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 is my first experience with them so I would have to say yes, I would try another.
I didn't care much for it. It's too clean. I get the feeling that none of these characters sleep well at night. Although it's not really brought out in the ending like that.
The performers did a good job with the reading. I didn't get the seperation that you often hear when a book is read. I really like it when that's cohesive. I think it helps to build the character in a multi-dementional way.
I don't think so. I think if you tried to build on it now it would just feel drawn out. That's part of the problem with loose ends. When you tie them all up neat with a bow, you often cut yourself off from moving it forward.
I liked the characters. They felt true to the story and to each other. I liked that the romantic interest didn't jump right into love. These characters fit each other. Which can be very hard for even the most seasoned of writers. I would like to add as a side note from a personal perspective. Just in case Mr. Simmons should ever read this. You're never going to please every reader. At the end of the day if you are happy with it and you feel that you've done your story justice then you should be happy. Take the critisism as what it is. A learning tool and use it on the next story.
Im a busy Mama, always on the go! Lover of historical fiction and Sci fi horror.
I'm so thankful its fiction! My first Dan Simmons experience was great. The storey takes its sweet time meandering through twist and turns. I wouldn't recommend it if you like fast action, patience is a must with this one.
Very lovable characters make up for the predictability of the plot. You'll hang in just to make sure everything works out in the end. Not for everyone, but I liked it.
I have a long drive to work and audible makes it so much more bearable
I read the book when it first came out and I found it to be a great story. The audio performance was great, but the story was very long winded. I realized that when I read the book I had edited the book as I read (I skipped parts). I think the abriged version would be fantastic, but the unabridged is just to bogged down with details that I felt did not enhance the story.
Say something about yourself!
Like many of the longer horror novels I've read, this one starts off deep and mysterious and ends up feeling kind of formula. I don't want to give anything away but there elements here that will seem familiar from other books and movies over the years. Then again, this is an older book so it all may have been fresh when written.
There are two narrators and I loved the females voice. The male did fine job, except for his version of the female black hero, which seemed whiny and overdone. This was no biggie at first, but after about 29 hours it started to kill the deal for me.
As others have pointed out there is plenty of racism in here. I smiled in several places at the total disregard for political correctness. Somehow the language worked for me as many of the foul and racist parts helped paint the characters. It was necessary and added something to the book.
My rating is high because of two points: I loved the creative way the bad guys used people, it was creative and really nasty. I loved the crazy old lady who is the major villain. The author did a beautiful job with her narration and I really felt 'inside' her head as she develops. My biggest misgiving about the book is the use of Nazi death camp experiences as a plot device in a horror novel. Because I knew the death camps were real and actually happened, they seemed to upstage any other concocted horror the author thought up. This really hit me at the end of the book, and it felt awkward to use such real tragedy in a 30 hour page turner where fictional character life was so cheap.
In sales and on the road a lot. Love SciFi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and the occasional Non-Fiction. Funny. Opinionated.
This novel is long, let's get that out of the way first. That being said, it is well worth the investment. I read this over a year ago and it still sticks with me. Very good narration overall, very good characters, and as stated in the title, ENGAGING. You will stay wrapped up in the storyline, even if some scenes drag on for a while. The characters are, as another review has already said, uni-dimensional... but you'll get over it. I think Simmons has a truly unique take on "Vampires" to the point that the term doesn't even really describe the monsters of this story. This is not for fans of Twilight, then again neither is any decent "literature." This is not exclusively for fans of the monster genres either. I would even dare to say that some of the purists wouldn't like the direction the author went in this novel.
Bottom line: For 1 credit this book is well worth your investment. Enjoy.
Yes - if it was shorter for the author. As for the narrators I don't know if I could, they have come to represent this book so completely that I can't imagine them giving voice to other characters!
Saul Laski - love the accent and the narrator really seems to capture the man's personality.
One thing that I will say is the author literally explores every possible use of mind control. Talk about taking an idea to its full potential.
YES! If you like to think and look at all options..think you know what might happen and then Dan Simmons throws a curve ball everytime!.... you my friends will love this book.
Melony is the most horrific babyish insane mind vampire of the whole group. I loved the end when she is showing again her paranoia and hunger...and she thinks she is ALWAYS right...downright creepy.
Tough..loved Willie. He was almost as awful as Melony. Nina played a short wicked part but was forever the fear of Melanie. For evil I choose Melony.
Tough again. Sol's memories of the concentration camps..his whole life's purpose and internal struggles and all the wonderful people who came together with Sol to kill the minfmd vampires.
Natalie the "negress" and all the dated predjudiced terms I forgot I grew up with were reminders of what is always possible to happen again at any time.Hatred and evil has always been around and sorry to say will be. People who can manipulate and be charismatic are the true mind vampires that the author writes about. I believe using politicians..Hitler...and the holocaust are the perfect canvas for Dan Simmons to paint his "mind vampires" who are real but not in the supernatural way. That was just a tool for his novel...or a novel tool. :)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It took a little while to get into it, but in the end it was worth it. A different kind of story, but well written and well performed.
Folks, for audiobooks it's not just about the writer, it's also about the narrator...
This audiobook ranks the highest so far in the just the handful I have listened too. The narrators were spot on in their voices and acting skills, it was absolutely an entertaining experience. As with all Dan Simmons's books I have enjoyed so far this one doesn't disappoint, it truly is difficult to pull yourself away from this one.
"If 'tis a sin, I don't give a Fiddler's fart!" -Frank McCourt.
I want more of Melanie Fuller. She's so evil, racist, sassy, and twisted you can't help but love her.
This is not your tipical scary story. There's a whole new twist to the " Vampire" thing. It's so well written, you won't be able to put it on pause.
If you enjoy a good scary book, with a hint of humor, this one's for you.
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