Very different from other King books, The Eyes of the Dragon is a fantasy story. It has all the ingredients for the fairy tale - kings, queens, castles, dragons, honor, deceit and very, very evil villain.
Bronson Pinchot does an excellent job narrating it (especially Flagg voice) and audio mastering is pretty good too.
I'd highly recommend this book if you're in the mood for a good fantasy read by a good narrator.
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This story was written by Stephen King and read like a childrens bedtime story; and that's fine if that was how it was intended.But the "The Eye of the Dragon" was billed as the prelude to "The Dark Tower" series. This story has about as much in common with the Dark Tower as powder puff football has to the NFL. Yes there are some characters that share the same names and we learn more about Flagg , and it is set in Delain but not much else . I would have liked to hear how the late great Frank Muller would have read it; woudl have been much better.
I'd read this book first in 1989 and fell in love with it from the first page. Naturally I thought the narration of this story I'd fallen fast and hard for in print would've worked magic on me in a great listen.
It didn't. I'm disappointed.
What I Loved/Adored Most: the fantasy/otherworldly angle the story held. It's a storyteller's story, one of "The Princess Bride" or "Dragonheart" caliber, and I loved the ever-present good-versus evil this tale spun. Bronson Pinchot did a fantastic job with voice characterization, and how the villain's speaking lines came across was a delicious, unexpected surprise as were the General Judeg's butler's characterization, too. Put me in mind of his Balki role of "Perfect Strangers," and it made me smile.
What I Thought So-So: Pinchot's narration was an 'eh . . " for me here. Some books just aren't a fit for the narrators, others are a natural match. The first half his reading came across too fast and breaks at chapter closes weren't long enough for a decent pause, He seemed more relaxed into his task in the book's second half, though. The story's execution also came up short in too much backstory on the King & Queen and not enough time, I thought, spent a bit more on the prisoner in the Needle cell spent his waking hours.
What Was Poor: there's no sequel for this, the ending lackluster, average writing execution and repeated words--"flabbergasted," "HADs," adverb over-reliance-- and we don't know if King Peter ever married and had children during his tenure. Pinchot's narration could've fared far better on the whole.
All in all, three stars. It's one of those books you'll either be sorry in spending the credit on or it won't be. Had I known before purchase--since the audio sample was NOT WORKING to hear it prior to order!!! *grrr*---I'd've spent the credit on something else.
I would not reccommend this book ,atleast not in the audio version.
Bronson Pinchot should NEVER narrate another book again.It was so bad I couldnt finish and I tried several times to do just that.I would have rated it a 1 but I felt perhaps I didnt give it a full chance since I couldnt finsh it.
Yes. While I haven't read the print version, Bronson Pinchot's performance was a big part of what made this audiobook so much fun. He gave every character and instantly recognizable voice, and read every line with emotion.
This is a fantasy novel reminiscent of Harry Potter. It's a fun adventure, but it's not horror/suspense, nor is it King's best work, so manage your expectations.
I adored Naomi - an Irish dog trainer with an adventurous spirit - and her pet husky Frisky.
No. I was pleasantly distracted. For the most part I wasn't looking at the clock. But I wasn't deeply emotionally involved.
Bronson Pincho may be the best narrator I've heard. This is a fun book for King fans who are open to hearing him try something different than his usual.
I read the book when it was first published. The story is great!! you will not be disappointed. It was written for his daughter. I think he went above and beyond. Stephen is a great writer. I have followed him for years.
Yes. I actually bought this one because of Bronson Pinchot's performance of Matterhorn.
Actually, I was turned off this genre before this book. I just didn't realize this was a fantasy novel.
Don't take my review into account. If you like fantasy, this may be your thing. I expected Stephen King... you know... Stephen King. I did not expect Stephen King for 12 yr olds.
I read this way back in ancient times, when the hardcover book was covered in dragon skin. I always intended to go back and read it again, but never got around to it until I found it on audiobook. Oh joy! I've listened to it twice. A great story. Not "typical" King. (He wrote this book for his daughter who requested something with a bit less gore.) King is a masterful storyteller regardless of genre, and I always get lost in the worlds he creates. I love this book. And Bronson Pinchot does a fantastic job narrating.
Like others, I was surprised as to how much I liked this book. I did see similarities between this book and the The Stand (even if you discount Flagg) but, I still couldn't wait until the next chance I had to listen to this book. I do recommend this to any Stephen King fan - or even those of you who shudder at the thought of Stephen King. And unlike other reviews, I did like Bronson Pinchot's take on the story (hard to believe this is the guy from Perfect Strangers!). The voices he used for the characters were completely appropriate. I do hope King will write a sequel - the ending certainly supported this.
Stephen King - the ultimate story teller has done it again and Bronson Pinchot brings it again - what a fabulous narration.
Everyone who wants to read a book aloud should study Bronson Pinchot's techniques - he brings such life and vigor to all his readings.
Yes! but, as in all Stephen King, it's WAY too long.