This is a wonderful, complex tale of life in 1699 in the Carolinas. There are many characters (including some very strange ones), and many plot twists. I found myself surprised by the changes in direction of the story several times. The language of the story is beautiful, but there are some very corrupt characters and depraved events, so not a story for the faint of heart. I have read most of the author's other works and place this one at the top, along with A Boy's Life. At first I felt that the length of the book was too much, but I was sad to see it end. I now plan to read the other Matthew books. I highly recommend this title and enjoyed the narrator's voice very much.
Entertaining enough, but not a serious literary event. Quick entertainment, soon forgotten, but there is a time for that, too! I generally prefer a deeper story with better drawn characters, but this may appeal to younger folks and those who don't expect a long, serious book.
A well told story of how folks might act at "the end" of the world as we know it. My second experience with this book and enjoyed it just as much this time. I highly recommend it. The narrator has a lovely accent that adds just the right touch of "down under" to the story! Try it, you'll like it!
If you think Stephen King is just a "horror writer" you will be truly surprised at his new "detective" novel. Now I do admit to being a fan and have read every thing King has written, but he is a wonderful storyteller and can create characters you will love and/or hate, but never forget. I loved his retired detective, Hodges, and was sorry to see this story end. It is not as long as many of King's works, but a great read (listen??) nevertheless! Will Patton is the perfect reader for this novel!
I read every book by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, and I did enjoy parts of this but found the plot a little forced in several places. The characters needed more development to seem capable of some of these adventures. This is a great beach book, but don't base your views of Preston as a writer on this one alone.
I listed to this again recently and I am still moved by the story and the characters. Pat Frank wrote this in 1959 but it still speaks to the human spirit and the will to survive anything. So many end of the world stories show the worst of human nature, but this one shows how humans can work together against terrible odds. Will Patton is an excellent narrator and I always enjoy listening to him! Try this one and I think you will really enjoy both the story and the narrator.
This was just as wonderful as when I read it years ago. If you have never read The Stand, please do so!! It is a huge novel, full of so many characters, and so much happening that it is difficult to summarize. Stephen King is so talented and I am a huge fan. I would not call this story a true "horror" story, but a sprawling adventure story. I also highly recommend The Shining and (the new sequel) Dr. Sleep. These are some of King's best books.
I really enjoyed this book, but felt so let down when Dr. Krauthammer was not narrating. The material seemed so special in his own voice (which I often enjoy hearing on FOX News), but I lost interest in the second narrator. This is a book that can be enjoyed in starts and stops and touches on so many topics!
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