I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.
This book is loosely broken into two portions; the first half is more auto-biographical, outlining Stephen King's childhood and life, and the second half delves more into writing itself. I genuinely and thoroughly enjoyed both sides of the book.
I thought his outlooks were honest and intelligent, and he rarely gives opinions that masquerade as facts; he just gives his thoughts, acknowledging all the while they are simply opinions and preferences he has as an individual. That said, they are extremely educated opinions and gave a great deal of insight.
I'm not an aspiring author myself, but I love the written word and I love listening to smart people - and this book satisfied on both fronts. It was like a great visit with this smart man, and I was sorry when I reached the end.
Love my audiobooks. My favorite times to listen: when in LA traffic, when working out, and when with tedious friends.
This is the best kind of audiobook. Read by the author, great story, insightful, and playful. And, of course, dark at times - come on, it's Steven King! Best quote: “Life isn't a support system for art. It's the other way around."The part about his intervention is incredibly moving. Steven King's life is an incredible gift he's given the world.