©2009 Blake Crouch; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The story of Abandon had so much potential; a great idea for a story that just went to waste. A small, remote mining town high in the mountains and dual mysteries regarding the fate of the residents who all disappeared without a trace on Christmas night 100 years ago and the modern day explorers who hike up there (at a really stupid, stupid time of year) to try to solve the mystery or at least explore a really tantalizing little slice of history that has been nearly untouched. As a historian, that aspect of the book was the hook that drew me in to my misfortune. The story was quite implausible but I am okay with that to a certain extent. The problem is it really did just seem to be an exercise in abandoning hope, little by little, that the author would do anything at all to redeem this story. A great idea that just devolved into an allegory for the greed and heartlessness of man.The book might have been at least a 3 star read for me with a different ending in either of the time periods. I actually might have recommended it to family or friends who just like books that are a little darker than my preference but the ending of the modern timeline was ridiculous and unbelievable and the ending of the 19th century timeline, especially Lana's story was just plain old hideous. The storyline for the little girl, Harriet, could have been really "good" in a gruesome kind of way but the author didn't really fully develop it or follow through with it. Character development, or the lack thereof, could have been a LOT better in this book as well. He would begin to bring dimension to a character but then go off to something else and never come back. The historical aspect of the book was a letdown as well. Probably the most cruel blow for me personally. It was similar to his character development style in that all he seemed to care about was creating a world as dark and hopeless as possible.
The performance wasn't the issue. Luke Daniels did a decent job although his accent for the "bad guys" of 100 years ago was a bit cheesy.
The concept and the setting. Too bad they weren't put to good use.
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Blake Crouch may be my new favorite author. While this book was not as good as Run and Pines, Mr. Crouch still knocked it out of the park. We're talking a 400 ft homer vs two 450s. I really have nothing bad to say about this book besides it simply doesn't meet the standard Crouch himself set--but honestly most books won't. He clearly has the soul of a storyteller. I can't wait to see what else he does. Keep writing, Mr. Crouch!
Yes. I am a recent fan of Blake Crouch and will listen to more of his books. This story is interesting but it didn't last. I found myself having to restart chapters because I would loose interest so easily. I had to force myself to finish it.
More than likely another Crouch novel, I do like some of his other work.
The narration was fine
Overall a decent "read". I felt like a whole chunk of the middle could've been left out without harming the storyline. So many "twists" that were repetitive of one another and became rather obvious. Narrator was great with accents and defining characters, but regular narration was at times very monotone.
I have listened to all of the audible Crouch books. I started with Pines and thought it was frigging great. I had high hopes for Crouch. But now after listening to many of his stories, I have to say that I am a little disappointed.
Abandons primary fault is the multiple story lines. Spread across time (both in flash backs that confuse & two separate timelines set 150 years apart).
Secondary is the ultimate story arc that is too pat. For some reason all of Crouch's stories feel like they end as you expect them to. Uninspiring. Characters are not torn apart as you would expect. They don't grow or change. In the end they are two dimensional.
Excellent book; easy to follow even though it goes back and forth between the 1880's and 2009.Keeps you guessing even though you think you know what's going to happen. Who would've guessed who the one was that caused Abandon!
I had higher expectations for this story, it was just kind of 'run of the mill'. It seemed a bit drawn out in areas, then the last chapter/end of story was rushed, one of the characters apparently just rode off into the sunset. There should have been more to that portion of the story, would've/could have added excitement, a twist and drama. Just seemed as if the author lost interest and couldn't wait to get it finished; too bad, more potential there than in other areas of the story.
I felt the narrator contributed to my mediocre rating, I found his voice to be rather harsh and annoying.
The original review I read for this book said it was sci-fi genre, but that's not at all the case. The story was interesting and I enjoyed how he weaved the lines between the two time periods, but there were no real surprises. Nothing kept me "hooked" on it and the ending just fell flat.
I'm not sure why this book got iffy reviews. The story was well written and has excellent twists and turns. I'd think it was going in one direction and suddenly the story would sweep me in another and we'd be off again. The old west lingo was a interesting addition.
"I liked the story.....but"
the second half was more interesting. it felt like the link to the past took too long to transpire and the hints to paranormal that I found exciting also didn't come to anything. my mind did wonder on a few occasions so it didn't grip me but I liked the last couple of hours as the story intensified.
"Crouch never disappoints"
You can almost feel the cold isolation in this story. The tale seamlessly switches between 1893 and 2009 bleeding the information as to why a whole town disappeared Christmas night 1893.
This is a true tale of claustrophobic horror that had me wondering what I might do in that situation. Crouch is a master of dark story telling, no character is safe in his novels.
I was not massively impressed by the narration. There is no vocal distinction between male and female voices and the tone took some getting used to, that said I would not let it put me off other Crouch novels as the story compensated for the (in my opinion) less than brilliant narration.
There is a 40 minute short story at the end that is linked to one of the characters and events prior to 1893.
"An interesting read"
If you think this book is aimed at horror fans your wrong. It is a decent thriller and a story line that captures the imagination, but there is no supernatural elements to it which the summery hints at.
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