Listening to this book made me want to cut myself, I can't believe I made it to the end of the boring story. The smucking thing almost drove me insane. I hoped the book would take a turn for the better but it never picked up. It sucked and Stephen King owes me a credit and hours and hours of my life back.
Every time I listen to this book it touches my heart. I feel he knows exactly how you feel when you loose a loved one. The ghost you feel, the pain years later. The ache to have them back. I also love the story and how many places it takes your mind. He is so very good at that.
I have always loved how Stephen King has that special way of making the characters' inner dialogue so unique and quirky. But you get it, because we all have that weirdo voice in our minds that spout bizarre monologs that only we understand from within ourselves.
took me three tries over a period of six years to get into this story, but this time I stuck with it - and thank God for that.
it turned out to be a great story very nicely told by Mare Winningham.
As so many books do, this one deserves a second run.
Stephen King once again shows that noone comes close in telling a story of a person. not a character to a plot, but a person's life.
Thanks Mr. King, for letting me into the lives of Scott and Lisey.
Main character had no depth/dimension. Special code words used by the characters were annoying. Storyline repetitive and slow to develop.
broad vocal range
No. Not invested in the character enough. Was glad she did what she set out to do, and glad to move on to something else.
SK's description of the bad guys and the monster were great. The idea of the plot was also great. Just a bit draggy in places and the characters were one dimensional.
Interesting general storyline and details about the parallel universe type place
Main character had no depth/dimension.
Special code words used by the characters were annoying.
Storyline repetitive and slow to develop.
There were no characters I felt anything towards. Even the deputies - was I supposed to scorn them or like them? I was never scared by the stalker - he was just dumb sounding.
I found the jumping back and forth of the plot a little difficult to follow but it also contributed to how he built the story. However, it dragged on and on, to the point where it was no longer building suspense, it was just dragging. Heroine was the writer's widow, with no real personality or definition, just stuck by her man and is grieving his death. I also found it a little off-putting how much went into the fame and awe that everyone held for the writer (her dead husband). Come on. He's a famous fiction writer, great - he's not Nelson Mandela or whatever. Anyway, I had read other works of SK which were good, this is just not his best in my opinion.
An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.
It ranks about in the middle, only for the fact this book was so long and could have been shorter.
Why do I get asked this every time I review a King book?? I own almost 30 of his books via audible do you think I will try another??
The whole book, you cant really pinpoint a part cause all of it is so powerful and emotional choosing just one small part would be a travesty.
Lisey of course, her character is so human and grounded that her pain and joy really comes through.
A great performer brought this previously-read story to life in a way I would not have experienced had I decided to re-read the print version of this book. This is such a great story about love, specifically how we experience it in the present, reflect on it later, grieve its loss, and move forward once it (or the person with whom it is shared) is gone.
I cannot think of a story that is similar to this one as love stories are not my typical literary playground. While a familiarity with Stephen King will in no way change the experience of this story, I would say it strays from the King norms in a Rose Madder way, weaving a story that is mostly based in and of the world we all share. If there is a love story that has some imaginative, other-wordly qualities ingrained into it while completely avoiding anything that could be confused with a "romance novel," I have not read it.
I have not. This is the second performer I have experienced recently that has done way more than required for a story. Mare Winningham is SO good that I have shared some of the silly catchphrases of this book with friends and co-workers because they were so catchy coming from her.
The most moving moment in this story is when the main character realizes, fully and completely, that the past, present, and future are all connected. As she struggles against her own wishes and memories she ultimately comes to some powerful and important conclusions.
I have often noticed that, when talking about books and stories with those who like to experience them, the mere mention of Stephen King produces one kind of strong reaction or another. The argument that they are all the same or that you have to read so many to get any particular one can not be applied here. This is a wonderful story that has elements we can all relate to while satisfying the itch for something a bit out of this world all while feeling and flowing in a very natural way.
I like a lot of different books, but I'm a sucker for a good love story.
A good book. I know pretty simplistic but ...... true.
A story about love, loss, fantasy and survival.
I listened to this book years ago when a friend bought it. Saw it on audible and decided to buy my own copy. The story was just as good the second time around.
I like Amanda , damaged but still a delight.
A "bool's" paradise. Just kidding that would be awful. It's fine the way it is.
This book made me think of "The Talisman." which is one of my all time favorites.
I have always liked Stephen King & Mare Winningham - so yes I would try another book
I know Mr King sometimes loses himself in his descriptions - but this story seemed like he was getting paid by the word!!!
I can't say it was Ms Winningham's fault - but do to the over-indulgence of the wording - it seemed she sometimes got lost in the story line.
A lot of the [flash-backing], and lisey's thought processes (it took approx.10 minutes to describe a piece of [afrigan]!!)
I couldn't wait till this book was finished!!! It was extremely disappointing for a Stephen King book!! I thought this was going to be a vague & somewhat fictitious story of the relationship between Mr King & his wife Tabitha - if this was - I can honestly say I would not want to be a fly on the wall in that household (I'd die from monotonous & overly descriptive banter)!!