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!
Dreamcatcher may not be the author's favorite of his own works, but Jeffrey DeMunn brings this odd cross between classic King - reminiscent and bone-chilling - and a tale about little green men and the military to life. The story may not always play to the master's strengths, but DeMunn elevates it beyond a one-off back burner. If you've ever wondered what King's characters on the page sound like in their native Maine accents, here DeMunn gives a lesson in both acting and storytelling. If your experience with Dreamcatcher wasn't piqued by the novel or even if it was soured by the film, give this a chance. You won't be disappointed.
When I am in the 'mood' a King story is a great way to escape reality. Unfortunately this was not the result I got. I kept waiting for the leap to fantasy but like the recording it came in skips and fits. What this story did was allow you to see the worm on the hook and watch it being pulled away from you. Just when you think ' this is just too ridiculous' the worm is back. After several hours of this I gave up. When I returned later there was a bigger worm and a bad playback. Very frustrating. After deleting and re-downloading the recording in parts I was able to get through a few hours but once again there was echoing, skipping and garbled dialog. More deleting and downloading.
If it were not for the poor technical quality I may have enjoyed it a bit but having to struggle just to figure out what I missed was too much.
I see that others have had this problem. This recording should be redone or at least let the listener know that they will not get through the book without technical issues.
I liked the reader and that is why there are four stars for performance.
If there were stars for QUALITY of recording I would have given one star.
I felt it needed to be a much shorter novel. The premise is interesting and the characterisations are excellent as far as they go. However, the story may suffer from having too many similar characters. There are no significant female characters for example, in contrast to his brilliant 'Salem's Lot' and 'It'. Stephen King is a brilliant descriptive writer and his use of language is, as always, spot on. However, with two hours left in the story I was getting bored and I gave up, I'm afraid. The narrative takes far too long to play out. Perhaps too much detail about past events told through flashback.
Yes. I have enjoyed The Stand and Salem's Lot in audio before and he is the best writer alive in my opinion.
I couldn't really say but he does an excellent job.
I think it probably will be if it hasn't already been attempted, but I'm not sure it would be a very good one. The pursuit that is central to the story is very drawn out.