The narrator was the absolute perfect choice for material, she exuded strength and wounds and really embodied the character. It was the kind of story that makes you twist, and consider the reason behind misfortune, but not in the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow kind of way. It's more like dominoes. One falls and the others fall in the particular way they do because of the first one.
Not sure what I'd compare it to, but it was fantastic.
She's superb. She is strength, femininity embodied, by exuding that same felinity and eschewing the things about her that make the character a traditional "lady" she leaves the marriage, the baby she describes as defective is lost, and her fire and fight when trying to be reduced to a female play thing by Pickering are all to me these dual existences of the feminine. Mare Winningham's dedication to embodying that made this story so identifiable.
Stephen King is a grand artisan and discoverer of adjacent realities and he does not disappoint with this.
Nothing wrong with the story but it lacked completeness. Too many possibilities exist for expanding or continuing or prefacing. Kind of like going into a store and not being able to make up your mind because there were too many options. It made it feel incomplete - like it was published because it could be, rather than it should be.
Mare Winningham gave her normal very good performance for the material she had.
Was very good, plot kept me intrigued and at edge of my seat the entire time. Just when you may think King is becoming a snore to read he comes out with another brilliant read.
Gripping, Suspenseful, Smart
The strong lead woman and the creepy and dangerous villain.
I think she did all the voices well, but the villain was done best by her. She made it clear how out of his mind he was and she also captured how slimy and revolting the character is.
The villain, can't think of his name though.
King usually developes his characters better. Lots of chatter from the main characters' head, but very little background on the 'bad guy'. Overall, just not that interesting. It's one of those listens that has you saying to the book..."Ok, ok....move along!", and "When do we get to the good part?" Graphic, but just didn't have the tension and suspense that one comes to expect of Stephen King.
Avid reader! Want fast paced, energetic thrillers. King/Koontz are favorites but finding more authors that are starting to rise to the top
SK sometimes comes out of no where and sneaks up on you. This one did. Good short story, but I don't think it would have been interesting if it were any longer. At the end I was ready for it to be over.
This was a wonderful example of his work. Is was full of drama and suspense as well as heart felt emotions. I really felt connected to Em and felt that I could relate to her story ....up to a point. Any one who has ever lost someone knows that the good dreams are worse than the bad. Just when you get to know her and like her she is thrown into turmoil. I will not let anything away of this wonderful book but I would highly recommend it. It was definately one that I will listen to again. I wish it was out in paper version as I am not normally a audio fan. I can not see the action when I listen but it was worth it to have the chance to experience Em's story. This is the only reason that I gave audio another chance and I am glad that I did. Mare Winningham did and excellent job at narrating and made the characters come to life. I will definately look for more books from Stephen King on audio as well as those that are narrated by Mare Winningham.
To me this story felt like a bad Dean Koontz rip-off. It was really just your typical "girl gets captured by crazy guy and has to escape" story. There was really nothing special about it. The only Stephen King about it was his name on it. It just did not feel like his work to me. Very disappointing.