Multi-faceted, suspensful mystery
This is a hard question because there are just so many well-drawn characters. But I'll stick with the protagonist, Matthew Corbett. At times I questioned his risky decisions, but I never doubted his conviction or his honest search for the truth. He is a true hero, both in the sense of action and using the mind.
Oh wow, how to answer this. This guy is a real pro. He does accents soooo well. And this book is full of characters with varied accents, but each one seemed perfect. He also reads the emotional scenes very well, though is not overwrought. He's moved up high on my list of favorite narrators.
I usually listen to this book as I commuted by bicycle around my city in central Japan and there were a few scenes that had me laughing out loud and a few that brought tearrs to my eyes. It really is a work of art that covers the varieties of emotions we can feel. And McCammon makes us care about the characters, even the ones we don't neccessarily like.
Nothing other than if I had one book I've listened to through Audible this year that I'd recommend to anyone, this would be it. It is very well-written, puts you immediately into the time and place (Carolina colonies in spring/early summer 1699) and the narrator does a masterful job of bringing it to life. Listen to it, you won't regret it!
This was the first Koontz book I read back when I was a teenager and I remember promising myself I'd revisit it later in life. So after listening to a bunch of Harry Bosch novels read by the great Dick Hill last year, imagine how psyched I was to see he narrated this 28-hour-plus classic! So yes, the print version is one of the all-time great Koontz books, but with Hill bringing to life the various characters (whom Koontz really really fleshes out) is a treat, indeed. I can't recommend this one enough!
I love the con-man, Jack (last name, I've already forgotten). He had such a tragic back-story but was such a bad-ass and such a key to the
I love the way he brought to life most of the characters, but the one that perhaps stands out is Dom's artist friend, Parker. I could sense the energy of the character the way Hill read him.
No, I wouldn't say that it made me laugh or cry, though there were a lot of emotions felt, from suspense to laughter to wonder and anger.
If you liked the first book in the series, I think you will also enjoy this one. Robert Earle is a minor character, but again, it's the setting and the situation of our possible, energy-depleted near future that takes front stage. The world Kunstler has created is well realized and the actions of the characters when facing such circumstances strike me as very realistic.
A word of caution, though: he doesn't shy away from occasional graphic violence and situations and this book seemed, fitting perhaps considering it takes place around Halloween, darker than the first in the series. There were a few shocking scenes that came to mind, but still, I don't think any of it was gratuitous.
Last, the reader does a very good job with the voices, bringing them to life. I could easily picture them all in my head and as the book neared its end, was hoping he will read the rest of the series.
Worth your money!
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