©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)
This is the first audio book that I could not get through. The main characters irritated me to the point that I hoped for their fiery deaths. As I did not finish the book, I don't know that they met this fate, but I can hope.
Very disappointing, I couldn't end up finishing the book. Definitely not what I expected from reading the book description or the Ender series.
This book was NOT AT ALL what I expected from this author or from the description. It was not that I didn't like it, but it wasn't until about 2 hours from the END of the book that it started to even closely resemble what the book description said it was about. I kept listening only because it was Card. The narrator was good, but the book was HEAVILY about the mormon religion although not a religious book per se.
I must say that I have really mixed feelings. If I compare it to what I expected it to be, I'd have to say I hated it, but since I listened to the whole thing, I'd say it was a well-written book about the mormons with a strange twist that gets thrown in at the end.
All-in-all, if I knew then what I know now, I would NOT have bought it, but it was OK...
This story was more about the daily lives of a Mormon family than anything else. It was fairly interesting and informative for that purpose alone but not very good otherwise. I was anticipating a great suspense story but it was sort of mundane and disappointing. OSC is a great writer but this book is off the target.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters came to life, and the Mormonism portrayed was both a faith-sharing act from the author, and an important part of the character development. I really enjoyed the author's note at the end. It made me look at the book with new eyes. I'll definitely pick more of his books in the future.
The book title sounded so promising and I am always looking for new authors, but I am truly disapointed in this book. If I would have wanted to know so much in depth about the Mormon church I would ask, but to have it told to me in disquise of a "story" is a sad way for a sly "home schooling". If they come to my door I can say no, but buying a book I felt compeled to listen the book out and hope the, at first occational, preaching turn into the story of the title. No story line of the disappearing boys was weaved through the story, just a blip on the screen as it were, and a lot of mindless drivel of life in-between. The book had potential but the plot was lost so we could be taught some Mormon stuff. I agree that it should be put in religious books more than mystrey books although it is not enough of either to be put anywhere. A waste of money - don't buy
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.
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