Its a good book, and interesting, but lacks the real gripping narative I've come to expect from Stephen King. The elements of the mystery at the heart of the story seemed undeveloped, I found myself being uninterested in learning who the real killer was and felt the ending was rather rushed.
I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
By the time I found out who the bad guy was I didn't even care nor was it surprising even though I didn't suspect him. It wasn't scary or thrilling or suspenseful...just blah. I wouldn't waste time on this one...it is seriously lacking.
Story was fine but ended too soon. Main character was appealing but all characters could have been sketched out much more to make the reader really-love or really-hate them. Story felt like it ended all too soon. Then again, it IS a "summer job/summer romance/summer friends" story, so perhaps the almost-in-depth-but-not-quite feeling is fitting, as summer relationships often end before we're ready to see them go.
Once again S.K. gives the reader an entertaining read and a life lesson to be remembered. No doubt that the lesson is one we all need to revisit from time to time.
Nice story. Quick but felt immersed and entertained. I could have listened way longer. if you got some time to spare and just need something not too involvef but will hold your attention. give it a listen you wont be disappointed.
One of the greatest storytellers of our time delivers some of his finest work. I've always prefered his horror stories to his more dramatic tales, although both are superb. I'm also facinated by his interlocking worlds and lexicon of characters that cross paths often. Having said that, this story was light in tone for the majority of its run, but it was beautifully paced. King has always been extremely long winded, but more often than not, the pay off he delivers after going on a tanget, surprises you or knocks you on your ass. This story is no different. From a technical standpoint, having observed his style for decades, this really shows his evolution, and he once again proves to his naysayers of the 80s, just how much they utterly failed in their initial assessment of his range and versitility. The writing is fluid and tight, and there is very little "King Rambler" momments tucked into this wonderful story. Sure, I was hoping for more ghosts and goblins, but it delivers some haunts... and more importantly, its a beautifully story. The setting is spooky in a soft way, but in usual King fashion, he brings you there. A carnival at twighlight.
Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, and he can make any story fascinating, however, this is nothing compared to his Bill Hodges trilogy. For me, the biggest disappointment was Mike's continuous warning, "It's not white". It never was clear what wasn't white, and I had to go online to research what exactly wasn't white, and in reality, I was very disappointed in that very vague warning. Still, a great read though for Stephen King fans.
The narration almost ruined this story for me - I didn't realize from the sample how uninterested and monotonous Michael Kelly's voice would sound. This story takes place in the summer and fall that the protagonist is 21, which is a little late for most coming of age stories, but I think the description still fits. Like many, it's told in retrospect from the position of an elderly man looking back on that remarkable time in his life, but there's very little back-and-forth between then and now. Almost all of it is told in the "then" time frame. It involves a little bit of relationships (first love, heartbreak, lost virginity), a little bit of the supernatural (haunted amusement park ride, psychic child), a little bit of self discovery (unknown talents, new friendships) and a little bit of real life mystery (serial killer stalking carnivals). All in all a nice story, but one that was almost ruined by a horrible narration.
Yes, it was an enjoyable "listen", fun with the old fashioned carny atmosphere.
Not as involved, not terrifying, well written as always.
I liked the story and the setting. It was a nice, relatively short listen in a break between mega-books by other authors. The Stand remains my favorite in terms of complexity. This was much simpler, but it had good characters. The ending was a surprise, but I wasn't working as hard to "figure it out" as I have in some of his other books. I was happy no killer clowns showed up, a la many of his other books. . .