Yes, I'm sure I'll listen again. I'm gradually replacing my bound book library with a digital one, and I've read this several times. It's a great story.
Norman. There wouldn't be a story if it weren't for Norman. He is entirely frightening and believable.
Blair Brown narrates Rose, and Stephen King narrates Norman. Brown is smooth as always, and although many do not like King's narrations, I love listening to him narrate his stories.
The only reason I didn't rate this a full five star is because of the background music. I absolutely despise background music in an audiobook, and the music is very unpleasant here as well.
The music and sound effects are nearly annoying, definitely not a contribution.
Blair Brown is amazing and I enjoyed the bonus of having Rose, the main character work as an audio narrator.
Stephen as Norman. I have had the pleasurable distinction of only reading King in audio; hundreds of hours. The words read by the author in his understanding of Norman's mind turn up the chill to epic.
(Consider that I am a fan, he could crap in a bag on my doorstep and I'd love him).
"She looked like a woman mentally counting the choices of a lifetime, discovering the wrongs ones outnumber the right ones, and not by only a few either".
Anyone who could create this understanding deserves a five star salute.
You could put that on a pillow.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
..........with a touch of 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'
I don't know why this novel isn't as popular as many of Kings others- it has the subtle terror and creepy chills of his big hits. Perhaps it's because the plot isn't an overwhelming monsterous end of the world story as 'The Stand' or end of the city like 'It' and other Derry books.
Instead it's a telling of the quietly terrible life of a battered woman who leaves her abusive husband and the experiences she goes through following her escape. Along with this is
the secondary plot, which is not really a sub plot, but the Dorian Gray like part of the novel with inclusion of a painting. This painting becomes almost primary to the last half of the book.
Perhaps you can tell this is complex novel-and I think it's amongst Stephens King's best.
The protagonist, Rosie is very well written. King developed her from shy woman who fears her husband and any changes in her life to strong woman who has taken over the running of her life to ...well...enough said -I hate spoilers and I've written enough. Let me say though that King develops his primary protagonist until the very end of the novel. It's wonderful writing.
The antagonist, Rosies husband Norman is a truly terrible man who gets his just deserts in the end.
Narration is so good. Blair Brown does an excellent job of expressing all the involved and complex feelings and action of the plot. She puts a lot of emotion not the emotional parts and terror into the scary parts. Her men are well done and the nasty guys come off really nasty. She's great.
The book deserves 5 stars-I had to give it 4 overall because of the damn sound effects and music. They has no meaning-or it didn't to me-and I was irritated by them throughout the book. I don't know why the producer decided to include sound effects but they didn't add anything positive to my enjoyment of the book.
narrator to read his books. He is a brilliant writer, but when he reads the book comes off sounding like adolescence angst. The story matter was very interesting, and Ms. Blair did an outstanding job.
This is a good solid story and I liked Stephen King and Blair Browns narration. (I didn't find the music a distraction as others have posted, which almost stopped me from downloading) I think the story was a good one until the "fantasy" parts started. Also when I thought the book was coming to an end, it wasn't and went on and on so that I wished it would just end. Overall it was a good listen.
The story is good and characters are interesting. However, there's music playing with what sounds like an airplane in the background as the story is being read. And there's some other form of, for lack of a better word, music that plays off and on through out the story. It is Really distracting and kills whatever mood was just formed. Also, Stephen Kings voice is Amazingly, inhumanly nasely and monotoned. It drove me up the wall. I mean its REALLY obnoxious and emotionless. It's Very hard to listen to. You know the noise that Jim Carry makes in the movie Dumb and Dumber when he says "Wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world?" And yells "HNEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!" Imagine that noise reading to you. If I'd have heard his voice on the sample reading, I would Never have wasted a credit for it.
This is a book you should buy not listen to.
Without going into the plot of this book too much, I'll say that there are far better Stephen King books. I could deal with Stephen King narrating some of the story and I actually feel like it adds to the dual perspective aspect of the book.
It's also occurred to me that I'm coming from a male point of view, and the book has a very 'women empowerment theme'. Nothing against that, but perhaps I didn't relate with the story as much as others.
The use of two narrators: one with a smooth, warm voice, and the other (the author) with a VERY nasal, soupy voice was almost unbearable.
Not if he was narrating it.
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The story was fascinating and really held my attention. As it drew to the end, I was surprised to see that there were still 2 and a half hours left. Those last hours were completely superfluous. It should have ended much sooner than it did. The long, drawn out, unnecessary last hours ruined what was otherwise a great book.
not his worst but far from his best.just not a good book. if you havent listion to 11-22-63 then get that one you will not be disapointed.