I had a wonderful time with this book--it is classic Stephen King. No one does twisted small town like he does. Even though there were 100 characters, I was never disoriented.
Thanks to Raul Esparza's amazing narration I couldn't have hated the bad guys more feverishly and pulled for heroes more completely. He is remarkable and perfect for this book. I was sorry when it was over. Get it, you won't be sorry!
It's got everything that makes a good book...a villian, a hero, a heroine, romance, suspense, action, joy, sadness, and a cute dog! I could go on and on. It is 34 hours long, but I wish it was even longer. I want to know more about the characters and what's happened to them beyond the book. It's certainly worth your time. In fact, I know I'll listen to it again.
I could not stop listening to this book! I just had to find out where that dome came from and why it was there.The narrator was pretty good with the voices.He lowered his voice well for the women characters and really got into the the "bad" guy's tones as well.I especially liked the way he said,"He's eatin' dinner with the lord tonight...mashed potatoes and peas...etc."The ending was great too.Like something from the Twilight Zone.Beautifully done.
Stephen has written a terrifically enjoyable book!. It's like his books used to be - full of interesting characters along with a great story line. I loved it. It was the Stephen King of old.
The accents used by the narrater did not seem true to Maine. The bad guy, Big Jim, sounded almost southern. He was a native New Englander The Frenchman sounded Jamacian. Otherwise the entire 32 hour listen was great.
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!