The music was very very cheesy.
I tried so hard to like this book. But it was SO SLOW and the story seemed to go NO WHERE. I stopped listening with a few hours left in the book. I just couldn't take it anymore.
Great story, great reader! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From start to finish Stephen King kept me captivated. Eli Wallach, with his weathered voice, gave the story a unique sound that enriched it a great deal.
The audio volume fluctuated throughout the whole story and the music was always too loud, many times drowning out the voice.
I have no clue why anyone thinks they need to add music at all to an audio book. At some key points the narration is drowned out by it. It seems presumptuous on the part of the people who made this audio book that they think they should be adding to the drama of the plot with music. "Hmmm this unfolding of the story is interesting but what it really needs when these new characters are introduced is jarringly loud discordant (oh discordia!) violin."
The book would have been a great read though this audible version was by far the worst version that I have ever listened too.
There was loud supplementary "music" or some kind of violin scratching that made it almost unlistenable at times, especially when using ear buds.
I actually contacted audible to find out if another version was available, there wasn't. :(
Stephen king did a excellent job with this book!! All pages were like being there watching each word come to life. I'll miss you Ralph !! God speed to your new light !!
I read this book the first time years ago. Sadly, it did not hold up to memory. It was good, above average, but I remember it being fantastic. On a scale of 1-10 of Stephen King, I place it at a solid 6 or 7.
The narrator, while skilled, seemed an odd choice for this book. I was unable to immerse myself in his story telling. Still, I enjoyed it quite a bit and think the ending is beautiful as only art can be beautiful.
The story was ok and the performance was adequate but there was nothing to keep my attention. And the music they throw at you to instill emotion made it almost impossible to listen to the story.