Took me back to the first time I read The Stand or The Body.. only these days I find myself enjoying King's stark portrayal of the human condition under duresse so fascinating that I was almost hoping that the inevitable invasion of supernatural horrors would never come. I suppose that is a rather absurd sentiment for someone who enjoys the work the work of one of the most prolific and talented "horror" writers of our time.
Looking back though, I realize that I've always enjoyed King's writing because he deals unflinchingly with the difficult, the frightening , and the absurd.. and real life is full of real horrors like that. The way he approaches storytelling from the point of view of a traumatic brain injury patient in this novel is nothing short of brilliant.
I gave up after 3 hours. Found no enjoyment or benefit in this book. It was boring for me. Does it get better? I will never know. Not buying another King book ever again.
This was a good story, but it took way to long to get going. I am not sure if it is because I am used to reading Stephen King books so I can skim the excessive embellishments or not, but I had to push through this book until I got to the last third of the story...then it got pretty good.
The book started fairly slow. The first 18 or so hours were interesting, but that last couple of hours really kicked me in my butt and got me to go out and buy the book. One of King's scariest stories since Salem's Lot and It.
Awesome story, and I loved the narrator. I have not read Stephen King since the Pet Cemetery days. This one does not disappoint. I felt as if I was living Edgar's life and experiencing everything first hand. Highly recommended!
This is one of those books that actually benefits from the audio format. Stephen King's books deal with the real world and real people, but then things begin to shift into the supernatural. This being the case, his tales begin somewhat slowly so that you get to know the characters and their lives. I know some people who get frustrated with this, but he's not writing traditional horror novels. Without the background, the "spooky part" wouldn't be that meaningful. With John Slatery's fine reading, the characters come even more to life. You really feel like someone is recounting a part of their life to you. Very well done.
I purchased the longer version of this book. I really enjoyed it, but it started to drag toward the end. I still have about an hour worth of audio to listen to and I just can't bring myself to finish.
An enjoyable SK novel I thought. A little weirdness, a little horror, and located in the keys.
Not as "heavy" a novel as his in the past or maybe I'm just getting older.
A nice listen.
So this was overly long for no apparent reason. Great book to muli-task with as there is a long stretch inbetween "actual story points" to which I ask myself "what was the point." Luckily I was at work concentrating on an excel file so the book served as chatter in the background. For those who use audio books to make your gym cardio go by...skip this book as it will add to your torture.