Yes, the story and the performance is enjoyable. It makes some kind of sense to choose to do enjoyable activities when one has a choice for what activity to perform.
cautionary comment: the past is obdurate... the past doesn't want to be changed.
Laugh yes cry no.
I appreciate this professional writer. I believe you could teach writing. But you do have genius too. That maybe teach not so much. I'm glad you are in the world when I am.
Quite often the book wanders into minutia that would have been better on the chopping block. While at times this helps to build character and local color, it often gets lost and it disrupts the pacing of the story.
It took some time for me to get on board with the narrator. His voice, at times, seemed a bit annoying. While some of the character voices were welcomed, as it helped in the dialog, some were just irritating (like the FBI agent who sounded like a bad WC Fields imitation)
Doubtful, but I would watch it once it made it to late night cable.
As with many Stephan King books I've read before, the premise is often much better than the actual plot. King always has a penchant for building strong characters, but quite often doesn't seem to have a definitive direction towards the climax. He just sort of 'gets there'.
First of all let me state that I absolutely loved this story. I actually think Stephen King is better at writing this kind of story than horror stories. If you haven't read the Dark Tower series, check it out and you'll see what I mean.
Now onto why I gave this a 4 and not a 5. I waited a week after I finished it before deciding to write a review in case I changed my mind. The reason might seem silly to some folks but for some reason I just couldn't get over it. It's all about the yellow card man. He attempted to explain it towards the end of the story but it felt rushed. Some people may feel that he explained it enough but after the taste he gave towards the ending, I realized I wanted to know a lot more about this person and more about the effects because of the consequences of Jakes time travel.
He may write a book later on about the yellow card man (I'm purposely staying singular here for those that have already read the story) and that may satisfy my appetite then but for right now, I need more :).
I'm not going to rehash a summary; other people have given good reviews already. Overall this a great story and I highly recommend it.
Kings ability to write about the depth and breadth of the human spirit, our strengths and our tragedies has never, as in most novels, been transferred to the movie screen. He can paint a more enthralling picture with his words, than any cinema effort has been able to depict on the screen. This will without a doubt be a movie one day, read it first to enjoy his multi-dimensional lead character, the whys and wherefores of his actions, and depth of human nature in the characters. I was blown away with my emotional response to this effort. I laughed, I cried, and I cried some more.
It got a bit long in the middle, and made up for it in the end.
The lead character, who is the unwilling hero; the simple human thrust into complex realities, with all the self doubts that any of us would share in his situation.
Very well narrated. His voice was well modulated, and make listening easy, as he became the lead character and simple told his own story.
It was a surpise ending for me. Kept me guessing until the end.
Destined to be one of his best
The narrator, Craig Wasson, did an excellent job with several voices and accents and really did an overall nice acting job. I will look for more books that he has narrated because he is top notch. I definitely think my enjoyment of this book in audio format is higher than it would have been if I read the print version. I was also able to get through it quicker, as I listened to it on my iPod when walking about town, working out, etc, and I didn't want to put it down!
The beginning drew me in and it was difficult to put down. I also really enjoyed the ending... I wasn't sure how the story would get resolved and I was very satisfied with the ending.
No, I haven't, but I definitely will going forward.
I think it was a pretty light
I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for an entertaining read (or
Absolutely enjoyed this book, it brought back so many memories, good & bad, I was a teen when this happened and I can still remember it like it was a week ago. It was a history book, a fiction book, a reality book and a love story all in one. It was nice and long and I didn't get bored for a moment.
Listening to Mr. King at the end of the book was also very good, got his views and some really good recommendations of other books to read on JFK both true and fiction.
If you think that Mr. King just writes horror stories you will be surprised by this book, it's not scary, it's really good, give it a try I promise you'll love it and when your done listening you will go and read up on more facts about that horrible day.
Not enough SK's specials effects
Way too many facts and way too little SK's Mind!
Was Just Fine
Too Many that I would cut!
A Disappointment for a SK work. It would have been a better short story!
Agree with others.
Loved the use of
Agree with others.
Loved the use of
The story was disjointed and filled with excessive uninteresting material. One example of being disjointed: after all the references to his ex... there should have been some followup about her. It would have been so interesting and so real! He even called his new girlfriend by her name accidentally once (who hasn't been there!?) - there should have been some effort to close that loop. For 30 hours of lightweight extended people descriptions, I found I never developed any connection to the protagonist or his friends, except for Al and the janitor. I kept wondering, if the protagonist were deleted, would I care? No. What kept me listening was the time travel part, which is tough to carry off convincingly but quite riveting. The one feature of this book that sent (and still sends) my mind into a reverie of pleasure is the
Time travel and the references to life in the 60's.
The narrator was amazing in the number of voices and accents he can do! I continually shook my head in amusement about his radical voice switches. My one complaint was that he made the protagonist sound like a wimp. The namby pamby tone didn't match the words often, because the guy could be pretty manly and aggressive.
Yes, that's probably why he wrote it in this fluff lightweight way. Perfect for a 2 hour movie or tv series.