If you read the book when it came out, you'd know why it was never made into a movie. It is the finest example of King's keen attention to detail. Great piece of work!
Nothing comparable comes to mind.
Good sense of timing and pace.
Gerald himself. I have worked for and then with this same man in my lifetime.
King did a very awesome job, delivering a fictional story, with alot of respect to people who may have suffered some of the issue's that were touched on in this book. I was frustrated at times with Jessie and her response to certain situations, but he knew what he was doing all along. He ended this story very well and with a lot of thought and creativity. Stephen King never fails to keep me coming back for more.
Not as scary as when I had started reading it almost 22 years ago. How sad that I have become so desensitized. I really could have done without the musical interludes. Overall a nice ride into the abyss of a terrorized mind.
Less imaginary voices, less flashbacks (or make them consistent), and removing what is essentially a pointless part but takes up the first third of the novel.
Remove the child sex abuse, less inner monologue/dialogue with schizo personalities. I get it was character development but by the time the 2nd hour was up I thought I would gladly attack the Ruth personality. The use of "Toots" was very overdone.
Honestly, Prince the stray dog.
The schizo voices. Without them the novel would have been far more enjoyable.
Overall, a novel with a misleading description that avoids the most vile father-daughter relationship I ever listened to. The narrator and the elongated man are the only good things about this novel. I say if you have yet to work through some of King's other novels than avoid this one.
I love Stephen King and have read many of his books, but this one did not hold my interest.
“Never To Suffer Would Never To Have Been Blessed" - Edgar Allan Poe
Initially, I was somewhat disturbed by the frequent audio chimes and comparable soundtrack additions; however, I later learned they occurred at times it which it was necessary to process certain details prior to moving forward in the novel.
I was expecting a tense atmospheric thriller / horror. It actually reads like a post childhood abuse trauma stream of consciousness drama. What can anyone get out of that? Childhood abuse is disturbing, sure, but it's not the kind of disturbing I was after. Using this kind of trauma as some kind of catalyst for the narrative is weak and lazy.
Why rely on an abuse narrative which reads like an excuse to write what would otherwise be completely unacceptable? I don't find the child sexual abuse scenes interesting or enlightening in any way. And using sexual abuse as some kind of vehicle for drama takes this book out of entertainment and into seedy. Also, there is so much scope to turn the story (without the abuse hysterics) genuinely frightening.
I would have liked to see her kill Gerald by accident, during sex.
I would have like to see the wild dog take Gerald's meat outside to the chainsaw man
Then the chainsaw man could have found and held her captive
That kind of scenario would have been so much more compelling and frightening as she worked to kill / get away from her captor.
No, the narrator was excellent.
The childhood sex abuse angle entirely
Could not finish this book, was sick of listening to the abuse story line. Wanted suspense and horror in the cabin - not repressed childhood trauma drama.
maybe after a long time
it's going to be a while
average to good
about 2/3 of it
Be prepared for long discussions of a Dad abusing his little girl. Not scary in the least, just disgusting. I fast forwarded most of the second half of the book hoping for Stephen King chills, but only found shudders. One of the only audible books I've ever returned.
I would not listen to this book again. I love Stephen King. In my eyes he can do no wrong. Though well written, this story didn't wrap me up and wisk me away like most of his novels and the ending really left me hanging.
I have not read another book quite like this one.
The narrator did a fine job with the material.