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.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
This is a simple, fun story--not a lot of substance, but still professionally constructed.
I am generally impressed by Stephen King's range of subject matter--but even knowing how versatile he is, this book surprised me. Had his name not been on the cover, I never would have guessed that he wrote it.
The ending was satisfying, if somewhat simple... but I consider that a win, as my foremost criticism of King is that often his endings are terrible, and he frequently ruins his stories with finales that aren't worthy of the rest of the story. But, not this time.
My only major criticism of the audiobook is the narration. Pinchot actually did a fine job with most of his voice acting. Unfortunately, whoever was editing his sound levels was grossly incompetent. Pretty much every line of dialog spoken by the antagonist is whispered so softly that is completely inaudible!
It was almost enough to ruin the entire experience... almost.
I cannot believe I was such a snob about Stephen King for so many years. If he's that popular, how can he be any good?
What do I know?
Now, I devour his books. Even the monstrously long and mixed-review variety, like 11-22-63. This is a master storyteller, who can weave a yarn out of any material. Medieval? No problem. Wild West? Been there, done that. Historical fiction? Why not.
Literate, funny, gross, profound, quirky, insightful, profane, spiritual. All in service of the story. Isn't that why we read? For a good story?
King has delivered yet another fantastic story in the Eye of the Dragon. This tale of two brothers, regicide, and possible patricide in a vaguely Anglo kingdom in some indefinite past century is full of humor, pathos, moral struggle, and the ultimate triumph of the good. Complete with evil wizard/sorcerer/magician.
Well worth your time, and Bronson Pinchot delivers sparkling narration - the kind that makes the reader disappear, and the story emerge with crystal clarity.
I read, I write; I listen
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 loved this book years ago when I read it, love it even more hearing Bronson read it. it's a great adventure with intrigue, betrayal, love and hope. I know I will listen again.
I love the honor and nobility of this story. The reader does many of the voices quite well but is a little lacking in the general narration. But overall a very worthwhile listen