I thought the book was more than well written...fantastic story, although does not take you very far toward The Gunslinger, as I had hoped it would. I wish however, that I had read this one, as the narration was not enjoyable. I found it at times robotic, almost droning, and at other times screeching and repetative. (and the hissing was really annoying!)
I wanted to love this audiobook but could not. I would not listen to anything else this person read.
I was a disappointed in the book, it did not give any insight as to what happened before the Dark Tower Series and the book was not very interesting.
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.
I am a huge King fan and usually enjoy the audio books but this reader was so bad I couldnt get past the first few chapters. The story seemed good,so i will probably read it
Too fast and no inflection
The entire plot and characters, or lack thereof. The entire story could be told in 10 minutes, but it was dragged out for 10 hrs.
I'd say it's in somewhere in the middle. I always enjoy Stephen King's stuff, even his less-inspired projects.
Bronson's rendition of various character's voices was the weakest link. Some characters had no intonation or accent to differentiate them from others...they were simply Bronson's normal narration voice. Others, particularly Flagg, I found downright annoying. He really went over-the-top with Flagg's "lisp" and gave him an annoyingly slow diction - at times dragging syllables out to a ludicrous degree. He also added awkwardly long pauses (which, in his defense, may have been in the book).I also felt that Bronson brought no joy to the performance. The entire reading (with the exception of the over-the-top theatrics of Flagg's character) sounded like he was bored and maybe just needed a paycheck.There are lots of Stephen King books with fantastic narrators - the great and greatly missed Frank Muller among them - but for my money, one of the very best is "It" narrated by Steven Weber. Weber hits it out of the park.. Pinchot gives us something more akin to a base hit. All that said, it is a serviceable performance and, if you're a King fan or even remotely interested in the story, you're unlike to put it down simply because of Pinchot's performance.
I've read or listened to nearly everything King has published. I am, unapologetically, one of his biggest fans. The man speaks to me. I found this book to be unusual in his pantheon. The plotting is good and the story is interesting. It kept me intrigued to the end but something about it just doesn't sound like "King-like" about it. Perhaps because this story is set in a fantasy universe with no ties to the modern world (as the Dark Tower series has) where his many amazing turns of phrase and metaphors would be out of place.It also has very little in the way of horror, terror, or even gross-out gore which we've all come to expect from Mr. King. It's written in a way that makes me think it was originally intended for children but then King just strayed from that path or it got to be too long.In my mind, this title just stands a little separate from most of his other fiction.
I will absolutely never buy another recording by Bronson Pinchot.
I have loved this book since I first read it as a child. Listening to it helped me get through my work day, but the recording itself was a total disappointment. Bronson's Pinchot's monotone, staccato delivery only exacerbates the (minor) flaws in King's early writing, and his ridiculous voice for Flagg makes him sound like a lisping My Little Pony villain.
Written for a preteen. Narrated for a preteen. I could not get more than 3 hours into this.
This prequel is a teriible downer for a Dark Tower listener eager for more.
King, the master storyteller, does it again with this story. I've read this tale over and over again and was looking forward to hearing this fantasy narrated. It lends itself perfectly to be read aloud. However, Bronson Pinchot was unable to deliver. His phrasing and pace of delivery was horrible. To see if he was being true to the way the story was wrriten, I read along in sections. Pinchot would pause mid-sentence (sometimes were no commas or other pauses were indicated). He would read ends of some sentences with the beginning of others as if they were the sentence. When reading for the characters, he often missed the mark and almost always missed the mark for Flagg. When King would write that Flagg send something loud and fast, Pinchot would whisper (quieter than he normally did for Flagg) and speak so slow, I thought he fell asleep at the mike.
If you like this story and love to hear narrated fantasy tales, you'll hate this version. I can only hope King did not hear this reading and agree to it. If you had told me a bored high school English class was reading this aloud I would have believed it. It truely reminded me of an English class reading Shakespeare. Avoid everything narrated by Bronson Pinchot.