I found this book to be very bizarre. It didn't take long to get my interest because I had to know if the main character was crazy or what. It's filled with adventure, suspense, and mystery. I thought the narrator did a great job. Give this book a listen and flip your mind into a different reality.
I agree with a few other reviews of this title. The story is great but the guy reading it has some kind of Clint Eastwood fetish. Gets annoying at some points. Other than that, great story.
I could not agree more with "Prefect." Parts of this book are totally engaging and enjoyable, but for far too many sections, it simply drags. I don't think I would have finished the 29 hour endeavor but for the "faster" feature of the latest iPods.
What a remarkable concept. the thought of a parallel world or many worlds is intriguing. This book is a great listen. I listen on my way to and from work each day, this book was easy to pick up and start again after the day was done or on the way in. It is a bit long, but I think that the length is necessary to understand the story.
Highly recommend it to the readers who enjoy King and are able to turn off the "Logical mind" in order to explore another reality.
I found the naration of this novel to be a bit breathy for the first hour or so. Every sentence ended with a whimper which I found to be very anoying and almost made me quit listening. Hang in there - the naration gets much better.
This is a great journey with wonderfuly diverse characters. Some are a bit stereotipical while others are fresh and original. I found Richard Sloat to be very anoying. Enjoy the journey because the ending leaves a little to be desired. Many of my questions went unanswered - once again - just enjoy the journey.
The book is quite long. Much of the dialog is extremely repetitive. The constant repetition makes for some frustrating minutes -- trying to get some idea as to why the same phrases are repeated.
The story itself is engaging, but somewhat falls apart toward the end. One of the transitions is somewhat unbelievable -- therefore hard to follow.
"The Talisman" is a nice read, certainly worth listening to. The effect is a cross between "The Chronicals of Narnia" and the average Stephen King fare.
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!