The chilling follow-up to The Three, Sarah Lotz's "hard to put down and vastly entertaining" debut (Stephen King).
Hundreds of pleasure-seekers stream aboard The Beautiful Dreamer cruise ship for five days of cut-price fun in the Caribbean sun. On the fourth day, disaster strikes: Smoke roils out of the engine room, and the ship is stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. Soon supplies run low, a virus plagues the ship, and there are whispered rumors that the cabins on the lower decks are haunted by shadowy figures. Irritation escalates to panic, the crew loses control, factions form, and violent chaos erupts among the survivors.
When, at last, the ship is spotted drifting off the coast of Key West, the world's press reports it empty. But the gloomy headlines may be covering up an even more disturbing reality.
Day Four is a heart-racing tale from "a ferociously imaginative storyteller." (Lauren Beukes).
©2015 Sarah Lotz (P)2015 Hachette Audio
"Do what you can with what you have, wherever you are."
I'm going to come clean right off the bat; I'm only around half way through the book. That being said, I feel like I could have jumped into the story right where I'm at and wouldn't have lost anything. The story is taking an agonizingly long time to develop, and the parts that are supposed to be "creepy" never really seem to hit that mark. Most of the content comes across as if I'm overhearing an incredibly uninteresting and mundane conversation held between people I couldn't care less about. As it progresses, I've found that those mundane conversations are becoming more and more annoying and hard to listen to. Right now I'm really struggling with finishing the book.
I think the use of multiple narrators worked really well in the Three, and while this reader did a good job, it would have been better with not just one reader for every character. I liked the ties back to the three, and the subtle horror that characterize both books. with that being said, I found the three to be much more creepy than this book and the characters more throughly explored and relatable. I was a little bummed with the ending. ...it was pretty much the same conclusion as the three, but less interesting because we have already seen it done. I think I would have liked this book more if I hadn't already read the three. it is probably still worth reading, if you have the time.
Great characters, great story and very easy to get into. The story moves fast enough to keep you entertained and wanting to listen.
I downloaded this book because I read a review by Stephen King, saying it was scary. This book started really slowly. It kept my attention, though, because I am a former Cruise Ship crew member, who was fortunate to not have tragedy strike while I was aboard. I didn't find the book scary. At all. I was confused in the last few chapters, only guessing the ending seconds before it happened.
The characters were relatable-I'm sure I worked with a few of them! The disaster protocol sounds genuine. The crew's behavior was...interesting. No ship crew I worked with would behave as such, however, it adds an element of hopelessness to the story.
I was disappointed in the narrator. She did a good job with inflection and changing her voice so I knew who was speaking. However, Ms. Rawlins obviously has spent no time with any Filipino person, nor did she Google the correct pronunciation of Tagalog (which is tah-GAH-lowg, not TAG-ah-log) or the correct pronunciation of some of the names.
I need to re listen to this book, to see if I missed any scary parts; since I listened at work, that is a possibility.
First time I've been compelled to write a review. I listened to this book based on Stephe King's recommendation on the jacket cover (note: it turns out the quote is referring to Sarah Lotz's first book). I found there to be no redeeming characters, the plot was plodding and pointless, and frankly made little sense. I'm not sure what parts other listeners felt creepy but adding a lady in white or the presence of a mysterious child on an adults only cruise is not horror in my book. I really wanted to like this book but it just never went anywhere. I understand leaving readers with some mystery as to what's happening but I feel like the writer also has no idea what's going on and that leaves me feeling cheated. On a side note, I've listened to over fifty audible books and the narrator of this was by far the worst. She handled the female voices adequately but really struggled with the male characters and goodness, the Indian security guard accent? I'm always listening out loud on my iPhone as I work around the house and for the first time my wife asked me to wear headphones.
Great structure, nice payoff at the end but I was expecting a little more having read a few reviews. A good listen, the narration was great. I just wish there was a little bit, just a tiny bit more of a twist.
Yes it's kinda of obvious but then it's not. The performance is one of the best I have ever heard. The narrator has an unlimited separation between each character.
I just felt like this book never could decide what sort of story it wanted to be. One minute things are quick-paced and exciting and terrifying, the next it's a slow-burn, and finally it just ends on this really weird and surreal note involving either an alternate dimension or a trip to the future, and it's all related in transcripts, like the author wanted to finish things up super quick and didn't have the energy for writing it out in her usual style. It just annoyed me.
One thing that definitely could've been done better is the supernatural elements. In the beginning of the novel it's hinted that what's happening is partly supernatural, but as the novel goes on, the supernatural elements are only just there, like they've been tacked on at the last minute to spice up the story. It isn't until the very end that the supernatural stuff really gains prominence, but then it's lost in some really surreal stuff and you really don't know how to make sense of it all as a reader. Ms. Lotz should have either made those supernatural elements more prominent and defined or taken them out altogether. Either way the story would've benefited.I also think that the story could've been written a bit more evenly in pace and tone. It was just so all-over-the-place, like the author was still figuring out what sort of story she was writing while writing it. I really think that if she had done better in deciding where the story would go and what sort of pace it was going to go at, we'd have a much better story.
Sure, if she was narrating a book I was interested in. Her male voices are pretty obviously a woman pretending to be a man, but she does it better than other narrators I could name. And she also handles accents pretty well too.
Yes, it did. Lotz handles multiple narrative point of views very well, developing each narrator quite well. This is also the most diverse cast of characters I've seen in a book: male and female, old and young, every race and ethnicity under the sun. I rarely see that in fiction. It was definitely interesting.
You'll be intrigued to see where this story goes, though you'll be left wondering if even the author knows where the story is going as time goes on.
So, so much! Such a great idea that just peters out at the end. It's like the author came up with the concept and started writing with absolutely no idea what the end game was. Then, when she got there, it was like, "Well, let's just slap together a bunch of nonsense and see if anyone's really paying attention." If you hated the ending of the television series Lost, don't waste 11+ hours of your life on this book.
The idea of people trapped on a cruise ship while something strange is going down around them is great. It was executed really well by Iain Robb Wright with Sea Sick, but not here. The least interesting part of this book was definitely the way it wrapped up. I felt, after all that time listening, that there was no pay off.
Anyone! The attempts at accents were embarrassing. Every male character sounded exactly the same - apparently every man this woman knows has a deep, gruff voice. Young women sound like vapid bimbos. Old women sound like horrifically bad Katherine Hepburn impressions. Every time she got to a chapter about the psychic Celine, I thought my ears were going to bleed. And the worst part was that so many lines were misread - flat and emotionless, or with the wrong inflection in the wrong places. Just terrible!
Part of me would like more explanation - but a bigger part of me just doesn't give a damn. I suffered through all of this; I would not put myself through a sequel.
I was almost - almost - tempted to purchase the Kindle version of this book just to see if reading it myself would make it any better. Then I decided it just wasn't worth the pain and suffering. I'll just go watch Ghost Ship again.
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