Entertaining enough, but not a serious literary event. Quick entertainment, soon forgotten, but there is a time for that, too! I generally prefer a deeper story with better drawn characters, but this may appeal to younger folks and those who don't expect a long, serious book.
I am a huge fan of this series and have enjoyed all the books, some more than others. However, this one is absolutely my new favorite. This story will be most meaningful for those of us who have read all the Pendergast novels and can keep track of the characters. The authors pull characters and events from the past into this story so well. I really enjoyed some of the "old characters" back again in a new adventure. Constance was wonderful. This story is full of the usual action, but very moving also, as Pendergast deals with facing death himself as well as the violent death of a family member. The relationship between Pendergast and Constance becomes clearer. The narrator, as always, was great. You will love this book and it will be especially meaningful for you if you know the characters. Now I have to wait for the next Pendergast novel! Hurry up guys!!
Like other reviewers, I was disappointed after 20 and 30 hour books to get an 8 hour story! What happened?? Just not as fulfilling as the other four, but still a fun read. I hope Mr. McCammon will get book number 6 published quickly as I did not get enough of one of my favorite characters and I hope the next one is more fulfilling (and longer), so his many fans won't feel cheated! Hope to listed to this narrator again, too!
Speaks the Nightbird was one of my favorite books of the past year and I really enjoyed this second adventure with Matthew. I think the story was slow in a few places, something I did not feel in the first book. Still, Matthew is a wonderful character, a thinking man who will take great risks in his adventures. I enjoyed the narrator, also, and look forward to listening to him again! I will definitely read all Matthew Corbett novels. You should, too, if you love historical fiction, mystery and adventure!
I read this novel several years ago and admired James Dickey's writing talents even then. However, listening to it read by my favorite narrator, Will Patton, made me realize what a great work it really is. I found myself thinking of the river as a real character in the story - one who could push others to do things, both good and bad, they had never dreamed they could do. I thought about the reversal of the roles of Ed and Lewis as the story went on. Lewis almost forced the others to go on his trip and he seemed to rule the river in the beginning. Ed was content to be a follower until confronted by real evil. Then he becomes the true leader of the group and is forced to make decisions that will haunt all of them for the rest of their lives. I was moved near the end of the story when Ed went back down to the river and drank. I felt much meaning in this - that he had not been beaten by the river, but still respected it. This is a near perfect combination of author and narrator. I would give it more than fire stars if I could. Read it!
A well told story of how folks might act at "the end" of the world as we know it. My second experience with this book and enjoyed it just as much this time. I highly recommend it. The narrator has a lovely accent that adds just the right touch of "down under" to the story! Try it, you'll like it!
If you think Stephen King is just a "horror writer" you will be truly surprised at his new "detective" novel. Now I do admit to being a fan and have read every thing King has written, but he is a wonderful storyteller and can create characters you will love and/or hate, but never forget. I loved his retired detective, Hodges, and was sorry to see this story end. It is not as long as many of King's works, but a great read (listen??) nevertheless! Will Patton is the perfect reader for this novel!
I read every book by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, and I did enjoy parts of this but found the plot a little forced in several places. The characters needed more development to seem capable of some of these adventures. This is a great beach book, but don't base your views of Preston as a writer on this one alone.
I listed to this again recently and I am still moved by the story and the characters. Pat Frank wrote this in 1959 but it still speaks to the human spirit and the will to survive anything. So many end of the world stories show the worst of human nature, but this one shows how humans can work together against terrible odds. Will Patton is an excellent narrator and I always enjoy listening to him! Try this one and I think you will really enjoy both the story and the narrator.
This was just as wonderful as when I read it years ago. If you have never read The Stand, please do so!! It is a huge novel, full of so many characters, and so much happening that it is difficult to summarize. Stephen King is so talented and I am a huge fan. I would not call this story a true "horror" story, but a sprawling adventure story. I also highly recommend The Shining and (the new sequel) Dr. Sleep. These are some of King's best books.
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