Considering this audio book is over 24 hours long, and the story didn't really start to become in the least interesting until I was into the 2nd, 8 hour portion, I was highly disappointed in this novel. The only part of the recording that prevents one from drifting off is the highly annoying, ear piercing sounds between chapters that others have already mentioned.
I usually prefer fantasy and historical fiction, but having been a Stephen King fan in high school, I decided to try this title. Big mistake. I can't believe I paid for this book.
The book is long, tedious, and slow paced. Even when the story starts to become a story, it really just isn't very interesting. I think of how I used to read SK and worry that a vampire was outside my bedroom window, but couldn't stop reading. Not the case here.
Not only is this book not interesting, but it rambles, and has so many disconnected pieces that take so long to even hint at a connection, that I found myself often just thinking, "get on with it, already!"
I am not one to quit once I begin a book, so I stuck it out to the end. I can't recommend this book to anyone.
I love it all
The music at the end of chapters ruin this audio book. Brings me out of my minds eye and it sounds horrible.
Great story as usual in the classic Stephen King style. Narration was ok, but I could have done without the background music. I'm not even sure what the purpose of the music was. Not only was the music itself kind of bad, but it was also a little too loud, drowning out the voice of the narrator at times, and it also served as a distraction from the story itself.
I am a third of the was through now and I too wish that the music was not there...I think I would be enjoying the story much more, and would be able to really sink into a story such as this, however, because of the soundtrack...well, it's not impossible but difficult, and sometimes annoying.
I don't regret buying it though. I love Mr King's style so much.
PS. I listen with my MP3 connected to my Bose speakers, but the music is still drowning out some of the speech, nice narrator though,
I am a D-Bag.
I tried to read this novel and gave up. It rambles on and on. I honestly believe King was just randomly writing this novel with no idea where it was going. I hated it when I read it. SO I decided maybe if I listened to it might be better. Nope. Whether your pro or anti abortion, the topic in this book is annoying. What the heck was King thinking writing this crap. One of his worst books by far.
The problem is not with music. When they recorded this crappy book and listened to it I'm sure they realized that there was zero tension in the book so they threw in some music to try to cover up Kings lack of effort in writing this. By far Ralph Roberts is one of the worst heros in a book I read in years. He is passive and drones on and on his head about the same crap over and over. I hoped many times over he would get killed so the book could move on to someone else more interesting.
If this was Kings first book no one in the publishing industry would have ever given him a second book.
Yes, more detail, great story . Shows people with a little age can still get it done.
Just the story it's self.
No this is the first.
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?