This is one of the best of the King novels. It was not so scary as The Shining, but the character development of Dan Torrance was superbly done. As you may expect, Dan has problems after undergoing the traumatic events in the Shining. He struggles with alcohol, succeeds for a time not drinking , backslides and hits bottom. Still, he has an underlying kernel of decency and, in a moment of clarity, knows he has only one last chance to save himself.
Near the end of the book, Dan reveals his most shameful secret, one he had hidden for many years. He finds that people can still accept him and care for him despite his having done something he finds nearly unforgivable, and that he has punished himself far more harshly than anyone else could have done.
Again, near the end of the book, Dan reveals to his niece the long family history of violence: things his grandfather, his father and he himself had done. He does this to help his niece, who has a bad temper herself and far more power to commit violence than most, break the cycle of violence.
I think I would take Abra's dad out to dinner. With so many strong-willed women in his family, he could use the break.
This book was not so scary in a supernatural way as the Shining was, but in another way even more scary. Evil exists among us, evil may be charming and may pass you by without your ever being aware of its closeness or of your narrow escape. Also, evil people may not be wholly evil, but may care for their own as we do for ours. I listened to this in two sessions. I would have listened to it in one, but made the mistake of starting it too late in the day to do that. Clear a full day, start early, get comfortable and listen.
I always enjoy the Pendergast books. Pendergast had started, in some of the previous books, to seem somewhat infallible and superhuman. This book brought him back down to earth and showed him to have some human weaknesses after all, while retaining his great will and self-discipline. I was pleased to see that two of the female characters, the Misses Green, had well rounded roles and were not relegated to being damsels in distress.
Constance Green is my favorite character in this book. She showed how far she would go to help Pendergast, even at great physical cost to herself. She has adapted well to modern society and has overcome many obstacles over the course of the series.
I have listened to all the Pendergast novels that he has narrated. His voice is very mellow and pleasing. He has a nice range that can encompass male and female voices and several accents. I always enjoy his presentations.
The scene in which Pendergast witnesses the autopsy of Alban was moving. I have seen two autopsies and I cannot imagine doing that if it were my son. The author described Pendergast's willpower and determination perfectly.
The authors need help with medical scenes. I am a nurse and the EMT/ hospital scene at the end of the book was the only really bad one. I gave the book four stars instead of five because of it. I noted a similar problem in one of the other books, I cannot remember which one at the moment. I am willing to suspend a LOT of disbelief, but when scenes involve reality that could be checked for accuracy and believabilty, there is little excuse for the poor work. They need to get input from a doctor and/or a nurse when writing these. If they had input, they need to get someone else. Don't let the one bad scene deter you from buying the book, though.
Yes, I would recommend this book for passing the time enjoyably. I found it to have an interesting take on the character of the Devil. I quite liked him, as a matter of fact.
I don't know that I would read it multiple times, but once was certainly ok and maybe twice.
Young, Scottish, unique.
I cannot see its being made into a series, but, perhaps a movie. I would put Kevin Ryan as the Devil, Orlando Bloom as the Archangel Michael and Benedict Cumberbatch as Harry. For females: Kristen Stewart as Kath and Evan Rachel Wood as Steph.
I think the author needs to work more on character development. These were a bit like cardboard cutouts. The narrator has a Scottish accent, which I like, but for USA listeners, it may take a few minutes to get used to. The narrator is in his 30s, but sounds younger, so I did think him appropriate for this book. He did a pretty good Irish accent for the Devil. Needs a little more practice on differentiating other voices, but he is relatively new and I think he will get better. I found him easy to listen to and would have no problem listening to him again. The book had an interesting premise. Instead of making a deal with the devil, the main character has to cut a deal with God.
I enjoy the whole Hamish Macbeth series. I feel as though I know the whole village. The books are formulaic, but that is ok when you just want to pass the time pleasantly.
