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.
I tried to give it a chance, honestly. I have read the book and although it's a pale comparison to The Shining or to King's other classics, I still love his ability to create characters you want to care about. I just couldn't get into this reading of Dreamcatcher. This is just my opinion, I felt the way he read the story was just god-awful wrong and he seemed to put random tones and quips in his reading in the worst places. Also hated that his dialogue for the characters all made them sound like 60 year old men. His voice and reading was just so distracting for me. Oh well, better luck next time for me.
I've listened to this more than once and will listen to it again. The story is action packed and I really like that the narrator has a New England accent since that is where it takes place. It adds to the story.
Good book. personal opinion: definitely not his best. it's up in the air if I will listen to it again. definitely try it, you may like it more than me :)
faithful "constant" King reader