I like the premise of this book and the characters. My problem with it was that it should have been at least an hour or two shorter.
Just to give an example, in one scene the main character has to throw up. There is a full 15-20 minutes of description, discussion and explaination of him throwing up. I mean really, he threw up, moving on. . . .
King and Straub collaborate to give the firmament a good shaking. They do a credible job of creating the "regions", a parallel reality. They are less successful in a belated effort to expand the theme to include an infinite number of parallel realities. While I generally look down my nose at abridged books, this is one that could be improved by lopping off 14-16 hours of banal, self-indulgent and often redundant writing. No doubt King and Straub would be offended. While suffering through the last chapter as it dragged on and on and on, it occurred to me that these guys had recently concluded that "By Jason, we're great together. Two great writers". All that bloat was a gift. Thanks.
Yes, Frank Muller has an irritating tendency to squeeze the last word of each sentence until it gasps. Fortunately, this tendency only appears in fits. Muller, however, has many compensating talents. His rendering of "Wolf", the most intriguing character in the novel, is wonderful.
The plot moves too slowly to entertain most of us in a car or on a plane, but it may be an excellent choice for multitasking. I used it to varnish my boat. If I missed a few words from time to time, no worries. I'd hear a paraphrase in few minutes.
Agreed. The narrator is bad, but even he shows more talent than the writing of this book. This book is offensive religiously, morally, sexually, genderly, racially and in short the story line just stinks. I have tried so many times to just weather this book that I am done with King. Yes, he has written some great stuff previously, but has offended me in so many ways with this one, that I am just done!
I'm a huge fan of Stephen King and this is my favorite novel. Unfortunately the narrator just blew it. Put put it lightly I could only bear 5 minutes of his horrible narration. I will be more careful in the future to make sure I avoid Frank Muller. The novel is excellent. It's really a pity!
April from Pomona is 100% right on. The story was good but I could not handle the narrator. I'm pretty sure it was a bad sign when I was walking down the street with the headphones on, listening to the i-pod and all of a sudden I started yelling at the narrator to shut up. The lady doing her gardening probably thought I was crazy.
Not all of the narration was terrible but just enough to really bother me.
I still cannot get past the first half hour of listening to this book after several attempts. I just can't bare to listen to this narrator's voice. Each time I am out of a book a I make another attempt...he is just too annoying. Now I will pay much closer attention to the samples before I get another audio book. Should have read the comments before.
Boring! The reader sounds like the announcer guy from movie previews. He's really breathy and the story isn't good enough to make up for it...
I am a Stephen King fan...when he's good he's good but when he's bad he's really bad! But maybe I can't blame it all on King, Straub was also a co-author. I've read all the reviews on this book and not one mention the unrelenting beatings and bizzare sexual tortures, by the hands of adults towards a 12 year old! Give me a break! This was pure trash depicting volence against children. This wasn't a story as it was a excerise in sado-masochism. I really hated this one!
I love King's books, Frank Muller's other readings, and books longer than 20 hours long. But this book just would not end. The story is overwhelmed by descriptive passages, restatements and rerestatements and rererestatements of theme, and frequently sappy dialogue. The story itself is interesting, but the book could have stood significant editing prior to publication; as it is, the book reads more like parody of King than anything else.
It is of no wonder Frank Muller has only done one (1) audio book. His narration is whispered and at the end of each sentence he become breathy and holds the last word, regardless of syllables for a 5 count. Terribly annoying, breathy and drawn out whispered words make this audio book too annoying to stand. His inflection is off and his attempt to bring dramatic life to a scene that does not require it become EVER tiresome. Please read this one and hope that Frank looks for employment outside the realm of narration!