I'm not sure who would like this.
The story was long, rambling and there was no point.
His voice fit the story line, but the story was so awful.
Redo the entire story. It's hard to believe this is a Stephen King book.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
This one never really got me hooked. I listened to the whole story and did enjoy it. But it is not a story that I could not put down. The main characters being elderly may have had something to do with it. I don't know. But it was worth listening to. I guess I would say if you have read some of the other great King books (Dreamcatcher, Tower series, Carrie, Green Mile) then fill your collection with this one.
I'll be honest, I couldn't finish it. I've always been a moderate, politically speaking, but the center line has moved so far to the left that I seem very right wing. Politics should not play a role in fiction novels, but King managed to promote his very liberal agenda by making sure old men were supportive of abortion rights. This is where "scary" comes in to play. The language is filthy, degrading and useless to the story. As Jerry Seinfeld said, when you have to use such language, it just indicates you can't quite nail the joke. Why can't King write more like Bag of Bones and show a little class?
This is the 4th book I've listened to from Audible and it was the only one I was really unhappy with. The music is TERRIBLE. It's very very loud and it hurts my ears. It sounds like nails on a chalk board - it comes in loud, surprising bursts that make me jump and scramble to turn my speakers down, and the musical notes they play clash like a little kid banging on a piano. At several points I had to just laugh because I literally couldn't hear the story because the music was so loud! After listening to the book for about an hour I really wanted to stop it and start another book, but I'd just paid a lot of money so I forced myself to finish it... I wish I hadn't. This has taught me to read the reviews next time I buy a book on Audible!
I love Stephen King, and have read this book a few times already. The reader.was good, and I love the story as much as I always have... but...
I often listen to my books while riding my motorcycle, or mowing the lawn, and as such have to crank the volume high regularly. I didn't know that the music that shows up often in this book was going to be sooo loud, so painful! It was miserable because with a motorcycle helmet over your earbuds, at 70 miles an hour, you have to just "ride it out" no pun intended.
I give it three stars because it really is a fantastic book, and read well. But in my opinion whoever decided to add that soundtrack should be beaten with a large stick.
VFX Artist residing in the San Francisco Bay Area
King is in his usual good form - writing about his own personal mythology (Crimson King), but the producer of this audio book apparently thought the music they applied was better than it really was. Honestly, it they had dropped the volume of the incedental music so it did not come close to drowning out the Narrator so often the quality of the book would have jumped dramatically.
As it is - its worth listening to - but the music will occasionally break the spell of the writing leaving you to want to yell STFU! at the audio track - like noisy and annoying neighbors running their music while you try to read.
I will never again knowingly purchase another title voiced by Scott Brick.
Whoever produced this audiobook did a HUGE disservice to the fantastic read done by Eli Wallach, injecting moments of horrible music here and there throughout the story.
The music shows up jarringly, spoiling the mood of the story moment and, worse yet, the sound mix is done in a way that seems to favor the god-awful racket rather than the voice actor. Thankfully, my iPhone has a convenient 30 second rewind button because I had to tap the thing several times to catch the lines over the "musical" noise.
I'm only partway into the first section. And, I foresee these musical interludes as something to dread as the book moves along.
If you are a producer of audiobooks, please remember:
1. The read performance comes first.
2. Music, if any, is always secondary and should be low and understated at best.
I get the feeling this producer had made an unsuccessful stab at being a composer for movies or TV and now, people who buy audiobooks that went through his studio must suffer through his attempts at either practice building his demo reel.
In spite of the injection of these musical turds, it's still an enjoyable read by Eli Wallach. If you can grit your teeth through a few painful interludes, it's definitely worth it.
The story is good but who ever thought that putting ear splitting screeching in the story must not have any high frequency hearing. It distracts from the story and you are constantly turning down the sound.
I put this one off for a good long while only because of the reviews that spoke of "Jarring" music..
I could have done without the music but, I didn't find it "Jarring" and didn't have to turn down my Zune.
Was a wonderful book with some insight into The Dark Tower Series and the Narration was pretty good..
I have grown attached to the work of Frank Muller and seem to compare all other narrators to his work.
I say the book is a good one and if you have a decent Mp3 player (Zune,IPOD) or something that automatically equalizes your tracks you won't have a problem. I wouldn't pay the cash price but it was definitely worth a credit. There is nothing like a good audio book and Sai King "Wordslinger" has never disappointed me yet..
The Idle Id
So I'd read all of the reviews about how bad the soundtrack was, but I thought "Eh. It's not that big of a deal." But - you know what? It kinda is when you have to rewind the first and last 30 seconds of a section over and over again because you can't hear what the hell is going on. And the soundtrack IS bad but what's worse is that sometimes it's like someone dubbed an instrumental Slipknot CD over "Grumpy Old Men". It's just disturbing - and not in a fun way. Eli Wallach is an amazing narrator and King an amazing writer, so whoever the hell produced this audiobook...yeah....you just aren't.