I agree with some of the other reviews. This is not one of King's better works. You get the feeling he rushed this one out for the money. Narrator is mediocre at best.
I enjoyed King's latest novel. It was basically the same story line as "The Stand" which I loved. I enjoyed the more grotesque scenes in the beginning. But it did get a bot lack luster as the victims became a bit less horrific. The ending just stunk. I was prepared for it though, as several other reviewers had already warned me. I'd say it's still an entertaining listen.
I enjoyed the book, would recommend it, and have listened to it more than once. However, it's not one of his greats. It's a bit more formulaic than most of his other works, but it's a good formula. I did feel as though I'd missed something with the way the book ended, it should have had an epilogue.
I am a big King fan but this book just didn't do it for me. I found it to be very slow going. The only reason I kept reading it was because I hate not finishing a book! The editing throughout was poor. The narrator is not the best, I have heard much better narrators on different audiobooks.
All in all, this book was not up to King standards.
In short, great idea for a story, C- effort from the author. I am a King fan but this book feels like a sell out. It seems like he wrote this with a screenplay in mind...if this becomes a movie and the storyline feels like one, this assuredly will be an example of the movie out doing the book. The Story never really developed, the ending was poor. In a King epilogue from the last Gunslinger book, he mentions that the ending is not as important as the story, and I for one bought his bought point. This book the story was rushed with traumatic parts thrown in but meaningless. I felt very little for any of the characters, something King normally creates. The ending was terrible but based on the lack of story prior he had few choices it seems. A lazy effort on his part. The reader...average to me no emotion, no pitch changes, how we miss Frank Muller....
This book was awesome. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I wanted to throw my cell phone away in the first chapter. Dont miss out on this incredible thriller.
Great story but I felt like I wanted it to continue. I love Stephen King and he does this sometimes...leaves you a little hanging at the end. But don't let that stop you. It is a great book. I hope he continues the story in another book. Great narrator in this one too.
Very entertaining! If it had been a paperback, I would say I couldn't put it down. As it was, the white knuckles weren't caused by my speed or the traffic as I drove down the freeway. It's a gripping and unpredictable story with characters you can become involved with. The narration is excellent. It's one of the better books I've read/listened to by King, and I've covered just about all of them. I highly recommend it.
Definitely a great listen. Some audio glitches do not distract from an otherwise great story. King knocks it out of the park with this one.
Don't waste your money on this audiobook. In a nutshell, the narration was flat and uninspiring and the story itself left me flat as well.
Perhaps its just hard to listen to Stephen King's books read by anyone other than the author. Though I imagine he would protest, he is a fabulous narrator of his own words - his speech idiosyncrasies notwithstanding. The narrator of this book sounded like he'd either had a labotomy or had just taken a lot of muscle relaxants. His tone was flat and his characterizations (when present) were quite lacking. This flaw, alone, made me regret having purchased this audiobook.
Then, there was the story. It was not one of King's best. King's portrayal of a post-apocalyptic landscape was pretty vivid, as always. Unfortunately, the story never seemed to go anywhere. Yes, the journey was interesting - but the destination was not worth it.
Read it, if you must - but don't bother with this iteration of the book.