I came across this after listening to "How Great Sci-fi Works" from the great courses when it was going over wasteland stories. This book gets riveting pretty fast as the whole country is wiped out by a fast spreading military grade flu virus. Stephen King really lays it on with the narration of how the plague spreads and the toll it takes o society. My only complaint with the story is the focus on a religious struggle at the heart of things here but it's a fun ride even if the big drop is a little flat. The narrators is one of the best I've heard.
very good book. can't wait to read more of his books. these voice books are perfect for me cause I do not read and retain but listening is perfect.
A classic Stephen King novel! narration was some of the best I've experienced. I cannot believe the cuts in the print addition. This book was worth every minute of the 40+ hours.
It took awhile for me to become fully invested in this novel. I am used to the detailed ramblings of King and usually appreciate them, but this one went beyond my tolerance. It is worth the listen and the detail is later appreciated to a certain degree...if you can stick it out. I think a great deal could have been edited out without any noticeable loss.
I loved reading the book many years ago when it first came out; but my eyes aren't as good a they used to be so listening to it being read was a wonderful and at times relaxing experience. I listened while I was getting dressed, in the car, while I was working, and as I was falling asleep at night. I look forward to my next audio book.
I'm not an avid Stephen King fan, but this book gripped me and I couldn't stop listening. I listened for two days during the week and then my wife and I listened to the rest of it in a weekend. She also loved it, once I had gotten her up to speed.
This book is long and there are some 'slow' parts. It's not all thriller all the time, but the character development and story are amazing.
Written at the end of the 70's the dialogue doesn't hold up very well at times, but the story does. As a Dark Tower fan I really enjoyed hearing about a character from the Dark Tower from a different angle and in a new (to me) story. Not one of my favorite works of King, but I would listen to it again.
I don't know how many more ways I can try to save you. This may be my last chance. One more time...
First off you should know this book is not fiction. Where I'm from this story is not written but told. The virus happened. You need to stop it. I don't where the book came from or why it came but it did and someone has to stop it. There are more questions than answers at this point but if your reading this maybe it's not to late. You have to be ready to fight. To stand. Please help, please save us. Save yourself.
Free Zone Chief Science Officer