©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.
For the first time ever with a book from Audible, I wish I could get those hours back.
Audible makes me love being stuck in traffic :)
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!
This book hit most of my hot/dislike buttons. Everything goes wrong for the protagonist, even if it's completely unlikely. People you think are dead reappear, when it's really implausible, the bad guys reappear like the terminator robots. The main characters make one stupid move after another. I could have taken both of those flaws and set them aside if it wasn't for the ending. Once again more bad guys come along and try to do in our heroine. And of course nothing turns out well.
If this was a book written about a period 50 years ago I'd go along with it, but basic forensic evidence would have cleared the woman. There were enough bodies and bullets, along with a main character that was suffering from dehydration and exhaustion. Oh come on.
I would have given it a one overall, but the reader did a good job in spite of the story.
But I still hated it.
The story is really pretty good. Blake Crouch is no Dennis LaHane, or for that matter a Richard Kadre or Jack Kilborn, but the book is one of his better efforts. A good, light read that moves well and is good fun.
I have WhisperSync fortunately. The narrator is very poor. He speaks in a monotone, virtually without inflection. He is unable to give character to voices. In fact, this is one of the two worst narrations I have heard on an audiobook this side of Libravox. The good thing is that I can read the text instead, using the narration only when it is inconvenient to read. This is ideal in a car. You can hear the story but your attention is never off the road.
If they had made everything a little less confusing, took me quite awhile to read which is unusual for me.
I'm really not sure, may try another Blake Crouch book.
Read with a little more feeling
Yes, some of the people were indearing
Wouldn't read again
In typical Crouch fashion the story gets going right away without a ton of boring character development. The setting and storyline flipping back and forth between 1800's to present was interesting, but sometimes a bit irritating because it would be right at a cliffhanger moment.
SPOILER... I was shocked when the main character shoots and kills the sheriff and the other dude toward the end....but there were a lot of twists and turns so there were many like that
One of the best narrators out there. Not irritating and doesn't over do it like some narrators who shift there balls up inside to sound like a female and just cause a whole book to be ruined...
definitely... I practically did.
Some people like authors who have long drawn out character building and stories that start slow and gradually get to the plot.. All the things I hate about books. Blake Crouch is the opposite and I know when I start one of his books, I'll be hooked after only a few minutes. The bad reviews he gets seem to always come from people wanting more character building.
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