Guildford, NSW, Australia | Member Since 2009
It is an art to weave a new quilt of quality from fine old threads. I never thought Seth Grahame-Smith could outdo himself with his work on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but it seems he ain't a one-hit wonder. He has a knack for retelling stories in a whole different light. Although I grew up knowing the story of the new testament, I often found myself googling to double check some facts. There is something about the way he crafts the twist to an old story. I certainly look forward to more of his work.
Being a regular listener to Savage Love, it was unusual to hear Dan's words spoken by someone else but I grew accustomed to it quickly. It was very nice to know Dan and his family better; where some of his famous ideas and values come from. It is as consistently entertaining as his work on SLOG and the podcast.
I regret absolutely nothing from purchasing this audiobook... except for maybe the fact that I now have a strong craving for cake. Thanks Dan.
Having read a few of the earlier reviews I was excited about listening to this so perhaps I had higher expectations of this book from the start. I felt it was a little bit far fetched, particularly the second part of this book. It builds up towards an enormous climax and sets up the story to have a massive ending but it ends so soon. I found myself saying, "Is that it? No, it can't be..." My favourites of Koontz are 'Lightning' and 'By the Light of the Moon' and I guess I was expecting something like those masterpieces of thriller/suspense. This was a bit of a disappointment but Koontz is still amongst my favourite authors and I will read/listen to more of his books.
I did enjoy it but I felt it was sometimes repetitive and really long. When I say, it's 'A woman's novel,' I mean it is a book about relationships and love. I admit, I rarely become emotional when it comes to books and films. I was not emotionally involved in this book as much as others who recommended it to me and so this is not the kind of book I would normally pick up off the shelf. Still, the book has its moments, is very sensual and has a good structure, revealing the story orderly despite being a jigsaw puzzle in terms of the mismatched chronology of events. I loved the performance of the two narrators.
My favourite books out of Koontz are those with a bit (or a lot) of sci-fi in them and this is one of them. There were parts in it that I just couldn't stop listening to it! I'm almost glad for when the calmer bits come just so I have a bit of time to breathe again.
The character dynamics are as frustrating as they are lovable. I enjoyed every bit of this book.
I blame part of my disappointment came from this being falsely advertised in shops as a book geared to adult audiences. Apart from that, the book was a little predictable and I found it difficult to identify with the character. What I do like is that this book is a collection of short stories (which were rather crude but very interesting) all tied together with a longer story about the main character, Robin who authored them but doesn't seem to know where they come from. This theme is discussed thoroughly in the interview with Jennings at the end. This book is a lot darker than other books by the author but I wouldn't mind if Jennings wrote more books like this!
I can see why this caused a lot of panic to listeners who tuned in on the radio back when this was released! I would be pretty scared too!
The action just never ceases for poor Ellie! Trouble seems to follow her everywhere, whether she's in friendly or enemy territory! I guess that's what makes this series and whole franchise so addictive. Out of all 3 books of the chronicles this has to be oddly my favourite. (Odd because it's the middle book and I usually find the middle book the weakest of a trilogy.) It's a lot shorter but it's full of action. Marsden has a way to make you feel what the characters feel. Just one question though... why is this in audible kids? Teens, okay I understand. But kids?
I found Chyna to be quite frustrating as a main character and could not sympathise with some of the choices she made. She's a lot different to the heroes of Koontz's other novels but then again, so is this villain. Perhaps this is Koontz playing out new personalities? Towards the end you do get inside Chyna's head and understand, even just a little bit. It is quite an enjoyable book, with a different pace and time frame to the rest. Kudos to Kate Burton, the narrator who made the experience even more enjoyable.
Koontz really has a way of catching your attention with the unpredictable nature of this book. I love how everything just all ties together. I love the moment when the words of the title make their appearance of this book. It's science fiction as much as it is faith.
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