Eventually I accepted William Hurt's narration and put up with King's because the stories, especially the first one, sucked me in.
This is a good book. Took a little longer to get into than I thought it would. I wasn't crazy about William Hurt...seemed like he was halfheartedly reading the story. Overall, I would recommend this book.
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.
"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).
The complete and utter boring monotonous stories.
I've always loved King's writing. If he writes a book I get it. This one was such a huge waste of time. Please Mr. King, try a little harder next time!