Peter Straub always delivers a delicious ending, but only after he has nearly bored you to death with minutia travel-log like details. Stephen King has reined in that tendancy to a degree but still in the first chapter you are give an exacting detail of the businesses on the main street of the city, and none of them are ever entered into during the remainder of the story. Black House flows well, the characters are well built and you will love some, and hate some. there are moments of high tension, and sorrow, and the ending will make you beg for more.
Love to read as I drive; never leave home without. Love the Cousins O'Dwyer Books #1 - made me feel I was there. Narrator X-celent! Purrfekt
went back into the 'territories' after so many years had passed... loved the entire book and Frank Muller was awesome... again!
Didn't laugh or cry... wasn't that type book; it WAS a breath-holder with all the twists and turns only S.King can create
I particularly enjoyed the characters in this book. Sadly, I had not yet read The Talisman when I read Black House, so I did it all backwards. Don't let that stop you though. This is classic King. Exciting, colorful and creepy.
Not sure. Still reading the Talisman which pales by comparison.
The most effective scene was the slow and agonizing death of the biker. It was awful - I could envision it all. Very...maybe entirely too...graphic. I was queasy through several chapters.
"Be sure to pick up your barf-bag at the ticket window."
In spite of the brutality and very graphic violence, I'd still recommend this as an excellent book for Stephen King fans.
I love Stephen King as much as the next guy, but I probably would not. It was a good story, but I suppose that I've grown tired of the Territories.
The Talisman and The Dark Tower series. Same settings and familiar faces.
Frank Muller was incredible as always. If you've read/listened to The Talisman, you should definitely experience this conclusion of the tale.
A trail running enthusiast, I also enjoy zymurgy, interpretive dance while wearing animal costumes, science fiction and inappropriate humor.
I've listened to Black House several times. It's a great sequel to The Talisman but stands alone as well. Frank Muller (RIP) is an engaging and overall entertaining narrator. The characters have not only come alive but have become old acquaintances.
Jack Sawyer remembering his past.
The description at the beginning of Wisconsin and the mention of places that are almost, but not quite, real. The "giant six-pack" for instance (it was never Kingsland Ale!).
Henry Laden. He's just oozes cool.
It was great. I especially loved the dark tower references. The writers and the narrator really brought the characters to life for me. I'd sit in my truck waiting till the end of the chapter or till my wife would look out the window to see what what was taking me so long.
I enjoyed and really liked "The Talisman", but I loved "Black House"! To me this is one of those rare times that the sequel in my opinion is so much richer and well thought out then it's predecessor.
I've been reading (listening) to the entire Stephen King library exclusively for over a year. I'm almost done with this project and unfortunately this was the last book of Frank Muller doing the narration. He was an absolute master. Able to bend and move his voice to the extreme or in with tiny tweak of dialect so that you knew it was someone else entirely. He really put you into the story from the moment he began to speak. What a strange and wonderful talent, to realize one day that you have the ability to make stories come to life.
He will be dearly missed.
After my project is complete I will be seeking out the works of Peter Straub and other books by other writers read by Frank Muller.
Yes, If you liked The Talisman you will enjoy this sequel.
The bikers find and enter the hidden trail to The Black House. Riveting.
Golf cart ride through hell.
This story is told with no wasted words. Any creative writing class would benefit from the study of this book's construction and style. ( yeah I know this is an audiobook but you get the idea ).
The story itself is also fantastic. Mystery, horror, and dark humor. Resonant characters and suspense carry the reader along with colorful narration ( apparently the narrator and reader is riding shot-gun with a big black bird ) .... wonderful read! The narrator does an excellent job, I especially enjoyed his high-pitched, vengeful Tyler Marshall voice.