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Carrion Comfort Audiobook

Carrion Comfort

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Publisher's Summary

The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

The Present...Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a journey that for Saul will span decades and cross continents, plunging into the darkest corners of 20th-century history to reveal a secret society of beings who throughout the ages may exist behind the world’s most horrible and violent events. Killing from a distance, and by darkly manipulative proxy, they are people with the psychic ability to “use” humans: read their minds, subjugate them to their wills, experience through their senses, feed off their emotions, force them to acts of unspeakable aggression. Each year, three of the most powerful of this hidden order meet to discuss their triumphs of induced bloodshed and deliberate destruction. But at this reunion, something will go terribly wrong. Saul’s quest is about to reach its elusive object, drawing hunter and hunted alike into a struggle that will plumb the depths of mankind’s attraction to violence, and determine the future of the world itself.

©2009 Dan Simmons (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Epic in scale and scope but intimately disturbing, Carrion Comfort spans the ages to rewrite history and tug at the very fabric of reality. A nightmarish chronicle of predator and prey that will shatter your worldview forever. A true classic.” (Guillermo Del Toro)

“[Carrion Comfort is] one of the few major reinventions of the vampire concept, on a par with Jack Finney’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend, and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot.” (David Morrell)

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    Karen Threlkeld Birmingham, Alabama USA 01-27-13
    Karen Threlkeld Birmingham, Alabama USA 01-27-13
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyed this Book!"
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    This is a long book but very much worth the investment of time. You will not regret spending the credit on this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KurveSC Varnville, SC 01-15-13
    KurveSC Varnville, SC 01-15-13

    So Many Books, So Little Time...

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    "Great Imagery, Great Storytelling"
    What made the experience of listening to Carrion Comfort the most enjoyable?

    The author's use of imagery and also the narrators really got into telling the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrators


    What does Mel Foster and Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They bring the characters to life. Hearing them read this novel sets you in the midst of the story.


    Who was the most memorable character of Carrion Comfort and why?

    Melanie Fuller. She's elegant and classy yet evil and corrupt to the core.


    Any additional comments?

    Great novel to "take you away" for a while.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Killen United States 03-12-13
    Scott Killen United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not his greatest"

    I generally enjoy Dan Simmons, and this story was very good--however, as I live in Charleston, SC, one of the settings of the book, I was distracted. It would have been glaring to any Charleston resident--Simmons did not visit the area nor talk to anyone familiar with the area before writing about it. Had he done so, the richness of the story would have so very much more.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    shane 11-11-11
    shane 11-11-11 Member Since 2016
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    "well written"

    the only gripe I have is that the old lady gets her own narrator , who is fabulous and everyone else shares the same narrator who is middling but still a good story and interesting , it feels a bit like simmons wrote a bunch of shorter novels or stories and then mxed the characters together into the larger volume ,and at least its not narrated by john lee.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    vickee lee 09-16-16
    vickee lee 09-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    great book to listen to ..I couldn't wait to get to work so I could continue to listen!

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    T.Evans 08-23-16
    T.Evans 08-23-16 Member Since 2007
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    "I tried"

    I made it about halfway. I just couldn't do it no more. Just boring for the most part. I don't think I'll ever finish, just not with it.

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    jut chappell 08-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A chilling unique twist on Vampirism."

    As a huge fan of Dan Simmons, I found this book particularly intriguing being that a majority of the book is set in my home state of South Carolina. Once again Dan Simmons finds a way to turn a typical idea of vampirism into a unique and absolutely chilling tale of struggling powers and innocent victims caught in the action. I highly recommend this book to anyone fascinated with fantasy, science fiction or horror.

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    Steve Bachmeier 06-30-16

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    "It's ok, but very long"

    It's probably very good, I just couldn't really get into it for some reason. The story seemed to drag on for me.

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    Amazon Customer 06-09-16
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    "what a mind F $%k. fantastic read"

    Voice acting second to none. plot layers within layers Amazing ending. This is not to be missed. Some pretty brutal elements that are there to drive the plot. if you can stomach it do not miss it.

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    Grant Huelskamp 05-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not great"

    This book is not scary no matter how much it wants to portray itself as horror. This book is like Driving Miss Daisy with the racism turned way up and no Morgan Freeman, with smatterings of amateur smut and a nice long exposition vomit involving concentration camps (but not too much! The author has to write more about tits!)

    If you have to kill some time you can do worse. But I wouldn't waste the credit or the money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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