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Discussion in 'Book House' started by Chanur, Apr 3, 2017.
The Kindle version is free right now for some reason. Thanks for the recommendation!
Just started The FIsherman a few days ago, and am pleasantly, suprised. Enjoying the fact that the story is a big confessional:
The Fisherman: John Langan: 9781939905215: Amazon.com: Books
I'm about halfway through The Troop. I have to say it's pretty horrifying. The subject matter is pretty disgusting and terrifying.
Are you reading it or doing the audio version? Either way, it's a pretty grim novel, but the audiobook really elevates a couple of specific scenes that make it even more horrific. Regardless, great narration / performance. You'll enjoy The Deep if you pick it up next. Much more Lovecraftian / cosmic horror, as is Little Heaven.
I'm reading it. I kind of worry if I do an audiobook for horror it will loose some of the tension. Only audio book I've done for horror is IT. That's only because I have a hard time reading King the few times I tried. I tried reading the Tommyknockers and couldn't get into it. I also just got Salem's Lot on audio book.
The Deep sounds good. I'm very into the Lovecraft/cosmic horror stuff.
Man, the audiobook version of IT is fanstastic. Think I've listened to it a three times at this point over the years. I'm on the road a lot due to work, so I listen to a ton of books. If I get home, crack open a paperback on the sofa, I fall asleep in 20 mins. Audiobooks give me a chance to read during those wasted hours, when I'm not on the phone doing business. Honestly, I never listen to music in the truck anymore when I'm by myself, because how many times do I really need to hear Stairway to Heaven.
If you're worried about the audio version reducing the tension, don't be. A standup narrator will only elevate it. Anytime I purchase books off audible, I always check the 5 min clip, and if the guy sounds like a robot, I always pass, even if the book might be amazing (instead pick up a hard copy, and read when I can). Other thing I've noticed with my audio library is that I end up relistening to books far more often the physically rereading them. I think I've reread a handful of books, but there are certain audiobooks or series I listen to each year. A good narrator / performance has the potential to really add to your experience with the novel.
Oh, and the Salem's Lot audiobook is great, so enjoy...
I'll probably be rocking the Salem's lot audio book on the relocation from Houston to Orlando. Girlfriend is probably going to hate it though lol.
The older version that sounds like a rip from cassette tapes or the newer version by Weber? He just yells too much.
I've started The Troop and am maybe three hours in and I'm having a hard time seeing how this is going to go on for another seven. I really like the person doing the reading but it hasn't grabbed me yet. Overall it feels good but not quite my thing.
The newer version. I agree, he does get pretty energetic at times, but still think it's a pretty good performance. Curious to know your thoughts on when you finish The Troop.
Finishing up the section involving the ape test subject. Looks to be approaching the halfway point.
I found it to be uniquely unpleasant. It just went on and on and on and on. I was sorta ambivalent about the book thus far but now I'm mighty interested in seeing where it goes.
Yeah, that part was pretty unnerving. It's been a while since I read it, but I think that's the point where shit really starts to hit the fan.
That part, in addition to being horrific, does extra work in giving you somewhat of a timetable for the main story. Oh, this shit's going to get really ugly really fast. OK then.
Alright, I finished the thing. I put it down for a few days because it was just nonstop unpleasantness. From the gorilla, to the story about the father and the bird, to the turtle it felt like there wasn't any more actual story. For the remainder of the book we'd just be trying to make the reader feel uncomfortable.
The story did return however and in the end I'd say I liked it enough to try another book from the author. I had made a couple cliche' guesses about how things would turn out and was happy none of them came true.
I'd probably go with The Deep next. Little Heaven got a little disjointed, but still isn't a bad book. Haven't read the one other (can't remember the name) that he has out about some sort of religious dystopia.
anyone read The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum? I always see this book on top 25 lists of horror.