If you are considering this title as your first for S King, you might want to reconsider. This is the second attempt I made on a S King novel and I won't do it again. In all fairness to the audio, the narrator is very good and enjoyable to listen to. The story however, is torturously long and scattered.
I like King. As a consequence there is very little that he has written that I did not like, but then again the scale of my like has been wide - this one falls somewhere around 80 on a scale of 100, 100 being the best liked, and 1 being the least.
This is not so much a departure for King, who has in the past written about the idea of invasion, and anyone that has read Firestarter will recognize the single-minded approach of the government agent, who very much leaves you with the same general mental image of the Indian from Firestarter...
However the ending does not capitalise upon the intense excitement that is largely maintained throughout the book, almost as if the book was written with the idea of it being a movie - you see it ends like a movie would. Does that make it bad? Heck no! Do I think you'll like it? Yes. Certainly. If you like King, you will like this book.
Not as good as having the book read to you by the author himself (Bag of Bones), but I do like this narrator. Haven't seen this movie yet, but I liked the book. Incorporates childhood comraderie (IT, The Body) with alien invasion (Tommyknockers).
I don't mind spending hours reading or listening and I regularly like King's work. The depth of these characters is fantastic but the story is ho hum. Yeah, yeah. Aliens, 4 friends. Lots of military stuff. Just seemed to be lacking in plot. Demunn does a great job with all the characters, though.
i am sure it is a good book, if i could listen to it. but the f word non stop. come on! tired of wasting my money.
My first King story and it was a definite disappointment. This work seems to contain the basis for a good novel but I can only surmise that the author's fame has deterred his publishers from directing him towards the much needed assistance of an editor. The story is streched far too thinly on the apparent premise that cheap and tawdry embellishment will be taken by the readers for depth. The plot, characters and storyline are in there to be found but the author has buried them too deeply in the mire to make this an enjoyable read. I can only hope that the author's reputation was based on much better fare than this.
This was typical King writing here. I liked the story for the most part but it was about 8 hours too long. I loved the characters however. I really grew to love them more as the story got woven together. I cried at a couple of places. Also, there was just too much profanity, and it really wasn't necessary, especially between the friends. It's almost like it was thrown in for no reason at all. It really detracted from the story. I enjoyed the phsychological thriller, sci fi aspect of the story. I hated the rediculous, and typically King, sh*# weasels. That in my opinion was put in just for the gross factor of the story and nothing more...if I hadn't known who wrote the book before I read it, I would have known after reading that part for sure. Worth a listen if you have lots of time to devote to it. Hope your commute to and from work is a long one!
I read and loved many of King?s books, but this one is really not one of the best. The characterization of the protagonists is great indeed, and the narration unfolds well. The main thing I had a problem with has been the total absence of a story ? aliens growing up in the intestines, controlling people?s minds and fond of bacon? Oh please Mr. King, you can do better than this! I must admit I have been really disappointed: I was not expecting something the level of ?It?, but definitely something better than this ? probably it would have made a great short novel, but not a book this size.
King has a way of making the unbelievable, believable. He drops clues throughout the book, and only at the end does everything tie together. His use of "flashbacks" to the character's childhood days are some of these clues, yet the "flashbacks" do not detract from the current story line, as you are so anxious to understand the "big picture."