ill be honest, the first hour listening i was ready to give up, but i stuck with it and it was the best choice ive ever made
after the character get flushed out of there daily lives it really becomes very interesting,
if you like books with very good character development then you should def get this
I was told 2 things by the reviews on multiple sites
1. intriguing plot
2. engaging characters
it was neither.
i would buy it as its a fun interesting listen to help pass the time, but please don't hold high expectations as I did based on the reviews.
*worst writing style ive ever come across
heres an example of one of his sentences:
He knows that when he gets to the place on CSV-5 where the bottom corner of the billboard is obscured by the pseudo-Gothic stained-glass arches of the local Reverend Wayne's Pearly Gates franchise, it's time for him to get over into the right lanes where the retards and the bimbo boxes poke along, random, indecisive, looking at each passing franchise's driveway like they don't know if it's a threat or a promise"
^^this is what you'll be listening to
*people say this book is funny, (didnt laugh once)
im 4 hours into this book and i have to say its the worst audio ive ever listened to.
i was forcing myself to listen to this story in the hope to get my moneys worth
it was so bad i couldn't finish.
confusing as hell, i listened to it for an hour and hated it
ended up just stopping there.
the mystery kept me interested even with the shallow characters
however this book had a horrible concept and the ending was terrible, especially the second hlaf
would not recommending, its like reading a mystery plot then discovering the killer was just a drunk guy who had to many beers that night.
way better then ghost story
had some nice twists
good to see harry progressing as a character and in magic
however it will be hard to keep the books interesting if he tones the scale down and just makes another mystery in his town with some side villian
now that we've gotten the full scale of major characters, how will he keep the next 7 books from not going backwards to boring sideplots?
Based on the reviews I expected a masterpiece.
What I got was an average story with a interesting plot. Buy this if you want to pass the time.
However the story moves at a good pace and there was hardly a dull moment.
But all these "best book i've ever read" and "epic story" you have to wonder how low these other readers standards are.
Some things to keep in mind about the Main Character
Caine being described as a complete badass is very overrated, all his actions scenes were terrible. He was honestly not that impressive. So if you read the description and are hoping for him to kick some ass you will be disappointed. He rarely had any action scenes. And the ones he was in he just got beat up and outclassed.
He's also described as being a jerk and heartless killer, in a way he was but at the same time he just a nice guy who was trying to save his wife.
^^these were just minor gimps is his character that really bothered me when reading this book, i was expecting him to be a lot cooler.
First couple hours it was difficult to pay attention. A lot of boring details are put into the book which makes it drag in places.
Emotion felt forced and I found myself not caring.
Story was also uneventful but gives you just enough to stay somewhat interested.
no this book doesn't have deep Characterization or emotional story.
But what it does do is keep you interested from start to finish, providing pure entertainment and fun. The mystery involving the building will keep you engaged and never bored.
and man does this mystery thriller deliver, some of the stuff that happens i mean wow just wow
ill just leave it at that. buy it. its worth one credit.
Not sure why so many high ratings for this book??
After just coming off listening to the "Way of Kings" by Brandon Sanderson I thought i'd give this a go.
It was amazing I didnt just stop listening to this completely. The first 4 hours of this book have to be the most boring listen I've ever experienced. You listen to the daily things like a guy reconnecting with his mother and a college student talking about her pregnancy with her parents. It was such a drag.
I didnt connect with any of the characters. Plot is slow moving but it does pick a bit from the horrible 4 hour beginning.
Anyway as I was listening to this I kept thinking how Way of Kings was a superior book in every way. Everything "The Stand" does Way of Kings does better, better plot, better characters, never a dull moment.
The Stand is an average book at best as its a good listen if you're very bored and need to pass the time.
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