I knew that the movie had been well received, but wasn't too sure what I would think of a series of related stories. I was surprised when it didn't seem that way at all; they really hung together. This was a memorable book that I looked forward to listening to on my commutes. Stephen King is getting better and better.
This is one of the finest books I've ever heard. Absolute brilliant and emotional storytelling. This is King at his finest.
It was also great, when later reading the Dark Tower series, to be able to connect some of the characters in here to the overall "Big Picture."
"Low Men in Yellow Coats" is a great insight into Ted Brautigan, a major character in the last of the Dark Tower series.
Admittedly, it took me a while to get used to William Hurt's narration style, slow with some strange pauses, but he really brought the characters alive for me in ways that Frank Muller and George Guidall never did.
But mostly it is King's magic story telling that really hit me in this book. He perfectly captures coming of age events, like a first kiss and dealing with bullies. I loved this book.
What a great story (ies). King is a great narrator, but Hurt sounds like someone recorded all of his words individually and then dubbed them together. Sentences stopping and starting midstream, very jerky. He is awful. If he was trying to use his style to "act", lord it took some getting used to. Otherwise, the story is great. Hurt, don't quit your acting job to become a narrator, you would starve.
I've been a Stephen King fan for years, to the extent that I've bought a copy of each and every one of his books and any audio book I could get my hands on. That said, I found myself distinctly luke warm to this collection of stories. While it does tie in - marginally - with the Dark Tower series, that tie is loose. Did I listen to it? Yes. Did I enjoy it? Sorta, kinda, maybe. Will I listen to it again? Well, perhaps, but not for quite a long while.
This one had my ear glued to it in the first story, "Low Men in Yellow Coats." I absolutely loved it. A very intersting tale about childhood with a mix of Sci-Fi (King-style) mixed in. I listened to the next two stories and didn't know what to think. It was interesting to drop in on two later segments of the lives of the involved characters, however, there wasn't much point to it. I felt like the second story, "Hearts in Atlantis" was a waste of my time since it focused on college kids wasting time...I can see that anyday. The story seemed genuine, though, and I felt like Mr. King was doing a lot of reminiscing about his personal life; however, I couldn't help but feel like I had wasted my time. So overall, except for the first part, there was no interesting story (unless you enjoy watching someone else's life) but it felt so genuine, that I had mixed feelings about the book and don't really regret listening.
As usual, the book is so much better than the movie. I like Stephen King even though he's usually a little corny. This one was less corny than most of his. I rate this four stars (VERY few novels rate 5 in my book).
I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
This audio book commits that cardinal sin of all audio content, the unforgivable, it plays poorly chosen loud interstitial music over the narrator. The upbeat big band music chosen for the dramatic scenes of this book does not fit by any stretch of the imagination and completely ruins the experience. This is definitely a book you need to get in print, give the audio version a wide berth.
I only got halfway through the book reading it when it came out. I was just to bored to finish. However, I love audio books and have found some that work as audio but I would not want to read. William Hurt's reading had to be the worst reading I have ever heard. He sounds bored to death or stoned alternately. Easy to sleep by if thats what you are looking for.
This was my fave King book and it is also my fave Audiobook of all time. I dont know why some people review this badly? It was amazing. The use of the music was brilliantly done and William Hurt read this amazingly. As this is my fave book of all time, if the reading was done poorly, I would have been VERY CRITICAL. I cant be though. This was SUPERB.