This is my first Christopher Moore audiobook although I've read Lamb and Stupidest Angel. Susan's Bennett's narration makes a C. Moore book all the more enjoyable. I had just finished listening to Twilight, recommended by my "adult" daughter, and though it a complete waste of time for any adult. Blood Sucking Fiends, while not high brow literature, was a much better use of my credits! Go ahead, just get it! Then move right on to "You Suck".
My daughter convinced me that this was a worthwhile read. I struggled to get through it! If you take out all the time the main character spends describing her vampire boyfriend's physical attributes the book would be one third the length! Also, for the first three quarters any time spent on dialogue is the same conversation over and over... "you should fear me!" AAGGGHHH! A little action at the end goes nowhere in making up for hours of adolescent rambling. I've read more plot and character development in a Babysitter's Club book! Remember those? Yeah, I know what you're thinking. We were 10 when we read those!!!! If you're an adult, don't waste your time with these books. The author owns a thesaurus. Big deal. Sorry oldest daughter.... no sale.
I had told myself I wasn't going to waste my money on any more Stephen King audiobooks after investing so much time into the Dark Tower series only to be monumentally let down by one of the most anti-climactic endings in literary history followed closely by the snooze fest that was Duma Key. I guess I'm a slow learner but I've got it now. Cell just proves that King doesn't have an original idea left, just respouted gore. To make matters worse, by the time you've reached the end of Chapter three you know the author's stand on gun control, abortion, religion, partisan politics, etc. whether you want to know or not and whether it contributes to the narrative or not. FINALLY, I'm done!
I'm amazed at the people reviewing this book. They either love it or they hate it. Dont' get me wrong, I'm a Grisham fan but I must agree with the reviewers who found this the most boring of his books, in terms of writing, narrating, plot (or lack of), etc. I think I fell asleep just about every time I listened and had to back up each time I started listening again just to see what was going on. Only to find that it was STILL a bunch of guys sitting on bleachers talking about their abusive ex-football coach. Same theme rehashed and rehashed with narration by the author that made it impossible to distinguish one character from another. Grisham must have owed his publishers a book and ran out of orginal ideas, but I was starting to suspect that a couple Grisham's ago! There will never be another Firm or Rainmaker, quite obviously, as this author appears to be tapped out. And that's disappointing because I feel I've been one of his most avid fans!
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