I had to bail in the second chapter, so ignore the "Story" rating (I couldn't get to this part without rating the story). Writing the book doesn't make you the best narrator. King is not as monotone as, say, Tim Robbins (The Great Gatsby), but was intolerable.
after finishing the Dark Tower Series and going through the "post-epic-saga" blues, I was thrilled to see that King wrote this small side story into Roland's past. It's great! give it a listen!
Narration is not great, but it's not all THAT bad. Hearing authors read their own works is always kind of interesting to me and King does a fair job at this. The story far outweighs any trouble I had getting used to his reading.
I love listening to king read his own work. This was another enjoyable listen, and I am looking forward to trying the dark tower series next.
Tough it didn't follow Roland and the tet on their current journey as much a the previous books, I always appreciate a look into Roland's past. the wind through the keyhole was a captivating story In the midst of everything happening around it. it felt kind of Inception-y to listen to a story within a story within a story but non the less I was still rooting for Tim Ross the whole time. great listen even if Stephen narrated it, he was a little dry at first but his characters started to flow through him a little more by the end of it. I'm glad he chose this one to speak on and hearing it straight from the horse's mouth was a nice change for a shorter book.
Avid listener...100+ per year for many years. Very few reviews seems I only say something when I am disappointed or elated!
Midworld and characters...great writing.
Professional Reader. Stephen, you should leave this part of the production to the professionals.
Had to stop listening because of Stephen King's narration. I love the Dark Tower series, but this was impossible to listen to. I'll just read the book.
This story shows SK's tender heart. For
all his gore and horror, this story draws fine characters and let's us meet another tender-hearted, brave little boy facing the terrors of the dark woods alone on a quest to save his mother. A fantastic fairy tale, literally, and full of King's love of adventure. I'll read this one to my notional kids -- skipping a few naughty words here and there of course.
I thoroughly enjoyed every book in Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series, and was surprised to find this one brings us back to Mid-World. You could say it’s just a way for King to tell a couple of stories using familiar characters, but it’s clever and tightly woven and it works well. You need not have read the other Dark Tower books to enjoy this one, but having done so will make this a richer (and even nostalgic) experience.
Early in this book, Roland and his ka-tet encounter one of the strangest types of storms known to Mid-World -- a Starkblast. Riding it out inside a fire-lit cabin, the gang asks Roland for a story, and he responds with two…one nested inside the other.
King himself narrates this audiobook, and while serviceable, really makes me long for Frank Muller and George Guidall.
Anyway, if you miss Mid-World and you’re ready to once again walk the Path of the Beam, “Once upon a bye, before your grandfather’s grandfather was born”…
Maybe just barely above average.
Can't think of any one thing in particular.
Stephen King is by far one of the best authors in modern day fiction, but he should really consider letting someone else read his books.
That's tough, being that this is a pretty in-depth series. I'd have to think really hard on that.
As I mentioned above, King is one of the best in the business. I know he doesn't take criticism well and can be stubborn, but I: a. really wish he would stop narrating his audiobooks, and b. would quit letting people butcher his stories on both television and the big screen. Sorry, that's just how I feel.