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.
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.
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.
At first I had a hard time focussing on the narrator. Being that it was the first book I had ever listened to, it wasn't what I had expected. I was on a plane and very tired, so I don't think I gave it a chance. I thought it strange that one person would be reading aloud this book while changing his voice for different characters. A week later I took a 6 hour drive and decided to give it another shot. I completely got immersed in the world created by the authors. I began to love how skilled the narrator was in portraying all the actions and feelings through his voice. I simply loved the experience and highly recommend this book to any person looking for an amazing follow up to The Talisman.
if you've never read a king book, at first you may have to ease into this style with an awareness of your own adaptability; you won't be disappointed. there are some slower parts where it feels like a lull, but you can tell that the text is important as it sets up the next part.. like the hill of the Rollercoaster is necessary. the narrator slides in between each character with ease; and it switches viewpoints frequently in order to establish adequate reactions from the audience and dives deeply into the main characters for full immersion into the story. be aware: there are some gruesome scenes in this tale, so I wouldn't recommend ordering drive through with this blasting on your car stereo. you will gain worried looks and the bus boy will startle you at your window.
read time is lengthy; great for long trips
Yes indeed the audio edition to me was better than the print version. Frank Muller was one of best narrators in the business. In my opinion only Eli Wallach has to power to pull me into the story Like Mr. Muller could. On long road trips the two of them have kept me entertained while my wife slept
The Talisman, Insomnia, The Gunslinger and many others.
The sound of his voice, the tempo, cadence and the way he ends each sentence.
Yes but, as much as I enjoy listening to him twenty five hours is a bit much!