Stephen King may not write Great Literature, but he is a master at what he does write: edge-of-the-seat, grab-you-by-the-throat-and-don't-let-go thrillers with a supernatural edge. "Dreamcatchers" is no exception. I found I couldn't do anything else once I started listening to this book. I could quibble with certain plot features or point out how he is recycling his own and others' ideas, but I won't (although I will say that you'd better have a strong stomach for this one -- lots of unpleasant bodily function gore here); I enjoyed this thoroughly and would recommend it as pure escapism -- perfect for a summer "read." Jeffrey DeMunn, the reader, did an excellent job and I hope to see his name again on other Audible selections.
This is right up there with my other favorites, "The Dark Tower" series, and "Bag of Bones". As always with King's written words, my mind's eye could visualize every detail, every scene, every face! The character development was marvelous! This thriller kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.
I had given up on Stephen King after his style had worn thin and his subjects became too convoluted to follow. Dreamcatcher is not only his best work in a long while, it has hooked me on audiobooks! I listen in my car to and from work with my Otis Player and can't wait to hook into this book. I echo the other reviews which state that I have grown to know and root for the characters. Well done audible!
From the first chapter you will find yourself glued to your earsets. This is classic King and worth every minute of your time. One truly becomes INVOLVED in the story, identifying with each character as if you knew them yourself and chances are, you know someone who is like them.
Nineteen hours of listening pleasure, there is no way Hollywood can do justice to this book. And I'm glad I listened to the book first as I probably would have passed it by had I made the mistake of going to see the movie first. Now, I can happily wait until the movie is put out on video tape before viewing it. Then I'll only be out a few bucks to rent it just to see what they did and what they left out. :)
An author can write a great tale, as Stephen King has done with "Dreamcatcher" but a an audible book relies on the narrator to bring the story to life. Mr. DeMunn has done a great job with this book. King is not always great; he is the epitomy of prolific. But this is a great story (ignore the movie) and made all the better for DeMunn's characterizations. At about 20 hours of listening, I thought it was too short!
I was once a huge fan of King's, but gave up on him several years ago. Thought I'd try again...what a mistake! I didn't even listen to the third part! Filled with redundant, hokey references to once-popular music/tv/popculture. If I heard one more snatch of song being referred to as going through someone's head, I thought I was going to scream. Also, lots of not-so-scary-as-much-as-just-plain-gross description, a cliched plot of two-dimensional "good guys" and "bad guys", complete with a rip-off, not even disguised, of Conrad's Kurtz. I've always believed that no one has more than 2 or 3 really good books in them, and King just proves my case. Save your money!
The first half of the book began with charming, interesting characters. When the worm-thing started happening, all I could think of was a child scared of something under his/her bed. Silly! No, I wasn't scared, just a little grossed-out and bored. No triumph in my judgment.
Wow. I finished this over the course of a two day road trip and I feel like this book was another trip unto itself. Crazy weird but great story. I can't believe I've avoided this book for so many years.
I read this book when it was first published, and thoroughly enjoyed it then. Listening to the Audible version has been fascinating, bringing it to life, revealing facets of characters, putting the entire story into crisp, frightening clarity. Of note, I watched the movie version recently, and while it may have had its redeeming qualities (special effects), I found it lacking in depth, and totally off on some of the characters. All in all, a great listen; for me, King remains one of a few fantastic storytellers.