I have been reading Stephen King for over 30 years and this is his best in many years. It rivals "The Stand" and "It" and any King reader knows that means it is great. This is the first of King's books I listened to instead of reading, and the narration added to the enjoyment.
When I saw the length of the book initially I wondered how interesting it could be. Surely there were going to be gaping moments of stagnation and slowness to the plot. I could not belive that King was able to write something on every page that left me wanting to hear more. There were so many characters how the narrator was able to keep all thier voices straight is mind boggeling. This is by far the best book I have ever listend to. It is a fantastic story that left me wondering not only about our place in the cosmos but about the ugly side of our human condition and what it is that makes some people give there best under pressure while some ultimatley do thier worst.
This was a wonderful book. I was engrossed the entire time, which is saying a lot given it is 34 hours. Get it for sure!
I love Historical Fiction, SF, and a good thriller. listening to audio books affords me a better use of my time by listening to book while driving, working, or doing chores .
I wanted to love it.
I love the author.
Since his epic story "The Stand"
Nothing has made that big a stand.
Steven King is up to his usual tricks here. Great character development, lots of them too. There are lots of gruesome details only King could thinnk of. But what really made this a 5 star experience was reader Raul Esparza's fantastic command of character voices, accents and genders. His detailed portrayal of more than ten characters was stunning to say the least and really lent to the reality of the story. Well done!
Denzil and Judy share this account. Some reviews (Bond and Sci Fi) are Denzil and the chick lit reviews are Judy.
Had trouble turning it off at times although there were parts of the story I could have done without. The narrator's character voices kept running through my head long after I had finished the story. I also kept casting the movie version while listening. Wouldn't Matt Frewer make a great Phil Bushey?
I read many of the reviews trying to decide whether I wanted to invest the time on this massive book. I decided to give it a go and although it was not one of my King favorites, I was not disappointed. Like other King novels, the more I listened, the more I realized that I was hooked. I began to admire his skill in creating a town with all the complex relationships of the townspeople. The portrayal of the darker side of human beings has always been a King trademark, though it is not always comfortable. He is talking about you and me, isn't he?
If you are a Stephen King fan you won't be disappointed by this one. It is one of the best, and also has an apt message for our times. I don't mind listening to a bit of a sermon on the way we treat one another and our planet in the context of such a solid story from an author who could make a soup label engrossing. Yep, it's long, so plan on maybe getting to the gym or something with a portable player and enjoy it. Character development is excellent, so take the time to really get to know and love or hate each character and their little town, then watch the carnage unfold. There may be a very little fowl language, oh, and plenty of gruesome death, gore, evil incarnate. Horror is what King is known for and once again the scariest bits are the ones that we see within our own nature.
I was blown away by this book. The length was daunting, but after reading it I have no idea what I would have cut. Every scene is important and the story moves at a rather brisk pace. I loved Lord of the Flies when I first read it. Having just finished UtD I no longer have to imagine what Stephen would have done with the same material.
First, I must disagree with many reviewers who liken this King offering to "The Stand." It's not. And if you believe it is, I suggest that you go back, like I did, and listen to "The Stand" again. However, it is Stephen King and that is enough to guarantee a good story with compelling characters. My major complaints are that the narrator gives a southern accent to the antagonist, a Maine used car salesman, and the author's new found penchant for using his novels as platforms to espouse his political beliefs. All that said, it's a Stephen King novel, which means it is a credit well-spent.