I'm a HUGE King fan, and this is not his normal awesome literary work! If you are looking for your first King novel don't chose this one. The Girl Who Love Tom Gordon, The Dark Tower Series, or Bag of Bones are all AWESOME!
I found the plot to be too long, his characterization of the Aliens who pass gas to be really silly, and not to mention it just wasn't scary! I'm still not sure where he was going with this story, it left me puzzled and not entertained in the least. I've read many horror novels and this was more like an author that was "trying" to write like King, but just couldn't do it!
Don't waste your time on this one unless you really get into flatulence!
I found this King novel slow and boring. No real interesting story, no surprises nor any elements of surprise. FWIF, if you like profanity or ?toilet humor? this story may be for you. Nowhere close to e.g. IT or other earlier King masterpieces.
The narration is excellent.
After nine surgeries on my brain and looking at a tenth, audio is the choice for me to feel whole again. I am myself in the world of books!
Mr. King is the master at the strange and familar being a mystery! He has an imagination that is out of this world. I enjoy all his books and this one is a winner too. You want to have fun being scared to death! Read Stephen King!
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.
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 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.
Great beginning then he lost me. I stuck with it because it was the KING. The story is MUCH BETTER than the movie....