The beginning was extremely slow going. Took me a few hours to get into the story. Once I did, some parts were exciting, other parts were slow and dragging. I don't mind Stephen Kings ramblings and tangents, but this felt like two authors that didn't want to edit each other too much.
I'll try Black House. Hopefully, they did a better job.
Yes, but his narration style can be highly irritating as every sentence is made overly dramatic.
I would have rather read this instead of listened to it. I would have been able to skim the boring parts quickly.
I absolutely love Stephen King, and I read this book years ago and loved it. But Frank Muller has ruined this book. He uses the same exact rise and inflection in every sentence. A rise in the beginning with a low raspy end in the sentence, over and over.
This is a great story, but the narrator has ruined it.
This is my third reading of the Talisman. I would be hard pressed to say anything but Wow!
This is a story that feeds the soul on so many levels that it demanded a second and third reading. Frank Muller is pure genius and Stephen King seemed to have written this book for him. If you want to truly be taken away, away from everything hum drum and ordinary then this book is for you .. " Traveling Jack " takes us on a journey not soon forgotten. Bravo Stephen King! and many bows to the late Frank Muller, God do we all miss him !
An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.
Really long roadtrip.
Stephen king yes, Peter Straub no so I can really compare.
The best scene by far was the breakout scene though I was heart wrenching.
Nope, it did drag in some places and the whole idea of the story isn't exactly original.
The narrator as i have detailed lower
as i am still trying to get through the horrid narration i can't answer this
I have listen to over 1000 hrs of audio books love them at work ,but i quit this one after 15 min i was furious there is NO reason for the garbage reading style it is insulting. EVERY single last word is drawn out, rasped, made in some weird spaghetti western dialect. has the feel of some 60 year old gigolo hitting on a 20 something in a bad bar at 2am....worst i have heard
I could not get through much of the story. The story is complex. I listen in the car while driving to and from, in the kitchen while cooking, etc. I do not want to allocate an hour or two to sit an listen to an audiobook. Without that investment of time it would be hard for me to follow and/or appreciate.
Yes, shorter, 6 or 7 hours max, especially if it were as complex as this story.
He's a master storyteller. I love everything he presents.
Not for me. Perhaps if I was laying in a hospital bed recovering from an accident and had nothing else in the world I wanted to do and could tolerate investing 27 hours for one book..it might be worth it...but I am not interested at this time.
Consider the time investment before you decide on this book.
After a slow start, the story was compelling. I enjoyed it so much that, when I reached the end and found that the book had not completely downloaded, I was frustrated because I wanted to know how the story ended.
Muller did as good a job as was possible given the wide range of characters. I found that I had to get used to his voice. I was irritated with his voice in the beginning of the book and stopped several times before I finally got into the story.
Wolf was for me the most memorable. His loyalty to Jack was unquestioning. He taught Jack a lot about unconditional love.
I'm a Frank Muller convert. At first I was distracted by his movie-trailer voice and the way he ends his sentences reminds me a little of Humphrey Bogart. It didn't take too long to get used to him, though. Then I listened to him read a few of the Dark Tower books, and it's like they were written specifically for his voice. Now he is one of my favoirites, and I'm very sorry to know that he won't be around to read more.
This is not a book to read/listen to if you are feeling depressed. The ratio of hardship to hope is off, and the main character (a child) is on his own most of the time. This is not to say that it's a bad book - far from it - but that it might bring you down if you easily empathise with the characters in a story, which is nearly impossible to avoid when they are created by Stephen King.