As one of King's Constant Readers, I was delighted at this return to his classic storytelling style. He takes your imagination hostage and draws vivid images in your mind like no one else. Hold on to your guts, because this wild ride had me horrified, grossed-out, and laughing out loud all at the same time. Campbell Scott does a fantastic job - his deadpan narration and comic timing suits the story perfectly.
Only Stephen King can make exquisite horror from such an everday device. I couldn't stop listening- right up until the end. I was frustrated at first with the abrupt ending, but then just "wrote" my own. Well read, but had some odd tonal variations, probably from later editing.
I really liked this story. Stephen King has once again spun a tale of bizarre expanses with believable characters and circumstance. This is well worth your time but I do have to say that I was disappointed in the ending....there is so much that is left undone I can only hope that King plans another entry into this saga that will take us to the next level.
I enjoy Mr. King's books, and this was no exception. The story was suspenseful and well-paced. I found myself looking forward to my next opportunity to listen!
Unfortunately, I don think I have ever been more disappointed by the ending of a book than I was by the abrupt and unsatisfying ending of this one. After 12 hours with these characters, the ending left me feeling a bit abandoned (perhaps even cheated?) by the author!
King is my favorite author. Without spoiling the story,there are too many holes. The force behind the evil is never revealed. The main character seems to take his time finding out how his young son is enduring armageddon. They walk several hundred miles while every car on the planet is available. I enjoyed the pace of the story, the reader was good, however the editing was terrible. You could clearly tell when he stopped reading and began anew. The pitch and tone and volume would change. I also heard words being dubbed into the recording. The production seemed to be racing toward a deadline instead of polishing this recording.I love King, he keeps things interesting, however this story is not what you expect from him. He did not finish this story. It ranks toward the bottom of his work to me.
Very linear, mediocre narration, really enjoyed the Dark Tower series on audio, but this one just laid there. Dissapointed in the ending, 'fofo fo u u' c'mon. I would not spend any credits or cash on this one.
Pretty straight forward and simple plot that only follows one storyline, this is far from King at his best. The ending was almost as if King got tired and just quit. There was some closure but not much, definitely felt more like one of his short stories than a full length novel.
Interesting to see how many concepts from the book were borrowed from Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.
This was one of the best books I have ever listened to. This is the type of book that makes the reader imagine every word Steven King writes. I was amazed with the vivid images that were given from this book. The problem I have is with the ending. Without giving away the ending, the reader is left with choices on what happened after the end of the book, instead of letting the author make the decision. I would have rated this book a 5, but after yelling at my MP3 player upon the ending, I felt that I was risen to the point of greatness, and just fell off the cliff at the end. I give it a 4, because I was able to feel comfortable with the ending that I chose to have for this book. I just wish Steven King could have done that instead.
I've been a King fan for many years; I read "Carrie" in hardback. Yes, before the dinosaurs. But as much as I wanted to be totally into this audiobook, I couldn't manage it. There were sections that seemed to go on forever. And the ending left me flat. Sorry, Stephen.
Some of the all too critical reviews dissuaded me from purchasing this book. When I finally took a listen it was a shock. I admit that it sounds a lot like The Stand - Raggedy Man/Trashcan Man there were a few parallels to Dawn of the Dead, but if you are truly a Stephen King fan it is not so hard to spot the differences in this work and appreciate the ending.
BTW the book is read by one author. There is a pitch and volume issue three times that I noticed but nothing that will interfere with the "stuck to the edge of your seat" ride that the novel takes you on.
I felt paranoid, elated and scared right along with the characters. I can't recommend this book enough.