One morning the residents of Walden, Virginia, woke up to find the rest of the world gone. Just...gone.
Surrounding their town was a wall of inky darkness, plummeting Walden into permanent night. Nothing could get in - not light, not people, not even electricity, radio, TV, Internet, food, or water. And nothing could get out. No one who dared to penetrate the mysterious barrier has ever been seen again. Only their screams were heard.
But for some, the darkness is not the worst of their fears. Driven mad by thirst, hunger, and perpetual night, the residents of Walden are ready to explode. The last few sane prisoners of this small town must prepare a final stand against their neighbors, themselves, and something even worse...something out there...in the darkness...
©2011 Brian Keene (P)2012 Audio Realms
It's been some time since I have listened to this story so here goes. I truly struggle to think of a negative thing to say about this story: it is short so has to make every word count.I visualized pretty much everything I heard and when I am able to do that I know I have essentially been part of something really special.
If you like sci fi and mysteries, you will like this book. I would rank this story as one of the most enjoyable "reads" I have had. Eric Medler was more than able to assume the female voices without seeming petulant or whiny as some storys have had by other narrators and really, I think its as much vocal skill as plain physical limitation of the male voice to reach the female voice.
Thank you for reading my review, I hope it helps you when deciding to read this book.
Kindest Regards, m
I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it
I definitely intend to listen to this story again. It's a fresh take on a "Twilight Zone" idea except, instead of dealing with one street, Brian takes an entire city into the darkness. This audiobook is so deserving of 10 stars!!!!
Depth! Eric breathes life into each character. I swear when he went "hood" I nearly lost my mind I laughed so hard. Brian made the story great but Eric made the story memorable.
I don't like answering questions like this. I wish audible would remove them. Such a "spoiler" move, Audible.
If you are a fan of horror fiction, thrillers, and suspense novels this book is a must!!!!!
The part that hooked me was the town, isolated and cut off from everyone else by a malevolent force. The small ragtag group of survivors desperately trying to make do as they and everything around them falls apart around them.
No character really stood out, but Eric's narration was excellent.
The book suffers from the author telling you a broad outline of what's going to happen in the next hour or so and then filling in the details. Destroyed any surprise in the story as you'd already been told what was going to happen. Certain scenes seem way too long because of this.
I am a bookaholic. If not reading a real book, then listening to one during my daily commute or as I go to sleep each night.
This was a very well thought out story. Kept me guessing about what might be happening next. Cliff hanger ending as well.
I like to refer to Brian Keene's stuff as "comfort food horror". It's probably not very good for you, but you always want another serving. This book is no different. Well developed characters and dialogue that crackles. And imagery you won't soon forget.
It probably deserves a rating more like 2.5 stars rather than just 2. The premise is fun and the story owes an obvious debt to tales like Stephen King's "The Mist", which Brian Keene acknowledges in the novel. Keene shows a flair for character and the story moves at a good pace but eventually it succumbs to it's own baser instincts, going for horror cliches rather than something less conventional and potentially more satisfying. Giving in to those baser instincts is part of the point but regrettably, I was laughing at a few moments where I think the tension was supposed to be at it's highest.
If you're looking for lightweight (but not lighthearted) b-movie thrills, you might enjoy this one. Otherwise, I can't recommend it.
Eric Medler does an excellent job with the narration.
Why do you need an evil force to coax people into behaving badly? You've plunged a whole town into an extremely stressful and terrifying situation, just let that be the driving force for their actions.
Characters just didn't seem real or believable. Made so much worse by the fact that their actions were being manipulated by a supernatural force. I can accept any situation as long as the characters are allowed to respond in what seems like a realistic fashion.
This is basically like Under the Dome by Stephen King except that the author has explicitly made every characters' reactions to the situation fake by design. Don't buy this book - get Under the Dome which is much, much better.
Time well spent? Yes and no. It kept my interest enough to finish it. It was OK
Bad ending in my opinion. Didn't tie up things.
Yeah, the narrator was fine.
Two things disappointed me. My first problem with this book is that all throughout the author has no qualms about foul-mouthed characters and using the Lord's name in vain, over and over again. Okay, a little cussing I can deal with, but this was too much times a hundred.The second part that I didn't like is that the ending was definitely not satisfactory. I'm not going to be a spoiler here, so I'll just say that it seems as if the author is either setting up for a sequel, or just needed to hurry and find a way to end the book. He left too much of the book unanswered. I didn't like that.
I've never listened to Keene's books.
I think Eric Medler did an excellent job with the narration. His narration definitely helped bring the voices to life. I've never heard him before. I will check out and see what else he's narrated.
I didn't like the high school punk. I'm not sure, but I think they called him "T." I was hoping his character would die soon.
The book only cost me a buck.99, so, well, at least there's that. The story was interesting, but the bad language annoyed me all the way through, and the ending stunk.
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