Blood will curdle in Calcutta. In the most crime-ridden city, nightmares become real and evil is defined by frightening occurrences. When an American family finds themselves encircled by the terrors of this land, lurid events befall them and life takes on a new meaning - death. Winner of the World Fantasy Award, Song of Kali will chill the blood and frighten even the most jaded of horror fans.
©1985 Dan Simmons (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"Not what I was hoping for"
More gross than scary. If you are looking for a good ghost story, this is not it.
"Excellent, atmospheric horror"
Simmons practically makes his setting into a major character in this subtle, unsettling novel set in Calcutta, India. Song of Kali is mysterious and though-provoking and like some of the best horror, a bit ambiguous. Simmons doesn't spell everything out for the reader and that works to the novel's benefit. This book is definitely worth a credit and the reading by Mark Boyett is superb.
"All Violence is an Exercise in Power"
Horror is not my normal territory. It isn't my alternate either. As far as genre fiction goes I probably reach for a horror novel as often as I reach for a fantasy novel. But this is Dan Simmons we are talking about. After reading Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, I was intrigued. How poetic could Simmons make horror? How literate?
I liked the 'Song of Kali'. It was a good story. I'm just not sure I'd count it as great horror. It wasn't that scary. It was definitely more psychological and mental than most. It seemed like a strange mixture of H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King, all with a big glob of Calcutta madness and poetic mysticism.
Anyway, I liked it. I'll keep reading Simmons when I want a vacation from the classics or an escape into literary genre fiction, but I don't think I will need to steel my nerves with any tonics or leave the lights on to go to sleep after I close the book at night. I might, however, rethink vacation plans to Kolkata and West Bengal. Screw THAT.
"not his best, but still good"
The narrators voice was a little too subdued and mono-toned, but maybe that was the desired effect to compliment this dark story.
"Truly immersive horror!"
Excellent listen! Dan Simmons captures the essence and atmosphere of Calcutta expertly. A truly horrific story that seems more truth than fiction. The fate of a particular character seems pre-ordained simply that that character's inclusion into the story which is my only criticism of the plot.
The narrator is absolutely superb going from American Mid-West, American-New York, to Indian accents with ease.
A definite recommended listen.
"Dated, but still good fiction"
This is an early work of talented author Dan Simmons set for the most part in Calcutta, India. And it is definitely a horror story. The setting and suspense are very entertaining if you can overcome the voice in the back of your mind wondering why you would ever take a seven month old baby on a trip to Calcutta to find a may be dead poet. That voice will also wonder about some of the other choices the main characters make. Choices that I’m pretty sure I would not have made even back in the 80s. But if you can get over those blocks you have a terrifying good listen.
top notch all around. excellent narration of a dynamic text. haunting and unsettling, I will be reliving scenes from the streets of Calcutta until Kali takes me.
I found this novel accidentally. Like all of Simmons' novels that I've read, it fails to disappoint.
"Troubling depiction, but well written"
The author did a good job with the material provided and gave many of the characters a unique voice. As such, I would be willing to listen to another book Boyett narrated
This book could have been adapted to a film in the 80s when the book was written, but I don't know if it stands up well enough to gain a contemporary adaptation
One of my biggest issues with the book is how the author reduced a complex figure like the Goddess Kali to a two dimensional Evil B**ch essentially. Also, the differences between Robert's wife (Indian born, but educated in Europe) and some of the Indian characters who had remained in India can be interpreted as favoring colonialism. If neither of these are potentially worrying for you, then you might enjoy this story. There are some genuine moments of terror, and some poignant descriptions of Kolkata in the 1980s. I don't know if I would personally recommend the listen, but with the narrator did a solid job and there are some truly chilling passages. As such, listen if you choose to.
One of the grimmest books I've ever read. The narrator did an excellent job with all the accents. I especially enjoyed the one moment of Punjab/cockney English.
"Song of Kali"
What a fantastic story I really enjoyed this booked, when it starts you just know that this story is going to be very dark, and indeed it was, this is a very dark story and I must admit I did not expect the out come a little disturbing but well worth a listen.
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