Wireman is the single most annoying character in any book I've ever read. I can't even venture a guess as to how many times "muchacho" is said; 150 is a safe guess. After about the 100th time, the hair on the back of my neck would stand up until I just couldn't wait until it was over. As for all the rave reviews, I have to attribute it to battered reader syndrome. Over the past 20 or so years, SK has written so much junk that when he finally comes out with something that's halfway readable, his fans are so grateful that they burst forth with undeserved effusive praise. Have these people forgotten Carrie, Misery or Pet Sematary? I had given up on SK for a long time because of garbage like The Dark Half, The Black House and Rose Madder. A friend told me that this was his best book in years, so I gave in and read it. I enjoyed it up until Elizabeth showed up at the art gallery. I was really excited to see the climactic battle where the heroes make their way to the ship and fight Perse face to face. I was hoping to see that Perse (whose daughter killing reach is far flung) actually caused the death of Wireman's daughter, and he was faced with her undead self, but finally used the silver-tipped harpoon on her in a heart-breaking scene. I was dying to see how they were going to defeat Perse! If i had known the whole battle was going to end with a flashlight and Evian water inside a cistern, I'd never have bothered. The most exciting part of the whole thing was whether or not they'd find the cover of the flashlight in the dark. I thought it would all be rescued by the battle royal with Ilsa's sand self, where Edgar would surely have a harrowing battle of wits against Perse's last ditch effort to kill him. She ended up being no more of a struggle than Perse's proxy, a china doll small enough to fit into the barrel of a maglite. Don't fall for the 5 star reviews of BRS victims. This just isn't even close to his best.
I simply don't see (hear) the justification for such a good review on this book. I listen to about 2 books a month on my Audible account. I have NEVER not finished a book until this one. I simply just could not get through it, I got so lost that I found I had to go back over and over and re-listen to parts. Not to mention the book DRAGS!!!! OMG this is by far the worst SK book I have ever listened too or read (other than the fantasy book SK wrote by himself). Makes me wonder what people who liked it was smoking.
Steven King is an excellent writer. This book, however, lacked the depth of character I usually expect with his stories. As always, though, he kept me listening straight to the end. I finished it in less than a week and it's a pretty long audible
Another fantastic story by the master story-teller, Stephen King. I use the books on tape on my ipod to keep me walking every day and it's working. I am getting a lot of exercise and enjoying every minute.
If you skip the first half it is a great book. Stephen King was always a slow starter but in this book I was not able to concentrate for long hours. The second half is King in his best.