It is difficult to review this book without ruining the experience. I thought I knew where Clines was going, then BAM--he changed directions and utterly surprised me. I did not see where he was going with 14 and was questioning Audible placing it in the Sci-Fi category..I was sooo naive! I believe I can make some comparisons without giving the plot away:
It is part Stephen King and part Frank Peretti (I think I should stop there as you are probably completely baffled...as you should be! This is utterly unique!). 14 is bizarre and wonderful.
Ray Porter did a fantastic job. I put him in the same category as Scott Brick and Kate Reading (2 of my favorites). He gave each of the characters their own personality. The evil characters made my skin crawl and I cheered for the heroes.
Recommended, I just cant tell you why without spoiling it~
Until the end of the world reminded me of Forstchen's One Second After. They both take a catastrophic event (EMP pulse and pandemic) and deal with the aftermath in a realistic way. Infrastructure collapses and those who survive must learn how to live in what remains. There are practical characters and self centered ones. It is definitely not a typical zombie novel. Closer to Lucifer's Hammer or Life as we knew it. If you are a fan of this genre you will enjoy this book.
I started this book over at least three times. It grabbed me at the beginning then lost me again until things started to come together. I knew there was a twist but I got impatient. I had some cleaning to do and decided to try it again. I am very glad I did. I had decided I knew where the story was going only to find our how far off base I was. I enjoy a story that is unpredictable and Pines fit the bill nicely. Upon completion I did not hesitate to purchase the next in the series and put several other Crouch novels on my wish list. This is not great literature but it is a wonderful distraction that helped me pass the time and left me wanting to know what else the residents of Wayward Pines would be up against.
I have become a reader/listener of Stephen King again. I had moved away from his books because they became too creepy and outlandish for my taste. He has returned to the days of The Stand and I am loving it. I have read many reviews that dislike this transition because they don't terrify anymore. They are less horror and more thriller! Mr. Mercedes is no different. It is wonderful. It was tense when appropriate and he fleshed out his characters wonderfully. This is right in line with my opinion of Under the Dome but has a more satisfying ending.
This is not 11/22/63 which I feel is his crowning achievement with The Stand being a close second--but it is a headliner in the genre. If you want macabre this is not the book for you. If you want a thriller with a fast pace and an investment in characters I recommend Mr. Mercedes.
Independent Study is better than The Testing!!! A surprise cliffhanger that I did not see coming. Joelle Charbonneau is in on par with Suzanne Collins as far as I am concerned. Elizabeth Morton does not disappoint. I highly recommend this book without reservation.
I found myself searching the web for the references in Dan Brown's Inferno. I always enjoy the reality in his books. The way he takes historical figures and places and intertwines his fiction is never dissappointing. He writes like a conspiracy theorist but adds enough touches of truth that it seems plausible. Inferno is frightening. It made me think about subjects that I had never really considered and the repercussions of the choices people make. I think it is important to keep in mind that this book is fiction--not a conspiracy even if it touches on present day worries. It is engrossing and entertaining but not reality.
This is the kind of story that you don't want to out down. It grabs you and does not let you go. The characters are flawed in unusual ways. Its difficult to determine who is good and who is bad as they all seem to have qualities of both. In other words they are very human. It is not a typical story line that the author dusted spider webs off and put a new spin on. It was a nice surprise.
For full disclosure I must admit the production quality is a bit off. Emily Bauer is an excellent narrator. Loved the life as she knew it books she narrated. This production has some weird background noises that are distracting. It sounds a bit like someone is chewing gum in the background. I was listening on a good quality blue tooth and it might be a bit more sensitive than the headphones I usually use.
It did not ruin the story, just distracted from it a bit.
Into the Darkest Corner was suspenseful...a little difficult to follow to being with...think it would have been easier in print format...I did not pay attention at first to the dates and years too closely, until I figured out half the story was told in flashback. (only took a couple dates to figure this out--) It jumps around a lot and once you get that it makes sense.
...my biggest gripe is that it just ends...not like a normal audible book..."Audible hopes you have enjoyed this book"....it seems like we are missing a line or two...I actually went back to make sure there was not a part three...and checked to make sure my device loaded everything correctly. After 14 hours of listening the end just fell flat--nothing was left unsaid or unresolved within the story line mind you... I was just expecting a conclusion--there is narration thru the last second and then nothing.
I was very engaged in the beginning and could not wait to listen to more. By the end I thought that it just kept replaying the same thing over and over and it started to fall flat.
I would not have a problem recommending this book to mystery and thriller fans, I run more along the scifi genre and I would not recommend it to someone who favors that flavor of novel.
I enjoyed Wither from the very beginning. It is light listening that does not require a lot of thought. I generally listen to sci-fi and fantasy and was looking for something just like this. I intend to listen to the entire series. It is a bit predictable but that did not take away from my enjoyment one bit. The protagonist is reminiscent of president Snow from the Hunger Games--evil to the core! It has a solid place in the teen dystopian genre.
Age of Miracles is a thoughtful novel.
I was dissappointed as I was hoping for something like 'One Second After' or 'Life as We Knew It' and it is not. It is told from the perspective of an 11 year old and is an innocent yet poignant coming of age (a bit early in my opinion~) story.
The changes occurring on earth are merely a back story. I believe if I had different expectations I would have become more engaged.
This is a good book but the synopsis is misleading. I suggest it would be a wonderful read for middle school child. (probably best for a girl as it deals with crushes and first bras!!!!)
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