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!
Well put together, lovable (and despicable) characters, this book touches on many subjects dear to the grownup's heart, including the breaking down of the body, the sheer exuberance of youth, new friends, those new friends becoming old friends, and losing touch with those dearest to you, and even the guilt we feel when we learn that someone dear to us has died. A powerful and moving novel, from a man known for powerful and moving novels. Jeffrey DeMunn's performance was excellent, though sometimes the New England accent became a little grating, and his portrayal of Kurtz was so spot-on that it led me to add a quote to my memorable quotes list from a character that I had previously liked, but found relatively unremarkable.
The story is very good. A little confusing at first because it skips around a lot, but after the first two or three chapters its makes since. This book has a very interesting story and an ending that is fits like a feather on a dreamcatcher :).
The audio recording its self is alright. Between the parts there is an interruption of music and a change of reader, which I find distracting. And every now and again the audio book skips and is laggy. Other then that its ok.
Not King"s best work but still an entertaing story. I would put it the top ten of his stories but it is not as good as Salem's Lot, It, or The Stand.. but better than Under The Dome.
The narrator was fantastic, no question there. My problem is, I'm a huge King fan, abs this just wasn't anywhere near his best work. As always, his character development was sublime, but, frankly, this would have been better as a short story. There just isn't enough plot to justify an entire novel.
I would listen to another Stephen King book, but this one started out good, and got about half way through, i just couldn't hang on. when i saw i still had another 12 hours to go, i knew there was no way it would get my attention completely again.
i think Jeffrey DeMunn's performance was just fine.
loved this story.. the narrator did a fine job of different voices. the Maine accents were hilarious (I'm from the South) can't believe I didn't read this sooner.
The story was a little slow with not nearly as riveting a story as other King books I have read.
One issue with the audible version is the skipping and problems with the recording in certain instances.