If you are looking for a concept that you will never forget...choose this book. It's been about a month since I listened to it, and when I cast my mind back to it, it's like remembering some strange dream that I had.
What an amazing writer, what an amazing mind. What a happy accident to have stumbled over Paolo Bacigalupi.
I wasn't expecting to be so entertained by, and impressed with this book. I felt as if I was sharing a secret language with Mr C.P.
I don't agree with the negative reviews, although I did let them influence me at first...for months actually and I almost didn't buy this book.
As I was reading, I realized that they were the ones who were not quite picking up the clever concept. And excuse me, but it made me laugh to hear some say that this is an "anti-american" book...and yet...these same people loved FIGHT CLUB!
Go figure. PS...great narrator, good job!
Or rather...a re-listen. I've listened to this twice already. I just downloaded The Shining...and noticed that Campbell is the narrator...and it made me think of Cell and how quietly great this book is. (I must remember to write more postitive reviews instead of just complaining all the time...)
Brilliant author, great narrator...what else is there to say? It's a gory story and an exciting adventure with no shortage of ideas and scenarios that will probaly stick with you for a lifetime. Throw in the realistic intimate human touch that make SK go from gifted to magical, and you have Cell.
A shame because I LOVE Stephen King and this story is one of the more creepy stories out there. There are some strong situations in there admittedly...but it's STEPHEN KING. It's very well written.
I really would have enjoyed it I'm sure but I am going to read this one, not listen to it.
Unliike everyone else on this review board I find the narrator too over the top. I understand that Billy is supposed to be stuttering, but Weber takes 6 seconds to say the word WHY. I started to skip over his parts because it became SO A a a a a, mmmmm, a a a a A ANNOYING!!
I get it already! Ritchie was a parody of a boy doing a parody...I found it shallow.
I don't need an attempted Oscar winning performance, I just need the book read to me at an adult pace and level. Thank you and G g g g g g g ugghhhhhh... g g g GOODNIGHT.
But he doesn't.
I'm a huge Stephen King fan and bought this book in the hopes that the apple had not fallen far from the tree and had high hopes that S.K. had spawned my next literary obsession. Not to be.
There is no drama in this book, no depth, no spice, no soul...and at times I felt I was being lectured, spoken TOO and not WITH.
I can't finish the book. It's SO empty, not to mention poorly written. I'll give Joe Hill a miss. A BIG miss.
Didn't like the narrator either.
I usually go head over heels for C.P.'s work. I have read almost everything he has writtin and adored Rant and Haunted...flipped over Lullaby and really enjoyed Diary.
This reads as though it was written by an inexperienced writed trying to sound like Palahniuk.
I didn't feel any connection to the characters, the story built to an anticlimax that left me feeling really flat. It actually seemed more like a book written for teenagers or Y/A.
An hour close to the end I couldn't have cared less but I kept slogging along until, nothing happened, and then, to quote Chuck out of Pygmy, (another fav) nothing kept happening.
If hell is as boring as C.P. invisions...I'd rather go to heaven.
On the other hand I would listen to the narrator. She did a good job with what she was given.
...AND I LOVE IT. This story is brutal and grisly, gritty and realistic, shocking, nihilistic, sarcastic and constantly amazing. Read by an obvious master...Mark Bramhall propels the listener deep in to this expertly woven world. Please-oh-please write more D. R. Pollock.
I could listen to Paolo Bacigalupi for the rest of my life. I could just lock myself in my house and lay there, listening, (preferably with J. Davis narrating...he is fantastic) in a futuristic stupor...happily ever after.
I never wanted to leave the world of 'The Windup Girl', and gratefully returned through the stories of 'Pump Six'...now I wander aimlessly though other choices, from various authors...some of whom have been on my "to read" list forever, thinking, "I wish you were Paolo Bacigalupi".
This book is a rare and beautiful, brutal gift.
I purchased and listened to this book about a year ago and although the narrator was one of the very WORST I had ever had the displeasure of listening to...the story itself held onto me and forced me to indure the narrator's butchery.
Recently, I have had a hankering to re-enter Elantris's filthy/shining gates but alas...on arrival I was reminded of what I had NOT missed as Jack Garret commenced to "box my ears". (not again Mr Garret, once assaulted, twice shy...)
So it looks as though I will be buying this book the old fashion way to read in peace. IE: If you can stomach the narrator, the story is more than well worth it...but I would suggest reading it yourself.
I think this book has a unique concept and also the execution of the concept is nicely put together. I enjoyed it immensly, although I have to admit to taking a break a few times due to the fact that the characters interactions are a bit immature, and quite often don't make any sense...they come off sounding like a medieval soap opera more often than not. The women are obviously picked straight out of the authors private fantasy stash...(assuming he is 15 years old...I'm quite aware that he's not).
Frustration and longing for more realistic human discourse aside...it's a VERY entertaining ride and a great yarn.
This narrator has an exotic name and a voice akin to the crunch of dry toast. I was looking forward to listening to this book...I love Lovecraft, however there is more inflection presented within the 10 o'clock news broadcast.
I gave only one star as I couldn't make it even a quarter of the way through due to the narration.
I'm sure it's a wonderful book. I'll have to read it someday.
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