I love Stephen King and right now, THIS is the story that I return to the most. Great ideas concerning the worlds beyond our five senses. There is a dissonant music score that I feel is tastefully done and completely appropriate to the story. I LOVE IT!
Eli Wallach does an excellent job reading - I'd heard the first couple of chapters through a "share" site and bought the audio book as - as an avid fiction reader who has to spend 2+ hours in the car, this is a new experience for me...I hadn't read this King book (one of the very few) and thought it fairly consistent with his work in the last 15 years (lots of "Dark Tower" stuff). I like unabridged stuff, probably 'cause I like books. I also like the pseudo-first person narration, though I dislike the "hints" of future events. One criticism of Wallach - he changes Ralph's late wife from "Caroline" to "Carol" half way through the book, then back to "Caroline" at the end - I assume this was an audio script error.
The story is good, but the caustic dysharmonious noise between chapter is distracting. The main character is Ralph Roberts - old codger in his retirement years who becomes an insomiac after his wifes difficult cancer death. This allows him to reach a "hyper-reality" where he see's aura's (life force) and discovers the cause of death(s). He and a codger-ette frient Lois with the same probem have to save the future from "random" events planned by the "Crimson King" which the "Dark Tower" around which all worlds exist. In the end, it works out.
The epilogue is good, but a little long and highly projected (again, too many hints in the body of the story).
All and all, pretty good.
The story started off strong and interesting but quickly fell into a seemingly repetitive pattern. This book truly bored me to sleep and other activities. It was very difficult to even finish. If you truly are an insomniac, however, this book may get you some shut eye. Either that or just anger you that it cant even keep your long nights interesting.
Yes. I have listened to at least 10 other Stephen King books.
The background music is TERRIBLE. I cannot concentrate or focus on the book. I am not even done and considering on reading the physical book with this one (even though my time is limited working full time and with 3 kids at home) because the background music it is that annoying.
Eli's performance so far is great.
Eli's performance and reading of the book is good.
get rid of the background music its terrible
It was a little slow in places and rambled some, but I feel like that helped to draw the listener in to what it really is like to suffer from Insomnia. Fantastic visual descriptions and well narrated.
the obligatory random screeching guitar and whatever the ear - piercing music wasn't needed. It was quite annoying and took away from the narrative
First I'd like to begin by saying that the production "music" in this audio book is horrendous. It will hurt your ears. It will prevent you from hearing what the narrator is saying and it's just bad. I don't even think it's music, more like horrible noise.
Second, I have read many Stephen King novels and this was one was ok. Nothing amazing about it. It drags on actually. I almost gave up on it.
If you are trying to decide between this and another title, choose the other. I would have skipped this book had I known.
The production could have been much better without the music. At times it is nearly impossible to hear what's being said due to the horrible music. Good story ruined but poor production