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.
The music, and I use the term very loosely as it sounded more like someone tuning their instrument, was so over powering that it drowned out the narrator. Eli Wallach did a fine job reading, however at each beginning and end of chapter, they're was a musical interlude. Just a horrible decision. The book was long enough and didn't need to be stretched. The overall story was weak, especially for King. I would pass on buying this audio book.
Great performance of an amazing and sad story. A little hard to follow at times but worth every minute. Truly enjoying this one requires knowing a bit about Kings universe. Read It and The Dark Tower so that you can understand a bit more about Derry and the tower.
Let me begin by saying that I love Stephen King stories. This story was okay, it started slow and just seemed to drag on. I found myself anxious for it to end, and when it did it just seemed to fizzle out. hoping the next one will be better.
The story is very good, I love the way author writes,,,but I hatted the noises, because that can't be called suspense music but horrible noises that sometimes prevents you from actually hearing what's happening! Please do not do that anymore!!
Story was not King's best but still enjoyable. Pace is pretty good. However I ripped my earbuds out the first time that loud, jarring, jumble of noise hit me. The "music" settled some later in the book but was never good. Did nothing to add to the feel of the book. Whoever okay'd this needs to be demoted, or arrested for assault.