Would you consider the audio edition of Chayatocha to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the print version
What other book might you compare Chayatocha to and why?
a faith based type book
What does Gregory Papst bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I like the different voices that he uses for each character
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Pioneer horror tales
Any additional comments?
a likeable book, kept me glued to my device, even after I arrived at my 7 hour destination!
This book has significant Christian content which does not appear in the summary. I wish I had known because I would not have spent my $$ on it. Please list such info in your summaries.
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What would have made Chayatocha better?
Create tension and suspense for the Western adventure promised. This was supposed to be a wagon train ambushed on the way to Oregon, remember.
What could Shane Johnson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Classify as a religious story of challenge and salvation. The religion is overbearing, complete with the crucifixion of Christ, Mary at his feet, mentions Samson...........
When a character crosses terrain, duress caused by pursuit, threat or physical pain and exhaustion are brought to life by the author. Paradine crosses barren land where totem poles stand tall and proud, a tribute to their maker, he then goes through a narrow wood and that's it! Not that we're asking for this to be bulked out with description and clever adjectives.
Most people think that 'Robinson Crusoe' was a story about a man on a desert island. That was because the main story line was focal throughout. The classic was actually about god. Trust in providence and he will provide, food, shelter, strength and even a companion 'Man Friday'. Shane Johnson is no Daniel Defoe.
What didn’t you like about Gregory Papst’s performance?
He gives all the characters (especially the demonic ones) exaggerated voices, that don't come across well.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Not really. Without being a horror story, it revolves around demonic possession.
Any additional comments?
Thanks to the previous review, warning of the Christian aspect, I found on Wiki a link to Christian Review's synopsis, where this is #76. It claimed that Shane J can hold together the promised story within a christian theme, a remarkable literary feat. Not put off by the Christianity, it sounded different and a potentially enjoyable novel with some interesting christian insights. Have listened twice for any missed interpretation, but it is just boring.