I think King's characters and plot are always good. This is one of his best. My wife and I drove from Michigan to Florida listening to it and finished on the way back. We were sad when the book was done.
A great listen, even if a bit long and Stephen is at the top of his writing game when adding main characters that are truly inspiring and other main characters that you want dead after the first 10 minutes of meeting them. The cast is extensive yet entertaining and not overly boring in their introduction, history, and interaction. A return to his pre-accident story-telling that seemed to be lacking in his last 'Gunslinger' volumnes and the 'Lisey/Duma' stories. If Stephen keeps writing in this manner I will continue to be an even more loyal Fan!
Mr. King has again convinced me that he is perhaps the best story teller of this generation. His characters have depth, are believable, lovable, distasteful, and real. His ability to capture the heart and life of a small town is amazing. I feel as if I have fallen in love all over again and it is wonderul. My only disappointment is having reached the end. I have read reviews that were critical of the narration, however I loved it! I don't agree with some that seem to believe that anyone from Maine, has to sound like Sheriff Tucker, from the "Murder She Wrote" series. The book was rich, and vast with charachters, and if there was little or no distinction in dialect, it would have made for a very difficult listen. This book was a source of great enjoyment to me, and I would highly recommend it. I was so impressed that I actually took the time to write this, my first reveiw.
Thank you Stephen King for once again sharing your magic and spinning this yarn. I for one was thrilled, and remain grateful for the experience.
I loved this book and found it to be great. I was tempted to give it a 5 star rating as it had all the right elements: great characters, interesting plot, and fantastic narration (the narrator does an incredible job with the villan Big Jim and his son). What I found disappointing though was the last maybe 2 hrs of the book. They just drag on after the climax of the story occurs and you find yourself waiting around for the ending to happen. With that said though this book is another classic Stephen King tale with believable characters placed in a volatile setting.
I read to my children each night before they go to bed. After 10 minutes I start getting tired, so hats off to the narrator for doing a great job on such a lengthy book! I found Raul's vocal characterizations very helpful in keeping the many characters straight. As for the story itself, I was hoping for something on par with Salem's Lot or The Stand and I wasn't disappointed. If you are a fan of Stephen King you will likely enjoy this. The last King book I read was Stephen King on Writing, so there was an extra layer of fun for me in paying close attention to the mechanics of the writing.
I have been reading King ever since I can remember. The characters, the story line and even the narration is superb. Definitely worth the listen you will not be disappointed!
It was a little difficult to keep up with so many characters, but that that is a small point as far as I am concerned. I thought the story was well done and the narrator added to the telling rather than detracted .
One of Kings best in a long time in my view!
This isn't really a horror book. Nothing even remotely horror-related begins to happen until Part Four. What little "speculative fiction" the book contains, makes it clear that it's only a plot device to study human nature.
King takes a long cast of characters and subjects them to the most extreme stress tests to see what happens. We the readers will recognize every last detail, because the human soul is laid bare and it is ours.
Didn't think King had this level of sophistication in him! He may never win a Pulitzer for his prose, but his understanding of human nature is intense.
There are indeed a lot of characters in the book. After a few minutes the leads are easy to remember and the rest, well, don't sweat it, nothing is lost if some of the peripheral characters are forgotten.
As noted in several other reviews, the book is full of foul language, and details revolting (and illegal) behavior including rape and necrophilia. Not enjoyable in themselves, but for me, it certainly didn't spoil the book because they were describing the dark side of human nature, and that's what this book is all about. Sadly for all of us, we are capable of some really revolting behavior. King is holding up a mirror to us all.
I enjoyed the first 30 hours of this book but the ending was awful.I am amazed that an author of this reputation couldn't come up with a better ending. It was downright silly. I felt like the author got tired of writing or bored with the project before he finished it. It was also unbelievable that the supposedly intelligent characters made only one feeble attempt to eliminate the problem that threatened to destroy them. Not realistic. Still, I enjoyed the first 90% of the book.