I thought the plot sounded fairly interesting, so I used a credit and got it. The narrater wasn't bad at all. But the story itself dragged on and on and on. This should have been a short story, not a book. The flashbacks to what happend oh so many years ago were, at best, boring. It was like listening to someone recall a really lame dream they had 25 years ago. I found nothing scarey or interesting at all in this book. I had to force myself to listen to the ending. And the ending, it's best not even spoken about. Back to square one of trying to find a Good scarey book.
I was looking forward to exploring Peters work. So many people said good things about him that i thought what the hell? I was extremely disappointed after listening to this story. The characters are okay and the narration is great, but the entire book just drags on and on. I felt there was no climax of the story. If you're reading this far, or have read the other reviews, take heed.
I loves me my audiobooks!!!
I absolutely loved "The Talisman" and "Black House" which are cowritten by Stephen King and Peter Straub, so I was really very disappointed by this piece. I suppose I would try another Straub book, but not use another Audible credit for the attempt, so that if it was as slow as this work I could skip chapters in page form.
I drive a lot, and love audiobooks to fill the time. This book was torturous. I kept seeing the opportunity for an interesting story to develop, and regularly thought, "Okay. It's three [four] [five] [six] hours in, this is where the plot takes off." It wasn't. By the final hour, I'd given up on it happening. The worst part is that you can return recently purchased Audible recordings if you don't like them, but I had waited too long to listen to this one. Waste of time, waste of money, and incredibly frustrating.
This one is taking a long time to warm up. In all fairness I am not continuing past chapter 3.
I can't be sure if the negative is the writing or the narrator but 2.5 hours in and I'm still confused by who's who and rerunning sections of book cause I realize I've gotten distracted and missed something. Too bad - it really seems like something might be there but I have lost my struggle and am moving on.
Seems like most people reviewing this book just hated it, but I'll give a lukewarm affirmative. While his flashbacks seem to wander and the plot limps along bit, I have no regrets on purchasing the audiobook. Narrator was good, plot interesting, just not transcendent.
I'm finally done with Straub, his books have just gotten worse, not better, this one I couldn't even finish. Unfortunately the narration for this one was mediocre so didn't help, but the story is relentlessly boring.