I am without words.... This book is just epic! I am still reeling from the captivating storyline and the amazing narration! This is what mature fantasy literature is all about, it is magical and yet feels so realistic. The array of characters are engaging and beautifully developed. The characters many sub-plots and intertwining leaves you just wanting more and more.The narration is so spot on I can't think of anyone else that could do this book any more justice, Frank Muller, you are just plain great. This was one of those books that you CANNOT stop listening to. I mean I listened to this book non stop, going to bed some UNREAL hours because of it. I am so impressed, so so so impressed!
Every moment with WOLF I love this character!
The narration is so spot on I can't think of anyone else that could do this book any more justice, Frank Muller, you are just plain great
The Title is great!
Another Audible Addict
I agree with another reviewer, that it takes getting used to the narrator Frank Muller's style. It did grow on me once I gave it a chance. It is fitting because in a way it is ominous and a little off like the story. This book deserves awards for imagination.
It takes you to other worlds and perhaps a glimse into a strange future (who knows). I enjoyed it, but it's not my favorite of Stephen King's. Given all that, I probably wouldn't have minded it being even longer, because S.K. is such a joy to read.
I admit, I haven't finished it, so I can't really judge the story. I just can't listen to it that long, Frank Muller's reading of this story annoys me so very much. Coupled with the fact that I really don't care for pure fantasy, I'm not getting my hopes up. But I will write another review if things are different a few hours down the road.
I like the idea of so many words connected
Wolf, Because of his simple compassion
I was not enchanted. At best I was curious. The parallel universe was interesting.
Jack is twelve years old. A wise old man “Speedy” tells Jack about an alternate world called the Territories, with many of the same people called twinners. Jack’s mother Lily is dying of cancer. Lily’s twinner in the Territories is Laura who is Queen of the Territories. Laura is also ill. Speedy tells Jack he can save the lives of Lily and Laura if he gets the Talisman which is located in California. Jack is on the east coast. Speedy tells Jack to start his journey by walking. He also gives Jack a potion that allows Jack to flip back and forth between the worlds. This story is mostly one long journey. Jack encounters evil villains and magical creatures. He also encounters allies. Jack is frequently harmed, yet he survives and escapes. He radiates goodness, love, courage, and perseverance.
This was ok, but I wasn’t excited or pulled in. At best I was curious about what would happen. There is a lot of description - maybe too much - of places and creatures. If I were reading the physical book I might have been impatient for it to be over. But because I was listening to the audiobook I didn’t mind since I was doing other things. But I wasn’t surprised, delighted, or wowed the way I’ve been with other Stephen King books. I wonder if part of the reason is that it was coauthored with Peter Straub. I don’t think I have ever loved a book that was “coauthored.” This may not apply, but I envision coauthors being buddies and not wanting to criticize each other. A sole author is more likely to self criticize, resulting in a better work.
The best audience for this book is probably teenage boys. There are werewolves, odd creatures, and magical items and places. Strong language is used a few times, but not often.
The ending was typical for this type of story with a final fight between good and evil. I would have liked a more unusual ending, but at least it was happy for the good guys which I liked.
The narrator Frank Muller was excellent. He is one of the best narrators ever - for any book.
Genre: fantasy adventure suspense.
Ending: good for most of the good guys. Bad for the bad guys.
If you like The Stand, Lord of the Rings or The Dark Tower then you MUST listen to this one. The usual darkness of King, there are definitely a lot of moments of victory for the characters though.
I love Wolf!
I have never heard a performance by Muller that was bad. I am always pleasantly surprised at how he seems to capture the essence of the stories that he reads...no matter the genre
Yes, it is my favorite Stephen King book
I was not really happy with the narrator. He could have had more enthusiasm.
Wolf... because he was this big, simple beast, who loved with his whole being.
I've read this book and was looking forward to listening to it after enjoying "The Shining". I've not been able to get through 30" of this narrator and would love to trade this tile for simply that reason alone. Check out "The Shining".
As many other people have pointed out; the main drawback, at least for the initial duration of the book, is the narrator. The deep eerie voice and speedy narration is good for the dramatic parts, but what`s irritating is the fact that he seems to be using that same voice and pace regardless of the situation.
But as also others have pointed out; You do get used to his style of narration. And once you get past that, you`re in for a good story. Not King`s best, but definitely worth reading.
My father gave me this book when I was 12, the same age as the book's protagonist. It both thrilled and frightened me and sucked me deep into its pages. I remember thinking "This must be what it was like for the boy in 'The Neverending Story'."15 years later I had all but forgotten it, and came upon the audiobook while searching for new books here on Audible. I downloaded it, expecting it to be a book that I would enjoy for the memories if not the content. I was wrong, I immediately connected with it again as an adult. You won't be disappointed.