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The Night Eternal Audiobook

The Night Eternal: Book Three of the Strain Trilogy

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It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There has been a mass extermination of humans orchestrated by the Master - an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers. The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters - Dr. Eph Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martinez, Vasiliy Fet, and Mr. Quinlan, the half-breed offspring of the Master who is bent on revenge. It’s their job to overturn this devastating new world order. But good and evil are malleable terms now, and the Master is most skilled at preying on the weaknesses of humans.

Now, at this critical hour, there is evidence of a traitor in their midst... And only one man holds the answer to the Master’s demise, but is he one who can be trusted with the fate of the world? And who among them will pay the ultimate sacrifice - so that others may be saved?

©2011 Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Parusski Jackson TN 02-02-13
    Parusski Jackson TN 02-02-13
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    "Truly creepy!"

    This is the final book of the Strain Trilogy, and I thought it was the best of the three. I love creepy and frightening books and this one delivers. The vampires in this nightmare are nothing like those of Anne Rice, and nowhere close to those of Stephanie Myer(though I enjoyed the Twilight Series). Except for the leader these monsters operate strictly in the realm of need. Needing blood. They do not think and have absolutely no emotion. And I find that more scary than the traditional portrayal of vampires. Except for Abraham Setrakian the entire crew of freedom fighters is back. They know time is running out for them as The Master is constantly trying to hunt them down. Due to nuclear winter there is only one hour of sunlight each day, so this severely limits the activity the surviving humans can engage in. One gruesome discovery is that The Master is operating a kind of concentration camp, where humans are used for their blood. But certain women are privileged, due to their blood type they are used as breeders, thus insuring a good supply of optimal blood. The humans that are still living can't always be trusted since they turn each other in for special "treatment". Which means they will survive just a little longer serving The Master.

    This is a very fast paced story, with very little extraneous dialog. Some parts of the story that may stretch reader credulity, but so what! This is a vampire story after all. I found myself anxious to listen while I was trying to work or sleep. It is that good.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Reynella, Australia 12-12-11
    Karen Reynella, Australia 12-12-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "Disappointing"

    After thoroughly enjoying the first two in the trilogy, this book was a let-down. The narrator was fine, but the story just dragged, and I found it boring and repetitive. The original concept of a vampire virus, which was the interesting part, was almost completely lost, as was the interesting mythology. Maybe killing off Setrakian in book 2 was a mistake. I'm glad I finished the series, but was disappointed with this one.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Doris Suarez 04-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "loved the whole series!"

    Bought the series before I finished the first book - it was that good. I flew through them! Writing was fast paced, no blah-blah-blah moments at all!! I'm not usually a fan of "series" books, but this one made me understand how one can get hooked. Characters are believable, monsters are freaky and villans are lovable. Just perfect.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Monks North Highlands, CA United States 07-22-14
    Monks North Highlands, CA United States 07-22-14
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    "Overfluffed Ending for a Tense"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Pages and pages of descriptions that evolve into babble, that often repeat, and interrupt the story rather than adding to it. The final book has the rhythm of college paper struggling to fill out the thousand word requirement, making the final volume more tedious than tense.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Heart of Darkness


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It ended the trilogy


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter heber, UT, United States 01-25-12
    Hunter heber, UT, United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst of the three"

    The story line pretty much falls flat on its face in this one. Lots of self pity and analysis, very little substance. I don't recommend this one.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    H. Fox phillipsburg NJ 11-13-12
    H. Fox phillipsburg NJ 11-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Only finshed because I wanted closure"
    What would have made The Night Eternal better?

    The whole story didn't need to be 3 books


    What was most disappointing about Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan ’s story?

    The more I got to know the main characters the less I liked them. It went beyond them all being flawed. They were all jerks.


    What about Daniel Oreskes’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job with the story, I just didn't like where it was going.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Night Eternal?

    most of the middle part. Nothing got resolved until the end which was the same as with The Fall, so there was no tension when things looked like they might work out because I knew they would fail at everything until the end.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    valarie hollister, ca, United States 04-18-12
    valarie hollister, ca, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible Series!!!!"
    Would you listen to The Night Eternal again? Why?

