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Carrion Comfort Audiobook

Carrion Comfort

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Publisher's Summary

The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

The Present...Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a journey that for Saul will span decades and cross continents, plunging into the darkest corners of 20th-century history to reveal a secret society of beings who throughout the ages may exist behind the world’s most horrible and violent events. Killing from a distance, and by darkly manipulative proxy, they are people with the psychic ability to “use” humans: read their minds, subjugate them to their wills, experience through their senses, feed off their emotions, force them to acts of unspeakable aggression. Each year, three of the most powerful of this hidden order meet to discuss their triumphs of induced bloodshed and deliberate destruction. But at this reunion, something will go terribly wrong. Saul’s quest is about to reach its elusive object, drawing hunter and hunted alike into a struggle that will plumb the depths of mankind’s attraction to violence, and determine the future of the world itself.

©2009 Dan Simmons (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Epic in scale and scope but intimately disturbing, Carrion Comfort spans the ages to rewrite history and tug at the very fabric of reality. A nightmarish chronicle of predator and prey that will shatter your worldview forever. A true classic.” (Guillermo Del Toro)

“[Carrion Comfort is] one of the few major reinventions of the vampire concept, on a par with Jack Finney’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend, and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot.” (David Morrell)

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    Karen Threlkeld Birmingham, Alabama USA 01-27-13
    Karen Threlkeld Birmingham, Alabama USA 01-27-13
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyed this Book!"
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    This is a long book but very much worth the investment of time. You will not regret spending the credit on this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tabitha Carolinas 01-15-13
    Tabitha Carolinas 01-15-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Imagery, Great Storytelling"
    What made the experience of listening to Carrion Comfort the most enjoyable?

    The author's use of imagery and also the narrators really got into telling the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrators


    What does Mel Foster and Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They bring the characters to life. Hearing them read this novel sets you in the midst of the story.


    Who was the most memorable character of Carrion Comfort and why?

    Melanie Fuller. She's elegant and classy yet evil and corrupt to the core.


    Any additional comments?

    Great novel to "take you away" for a while.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Banana 03-20-17
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    "Racist and boring"

    I struggled through almost half of the book and finally had enough. I couldn't justify another minute of it for the amount of misogyny and blatant racism it endowed. Good narration. Terrible story.
    I'm sad that I wasted my time and my credit on this book.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    D. Hicks 05-21-15
    D. Hicks 05-21-15
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    "Longest Book Ever..."
    What did you like best about Carrion Comfort? What did you like least?

    The premise was fascinating with really good character development, but, oh my...it was about 15 hours too long.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The switching to and fro of perspectives allowed for a well-rounded vision into the story.


    What about Mel Foster and Laural Merlington ’s performance did you like?

    Mel Foster had a wide range of voices. His "black voice" was unfortunate. It reminded me of stereotypes portrayed in early 20th century film. Laural Merlington's voicing of "Melanie" was very typical of a non-Southern person trying (and failing) to capture an authentic Southern accent. It got better towards the end, but, maybe I just got used to it.


    Did Carrion Comfort inspire you to do anything?

    It was a good enough story that it inspired me to finish it to find out what happens.


    Any additional comments?

    Look, I didn't hate the book. I have listened to many books as long or longer. I just found myself wanting to bash my head on the steering wheel to make it stop when the main character, Saul, would make a plan. Then change the plan. Then doubt the plan. Then tell the other main character, Natalie, that he doubted the plan. Then argue with Natalie about the plan. Then agree to an amended plan. And then not do the plan in the end because he improvised instead and then acted shocked when things didn't go as planned. In the end, things went as planned. *SPOILER* But, then you find out it didn't go as planned at all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    shane 11-11-11
    shane 11-11-11 Member Since 2017
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    "well written"

    the only gripe I have is that the old lady gets her own narrator , who is fabulous and everyone else shares the same narrator who is middling but still a good story and interesting , it feels a bit like simmons wrote a bunch of shorter novels or stories and then mxed the characters together into the larger volume ,and at least its not narrated by john lee.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 11-15-17
    Dan 11-15-17
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    "Outstanding"

    Yet another brilliant book from Dan Simmons. Complex storyline which has lots of twists and a final ending that surprises

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pgood New York, NY United States 11-04-17
    Pgood New York, NY United States 11-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Now an all-time favorite..."

    I have never been able to work my way through Simmons’ popular Hyperion so was hesitant to purchase another of his works. Wow! I’m so glad I did—this book is fantastic on so many levels: intriguing characters, a compelling story, fantastic writing and talented narration. My only negative criticism—and it is minor—was male narrator’s characterization of the black characters dialects: it was a bit too over-the-top.

    Overall though, I was thoroughly pleased.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alphalaydie Washington, DC 10-15-17
    Alphalaydie Washington, DC 10-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Maybe I just can’t get over ..."

    The repeated use of the word “n*gger,” negress,” pickaninny,” “black b*tch” or referring or comparing black people to unintelligent animals or suggesting they are sub-human made this novel a most unenjoyable read.

    I understand that the use of these negative terms and ideas was to highlight 1) the time period; and 2) how certain characters felt about black people. And I can even understand that the feelings/views of the characters do not necessarily reflect the views of the author. I just found myself wanting everyone to die a bloody death. I was completely unable to connect with any of the characters and did not enjoy the story.

    The storyline was creative (although some scenes were not new — an episode of Star Trek came to mind with the chess pieces), but for me (a black woman) the story was hard to read.

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    Ty Ferrell 08-25-17
    Ty Ferrell 08-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story but insulting accents"

    I think the story was very interesting and kept my attention. However the dialect and accents of the black American characters was insulting and absurd. It gave the story a cheapened tasteless side that I had to deal with to get to the end

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin J. Pass 08-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Human chess"

    If only they featured chess like that in Harry Potter! Really enjoyed this, worth it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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