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.
“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)
This offering from Dan Simmons is more of a horror thriller than a strictly sci-fi genre book. Ordinarily I wouldn't have listened to this book, but having recently listened to the Hyperion series I decided on the strength of the storyline to give it a go. Needless to say I wasn't disappointed, despite the lack of "sci-finess" (or fantasy) which I usually look for.
This is a long book and understanding Simmons penchant for long and involved descriptions, almost rambling sometimes, he still builds a wonderful and gripping story that begs you to listen to the next chapter.
Simmons provides an interesting twist on the vampire theme now so common in print and video and with this being written almost 25 years ago, the variation is quite unique. In addition he skillfully blends in historical events and presents questions of morality that help to build the depth of the main characters in the book.
The bad characters are so horrible, they are almost likeable. They do the bad things you expect and the good guys are presented with situations that question their ethics and morality. Questions that still very relevant in today's society.
The narrators do an excellent job. The point of view swaps between first and third person depending on the character, but is consistent and works well as intended by the author.
The book and historical material is deep, insightful and well researched, giving great support to the overall premise of the storyline. If you wear a tin-foil hat you might almost believe it!
Overall a great book and worth the time to listen to a great yarn from an outstanding author.
This is a long book but very much worth the investment of time. You will not regret spending the credit on this book!
McCarthy king Martin Abercrombie Sanderson and Tolkien My favorite book as of 900 listened to ... Sutree
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.
The premise was fascinating with really good character development, but, oh my...it was about 15 hours too long.
The switching to and fro of perspectives allowed for a well-rounded vision into the story.
Mel Foster had a wide range of voices. His "black voice" was unfortunate. It reminded me of stereotypes portrayed in early 20th century film. Laural Merlington's voicing of "Melanie" was very typical of a non-Southern person trying (and failing) to capture an authentic Southern accent. It got better towards the end, but, maybe I just got used to it.
It was a good enough story that it inspired me to finish it to find out what happens.
Look, I didn't hate the book. I have listened to many books as long or longer. I just found myself wanting to bash my head on the steering wheel to make it stop when the main character, Saul, would make a plan. Then change the plan. Then doubt the plan. Then tell the other main character, Natalie, that he doubted the plan. Then argue with Natalie about the plan. Then agree to an amended plan. And then not do the plan in the end because he improvised instead and then acted shocked when things didn't go as planned. In the end, things went as planned. *SPOILER* But, then you find out it didn't go as planned at all.
the female narrator did an excellent job. the male narrator did great with voiced. but when reading parts that were meant to be action and more intense, he just read the way he read the rest of the book. and it's really really long:-) I fell asleep listening for eight hours and I don't think I missed much.
Fun, unbelievably imaginative for its time and fun. Great since of adventure if not a wee bit long. For its length though the pacing is really good and the characters are very entertaining.
You can really get your listening value from this one. loved it all! 5 stars from me., and looking forward to reading another.
A fascinating concept with an incredible array of really good characters and Bo does this story pick you up and move.
Melanie is an old broad you will learn to both admire for her crazy like. Fox, daring without caring and I don't think I've ever met someone as self centered and delay duded in such a crazy, scarey and brutal way you can't help but both marvel and laugh. She is beyond amusing. So many characters who have a depth , if so someone told me I'd know this much about so many I would have said no thanks, but they come upon you or you them for a meaningful and interesting purpose...not hard to manage at all.
Great performances! I heard Melanie and the others this way in my head when I. Read the print version ages ago!
Sweeping beyond what you thought possible...riveting and great fun with characters you hate to love cause they are just that badly good.
Absolutely, besides the length, of course. The narration was splendidly delivered, and having the woman onboard for the POV chapters made this already engrossing story even harder to put down.
It's almost nothing like Stephen King's IT in plot, but the feel of the story is very similar.
Melanie, by Laural Merlington was superb.
Yes i have it keep me gusseing to the end
The ending was so well done
dont want to give it away
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