oliver Stone, Michelle Maxwell, and Shawn King. Since we seem to be in a Camel Club drought, I have resigned myself to enjoying the last couple K&M installments. This more recent one does not disappoint.
The story is classic K&M fare; starting off quickly but running headlong in all directions to a climax you will never see coming. Brilliant, and the characters progress nicely in an unpredictable fashion due to a couple curveballs Baldacci throws our way this time.
The narration is great, better for Orlagh's reinterpretation of Michelle this round, but as always for some reason the production is cheesy. Not as bad as the 6th Man, but still includes silly music and sound effects that are completely unecessary. I wish there was a rating for "production" instead of performance.
As expected, this was easy to digest, shocking, well-researched information about world leaders and celebs in the sixties and seventies completely high on speed for huge chunks of history. It "read" like a documentary on the History Channel, and that's what I was in the mood for. I just wish it had been a bit more detailed and longer.
I recently discovered the delightfully flawed town and characters of the Three Pines novels. All the books are brilliant, filled with carefully woven stories that intertwine in and around the the characters I have loved from page one. DO NOT BEGIN WITH THIS BOOK!! It is the culmination of all the other novels and you will be spoiling a beautiful journey through them if you begin with this one.
If you love Three Pines and Inspector Gamache, you will automatically adore this latest installment. I was taken aback at just how "big" the arc running through all the novels turned out to be!
I will probably relisten to this story. It's that good, and that engrossing. All characters are flawed, conflicted, and extremely interesting. Obvious parallels to the Kennedy lore abound, but it makes for a great story worthy of being mentioned with the likes of DeMille or Turrow.
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