This was a very good story, classic King. Lots of plot twists and surprises. Be forewarned there is a little more foul language than I care for or feel is really needed. King's getting more foul mouthed and Koontz is cleaning his up. For example read the Odd Thomas series.
I like SK, especially his science fiction and fantasy. I adored The Stand and rather liked the Dark Tower series. This story didn't do much for me. I downloaded it based on the great reviews, managed to get through the whole thing and was a bit disgusted in the end. I suggest you pass on this one, there is better SK out there.
I loved listening to this book about as much as King clearly loved writing it. Don't miss the "bonus" interview with King at the end. There seems to be a little something extra added when King reads his own work, the dialect, the inflections, the "yankee" accents. My only complaint is that Audible does not carry the entire King library of work as I would dearly love to listen to "Misery" in English, rather than the offered Spanish. The possiblity of hearing King vocalizing "Dirty Birdy" would be worth the cost alone. But I digress....
This was by far one of his BEST books ever. I want more like it. He was the perfect narrator, you really lived the story. I would recommend this book, especially the audio version, Stephen King was just AWESOME!! The interview at the end was really insightful, make sure you listen to the end. I really enjoyed Hearts in Atlantis also, but this was his best and would really like to hear more from him(literally)like this.
The story is good, but in my opinion, not King's best. However, the enthusiasm of the narration, and the ability to spread on a thick backwoods Yankee accent (something I have found must be learned over a lifetime, and can never be faked) makes the story more real, and enjoyable. In the end, only one of his books can be "the best" so when I say this (for me) isn't it, that no insult.
I have never read much of King's work but this book had a great story line and just enough paranormal to be believable. Never knew what to expect and the grief expressed by the author made you emapathetic. Didn't take me long to get through this book.
King has been my favourite author for many years, but this is the first time I have heard him reading his own book. I could hardly stop listening. He may not be the best reader, but he *knows* when to go fast or slow, or when to emphasie a phrase. That is worth a great deal to me. I have heard too many books where the reader does not 'look ahead' and sentences sometime come in slightly jagged lumps (it's hard to explain). Not this one - smooth as silk all the way.
The story is superb (if you like King) and I really did enjoy finaly finding out how 'Ayuh!' actualy sounds!
It's almost as if he dropped by to read it to me himself (me being his 'number 1 fan' and all). When I am old and tired, I'll still be listening to this one, I reckon.
A great story deftly told, which is only to be expected from Mr King. If I do have one note of criticism, it's that authors do not necessarily give the best audiobook delivery - perhaps with another reader I'd have given it the full five stars. But don't let this minor point put you off!
I feel this King read is a bit different from many of his other books. For one, it has a real love story thread throughout and that was nice. King still keeps supernatural elements thoughout, too.
If you like the longer reads, this is for you. What I enjoyed most was that Stephen King reads it, so you get a better feel of the characters.
BONUS: after the conclusion, there is a nice interview with King with a discussion of this book.