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 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 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.
Get someone with a decent voice that shows some level of emotion.
It was so bad, it sounded like a robot. It was jerky, without emotion and caused me to turn off the audiobook after 3 or so hours (which I had to fight through because I liked the story). Really ruined this book for me. VERY VERY VERY disappointed.
Again, the performance was beyond awful.
This book is a great heroic tale. Noble characters, a sense of family, a menacing villain. I really enjoyed the way it feels like these characters descended from a long line. Not an unpredictable book but a fun ride.
If you need a good story now, here you go.
After reading some of the reviews, I felt compelled to write this. I seldom do more than rate my reads with stars.
I mainly listen to sci-fi fantasy, if this is your cup of tea as well you will enjoy it. If you are a gunslinger fan, you will meet flag......
No spoilers. Good stand alone story, except it left me wanting more lol as all well told stories do.
I discovered Eyes of the Dragon because of its connection to the Dark Tower series. The story itself is pretty straightforward, more Game of Thrones than Lord of the Rings.
I'm a huge Stephen King fan and this is an atypical story for him, but so well told. Bronson Pinchot (Perfect Strangers) does a remarkable job performing this. Certainly worth the credit.
This book started out as a "before the dark towers" prelude... And it turned into none of what I expected! I was so pleasantly surprised by the change in latitude for Stephen King even though I was looking for his mark and only found it while Flagg was climbing the stairs (spoiler alert)
I was so swept away by the storytelling and hopes the at possible happy ending... Go figure in a true King fan, such as I am... Either way, this is a definitive read/listen for any fan of for nothing else than to know we can't control the artist by our wants for blood, gore & horror... Sometimes the artist needs a ride I. The tire swing to get a bit dizzy and (dare I say, happyenough) to be able to tell a story that can be read at bedtime with the kids and passed on as a great work of literature.