On the one hand, this was a briskly paced mystery that I got through pretty quickly, which is a good thing. I also thought the narrator was excellent. There are a number of principal characters and Ray Porter successfully brought a unique voice to each of them.
On the other hand, the actual story was very middle of the road. Each plot twist was underwhelming, and the final revelations in the third act did not rub me the right way.
I would recommend this one to those with a (less discriminating) taste for the world of gothic horror, mystery, and/or science fiction. But it was too much of a mixed bag for my own taste.
This is a rollercoaster of a book, with an irreverant and clever take on traditional Hollywood monster sterotypes. Great sense of humor, fun (and often funny) characters, and a plot that perfectly sets you up for future books, which there are more than a few. Oliver Wyman is up there as one of the premiere narrators, with excellent variations and accents for all the characters. An absolute blast!!!
Preston and Child have done it once again with a hard to put down adventure! This story's structure is similar to some of the other entries of the authors' works like The Ice Limit and Thunderhead, where a scientific team of some kind assembles to (insert plot here, no spoilers, you're welcome)). This was a very fun novel to listen to, and I highly recommend listening if you are already a fan of these authors. If you haven't tried them yet, Riptide is a fun novel to start off with. Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators, and I have lost count of how many of his works I have listened to.
Finished IT! Finally! This is a LONG audiobook, but is almost always entertaining. There are some fantastic backstories fleshing out the story, and some welcome crossovers from earlier King novels. I read this in the 80's, forgot about it, then recently listened to King's '11/22/63' , which crosses over into this story. So I had to listen to this one and return to Derry one more time.
Steven Weber is one of the best narrators around. This novel sure needed one! Countless characters to keep track of, and one of the main characters likes doing his own impressions for the other characters. Mr. Weber made it VERY easy to follow. And when a character yells, Weber YELLS! No whispers made to simulate a yell. KUDOS!
The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 for the story? The climax, while fairly satisfying, felt a bit...anticlimactic. I can't say more than that, or I may spoil the story for those about to take the ride. For the most part, IT is Stephen King at his bloated, filled-to-the-brim best!
Ok, so maybe it's not actually scary, but this is a typical Stephen King non-horror story. With a touch of the supernatural, a murder mystery, and a young boy with strange powers, it has the Master's signature all over it.
The story is fairly short (by King standards), but what it lacks in volume, it exceeds in heart. The life of a carny is an interesting one, thanks to Mr. King, and I enjoyed the education immensely!
My first impression of Michael Kelly's narration was, "this guy is drunk", but before long his voice grew on me. He excelled quite nicely at all the character's dialects and accents. Bravo!
Fans of Stephen King, I say go for the ride!
This was a 'page turner' for sure! It was exciting, full of twists, great scientific exposition on time travel, intriguing historical education, and a truly satisfying ending. The narration was excellent. I give props to narrators like John Bedford Lloyd, who can create such unique voices for every character. Loved it!!
I love Michael Crichton's work, especially the educational portions, and Airframe gave me some insight into the world of the airline industry. This one was typical Crichton, with lots of cool info, average character development (not unusual for this author), and best of all, it was a quick-moving, fairly short novel. Crichton completists, don't let this one fly over your head!
What a great audiobook! This was a fantastic science fiction novel. The pacing was perfect, never a dull moment. I don't want to spoil the story so I will just say, if you like techno-thrillers, this is very similar to one, but without the jargon and complex language. The first act is mysterious, and once the story moves past the first act, it won't slow down till the riveting ending, where all is revealed! Great narration too! I love a good European accent (I'm not saying which!)
This was a strange one. I was never bored, but the ending was not very compelling. A bit anti-climactic. There is a bit of sex throughout the book, so listen responsibly, kiddies!
I really enjoyed the narration. Both of the main narrators were soothing and gentle, and the third introduced late in the book was also very good.
Now, on to the biggest problem with this book. As many reviewers have pointed out, this book is repetitive. Here is an example (don't worry, it's not actual dialogue, just my impression of a typical conversation)
A: Are you hungry?
B: No, I already ate.
A: You already ate.
A:In other words, you put something in your mouth, chewed and swallowed?
A: Was it good?
B: It was good.
A: In other words, You enjoyed it?
A. In other words, you are stating an affirmative?
This kind of conversation happened so many times, it may be responsible for an eighth of this book's length.
Though the story had some extremely moving moments, they were few and far between. It was different, though, that's for sure. My final analysis, the long journey is better than the destination.
This is my first trip to the world of Agatha Christie, and after researching for a good place to start, recommendations around the internet suggested this or Murder on the Orient Express. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. At first I wasn't sure I would like it, but the style of writing (this was 1939), was extremely easy to follow, the story zips along at a nice pace, and the narration is excellent. The epilogue makes the trip worth it, with a wonderful recap of the events which explain everything that happened. Not only will I have to re-read this one, I am already exploring more Christie novels. A+!
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