It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested. When a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townsfolk know it marks the end of their carefree days. From the depths of the Old Central School, a hulking fortress tinged with the mahogany scent of coffins, an invisible evil is rising. Strange and horrifying events begin to overtake everyday life, spreading terror through the once-peaceful town. Determined to exorcize this ancient plague, Mike, Duane, Dale, Harlen, and Kevin must wage a war of blood against an arcane abomination who owns the night....
©2011 Dan Simmons (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Impressive...combines beautiful writing and suspense into a book for which Dan Simmons deserves the bestseller status of King and Koontz.” (The Denver Post)
“One can only wonder what Simmons will do next, now that he’s shown us he can do everything the best writers in horror and science fiction can do.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
“It stands with the best of King and Straub in the traditional modern horror genre.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
This book was not compelling. The narration was good. Perhaps I was unimpressed because I had recently finished the excellent Justin Cronin books 'The Passage' and 'The Twelve'. This book seemed more like a Hardy boys adventure when compared to Cronin's work.
Another coming of age book set in the idealistic late 50's and early 60's. It's a watered down version of "It" or an expanded version of "The Body." Take your pick. Worth a credit? Yes.
I would not try one based on my experience with this book.
Maybe but not likely
The performance was fine it was the story I could not live with.
Disappointment would not be an exaggeration. I kept thinking...get on with it...and this is not logical or believable.
I did not finish this book. Well into it I decided my time could be better spent.
Willy Wonka of it
I did not read the print version, so I cannot say. I will say that I prefer audio books to reading.
There's a sad scene where one of the little ones goes down.
An excellent reader who conveys emotion and tone very well.
I was a bit sad at the loss of some life, but overall it was a good read/listen. I wish we'd gotten a bit more after things were all said and done.
A very good standalone story. It was long, but pretty worthwhile. The story could have been shorter, but at one point the mystery got stalled and had to start over. Those parts of the book were harder to get through, but overall it was a good one.
Audiobooks keep me sane- great actors are much better voices in my head than my own. I prefer sf&f, but occasionally fall back on high lit.
Not really. It's like when John Grisham wrote that book about living in the Midwest and didn't have a single lawyer in the cast. It's weird. Sure, it's "horror", but it's cheesy, predictable, and mild at best.
Don't just download this because it's Dan Simmons.
Loved this book, reminds me of Stephen King style when he wrote good stories! Definitely keeps you interested and you become invested in the characters. Delivered very well by the narrator. Will make you laugh, and keep you on the edge of your seat. My first experience with a Dan Simmons novel and will be looking for more. I'm only sorry that the story flew by.... I was enjoying the ride. FIVE STARS all the way
I'm curious & creative and I love new ideas about life!
I thought that the plot was going to be based on reality, but it is full of unbelievable superstition. The story line is slow moving and definitely not very thrilling. I was disappointed since the book was portrayed as a thriller from its description.
Very disappointed and felt like I was mislead by the description of this book!
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