Maybe if I didn't have to buy it.
Not if it cost a credit or $.
If I had been reading the book, I would have set it aside because it was rather tedious.
After Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer, I expected something at least interesting and out of the ordinary. This was neither. It's just a routine historical novel set in biblical times.
It's a scary story that is beautifully plotted. Having it narrated is a real treat.
The camaraderie of the key characters, and the unfolding story of the evil that pursues them.
Stella -- even though not a main character.
The worse thing that could happen . . . .
I have read this book several times over the years. It's my ideal of a scary story, and the audio book version does it justice. Very satisfying.
Lengthy, meaty plot, snarky tone and point of view.
Opening scene in which protagonist scales a sailboat mast to rescue/capture a refugee.
Pacing of the reading -- If I just read the book I would be tempted to race ahead and would miss the full impact (and fun) of some of the subplots.
Title is as good as anything that I can think of.
One of the best from Tom Wolfe in a long, long time.
Fascinating intertwined plots -- a novel within a novel -- and the narrator's accent and delivery fit the moods of both perfectly.
The end of the main (contemporary) story -- jeopardy and resolution.
Accents, changes of pace to evoke characters and plot tempo.
I will say that the end left me puzzled. I had expected the two plots to be pulled together more in some common resolution than was the case here.
The plot, the performance, and of course the main character.
Further exploration ot the adventures of Jack Reacher. I can never get enough.
Yes. Just as good as the others.
Yes -- but I don't want to insert a spoiler. Suffice it to say it was toward the end -- just when I thought that I knew what was going on.
I would read/listen to anything by this author!
Poorly drawn female characters, drawn-out final scene, somewhat unsurprising and unsatisfactory ending, and main character who starts off being being likeable but rapidly grows unsympathetic.
First visit to the gun church.
The performance is excellent. If I had been reading this book instead of listening to it, I probably would have flipped to the ending midway through and given up on it.
Nothing. This was awful. I could not get beyond 30 minutes of it. There should be a ZERO rating option for it. That being said, the content was BORING. The first "chapter" was a tedious narrative about a game show/reality show in England that was completely unremarkable. It seemed to go downhill from there.
Something that I check out more carefully.
Hard to say, since content-wise, the book was not enjoyable for me. The narrator is the author -- not a disqualifier by any means, but this particular author does not have a particularly expressive, pleasant, or interesting voice.
This is tied with one other book as the worst audio book I ever purchased. It underscores the advantage of print -- if I had browsed a few pages I would never have bought it. From now on, I will "research" unfamiliar authors on Amazon or at my local bookstore.
Yes, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed The Passage.
Compelling plot and calendars, excellent writing.
I lost sleep giving in to the temptation to listen to just 15 more minutes, then 15 more . . . and before I realized it I had given up hours of sleep to continue this book. Calling this a "vampire novel" really isn't fair to the monummental nature of the story line, the sweep across a century of "history," and the uniquely horrifying and complex nature of the creature who prey upon and virtually destroy humanity.
I have read another book by Attica Locke,and it enjoyed it immensely. However, I must say that the narrator greatly enhanced my appreciation of this novel.
The setting -- a southern plantation; and the suspenseful mix of past and present crimes, with a hint of class warfare.
Pace of speech, accents.
A Gothic tale of the new/old South.
I never did get the main character's affection for that old plantation. It just seemed like a dreadful place and I thought that it was bizarre for her to think that it was a fit place for a child.
This is not a book that will gain fans for old Dixie -- not that I was ever one!
I would put this in the top one-third. I've listened to a LOT of audiobooks, though.
I would compare it to a number of mass-appeal civil war/reconstruction histories, also to some alternative history novels.
Good pacing, differentiation among speakers without being artificial or corny.
Revelations towards end about conspiracies.
This is a fun audiobook for someone who is a bit of a history "nerd" and enjoys alternative histories that are not focused on the intricacies of military theory and or an intimate knowledge of the period covered. I liked it a lot. It is not very much like Carter's other novels, which I also read and enjoyed, in that it has a bit more universal appeal and is not focused on a particular ethnic group and class, but it is equally well written and plotted.
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