I am a Stephen King fan. When I first read SALEM'S LOT as a teenager I can remember thinking that this was the first book I'd ever read that scared me as much as 'scary movies'. CARRIE, THE SHINING, etc etc - wonderful books.
I am also a Frank Muller fan. He actually made me like John Grisham who I had always shunned. His narration of GREAT EXPECTATIONS is nothing less then brilliant.
This one just didn't cut it. Maybe it's not fair of me to give a review when I turned it off after about 3 hours but I couldn't keep going. I REALLY tried.
The story just reminded me so much of snippets from other books including THE CHRONICLES of NARNIA and A WRINKLE IN TIME. It just seems so predictable.
And Frank's narration seemed like an attempt to make every word sound sinsister with multiple hisses and low growling voices. THe thing that makes these kind of "travelling to a strange world" stories work is the juxtaposition of the "normal" life of the main character as he is thrust into a completely foreign dimension. The way it was read tells a story where both the "real" world and the alternate world are both strange
Anyway - I just couldn't keep going. I tried. I REALLY tried.
Although I liked the story Mr King got very long winded. It seemed that he was paid by the word count. This took a lot away from the enjoyment. Also the narrator was not the best. The quality of the recording was bad. Had pops and clicks. I also could hear sounds like a tape fast forwarding between some paragraphs. I never had this in an Audible book before.
Over all I wish I had either not bought the book or got the abridged version.
I tried to read this book and couldn't get into it. My parents told me it was so wonderful. I am a huge Stephen King fan, so I figured the audio version would grab me.
I couldn't really get into it. I felt sorry for the poor kid, but it was a little much. I listened to all 30 hours, zoning in and out of the story, but I never really lost anything because all major points are long-winded and drawn out.
However, I do not enjoy stories of fantasy. I like horror. A fantasy reader may love this audiobook, but for those looking for classic Stephen King, this is not the same.
I don't mind long books, but this one just seems to drag in sections and it gets so bad at times that you think they will never move past this part of the story. Overall though, it is a good book and I highly recommend it.
I never thought that I would find an adventure as well written as Swan Song which is my all-time favorite book, but I have found one that finally makes the grade.
I have read lots of Stephen King's novels but this one is definitely the best of the lot. It is written so well that from the very first I found myself emersed and actually walking along beside Jack on his travels and wondering what was around the next bend. Truly a classic and I recommend it highly.
And Frank Muller did an excellent job telling the story. He doesn't just read, but his voice actually changes and takes on the personality of each character that he is reading.
I think I'll give this book a rest for about a year and then "read" it again.
An amazing journey through multiple worlds told with word pictures as only Stephen King can paint. You experience the life a boy battling demons, inside and out, in his quest to save his mother becomes a man?
Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.
Every once in a while, a reader comes along that makes your breath catch in your throat, your eyes fix on nothing but your imagination, and entire world ceases to spin - just for you.
Frank Muller is one of those readers, and once you hear him tell the tale of Jack Sawyer and his journey through the Territories to save the life of his mother, Queen of the B-movies, and the life of her alternate, Queen of the Territories, from there on out, whenever you read the book itself, you can't think of anyone else's narration by Frank's. His style may take some getting used to, but it is magic in the ears.
This is an epic, which means it's long but that's the beauty of it - nothing gets left out, everything is understood. You can easily lose a weekend just getting lost in Jack's story.
There are parts that make you laugh, drop your mouth in amazement, and cry like a baby. There is a point in the story, and listeners know of which I speak, that I had to pull the car over to cry, even though I've read this book 20 times if I've read it once.
This book of course ties loosely into The Dark Tower Series, and after listening to this one, grab The Black House, which is the sequel, also read by Frank, to complete Jack's tale.
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.