©1992 Orson Scott Card; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Card skillfully uses terror as a background to everyday family life. For Stephen King fans and those who like their suspense mixed with the supernatural." (Library Journal)
I haven't read Card's sci-fi books, but have enjoyed several of his "horror" novels. This one really confused me. 99.9% of the book has no scary undertones, nothing out of the ordinary, nothing supernatural, and is frankly just a boring story about a family of Mormons living their everyday lives. I kept waiting for something to happen, but nothing happened until the last 15 minutes of the 16 hour book. Every time something new happened, I thought it would lead into something scary, or at least something interesting, but it never did. Yes, the ending was pretty good, and for some reason, I didn't stop listening... maybe because I was already a fan... but I would not recommend this book. If you're looking for a story about a family of Mormons living their everyday lives, it's a story that'll pass the time on your commute, but steer clear if you'd like something scary, thrilling, or anything more than a story about a pretty ordinary family.
After listening to the first half of this book, i finally went back to read the reviews. I should have done that first and saved my credits. This book was very tedious and at this point in the book I am not sure how this even relates to the book description. The book is mainly about the family and the mormon lifestyle, I did not realize this when i got it, but quickly learned. I feel pretty mislead by the write up description of the book and will not waste my time finishing it. It has no suspense, no action and no interesting characters. The narrator was good, but not good enough to save this book from the delete file, unfinished. Save your credits please!!!!!!1
The end of this story has quite a twist that will give you chills. The problem is, the very end is the ONLY part of the book that is suspenseful or chilling. To get there, you have to get through long and very UNexiciting depictions of everyday family life and Mormon values. To be fair, these depictions are very well-written. The glimpse into Mormon life was interesting (for a while). The characters were likeable and I worried about their welfare as the story went along. However, their marital spats and moral wranglings and daily routines got quite tedious by the end. The author managed to be impressively unoffensive with his religious preachings, but there IS quite a lot of preaching as the book goes along, which also got tiresome. The whole long build-up was a complete mismatch for the sudden ending. It was obvious all along that Stevie's "imaginary friends" were the ghosts of the dead boys, and the parent's failure to question their child enough to figure this out was maddening. There are several candidates for the "bad guy" and the initial obvious choice is of course not the right one, but the initial "red herrings" are exposed long before the end so that the real bad guy is no surprise. The end gave me a chill and wrenched my heartstrings, but it was a cheat-- after lulling me into boredom it then slapped me awake barely in time to watch it end and be done. There was no catharsis. Orson Scott Card could have (and has!) done much better.
Well, all I can say is, are you kidding me? This is in no way a horror book, its an idealistic christian fantasy. Textbook cliche angel/devil on the shoulder situations. The most boring book I've ever experienced. Unfortunately for me, I had to suffer through to the end.
Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.
Not a bad book, nothing like I was expecting. You learn a lot about the Mormon faith, which is interesting and crucial to the story, since it drives the actions of the parents.
It's a little disconnected, but it makes sense if you're patient. I actually got emotional towards the end, and that's goog because it means I was involved.
The tension comes from the transplanted family and the horrors of a new job, new school, new experiences. The actualy "ghost" part is woven through, but it's subtle - very subtle. You won't see the end coming and that's good, but you may be tired of the story before then.
It was my first OSC story, and I may go back for more.
Wow, I think my review would be more interesting than this excuse of a horror slash fantasy slash 13 hour sob story.
The best part of this aubile release was the author talking at the end and confirming why the book sucked so much. Card, inspired by Steven King, tried to combine his own life with horror and failed.
This book was 14 hours long. 13 of those hours were nothing more than us following around a computer programmer with a very boring life. The first 13 hours of this book were about how the main character is struggling financially. What made it even more boring was the fact that the author knew little or nothing about computers or programming so the story was silly and pathetic. The computer lingo used was comical and painful to listen to at the same time. Any child of age 15 knows more than the supposed computer programmer of this story.
Theres no sci fi in this story what so ever. Theres no fantasy and theres no horror. This is basically something that an amateur would write in an attempt to create a horror story.
Towards the end theres a mention of a child playing a computer game that didnt exist. The game was never found on a disc and it was never located in computer memory. Note: this is before hard drives even existed so that should give you an idea of how outdated this story is. Thats it. Thats all that is mentioned about this mystery game. If youre confused so am I because the author just dropped that into the story and forgot about it.
Theres so much about this book that was bad. Poor story, weak characters, weak plot, NO plot, poor, poor, poor. The book is a series of ideas and mini stories dropped into a bowl and mixed together in hopes of creating 1 meal of a story. I think Orson Scott Card got lucky with Enders Game but his stories are pretty bad overall.
It's interesting to see previous reviews - people have either really liked it or hated it. Other than maybe the last 15 minutes, I'm baffled as to how anyone could have truly enjoyed this book - I stuck it out only because of the promise of some kind of excitement. The first 3/4 of this book is spent on this family's (boring) daily activity - no hint of anything even being amiss. And when the "suspense" hits, it lasts for about 10 minutes. If you're looking for a book describing the daily activities of a Mormon family, this is the book for you.
This book inspired the special mix of sympathy and pity that is reserved for truly disappointing people. This transparent autobiography puts all of Orson Scott Card's ordinary-ness on display. Clunky suspense genre elements are conspicuously grafted onto the mundane problems of his family life. How can a man with such expansive imagination lead such a dull existance? Lost Boys fails both as a thriller and as a memoir.
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