I am disappointed in the narration - lousy accents, lacking flow around King's made up words - but also by the writing and the story. I'm only a few hours into it and they are both boring. I should have expected a writer writing about a writer to be self indulgent (and I guess I shouldn't have been surprised by King making up his own words and expressions (isn't that the epitome of navel gazing)), but I'm really not enjoying what I'm listening to now.
I almost didn't make it long enough into the story to get hooked, but I'm so glad I did! Honestly a great story, a combination of childhood trauma, and adult nightmares, a bit of the surreal, but not as shocking or strange as that say in Rose Madder. The strange language, "smucking" becomes enduring and you mourn with the character. Scary, emotional, loving, and strange, a great book.
Great narrator, felt very real. I would find myself lost in the story. The story was very interesting. I liked it. It was sad. In the beginning everything went slowly, but later it got very interesting and I didn't want to stop listening. It's a great book to listen to and the narrator does a great job. The story is nothing like I have heard before, different and interesting.
First, I have to say Mare Winningham was an excellent narrator. The story took a little time to wind up, but as with many Stephen King journeys, it was worth the wait.
I stopped reading SK in the 90s his books just got a bit to gory for me. I recently started reading SK again, and was pleasantly surprised that Mr King started using his extraordinary story crafting skills. My recent favorite is 11.23.63 but this book took over that spot and moved to my new favorite. I didn't think SK wrote love stories, and I don't read love stories, but this is a beautiful love story that can only be crafted by SK. I will be adding this book to my favorite re-listens. Do not let Love Story description put you off, there is so much more depth in this story than JUST A LOVE STORY. So stop reading this review and get this book
NOT what I would've EVER expected from Stephen King!! AMAZING!!! Mare Winningham was PERFECT narrator!!!!
King always finds a way to make me feel like I'm sitting right in front of his stories, watching them for myself. bravo again! the narrator was wonderful, absolutely thrilled with this book.