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A good listen story but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-10

A good listen story but...you will have to suffer through some toe-curling sex descriptions (pink flowers, turgid nipples, his hardness, etc). In addition Dean Koontz is unfortunately unable to be subtle with his characters - if a character likes to paint - they are suddenly THE ONE AND ONLY AMAZINGLY TALENTED undiscovered artist EVER. If a character had a tough upbringing - not only was it THE WORST CHILDHOOD ever but they also find a reason to bring it up in virtually every situation to the point of teeth wrenching annoyance. He is also guilty of the American authors habit of being European pretentiouness - especially with Italian food - which is always found in THE BEST UNDISCOVERED BUT SMALL AND COSY AND WARM AND PERFECTLY AUTHENTIC ITALIAN RESTAURANT ever, which is obviously run by a friend of one of the main characters (who is always very generous with his/her PARM-E-ZHAAAN 'shavings'). Take it as a given that the wine compliments the food perfectly (and is never drunk, always... savoured) and the meal will always be gratis (but the AMAZING ARTIST CHARACTER will promise an INCREDIBLY WELL EXECUTED oil colour as a gift to say 'Tar'). In the same way John Grisham is guilty of shoe-horning Italy in to everything he can as well - just so he can rattle on about RICH DARK THICK SWEET COFFEE, PERFECTLY AL-DENTE PASSST-TAH and of course PARM-E-ZHAAAN SHAVINGS not grated, but SHAVINGS (of a brick sized block of cheese by the way, of course).

But...

If you get past that it's a very good and gripping listen equal parts horror, disgust and psycho nasty business. I nearly stopped listening at the first bedroom/sex scene. I am glad I did not.

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Excruciating!

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-09

Easily the most boring, long winded, bloated, smug, bilious, etc book it has been my misfortune to waste a credit on in my 3.5 years with Audible. Only managed to get through half of it because I listened at work and it made my job seem that much more interesting! If I hear the phrase 'English Magic' one more time I think I will scream. I care so little about the characters and plot that I find it hard even to finish this review apart from to say - DON'T DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK! (Unfortunately I could not give '0' stars!!!!!!!)

3 people found this helpful

A crazy book of Top Terror Tales

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-09

...if you like short stories in the Horror genre - this will be a very interesting one for you and a very, very different format! It took me a while to work out what was going on! A lot of very sophisticated tales are contained within - and more than a few of them will make you cringe and look over your shoulder!!!

4 people found this helpful

Good but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-09

...personally I did not find myself glued to this as much as with other Archer stories.

Better than 'The Road'...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-09

What an intense read (listen)! Written around '85 Blood Meridien has the same desolate intensity and horror which we have seen more recently with The Road. An amazing listen

5 people found this helpful

Seen the film - now read the real story...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-09

This is not what you will expect! While all your favourite characters are there, there are several major plot changes which will give you a much different 'Jaws' experience.

Very, very interesting - highly recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-09

Decided to purchase this after several very enjoyable listens to Barbara W Tuchmann's - A Distant Mirror. While this is written / read in the same style - it was more... juicy. Almost like a 'Rough Guide' to the Middle Ages. Had two listens already - one after the other!

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Another Ace Archer...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-08

What a great tale - I could not stop listening to it. My only regret is that I bought the abridged version by mistake and have missed out on 10 hrs of great story telling!!!

21 people found this helpful