Far longer than the story (or characters) warrant. A crisp, promising start had my hopes up. Had to force myself to stick with it until the end...and then felt let down. Sorry folks.
Interesting book but the "artistic" liberties taken regarding the supernatural characters were inconsistent and very odd. I seem to be in the minority here but this is a long listen and it dragged on for me.
I am afraid I missed out on a great listening experience, having read all of the raves. First, I love Stephen King. He has provided some of the most gripping storytelling ever. And John Slattery is a wonderful reader. So why I didn't enjoy this thoroughly is a mystery itself. I think, in trying to analyze it, that while I was gripped first half, the second half descended into such supernatural weirdness that the thread of the story began to ravel. My favorite stories by SK are the ones that begin in the life of ordinary people to whom extraordinary things begin to happen. In this case, right off the bat, life is skewed, and never normal again. So by the time it all reaches critical mass, I was worn out and confused. This probably speaks to my own mental fatigue, as everyone else seemed to love it. Brilliant writer and reader...but left me feeling stupid!
"The Stand", "Cell", and "Duma Key" are my favorite, can't put down books. "Duma Key" is a little slow out of the gate but once it gets going, you are on the edge of your seat and you do not want this story to end. John Slattery is excellant and you find yourself caring very much about the people in this book. Looking forward to the next SK audiobook...please make it "The Stand".
Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Former Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses.
Oh yea! Listened to it non-stop, ignoring friends, family and commitments. Post-hit-by-a-truck King at his best. I loved it. (One criticism - The main character was one well rounded , well educated building contractor... perhaps unrealistically so? Just something that I noticed..) (One compliment - "I became good friends with Robin Mead" Wow - That sentence conveys in a few words what it would take some people a chapter. I had to stop and write it down. I've been there myself and that was a true ROTFL moment for me if there ever was one. *probably not an exact quote*)
The narrator of this book (of Madmen fame) was great. I really enjoyed his reading of the book. I love Stephen King novels and have read many although this one is the first I have had read to me. It was a good book but the cussing was way over the top. I guess there is a lot of cussing in all of King's books but I have not noticed it as much before (probably because my eyes just glance over it).
There was a lot of vulgarity in places there should be none and cuss words placed for the sake of cussing. Mr. King you are too great a writer to have to rely on this kind of profanity.
This was my first SK read, I tried it out primarily because it won an audie award and also because most of the older classics have already been "ruined" for me by seeing the movie adaptation.
I see that many of the other reviewers have attributed the slow nature of this book to deep character development...but I simply could not get into this book and found it somewhat of a struggle to finish. I never grew any kind of attachment to the characters and the story for me was just plain boring. At no time was I held in suspense wondering what would happen next. In fact, the foreshadowing in this book takes away from any kind of surprise element for some significant events in the storyline.
I'll give SK another try at some point, but will be going back to his earlier work. I would encourage others who have not tried SK yet to stay away from this one.
I'm not sure what I think of this story. Yes, I did listen to it all, but the end didn't keep my interst, I found myself wandering often. I liked the story line for the most part, though I think it could have been wrapped up much faster.
Does Mr. King even try anymore? This book is filled with the author's personal political diatribes and tired, recycled characters that are not missed once they are predictably whacked. It's all starting to sound the same. I used to buy and read every book Mr. King released, but not anymore.
I just started the 2nd audio file of 3 total. It starts out fast with a main character you can easily like, but quickly slows way down. It's a full 2 hours into it before the first surreal event, but they are far and few in between for the rest of the 1st of 3 files (the reason I only gave it 3 stars). I hope it picks up because I like the character and premise. However, don't expect a fast pace.