I thoroughly enjoyed this story as I do of most of Stephen King's work. His characters feel so alive I can clearly picture them. Raul Esparza's narration is also top notch. He has distinct and believable voices for each character. I was so impressed, I'll be looking for other stories he's narrated!
Yes, it's long and yes there are zillion characters and that's what I love about Stephen King novels. It's also nice that the narrator is worthy of this book.
This is the first SK book I've "read" in over a decade - I just haven't gotten around to reading his books these past years. This is also only the 3rd audio book I've listened to. I found Raul Esparza to be an engaging and conscientious narrator, adjusting his voice to fit different characters' ages, sex and personality (male, female, young, old, innocent, smarmy, evil, good). I find that doesn't always happen with other narrators, and I find that I prefer Esparza's kind of narration.
That being said, I really enjoyed this book. Typical psychological horror that he is so good at writing. I couldn't wait to listen to it again to find out what happened next, and I also found myself being surprised at "what happened next." You know how you try to guess what happens, you think you just *know* what will happen next? Well, for me, I was surprised many times. (And that is good when we watch any given movie these days and you know exactly what is going to happen, you're just waiting to see how they will enact it.)
I like how he integrated the characters' personal pasts with the ending and how it affected the outcome (without giving away too much here). Some people have said this is not very scary or up to his full-forced horror level. I say it's every bit as scary as others he has written, but perhaps because it is not quite as supernatural and maybe that is why they are saying that... I felt it was entirely a "this could happen" situation and so it scared the crap out of me. But then again I *believe* supernatural can happen and so therefore I psych myself out about it. :)
Give it a try.
I have read a few of King's book and have enjoyed them but this one was so bad I could not finish it. I got through part 2 of 5 and turned it off. The characters seemed to be trite, predictable, and extreme. The language used was profane to an extreme to me. This does not usually offend me when used in the correct context but it seemed to excessive.
Definitely a long book; took me a bit to really get into it. But once I did, I enjoyed it, although you really need to stretch the imagination when reading this.
I have not read a Stephen King book since The Stand which was fabulous. Under the Dome had all the elements of an equally good read but the ending went completely off the rails. The characters were expertly developed and real and Raul Esparza made them come completely alive. Unfortunately, Mr. King zigged when he should have zagged.
I was really looking forward to this book. The premise was good and had a lot of potential. However, I thought it was ruined in part by the writing style. I am a horrible writer and usually don't think about writing style when reading. The repetitive nature of phrases like, "I could tell you how it ends....but I won't" were used as simplistic means of foretelling. It was distracting and annoying and Mr. King is a better writer than that. It got in the way of enjoying the book.
Also, I found it hard to identify with any of the characters...making it more difficult to get engrossed with the story.