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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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    sojournsapphire 10-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully written, but long winded"

    Great performance by the narrators, and overall a good story.
    Took awhile for me to get into and there were a several times that I wish the writer could have moved the story along at a faster pace.
    I'm not sure I'd recommend it to the horror novel lover, as much as I would to someone who likes a drama with supernatural elements.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    KurveSC Varnville, SC 01-15-13
    KurveSC Varnville, SC 01-15-13

    So Many Books, So Little Time...

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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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    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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    Wild Wise Woman Atlanta, GA, United States 10-29-11
    Wild Wise Woman Atlanta, GA, United States 10-29-11 Member Since 2012

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    "Extremely dated, but not too bad"

    My previous experience with Dan Simmons was his remarkable "The Terror", which stands head and shoulders above anything else I read last year. CARRION COMFORT is a much earlier work, more than 20 years ago, and both the writing and the story reflect badly on the 1980s. The story is fine - nothing totally weird in the realm of horror fiction - good versus evil, absolute power corrupting absolutely, etc., etc., and the storytelling is mundane and acceptable. The characters are many and fleshed out well by the two (male and female) readers, making a 40 hour long audiobook fairly easy to follow. There is a great deal of dated racism in the book, making for some very squirmy moments for me, and I don't believe it would find a publisher today without some heavy rewrites. The non-white characters are very cardboard, very thinly balanced between "Whatchoo Talkin' Bout Willis?" and "Gonna Cut Me Some Whitey Bro". The young black woman who is a sort of love interest is typical of lame-ass females in most of these types of novels - if we start discussing sexism in horror fiction we'll never be finished! Anyway, there is no excuse for this book being so amazingly LONG, because the language isn't particularly florid or memorable, and the actions scenes are many, but could well have been edited down to a few. I don't mind devoting 40 hours to an audiobook, but I know that once I reach the end (on Pt 4 of 5 now) I'll forget this one as soon as I begin another.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Matt 05-10-17
    Matt 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Well done Mr. Simmons!"

    Complex and deep story with very interesting characters. Simmons does an excellent job of weaving his story into factual history.
    I loved it!

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    Dara G Larsen 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Sexual abuse of a minor"

    I love the supernatural and horror genre and I don't shy away from intense themes that often accompany especially horror. That being said, I stopped listening in the middle of chapter 5 when a graphic scene of the sexual abuse and exploitation of a child was glorified. The authors salacious objectification of a teenaged character turned my stomach and turned me off to the book altogether.

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    Tawnya 03-10-17
    Tawnya 03-10-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Great readers flesh out well developed characters"
    What made the experience of listening to Carrion Comfort the most enjoyable?

    The story moves along without getting bogged down. 39 hours is a lot of story after all. But the plot moves fast enough and still takes the time to breathe interesting backgrounds into it's characters.


    Which character – as performed by Mel Foster and Laural Merlington – was your favorite?

    The readers gave great voices to the different characters. Melanie's southern 'hospitality' and antebellum contempt and prejudices were the real treat to listen to. Can't say how often I smiled and winced at her, and the reader made those reactions all the stronger.


    Any additional comments?

    It was better than I expected. There are a few points that some deus ex machina enters to provide some tools to the characters, but the author mentions as much directly in the story at one point. It made me grin. I'm a stickler for no plot holes and anti-deus ex machina, but Dan keeps it just on the fringe of believable and the plot is solid.It's an alternate history of sorts, told from the present. A very creative way of explaining historical moments in the past and their possible causes -- from a pseudo-supernatural perspective. No ghosts or aliens here. Just people who have the power to realize the darker manifestations that most of us are wont to not admit to. I'm now off to listen to another of Mr. Simmon's books. :)

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    Joshua King 02-02-17
    Joshua King 02-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Enthralling story! Kepth my attention til the end."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. Really interesting book. I enjoyed the way that real historical events were woven into the storyline. Kind of an alternate history kind of a story. I agree with other reviewers that it's not really a vampire book at all; that description really sells the book short. It's like a suspenseful miniseries that you want to binge watch.


    Which character – as performed by Mel Foster and Laural Merlington – was your favorite?

    I can't really say that one was better than the other. They were completely integral to the telling of the story. Listening to their performance was a great experience. It made it really feel like a performance rather than a recitation of the book. Made it worth listening to the book vice reading it myself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book and performance are good, but I wouldn't have wanted to listen to the epic 40 hours in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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