I love a good story, especially one with a bit of a dark side.
This is a great King book. I don't think I can give any King book a four star rating, I just can't. This one certainly deserves the five stars that I gave it. Somehow King can write about anything and make it interesting. The protagonist takes a boring trip to the grocery store, but somehow I'm glued to the book and on the edge of my seat. Amazing. Pure enjoyment.
I have to say this audiobook has been one of my worst listening experiences by far. I'm sticking with it despite the jarring noises, only because of Mr. Wallach's wonderful performance and the engaging writing of Stephen King. The soundtrack adds NOTHING to the experience, and has almost driven me from completing the audiobook.
This book is comparable with many of King's other supernatural tales. He takes believable, well-developed characters and drops them into very odd circumstances, keeping it going with great pacing and dialogue. I can't pick out a single book to make a detailed comparison.
Definitely. Eli Wallach gives a great performance, smoothly portraying all the male and female characters and perfectly capturing the tone of King's writing. If I were rating this audiobook strictly on his reading, I'd give it 5 stars.
There are many moving scenes here, from the main character dealing with the loss of his wife, to some genuinely terrifying of unreality when Ralph is fearing for his sanity.
I hope Audible / Amazon can put some pressure on the publishers to knock off imposing unnecessary musical tracks to amp up the tone of these audiobook versions. With this book in particular, you have a combination of skillful writing and reading that can clearly stand up on their own. The noisy, jarring mess they layered on is just distracting and without value to the product.
Hard to believe the author of 11-22-63 wrote this. Don't waste your cash. If you haven't listened to Rose madder then you should, great book excellent narration.
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!