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.
Say something about yourself!
This story was fantastically colorful and full of good vs evil! A great story that I had a hard time turning off to do the more mundane but important tasks in my day, like working. :)
Bronson Pinchot was terrific however, I felt the reader needed a more youthful voice for the characters of this book. He played the king very well and also the other more mature characters in the book. He fell short when portraying female characters or the younger characters within the story which was a little distracting. Overall, he did very well.
Amazing Fantasy Story!
The story teller! King is telling this story not from a third person, but like you were sitting around a fire listening to a story that has been passed around for generations. You get his feelings on the characters, his POV. A really great way to have the story told to you.
Flagg. He brings alive his evilness in all of its blackness.
The whole story is so well performed. Bronson articulates each persona so completely that it is a very compelling.
The story wasn't bad, the reader wasn't BAD, but wow was it put together BAD!!!
First, it seemed to pause/skip at every new chapter. and who's idea was it to put a new chapter every hundred words or so??? So what you get is a skip every 5 minutes or so.
Could Bronson have maybe have put a TINY BIT of emotion into this read????
Reminds me of the records we had to listen to in grade school........
I HAD to finish it just to see how it turned out, but it was almost PAINFUL at times........
PLEASE, REDO IT!!!! It could be ever so much BETTER!!!!