I really enjoyed this book! The concept is facinating and had me from the beginning. However, the ending was disappointing, and felt like the film at the movie theater just broke and no one was around to splice it back together. The characters were rich and there was just the right amount of descriptive detail.
When I read the description of this book, I was expecting a novel that would be similar to "The Day After Tomorrow" - a novel depicting the science and catastrophy of the slowing of the earth's rotation, with action-packed scenes of survival and dealing with the unexpected. Instead, I got a novel about a girl and her relationships, with the earth's slowing as the backdrop. Needless to say, I was disappointed.
In my opinion, the critics review of the book was grossly inaccurate and exagerrated.
The narrator was fine and did a nice job of telling the story that was written.
The story is "cold", "grey", and full of "ash", but it is a story of perseverence. In a situation with little to no hope, you find yourself asking the characters why they are continuing. But if you are a parent (or an eternal optimist), you will understand. Despite little knowledge about the situation leading up to the story, you find yourself engrossed in an apocolyptic time that is believeable and convincing. The ending was a bit disappointing to me. If you are interested in this story, may I recommend "A Brief History of the Dead". Enjoy!
This was a wonderful book. Although the theme is depressing (he is dying), his outlook on the life he has had, and has left, is inspiring. After listening to this book, I have decided to start journaling. Hey....you never know. Life is definately short and unpredictable. If you have ever heard Randy speak, you will appreciate the narrator, as he makes you feel that Randy is speaking directly to you. A definate recommendation.
I loved this novel! If you like Koontz, you know he is a stickler for detail. Well, depite a few lagging moments in Part 1, the book was a rollercoster. As with most of Koontz's works, he makes you think, "Could this happen to me?". I would highly recommend this book.
Don't let the title distract you from this book. This is a MUST listen! Rob Bell states it clearly and simply, and is so refreshing in the process, you find yourself asking, "Where has he been all this time?". Rob gets you thinking about faith in real, practical ways and terms - none of that christianesse here. I find myself listening to this book over and over again, each time, discovering new nuggets. I cannot begin to tell you how many people I have recommended this book to. If this book doesn't challenge you and give you the freedom to wrestle with God, I don't know what will.
I was only recently introduced to Koontz. "Velocity" is the second book of his I have listened to. I thought it was fantastic! I caught myself gasping out loud and caught in the spiderweb of decision-making the author spun. I would absolutely recommend this book. I do agree with some of the reviewers that Koontz gets a bit carried away with the minutia of detail, and this can distract from the story at times, but the plot always snapped me back from daydreaming.
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