It had been a long time since I read Stephen King and I know he can be either hit or miss depending. The man is a fantastic writer when he's on but since he is so popular many of his books and/or stories get published that would not even be looked at if they were written by an unknown author. My husband talked me into reading this one because of some of the memorable characters, and I must admit The Chef was memorable! I could easily see him and several of the others in my mind's eye. I love a long book but I honestly think this one would have been better with several hours edited out of it.
**note: the reader did a great job with a enormous cast of characters!***
Another excellent "read" that will keep you in the car, sitting the driveway after you get home.
I really liked the premise for this book and the intricate story development involving a large cast of characters. I like it until the end. It seemed to me that Stephen King got a little lazy and the story just ended with this unreasonably vague climax that was incredibly unsatisfying and stupid. Love his other work! Gonna go watch "It".
I enjoyed the book immensely, storyline and descriptive style was great... seems Stephen finally realized his pre-accident form of writing was his best. HOWEVER; I really don't understand why King has to be so damned descriptive in his sex scenes. In fact, I don't understand the need for them at all. They did not enhance the storyline, or I should say, the storyline could have been written without those "scenes". I felt like I was hearing pornography for the ears much of the time. I don't know if King has a perverted sex addiction or if he's just frustrated in his own bedroom.
This book would have received a 4 star rating from me (it did have a strong underlying "the Stand" flavor to it) had the ear pornography not been so rampant.
I have yet to listen to it, but each time i look at the cover, or read the title I think of the episode of the Simpsons where they have a dome put over their town, to stop the hazadous waste from escaping (pig poop homer dumped into the lake)..
So I hope it wont spoil the book thinking of that all the time.
Also, i hop im not distracted by one review I read, where SK keep throwing political cheap shots out there, as a fiction writer and the author of some strange subjects SK should know better, especially as he is known for his writing and not a political career!
anyway, here goes.
I honestly didn't know if I would like this or not but it turned out really well. It all came together and flowed real well.
The only complaint I have is the main character in the book. He is a former lieutenant in the army I believe it was. He seemed to be the most intuitive, educated, and sometimes downright psychic guy that has ever roamed the earth. Him not knowing everything that was going to go down would have been a little better.
Everything else was great. Get passed my little complaint and get this one. It keeps you listening.
Huge King from the beginning. This is a review of the audio form of the book . . . not the book as a whole. I will have to actually take time to read the physical book to actually finish it. The narration was terrible. The accents laughable, tone was monotone, quality overall was just bad. As for the book, I have the hardback, but won't jump right on it. Complaints aside from the narration, it seemed like a book writtten strictly to bash conservatives -- not conservatism, but conservative individuals. That got old in hurry.
Stephen, I still love ya, man. I love your work. I know this took a great deal of work, but it just didn't do anything for me, specifically.
The book is good, a solid 4 stars but the narrator can only seem to come up with just a few voices and accents for all the characters in the book. Most of the time he's just using an awkward southern drawl or some valley girl sort of accent. Anyway, it's a good book if the narrator doesn't drive you crazy.