I have read the book and listened to the audiobook many times. Amazing, epic story and one of my favorite Stephen King books! Narrator is wonderful and in my opinion this is a must read!
to be clear, I DID listen to the beginning comment from Steven King himself about how this version WAS wordy and he knew that, but that we wanted to put out the book in its complete form. I get that and I understand that, so when I say it's very verbose just take that to mean that there'll likely be times when you think "this part could be cut" or "that doesn't matter" etc.
it is still a very good book, but there were many times I felt like certain things were needlessly dragging on. I don't know what the extra length actually added to the story.
again though, having said that don't let it dissuade you from buying the book, it's just that it's longer than it has to be. but then I guess their IS a shorter version out there so my fault.
No, I would recommend the original EDITED version. I see why the original editors cut out 400 pages! Still an amazing story. King is, and will forever be, the king of storytelling.
The travel portions.. such wonderful description--I love how King paints the scene in such epic detail.. Down to the very fly plastered to the blood-drenched window, still flicking its halters as he bathes in the stench of human death.
maybe a TV series...
King, narrate some books for us! Please!