Say something about yourself!
A professional narrator would have made a big difference.
I have most of the books written by King.
King is a great writer but a lousy narrator. He was monotone and was not dramatic in the reading.
I was sad about the audiobook. A different narrator would have made the book a better experience.
Perhaps if I could have finished it! I couldn't stand King's narration so much, I gave up on the whole book. WASTED CREDITS! Beware....
Everything about Mr. King reading his own book was simply awful.
Very disappointed. Very.
Please realize that what you loved about the last books will be not be realized by listening to this one. Stephen King should stick with writing, and never EVER narrate again.
I love it when Stephen King reads his own books. Others might read it better, but there is something special about an authors reading their own books.
Great read, hard to put down. Sorry when it was over.
I wish I would have stayed with the print version. It would have been far less distracting.
I enjoy every trip to mid-word, King's ability to provide a great story never disappoints.
King's skill is in writing. His inability to narrate a story becomes distracting and the characters manage to come off lifeless and flat. It made it difficult to focus on enjoying the experience.
Stick with the print version and enjoy a wonderful chapter in "The Dark Tower"
I really enjoyed this book and didn't even mind Stephen King's narration. It was different than how George narrated the previous books, but I don't think that made it bad. Maybe it's just me, but Stephen's reading of Bag of Bones is one of my very favorites.
Honestly, anything that will bring more time and more stories to this collection, I am all for it.
This constant reader says thanks!
I didn't listen to it because Stephen King was horrible. I went out and bought the book.
Please Mr. King stick to writing and not reading to your audience. I loved the book and an glad I bought the actual physical book to read.
As everyone has noted, King is a better writer than narrator. He should definitely keep his day job. As jarring and irritating as it was in the beginning, it grew on me. ? By the last third of the story it was just there...someone telling me a story.
It is a stand alone story and doesn't impact on the overall Dark Towers story arch. However, it offers a bit more depth on the Roland character and is a pleasant visit with old friends. I enjoyed the story within a story...within a story format.
I would have had a Professional voice actor read this story. As far as the Story goes, it could have been a little more Gun Slingerish. Yes I know it's a story within a story, but for Gad's Sake, it seemed like the biggest character and Villain was the Storm. So we are revisiting really nothing as far as the Dark Tower is concerned.
As with most King stories the Ending seems a bit of a let down...then you let it sit with you. Then you sit alone in the dark and wonder, "Why the hell do I do this to myself?". Then you pull out the old "It is what it is" to make yourself feel better.
In the beginning it was very hard to tell which character is which. Typical King. Towards the end he got a little more into it, by that I mean he fluctuated his voice a tad more.
Yeah, only if you had listened to the whole Dark Tower series. Then it's a must. On it's own it's...Meh.
As usual with a King book, you can't put it down once you start. I've read the entire Dark Tower series and this is probably the weakest of the bunch. However, I always enjoy interesting plot devices and this has one of the most unusual King has ever used. I don't think it spoils anything to point it out, but if you want, you can skip to the next paragraph........The book actually tells three stories one inside of another inside of another.
I've gotten used to him, but I really don't care much for King as a narrator, especially since for many of his books he gets some of the best in the business. He has a flat voice and some mildly annoying speech mannerisms (e.g. he swallows his "L's").
Mr. King sets his intricately woven tale of Mid-World in a time described as following the fourth volume of the Dark Tower series. Contrary to what many of the reviews here have stated, I think Mr. King does an admirable job of reading his book. In particular, his rendition of the chillingly evil Covenant Man is excellent, and had me nervously looking over my shoulder in broad daylight. I doubt even Mr. Guidall could have done a better voice for this character. This story can stand alone, but it's also completely satisfying as a wonderful addition to the saga.