It was like discovering this book all over again!
Kings book's can't & shouldnt be compared to others they are stand alone,brilliant scifi by a master storyteller
Her portrayal of "Rosie" was spot on!
Stephen King's potrayal of "Norman" was outstanding
I really love the first contact between Gert & Norman
How awesome of the author to take such an interest in an "audiobook" to do his own narration! Loved it
The first 10% is Rose living with Norman. They’ve been married fourteen years. He bites, stabs, and punches her. (Most of this harm is told rather than shown so it’s a little less painful for the reader.) The next 80% is Rose leaving Norman, surviving with help from an organization, meeting someone, and Norman’s search for her. The organization helps abused women on the run. The women in the organization have some good parts in the story.
Most of the book is suspense. I was on the edge of my seat. I didn’t want to stop. I was afraid of this monstrous abusive cop husband Norman. He’s tracking her. He’s ultra smart and cunning. He’s cruel and killing others to get to her. I was fascinated with Norman’s thoughts, his plans, his words, his actions. Parts of the story were weird and different which I loved, like the oddness of Norman using a bull’s head mask. I loved the author’s creativity being inside Norman’s head. This was better than a demon. This was a human monster.
I loved how Rose became strong and her actions. I was intrigued with her anger and rage. She started out as a wimp, but she didn’t stay that way. There is a paranormal element, but it’s secondary or a small part of the story. The paranormal idea was ok, but I probably would have liked the story just as well without it. Many suspense stories disappoint me when characters do stupid things to put themselves in danger. None of that here. Almost everyone did smart things - good guys and the bad guy.
I was pleased with the story going several years into the future after the main crisis was resolved, like a long epilogue. It was satisfying, and it was a feel good happy ending.
One area bothered me. There is a long dream-like scene in the middle of the book. It was a little boring due to a lot of description and it took her a long time to walk somewhere. I wanted the dream to hurry up so I could get back to the story.
There are two sex scenes involving men touching men, one of them torture. Another scene has a woman rear-door raped.
Great music introducing the bad guy scenes. It was deep and monstrous with words similar to “hate hate...hate...”
Sadly I did not like Stephen King narrating the bad guy parts. I like SK as a person, and I kept thinking of SK as a nice guy. His voice does not fit the bad guy. It would be so much better with a deeper voiced male actor doing those scenes, something compatible with the bad guy music. I hope they produce another version with a different male narrator. I was very happy with SK narrating his nonfiction book “On Writing” but not this book.
Blair Brown was excellent and easily 5 stars narrating the Rose parts.
GENRE: suspense thriller with a little paranormal, abused women.
ENDING: happy for the main good guys, bad for the bad guy.
I love to listen to books but I don't like short little books so anything under 10 hours thumbs down :)
There was nothing wrong with Stephen King being one of the readers (which is why I almost did not get this book) he did a fine job. This book had a bit of Dark Towerish to it though very fun listen.
Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..
But I enjoyed this story. I can't imagine a life like that of Rosey. But if I had I think I would have been stronger then her. But who can say? In the circumstances she was in , maybe not. It is like most of SK books in that is not something that could really happen. That's one reason I enjoyed it, it takes you into the story and away from "the real world " for a while. Is that not the reason we read fiction? Good read with strange twists.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
The first third of the book is extremely well written and really kept my interest.There are no paranormal stuff and I thought while reading that maybe King was going to write a straight novel. This did not bother me, as I thought he was doing a great job. It is mostly about abusive marriages and what women can do to get out of the situation. I want now to give to my local women's shelter.
Then Norm becomes Hannibal Lector and the book gets really scary. You see how scary real humans can be. King puts you in the mind of both the victim and the monster. Almost no one does this as well as King. At this point I thought the story was at it's best.
Then we enter a fantasy horror. I often have trouble with Kings endings to books. He often goes way off the deep end. I wonder if he does this so the book will lose it's intensity, so the reader will remember that this is a book and not real life. Maybe he is scaring himself. I would like his books better if he stayed with the intensity and had less of the fantasy. You also get some background into the development of the audio book, which I believe is cool. SK was into recorded books long before it was vogue. He used to pay his kids to record books so he could listen to them when he traveled. His son Joe Hill writes with more intensity. You want to read Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill. Anyway King is my favorite writer after Orson Scott Card, and I hope to read all he as written and will write.
The narration by both Brown and King is excellent.
My favorite King books by King are The Green Mile, The Shinning, Desperation, Misery, Hearts In Atlantis, Graveyard Shift, Different Seasons, Everything Eventual, Cell and Thinner.
King books to avoid, Lisey's Story, The Colorado Kid, the gunslinger novels, Bag of Bones, and The Gingerbread Girl.
Although I really enjoyed the dual narration by Blair Brown and Stephen King (even the music did not trouble me as it did others), I was disappointed in the characterization of Rosie. King usually does a really amazing job of writing about women, and many of the book's female characters (Gert, Anna) were well drawn. Especially toward the end of the book, however, I lost touch with the Rosie he was trying to portray. Maybe because the ending itself seemed truncated, I missed the meticulous narration that marked the first third of the book and cast her as a sympathetic character. I began to wonder if maybe she just wasn't very bright. Good story, good production, but the story lost its spark somewhere along the way.
Just a Normal Guy
Ok, I'll be the first to say that I enjoy Stephen King's work and this story was no exception. However would someone please tell Mr. King to stop narrating his own books. It struck me during a piece of dialogue about how some people are able to effectively read out loud and some people are not. It just doesn't work for me with him reading. It actually makes me hesitant to buy Mr. King's audiobooks.
Well this one was a good book but the only part I did not like is that at the end was kind of long. But over all I think you will love this one.
The book wasn't so bad as I make it out to be. Rose Madder has all the characteristics you expect from a Stephen King book. I do enjoy the story but this is probably the first book that truly agitated me. Its almost like Stephen King made every character in the book incredibly stupid while the bad guy is the only one that is smart and lucky.
I understand that villains in books are usually smart and crafty and sometimes incredibly lucky to make the book interesting. But to have all the characters completely clueless and just plain idiotic, including the officers is unreal. Good guys in books die all the time because of bad luck or something they just don't see coming. But majority of the characters in the book died because of plain stupidity.
I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.
Although I have never been in an abusive relationship....the story was easy to absorb because of what I have seen in life
The strength of when she displayed about leaving.
There were so many. But I think it was when she first decided to leave...and she kept going no matter how scared she was.
That is a perfect name for her.
I totally enjoyed the book and will listen to it again. Great job by author and narrator.