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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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Great story

Would you listen to Carrion Comfort again? Why?

Except for the male narrative and Natalie's voice- it was a solid recording

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Well built story and developed characters. Saul did not seem "tortured enough" about his role in the deaths of Aaron's family. Also, not sure why Melanie did not just control Natalie at the end. Maybe she wanted to run and hide from Nina, but that did not seem the direction she was heading.

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a classic by Dan Simmons!

A fantastic epic in a great cinematic style Carrion Comfort has remained one of my favorite novels for years. The performance of the two readers was really great especially the Fuller segments.

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One of the Best Ever!

This may be my single greatest audiobook experience. While very long (perhaps average for ASOIAF fans) Carrion Comfort moves at a brisk pace. It is truly epic horror that spans decades and hosts numerous characters you will root for as well as those you will detest. The voice acting (a more apt phrase than narration in this instance) is truly superb. I cannot recommend more highly.

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  • Heather
  • MURFREESBORO, TN, United States
  • 03-03-15

I would have enjoyed reading it myself more

the female narrator did an excellent job. the male narrator did great with voiced. but when reading parts that were meant to be action and more intense, he just read the way he read the rest of the book. and it's really really long:-) I fell asleep listening for eight hours and I don't think I missed much.

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  • qcathy
  • Queensland Australia
  • 01-12-15

Great story!

You can really get your listening value from this one. loved it all! 5 stars from me., and looking forward to reading another.

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Best novel ever

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A fascinating concept with an incredible array of really good characters and Bo does this story pick you up and move.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Melanie is an old broad you will learn to both admire for her crazy like. Fox, daring without caring and I don't think I've ever met someone as self centered and delay duded in such a crazy, scarey and brutal way you can't help but both marvel and laugh. She is beyond amusing. So many characters who have a depth , if so someone told me I'd know this much about so many I would have said no thanks, but they come upon you or you them for a meaningful and interesting purpose...not hard to manage at all.

Have you listened to any of Mel Foster and Laural Merlington ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Great performances! I heard Melanie and the others this way in my head when I. Read the print version ages ago!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sweeping beyond what you thought possible...riveting and great fun with characters you hate to love cause they are just that badly good.

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Bravo to the narration on this one!

Would you listen to Carrion Comfort again? Why?

Absolutely, besides the length, of course. The narration was splendidly delivered, and having the woman onboard for the POV chapters made this already engrossing story even harder to put down.

What other book might you compare Carrion Comfort to and why?

It's almost nothing like Stephen King's IT in plot, but the feel of the story is very similar.

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

Melanie, by Laural Merlington was superb.

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Great listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes i have it keep me gusseing to the end

What was one of the most memorable moments of Carrion Comfort?

The ending was so well done

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

The sheriff

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

dont want to give it away

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  • David
  • Saint Charles, MO, United States
  • 09-11-14

Everything is not what it seems

Would you listen to Carrion Comfort again? Why?

I will, but I doubt that I will listen to anything more than parts of the book due to its length.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Carrion Comfort?

This question always messes me up as I think it will give away the game. There are better moments than this, but the opening is pretty good.

Which scene was your favorite?

The first grand fight.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Who is in control.

Any additional comments?

I have seen reviews calling this a vampire book. It has nothing to due with vampires. It is about absolute power and control, while attempting to defeat those with that power and control.

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  • Eva
  • Hardinsburg, IN, United States
  • 05-20-14

A different kind of read

Would you try another book from Dan Simmons and/or Mel Foster and Laural Merlington ?

This is my first experience with them so I would have to say yes, I would try another.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I didn't care much for it. It's too clean. I get the feeling that none of these characters sleep well at night. Although it's not really brought out in the ending like that.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performers did a good job with the reading. I didn't get the seperation that you often hear when a book is read. I really like it when that's cohesive. I think it helps to build the character in a multi-dementional way.

Do you think Carrion Comfort needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I don't think so. I think if you tried to build on it now it would just feel drawn out. That's part of the problem with loose ends. When you tie them all up neat with a bow, you often cut yourself off from moving it forward.

Any additional comments?

I liked the characters. They felt true to the story and to each other. I liked that the romantic interest didn't jump right into love. These characters fit each other. Which can be very hard for even the most seasoned of writers. I would like to add as a side note from a personal perspective. Just in case Mr. Simmons should ever read this. You're never going to please every reader. At the end of the day if you are happy with it and you feel that you've done your story justice then you should be happy. Take the critisism as what it is. A learning tool and use it on the next story.