I really enjoyed the book although it does drag in a few places and sometimes feels a bit drawn out. The book's world (or perhaps worlds would be a better term) are interesting and the ending is quite satisfying (unlike a lot of King's earlier books).
This story is full of action, thrills, adventure, and fearful fantasy. Great story, and the sequel called Black House is just as good. Frank Muller is the best narrator, he really brings the characters to life.
Live in Sydney, Australia. South African heritage. Love audio books. Constant company on my non-stop business travels.
The story is enough without the breathy sibilants and monotonous cadence of the narrator. We know the narrative is weird and surreal (it's King after all) without the obvious 'voice from the darkness' vibe created by the reader. It was frankly annoying and detracted from the listening experience. Ideally the narrator 'disappears' into the background and the characters move front and centre.
I have no idea if this story is any good. Maybe I should find a hard copy. After half an hour I had to give up on the narration, which was irritating in the extreme; every sentence drawn out with a dramatic hissing intonation. I'm sure the story's merits (if it has any) would have created any necessary dramatic tension and feeling of horror. Instead the narrator spoilt the book for me completely.
I have enjoyed the story that this book offers, and I have always been a King fan. However, I am not at all impressed with the narration of the book. It is delivered in an irritating "overly dramatic" fashion that has caused me to stop listening. I want to finish the book, but I get annoyed with the narrator everytime I begin to listen.
This was an excellent tale that intrigued and kept you interested from beginning to end. An excellent appetizer for the Dark Tower series.
In a WORLD.. where the NARRATOR... reads almost each line of the STORY... with the same emphasis and CADENCE ... this Reader is going to go CRAZY... before 29 hours are up.
(Note ALL CAPs should be read in a hoarse, "mysterious" whisper.)
I love Stephen King's storytelling. I hated this narrator's style. It interfered with my ability to transcend him and "see" the story. The problem of listening to the story while tuning out the reader/narrator gave me a headache.
The narrator's characterizations/voices often seemed to be cliche stereotypes. Especially irritating was the high-pitched whine that he used for his adolescent boys and hysterical bad guys -- very annoying.
I was unable to listen to this book due to the voice of the reader. It may not bother all individuals, however, his voice had a sharpness/raspiness that was unbearable for my ears. I attempted a couple hours before I finally had to give up and buy the book in paperback, and it was an excellent read.