I've listened to three King novels recently, and in those three I can identify certain writing techniques and character portrayals that he just can't get away from. Some of these techniques work in some King novels and not in others. This one got formulaic a little too often, making me wonder at times if maybe the co-writer was trying to imitate King, rather than King himself writing it.
But overall, the story and plot were good. It's another "coming of age in a fantasy scenario while trying to save the world" kind of story, with some poignant commentary on our world thrown in. A good enough listen, if you like King, or if want a good fantasy novel with a unique view on the old "alternate universe" device.
It's not a kid's story, though the hero is 12. It's not Harry Potter. Scenes are vivid and disturbing. Probably wouldn't bother all kids, but some it might. Definitely written for an adult audience.
On the narrator: he was too melodramatic when the scene seemed to want something else. At times I felt I was fighting him to hear the story King wrote. Sometimes he was good, but at times I turned it off because he got on my nerves so badly.
I think this by far one of Stephen King's greatest books. Teamed with Peter Straub,Stepen King wrote a story that grabbed at the begining and never let you go.I was sorry to see it end!The hero of the story was couragous,likeable,andwell rounded.The villians were hatefull and their descriptions were fanstatic. I reccommend this book to everyone!
It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!
This story is entertaining from the start to the end! I know little of Straub and only bought it because of King but this book has me wanting to know more about him. I would love to tell you about the story but it would be unfair as it would likely rob the book of vital moments, so I will just say that in my opinion this book will be LOVED by any fan of King and Muller. Not only loved but read again and again in due time. I know, it's alot of hours to pledge to a book but as always King never wastes our time and always rewards us for the lost sleep. What a story!
I just finished the Dark Tower series and where those books feature the "Dark Tower" this features the "Black Hotel". Also, flipping between worlds and a quest just sounded way too familiar. I really felt I had just finished this book even before I read it and this one just wasn't as good.
Skip it and read the Dark Tower series instead. You won't have missed anything..honest.
Although you can hear the change of authors' voices in this work, the adventure itself runs in overdrive, and is worth the trip. There are some Stephen King cliches in here, but it is easy to relate to his "child in danger" hero. Wonderful descriptive text and magical insights on subjects ranging from illegal child labor to the mentality of good werewolves keeps the story's characterizations alive despite a somehwat expected ending. The bad guys are over the top bad, and the good ones almost saintly in common virtue, so there's no fuzzy morality or anti-heroic types here. Pure fun, well read, and worth the 24 discs I had to burn it on to make my commute entertaining!
This book had its humorous and gripping passages, but they were folded into alot of empty space that it dragged the finale down. I had to get past Frank's breathy exclamation at the end of every sentence to begin to enjoy the book. Was enjoyable for the most part, but felt obligated to finish the second half. If you are trucking cross-country it's a worthy endeavor, but one author would have been adequate...
What I really enjoyed about this book was the author's approach to the Narnia-type tale. I say Narnia because that's the first thing that spring's to mind, but many stories have navigated those same waters, from 'Alice in Wonderland' to the film 'Labyrinth'. King takes that literary trope and paints an alternate world setting that makes for a great adventure.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars only because Stephen King's style and outlook don't quite resonate with me. That's not unique to this novel though. I've read many of this other works while I think he's quite talented, I don't get that resonance I feel with my favorite authors.
That's just a matter of preference however. I admire Stephen King; he is so prolific and consistently produces quality craftsmanship.
If you're a fan of Stephen King and the kind of story I've described, you'll no doubt give this 5 stars. If, like me, you're a fair-weather Stephen King reader and like the premise of this book, I' still recommend it even though you may like it a shade less than folks with that King connection.
In either case, you're in for something nice, and the 28 hour length makes it well worth a credit.
I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!
Don't waste a credit - really, really, really repetitive and BORING!!!!!! The characters are trite and predictable - this is King at his worst.
I found the story to be engaging. The narrator did a fantastic job in my opinion. Everything was fantastic until the last couple of chapters. I just wasn't happy with how things were wrapped up. Luckily this didn't transition into the follow up, Black House, which was excellent.
Way, way, way too long! To detailed at times to even follow the story line. If you're interested in a book with rapid development and quick rushes, I recommend that you purchase something else.
Don't shoot the narrator, Frank Muller is doing the best he can given the verbosity of this book.