    Yes and I have! The whole series (3) is amazing, unique and totally consuming.
    There are so many twists and turns and unexpected surprises. I was hooked from the beginning.


    What other book might you compare The Night Eternal to and why?

    Only the other two books in the series compare!


    What does Daniel Oreskes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator brings in the emotion and helps you connect more fully with the characters.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this series, it is one of my favorites!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sid United States 11-29-11
    Sid United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing ending. Only buy if you must."

    The third book was a significant disappoint. The Strain began with a premise of a scientific explanation for vampires that was only enhanced by two of the heroes being scientists. The third book, however, departs from this and almost seems to be a separate story given the disparate explanation for the vampire's origins in this book. Quite frankly, the third book ruined the trilogy for me.

    *SPOILER ALERT*
    There were hints of some spiritual aspects in the second book, but they could be shrugged off as medieval people attempting to explain the unexplained. In the third book, the authors completely abandon the scientific explanation and go for some biblical nonsense about archangels.

    Quite frankly, it seemed as if the authors didn't really know how to finish the story. They wanted to be different and attempted to write a Crichton-esque vampire story, but when it came to the ending, they weren't able to do so. Instead, they concoct a nonsensical origin story that then allows them to basically find a "Hand of God" ending.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 02-24-12
    Robert 02-24-12
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    "Epic vampire story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Eternal to be better than the print version?

    yes and no. Its nice to have it read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eff


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The orgin of the vampires.


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

    The orgin of the vampires.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey veals 09-13-17
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    "Get Ready For An Intense End"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. First of all, Guillermo del Toro is a master of film and so, with the help of Chuck Hogan, he was able to develop one amazing trilogy that WILL have you gasping for air at the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the most frustrating and the best part of this book is the same. Zach and The Master's relationship and Eph's inability to find him is so intense. It shows the love and downfall shown by a father.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending. I won't say anything about it, but you'll know what I'm talking about it when you read or hear about it.


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

    I'd say that Ephraim's plight is the most moving and horrifying thing that I've ever had to experience in a novel. It moved me incredibly.


    Any additional comments?

    Guillermo del Toro's trilogy is the second best vampire series in my opinion. Other than Justin Cronin's 'The Passage' Series is the only one that's better. Both of these series have been the incredible reinventing of the vampire series. Twilight ruined the vampire and, now, they're back with a vengeance! You will love this trilogy!!!

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    "Carrion Discomfort"

    I love Guillermo del Toro's movies, and can only imagine that this trilogy was written to give him material for a film series - and if so, I'll probably watch it, because I bet he'll make some different choices with the plot and characters in the editing room. The truth is, much of the best of this story comes from Dan Simmons's Carrion Comfort, and all the extra stuff just piles up, rather than adding depth, becoming really, excruciatingly dull.
    The opening of the first in the series, The Strain, has a plane landing and standing silent on a runway - it was genuinely spooky and a great homage to the silent ship in the Dracula movie. And the rest of that book was a pretty decent, nuts-and-bolts chase-around. The second book should have been called More Of A Strain, but this one really does feel Eternal. Our hero is now so unpleasant that I actually longed for him to get bitten early on - he'd lost the will to live, and so had I.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
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    11/17/11
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    "could have been, should have been..."

    OK, another twist on the vampire tale, told in epic scale and over a zillion pages. The basic idea is really cool, and the first volume is actually pretty scary in places, but the more it goes on the worse it gets. There are so few characters for such a big book it becomes progressively more predictable, but the big problem is that there are a couple of things that happen that make it just really weak. The main one is that it's full of super powered fast moving vampires, who one moment are climbing walls and leaping great distances, but what a surprise every time they come near our heros, guess what, the heros are somehow easily able to dispatch them, usually accompanied by a truly feeble simile or metaphor. it's really tiring, but neccessary as otherwise there would be no victory. It's really predictable hollywood and no doubt intended to become a film. it's pulp, and you have to be tolerant and treat it like a crappy hollywood blockbuster. if you can do that no probs, well try it, you'll get some thrills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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