Enough with the four and five star ratings. I listened to this with great expectations and realized at the end that I threw away a good many hours I could've spent listening to something else. Where was the suspense? Where were the frights? Where was the big finale? Probably in some other book. Sorry Stephen.
I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...
I'm sorry. In the day, SK was my favorite. Nothing beats the Shining and many others... but this is just a waste of breathe. Predictable. Dull. Not worthy of him frankly.
The things I know for sure I am are: Christian, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter, Sister, American, Patriot, Friend, Teacher, Student, Seeker, and Thinker. I am far from perfect but I do try to be kind, honest, honorable, trusting and trustworthy. Lover of sunshine, books, southern food, vacations in national parks, singing in my car, cookie dough and icing, and cucumber margaritas.
I WANTED to like this book. I TRIED to like this book, but I never got past hour 3. It was horrible. It was like watching paint dry kind of boring. My mom also listened to it, but she lisented to the whole thing and hated it too. I REALLY expected so much more out of this one. Read the summary and you pretty much are good to go without torturing yourself by actually listening to it.
My opinion is simple... Steven King's well has run dry. I can not help but be bewildered by all the 5 star reviews exclaiming ?Steven King Is Back!? I just don't get it. The book feels like someone just passing the time. Page after page of babble. It ends like a cheap hollywood movie script. I love Mr. Kings work in generall, but I feel very strongly that since the Gunslingers quest came to an end, so did Mr King's greatness. Sorry brother, i still think you rock though. Actually i think you are one of the greatest writers of our time, just not latley.
this book went on forever, like many stephen king books. I did not like it. It could have ended much sooner. It was just weird.
FINALLY Stephen King is back!!!!! Duma Key is an awesome story. Of course it has King's normal twists but unlike his other recent works it doesn't just end, leaving you sorry you invested so much time in it, like Cell did.
Based on the large number of 5-star reviews at Amazon and elsewhere, I was a little disappointed by this book. It struck me as an average Stephen King novel, with the same strengths (gripping, ingenious plot) and same weaknesses (wordy and folksy dialog, mostly 1-dimensional characters).
I was tempted to give the rating an extra star because a) I appreciate the fact that Stephen King probably revealed quite a bit about his recovery from his own accident in the story of Edgar Freemantle, and b) I'm pleased that he's back in the saddle after considering retirement. But this is not his best work, and I'd be lying if I put it in the same category as other 4-star novels that I've recently read.
The narration was so-so -- he's no George Guidall, but it certainly did nothing to detract from the tale.
I haven't been too crazy about most of Stephen King's recent books, but this one was great. I didn't want it to end.
As with just about all King novels, this one had good suspense and good dialogue. As is also true, no character is safe--something I like about his style. Since this is a review and not a discussion, I will only say that I saw little sense in the demise of the last character who died. But maybe that's just me. This novel had a good story. If you are a King fan, I recommend this novel. Even if you're not, you're likely to enjoy the ride. I enjoyed the narrator and thought he did an excellent job.
I usually enjoy Stephen King's books but for some reason I just couldn't get interested in this one, and believe me I really tried!