This is one of the best stories I have read about madness and fantasy. If you like "Lisey's Story", you will love "A Good and Happy Child".
I love Stephen King, and I have had countless wonderful hours reading his work. But I have to say this about "Lisey's Story"--there is a pretty good 500 page book hiding inside this 800 page tome. Stephen, do yourself and your readers a favor and force yourself to take the advice of a good editor!
At first I could figure out what this was about, then...WOW! I became truly frightened! This story keeps you on the edge of your seat as we wonder what will happen and what has happened.
This is another King masterpiece! Don't give up as the beginning is a little slow because this is a true thriller!
This is the type of writing that gets under your skin, and creeps into your veins. I was totally taken in by this book. This was my first King read in about 10 years, but it has left me wanting to go back and see what I've missed.
Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!
I remember reading that King was afraid his fans would not like this book. He was right to be afraid. For the longest time I could not stand Stephen King novels. I tried to read a couple of them and could not last long enough to get to the punch line. Then came the Dark Tower series and I was hooked. Somehow, over the course of all those books, I began to understand the way this brilliant writer thinks. Also, listening to his writing appeals much more to me than reading it. I was able to suffer through some of the long character development and stage setting that in written form bored me to tears.
This book brought back all of what I hated about Stephen King. It was very slow and tedious. I could not get into this character at all and her idiocyncracies, supposedly the "charm" of the book annoyed me to no end. Honestly, I just stopped listening to this book about 1/2 way through and that's a first.
It may just be me, but be careful thinking this is another great King book.
I really think it is unfair to write a review of something I have not yet finished but in this case I don't believe I can finish this book. I love most of King's books although some can be a little too "out there" for me but this one still has me saying "what!" Maybe if the little voices inside her head actually stayed there I may have been able to follow this. I own this now so maybe I will try this at another time or two or three
This audio book was not what I was expecting from Stephen King. I'm not sure if it was the reader, or just a different type of book from Mr. King. It was very difficult to get into, and in fact I was only able to listen to about 5 1/2 hours of it, I was never able to finish it. I very much enjoy Mr. King's stories, Bag of Bones, and Dreamcatcher among my favorites, so I was somewhat disappointed to have wasted my credits on this book.
Some of my favorite books are King's. This is not one of them. And, my entire book club -- made of very diverse personalities -- were in agreement that this was one of the worst books ever. The narration was excellent and the writing style is, too (of coure, what else). But it was so slow and dark. I kept wanting to shake Lisey and tell her to, "Get a Life." I gave it the highest rating of my entire club -- a 3 of 10. My reason for giving it some credit was for the aforementioned writing and the wonderful ideas King shares about the pool of experience and language. If this had been a novela at one-third the word count, it might have been a totally different story for me and my book club.
I've been a fan of King for years. I've read a high majority of his books. This is the first book I just couldn't finish. I gave it about 10 hours of audio before just giving up. The story goes practically no where and the character isn't interesting.