I was a bit hesitant to get the books narrated by Shaun Grindell because the first books I bought had been narrated by Graeme Malcolm, who was very good. Although Mr Malcolm is still the better reader in my opinion, once I adjusted to the change of a familiar character sounding different, Mr Grindell was pleasant enough, especially when doing accents. He does sound a little younger than Mr Malcolm, so he is appropriate for a man in his thirties, like Hamish.
We all know the "perfect woman" who sort of tyrannizes people into doing everything her way--in a "nice" way, of course. She is the perfect Stepford housewife who turns the women into little automatons and the men into desperate souls who just want their meat and potatoes back.
It is hard to blame the killer--a man's gotta eat.
This was a very convoluted book which may have been easier to follow in print.
Through NO fault of the narrator--he was excellent--it was often difficult for me to understand immediately in which time period the story was taking place. There were flashbacks and changes in POV and time travel and an evil cat. There were different versions of the same character. Alternate universes.
Those with weak stomachs be aware that several descrptions of bodily functions were a bit too graphic and detailed. It is ok to say that some character vomits, but I do not really need to know all the contents of it.
I did get to the end of the book after several starts and stops and going back over chapters. As I said, maybe it would have been better to get the print version.
Too little reseach done in some areas. Writers have the mutants suffering from vitamin D deficiency and calling it scurvy. Scurvy results from vitamin C deficiency.They describe signs of bone disease, such as bow legs,more likely to be rickets instead.
I can suspend disbelief as well as anyone because I love mutants, zombies, aliens, vampires and ghosts as much as anyone, but the above was just sloppy writing.
Dick Hill is a good narrator, IMHO, but to me he is Reacher, not Pendergast. I prefer Rene Auberjonois for Pendergast. I have all the Pendergast novels and some of the other books by these authors and generay enjoy them very much. This book was an anomaly and every author is entitled to one dud.
Where is Jack Reacher?
He is not in this book--at least, not the Reacher I know and love! The Reacher in this book is aging out and boring. Reacher is NEVER boring. There is no life in this book's character; he is just going through the motions.
There is a sort of fight in Chapter 27.
I worried in the beginning of the book about the narration. Dick Hill is the voice of Reacher as far as I am concerned, but Mr Hill started out a little thin and weak at the beginning and I thought he had been ill or something, but he did pick up somewhat as the book went on. However, he seemed less energetic than usual. I hope he is ok.
The plot meandered. I gave up caring whether or not they ever found the sniper they started out looking for in Arkansas to Paris to London etc.
I am on Chapter 33 of 58 as I write. I am going to finish it, but it is a mere formality.
Please find the real Reacher and bring him back. I gave the book three stars overall, but mostly from loyalty.
Where to start?
Terrible writing. Terrible editing. Several lines re-read as if the narration were paused and resumed.
The narrator did his best with the material provided, but his deep, gravely voice was unsuitable for female characters.
Total waste of a credit.
could not interest me in this one, although I very much enjoyed the previous books in the series.
The characters seemed to be caricatures of their former selves with no real substance and I just did not care about them.
than the first book. I had been hesitant to buy the second book because the first was difficult to get into. I was, however, surprised to find myself interested in this one.
The WWII flashbacks were well done as were the characters and family interactions.
Simon Vance, as always, was a good listen.
Yes, I would recommend this. The book is reminiscent of The Highlander and the Dresden Files, with a little bit of Indiana Jones thrown in for good measure. The story is told in the first person, which can be tricky, but it is done pretty well.
I would not have changed the story itself, but better editing would have made it more enjoyable. There were some distracting errors of grammar. I am just being nit picky here.
Mr Perkins has a nice resonant voice. He read well and without any unusual pauses or mis-timing of sentences. This is the first opportunity I have had to hear him, but I am glad to see that he is narrating the second book as well. He may be doing the entire series, but I cannot remember right now. I hope so.
Definitely, a follow-up is needed. Eight more coins need to be found so that Judas' fate can be determined. I have already downloaded the second book of the series.
No, just hoping the second book will be at least as good as the first.
Report Inappropriate Content