I will read this book again. I lost sleep on this book. I couldn't put it down. I am thankful I had vacation scheduled so I could get through it so quickly the first time. I suspect I will get even more out of it when I listen to it again. I loved the eerie feelings that came over me when Mike was in the zone towards the end of the story. That was one of several places in the book that gave me chills. The fact that I enjoy that feeling is a bit disconcerting...
I loved the local history depth Mr King included in this story.
I have not listened to Stephen King read prior to this book I have read/listened to most of his books. I was very pleased with his narration and hope to hear him again. In this book he truly became the protagonist.
Nothing. Mr King gave an excellent performance. I did like most of the music, especially the singing.
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
This book was only two stars by a fraction. It was sooo boring and was not a great work of King's. This is the fourth book I have listened to of Kings now and I was very disappointed. He still had his incredible gift for detail, it was the story that sucked. A billionaire with grandson living in a trailer house? A writer that should have been haunted but seemed more like he was drunk. I don't know, maybe it was just me but I would avoid this book if I were you.
I read this years ago end enjoyed it, now with the made for tv movie, which I missed and will have to wait for netflix or a rerun, I wanted to get the audio. It didn't disappoint.
Haven't read a Stephen King novel for a long time - they had gotten pretty gruesome. This story has a lot to recommend it, Good plot, well developed characters, noisy ghosts, traumatized author recovering his mojo and a sweet young single mother. I enjoyed the story and was entertained. That was all I asked!
The first half of the book just told the story of how much he missed his wife.It picked up a little more after that but never got scary and fell flat on intensity. this was easily one of King's less interesting book's. As far as King's reading gos it was alright at first but began to wear on me.
I was on the fence about downloading this book, but I'm glad I did. While it's not the most riveting story I've ever heard, it was entertaining and worth using an Audible credit for.
I wouldn't describe it as a romance within a horror book, as others have; it is much better described as a ghost story. As a ghost story, it does well. The characters have depth, are smart, likable, and believable. I enjoyed spending 20 hours with them (fyi: the last 40 minutes or so of the recording are actually an interview with Stephen King). Also, although some things that happen in the book are terrible, I wouldn't describe the story as something in the horror genre. It's definitely a spooky ghost story. Period.
In a nutshell with no spoilers, a widower goes to his lake house which is haunted by a few ghosts, including his late wife and Sarah Tidwell, a blues singer from the 1900's. The author spends a good amout of time developing the relationships of the people relevant to the story, which is why some reviewers found a romantic touch to the novel. However, the relationship between the characters never detracts from the plot, but rather thickens it. There are no "side plots".
Stephen King does a very good job of narrating, and I was very pleasantly surprised that the audiobook intermingles excerpts of Sara Tidwell's songs in the narrative.That added a huge boost to the book. Listening to Sarah sing as Stephen King narrated definitely made me feel like I was right in the middle of the scene. It was a fun listen for my daily commute, and I admit I even missed a few exits due to being engrossed in the narrative. Nevertheless, be warned that the book didn't have me looking for excuses to fit in some more listening time, as I've found myself doing with other books. I was happy with 1 hr listening time a day.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
I've read many of Stephen King's books and this is my favorite. I couldn't stop listening to it and I wish Mr. King would narrate more of his booksd. He's wonderful. I had no idea where the story was going and I was surprised by it. Love it!!!!
Well, I really enjoyed this Stephen King but... I won't say it's his best. I like others like Misery and Delores Claiborne. This is not of that caliber but it's great. It's interesting, unique and fun. It has an eerie quality to it that I enjoyed very much. Stephen King does an excellent job of reading and he is the one who knows where to place inflection, emotion better than anyone about his books. Really enjoyed it overall!
This book was such a great listen. It is an authentic ghost story that sends chills from head to toe. Steven King is not only a great writer but also a wonderful narrator. I can't wait for the mini series of this book to come on in December on A &E. I just hope the movie does the book justice. A really awesome listen.
I LOVE audiobooks. Audible is the only way I read my favorite books.
This book is one of Stephen King's few books that don't leave you feeling like the book justed ended. The story is drags you in and holds you all the way to the end. It has all of the elements I look for in a book: paranormal, romance, and a good scare. Great book and Stephen King does an awesome job as the narrator. You really believe he is Mike Noonan.