Too long for what it is. Concept was probably more appropriate for a short story.
I thought it was great to have the book narrated by the author so we can hear his intended emphasis and emotion. He did a great job and was passionate about the reading. Some other listeners commented on the music. I agree it was kind of strange, but I think it was meant to be and I don't think it had a negative impact on the performance.
Not really - I would rather have listened to something else, but I stuck with it anyway.
The way Stephen King writes is very detailed. Having to really listen to pick up little clues is very fun! Also I really did enjoy the music I was surprised! I felt it added suspense. Every time the door bell over the door of Needful Things dinged I got excited for what was going to happen.
I love Stephen Kings accent! It really adds to the story.
That would have to be the shop owner of Needful Things. He was a real con man and that's all I will say! I don't want to ruin it for anyone! Just give it a listen and find out.
Definitely worth the little bit extra. One of my top audible purchases.
My son disagrees heartily but I love Stephen King narrating his books. I am very picky about voices and honestly that type of voice would normally drive me nuts but I love it! As always the characters are developed and the nuances of daily life take on the building horror and dread. I read this book years ago. I have recently started listening to all the Stephen King books I can get in my ears. I am always amazed about what I forgot.
I always love the psychological aspects of King's stories. The development of the characters and their subsequent collapse was intriguing.
Yes. I cringed each time another character had to perform a "innocent prank" and wondered what would happen next.
Anyone with narrating experience.
I love Stephen King, but he is a terrible narrator. I can't get through this.
My favorite by far, this book by Stephen King is thrilling, interesting, descriptive, and fun, without being an ordeal to listen to, a big decision to take on, or a haunting story to make you rue the day...
It has, I think, one of the coolest underlying messages than any of his other work I have thus far read... I had always been a fan of the premise, and it is perhaps my favorite of his films, but the book, as always, is just that much better!
While the slow ratcheting up of tension is exciting to move along with, when the ish finally hits the fan, you get the 'pleasure' of a slow motion exposition of every second of splatter... it's like a nuanced exploration of the beauty of a firework, one spark at a time... and in a spine tingling conclusion, King again manages to present what may seem like questionably simplistic sounding events in a realistic and textural way that makes them triumphant when they might otherwise run the risk of popping the suspended disbelief...
Most of all, as someone who tends to hesitate at beginning Any New King novel, for the sake of the lost nights of sleep and the stress, I'm glad to find one that, I think, presents all of his writing skill and thrilling storycraft while also being one I can readily reccomend as 'fun' for most anyone... and, like I said, one with some really neat underlying logic and mechanism... not to say 'morals'...
Good stuff! I think I've found a new favorite!
(while I gave the performance 4 stars, it was mostly to do with little things... the sometimes shakey use of dialect, maybe not entirely flawlessly transparent and believable... but mostly the way I don't like his pronunciation of the letter "L"... back in the throat... funny how little things just get on your nerves after several hours!) :D
Yes, it's fun to have the author read their own novels. The true meaning that the author wanted to get across is found in their narration.
Well thought writing.
Stephen King is a great narrator!
The characters and how he intertwined them all and also the creepiness of the shop keeper and well I won't spoil the ending... ;-)
Not sure, they were all very well written but if I had to pick one I guess the shop keeper. You got to give kudo's to a character that you don't really like but you can't wait to hear what he does next and then when you do you're like, NOooo!
When the cop goes into the shop and it's deserted and filled with dust and cobwebs...
Careful What You Wish For
I feel I have already given away too much but if I could add one more thing it would be DON'T WATCH THE MOVIE!
Stephen King is the pinnacle of horror writers. I read this book years ago and now listening to Mr. King when he narrates it makes it that much better.
Norris Ridgewick was my favorite; he succumbed Gaunt's poison but managed to redeem himself in a big way.
Aunt Evvie was my favorite although just about every character was spot on.
Name is perfect - would not change it.