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.
I would recommend this book, but not the audio version provided here. The "music" is probably the worst thing I've ever heard. Absolutely uncalled for.
The story is decent. Many stories don't often feature elderly people, and I appreciate the change in perspective.
I've given the performance only one star, but Mr. Wallach did a fine job.
Like my headline states, I think the publisher absolutely must remaster the audio for this recording. Just remove the terrible sound effects and screeching music, and this book would be much better. I wish I could stop listening, but I'm too vested, and need to finish it. Overall, I'm feeling a lot more dread and anxiety from the music than from Stephen Kings excellent writing.
The suspense made me want to keep listening, but the ending was a little bit of a let down. All that buildup for a lackluster resolution...
The different characters were recognizable which was great.
I really liked the story and thought the narrator was perfect for the voice of Ralph Roberts. However, the sound effects and background music were WAY too loud and it got to the point where I would take my earbuds out for a few seconds until it was over each time. I work in a mine where the normal noise level requires ear plugs or ear buds at all times. The fact that I would rather take them out and listen to the mine noise than be subjected to the jarring painful music of the audiobook is really saying something. It just about ruined a great book for me.
Yes he did a great job.
I would say safely on the "like" side :)
I really hate this question. It is almost always impossible to answer without giving away the juicy goods!
His voice fit perfectly in my opinion. I could clearly distinguish the characters by their mood & emotions carried out in his voice. Bravo Eli Wallach :) Nicely read!
This book dragged on in a few places. So if you get easily distracted during the dry moments this might not be a read for you. Plus I was left with several unanswered questions. I had to go back and listen to several chapters again to keep up. A few chapters seemed to run together in a blur. BUT... over all I liked the book. I love how it forces you to question your perception of awareness.
It is worth the credit! But be prepared for a few dry (maybe repetitious is a better word) moments.
Duma Key, slower building, but compelling.
First scene of the little doctors.
Beware the strange background that comes on at times that make no sense. Very strange.
Oh yes, if there wasn't the same production team.
Ralph was great, loved the character.
Mainly I'm writing this review to let people know that while the book and read are great the production of this book is simply awful. It seems as though every 10 minutes this crazy bad music comes in so loud and annoying it takes you right out of the story. It isn't like it's even at chapters or even natural breaks, that if something happens this whiny stupid crashing music pops in and it's so loud you can hardly hear the narration. I've worked in audio production for years and I can't for the life of me figure out why they would put something like this in at all, I've never heard it in any of King's audiobooks. Really, I wish there was a 'clean' version to download, I am going to have to return this book for credit it is that bad.
Loved the book, hate the music.
I would recommend it because the story is good and the narrator does a fine job. It is not one of my favorite King novels but enjoyable.
At times, the story does lag with unimportant details, but it is certainly one of King's longer works. There are plenty of engaging plot elements.
I've never listened to any of Wallach's other performances but I enjoyed this one.
The music and sound effects are WRETCHED. None at all would have been preferable to the aural torture the listener is subjected to with this audiobook!
Yes I would, great performance and perfect fit for the main character of the novel.
The transition from worrying about insanity to recognizing his new talent and its potential;.
He gives us the narrative to the story and provides a better sense of character that I would not have had by reading.
Yes it was but the music while a novel approach was overwhelming at times.
This book is one of King's more bizarre works. I bought it as a joke for my son who was experiencing a rather bad case of insomnia. I ended up reading the book since I am a fan of Stephen King. What I got out of the story took me completely by surprise and was nothing like I expected. It was a good read but bizarre to the extreme. This book reminded me that you never know what you will get when you read a Stephen King book. I enjoyed reading the book and couldn't put it down, but it is not the type of book I will read again and again. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of King, Koontz, or their type of genre. The only way I can describe the story is if my 63 year old dad were to take acid and tell me the story of what he saw.