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...and not in a good way.
How can a story that features a depressive professor who is summoned to a mysterious house in Venice and then gets led on a supernatural road trip POSSIBLY be so lame?
The idea is better than the novel. It just sounds so good. In truth, despite occasional points of very high interest, I found myself sitting and thinking "Ummmm...what?" at some of the things that happened.
The ending of the book is completely unsatisfying and is the logical conclusion to a book that started out with great promise and then slowly flops to the floor with an "audible" thump.
I expect that, if you're like me, you're going to get this one anyway. Great title. Great synopsis.
Just keep in mind: I TRIED to warn you.
Take all the cliches you've ever read in any zombie books and dumb them down.
Add a "meh" writer and "blah" characters and, if you're like me, you'll wind up rooting for the zombies.
And it's not Felix Castor either.
But it's listenable. The plot plods only a couple of times and the narrator is lively enough. It's lacking depth and truly interesting characters...but if you want a book you can follow while you're doing something else and don't REALLY need to give it your full attention, this is as good an option as anything else.
I have pretty high standards for audio books. I want great narration...lively and interesting characters and a plot that moves along at a solid pace.
You get all of that and much more in this outstanding story.
19 plus hours and I wasn't bored once.
This one is a keeper.
If you're looking for a book where the serial killer is brilliant and the newspaper reporter is dogged and the plot rockets along at a blistering pace...look somewhere else. This yawner reeks of "first novel BLAH" with an unevenly written completely uninteresting lead character that isn't even good enough to be considered a copy of a good character.
We forget about the killer for hours at a time as the intrepid -- or should that be 'insipid' character plods about a life just slightly more interesting than watching grass grow.
A horrid waste of time.
If, however, you are one of those people who listens to audio books because you have trouble sleeping........
This book is billed as King's triumphant return to the horror novel. This is an exciting statement and makes me think of his awesome work on The Shining, The Stand, Salem's Lot...
Revival is one big character rich/plot poor sigh with echos of what made King a household word to fans of the strange years ago.
Revival is certainly listenable. It gets off to a merry start that grips you. Great characters and truly outstanding narration.
It's when King has to deliver on the things that he's foreshadowed that it all starts to come apart. Sloppy plotting...and an ending not QUITE as dumb as "Cell" (his other blech effort) conspire to suck any real joy out of what this book could have been.
The plot's creaky and the logic -- which oddly enough is a critical ingredient in creating good horror -- is as flawed as any tomato surprise story before it.
It gets two stars for the way it starts. If I were to grade it on the utterly sloppy, tired flat last third of the book? It would get one.
David M.'s narration is outstanding. But ultimately it's a losing effort...because it's tied in to a book that cannot be saved.
I know if you're a hopeful King fan (like me) you're going to ignore this review and pony up the credit and hope for the best. I did. But you've been warned.
The opening scenes are riveting. A mysterious woman arrives at an emergency room. Has she killed someone? A sad hearted doctor...secrets. I was starting to look for a few more books by this author.
Then it turns into 50 Shades of Stupid. A flat and uninteresting foray into what the author, no doubt considers a masterwork of erotica -- but in reality is as interesting as listening to grass grow.
There's very little of the paranormal here -- unless you consider endless trite bodice ripping style paranormal.
Yuck. No,,,yuck squared.
There's much that's good in this book. The characters are interesting and beautifully drawn. The plot chugs along at a steady pace.
Why didn't I like it more?
I'm not sure. I found that midway through this story that my interest was flagging. With police procedurals I often find this is where my interest is keenest.
The story seems to lose its way a little, buried under flashbacks and subplots that serve to create just enough confusion to make me a little bored. What I'm saying is that the focus doesn't sharpen as the story continues. On the contrary.
There are many better crime novels...but this one isn't BAD. It's just...meh.
...this book delivers exactly what you think it will: a street urchin slowly transforms into an assassin under the leadership of the Most Feared Killer Ever.
It's listenable enough. The writing is lively and in many cases beautifully done. The villains are drawn perfectly and the story chugs along with maybe just a touch too much personal agonizing.
This is the first of a series. I found that at the end of the first book, I'd had enough...and don't much care what happens to the hero.
It is, however, a fine book for a road trip where you don't need to concentrate entirely on the story. Not inspired...but remarkably average in every way.
I am a very cheap person. I start the review with this revelation because I want you to KNOW that I have only walked away from handful of the books I've purchased.
Out of the Shadows is one of them.
It reads like it was written by a high school student. The style is clumsy and uneven and the plot is clunky, creaky and trite -- all at the same time.
IF you find "It was a dark and stormy night" to be a sample of high literature...this is the one for you.
A terrible waste of a credit.
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