Coming of age
Why Devin Jones of course!
Yes! He did a GREAT job narrating this book. I felt like I was sitting at his kitchen table or on a front porch with him while he told me the most amazing story I had ever heard.
The very ending, I'm getting all teary eyed just thinking about it.
This was a wonderful story, not your typical creepy, how long have i been holding my breath type of suspense that King normally dishes out. YES, there is murder and suspense, oh my! But this story is so much more than that. Devin Jones is telling you a story about the most amazing summer of his life, the events that lead up to it and the life changing things that happened to him all the way up to that coming fall.
This is another great King book and I highly recommend it!
I love Stephen King. Years ago, I would never have guessed that I would have become a fan, but he is an amazing story teller.
Some books you just don't want to leave and this is one of them. The characters and their stories become so real to you that you are right there. Stephen King is very good at this and several of his stories hit me that way: "The Long Walk", "It", and "Doctor Sleep" to name a few.
I've heard this book a couple of times now, (yesterday being the most recent) and I miss it. I'm actually considering listening to it again, in the background while I work today, because Michael Kelly's voice is so warm and expressive and because Jonesy has a good way of looking at life, even if it isn't all cupcakes and rainbows.
Thank you, Stephen King, for continuing to do what you do. If you ever decide to retire, just know that we're going to miss you too.
I think this ranks among the small list that I'd actually listen to again. It was one of Stephen King's lighter stories. I enjoyed the characters and their relationships. It's a place that I'd love to revisit again some day. You feel the sense of nostalgia, even if you weren't around or too young to remember during the time period it's set in.
The murder mystery towards the end provided a little suspense. But since you know the narrator of the story survived (otherwise, how is he telling this in first person?), its not too suspenseful. It reminded me of a Hitchcock thriller.
The main character, Devin. He did a great job with the others, but Devin was the heart of the story and he did his voice in a very laid-back "let me tell you a tale" sort of way.
The Body 1973 at an amusement park.
I recommend this book when you want a pleasant story without a lot of violence or macabre. I'd put this up among his novels such as Duma Key. It's really about the relationships and friendships. You'll smile as you listen to it and might even cry at the end when it's over with.
Easy listening. I enjoyed the characters and the setting. The author made the sounds and smells very real, so it was quite easy to visualize being there with the characters.
He's a favorite author and as long as he does NOT narrate his own books, I love them all. To hear him narrate actually makes it difficult for me to finish. Hopefully his agent has convinced him of that.
I hope this doesn't sound bad, but I loved his drone. It fit so well with the lead character's (perceived) general state of mind. I think he did a fabulous job.
Probably the kid in the wheelchair (sorry, it's been a few books back so I don't remember the characters names). I loved his sense of humor and kindness of spirit to his Mom.
Stand by Me was still my favorite Stephen King novel. This reminded me a little of that. But I do love his scarry as hell ones, too.
this is one of my lowest King books. not much to it, didn't develop the ghost part of it very well. very bland.
This is a tame version of a Stephen King story. Sweet, a bit innocent, sappy at times, and with a little bit tear jerking at the end. Reminds me of the pulp fiction of the 60's. I usually don't like most Stephen King novels because to me the principal characters are often unlikeable, the language he uses is often excessive to the point of being less realistic instead of more, and and the world's he creates seem to bland more than dark. The good news is that this novel is the opposite of all these things.
I would recommend to anyone. Not Stephen King's best work...but told in a way that anyone who appreciates his work will understand: easy reading.
The plot was interesting with the interwoven scenes of both the supernatural and the carnival-like atmosphere.
Yes, I would. It doesn't matter that I know "whodunit," though my memory can be quick to fade as I read so many books. The narration and the style of the story were such an unexpected pleasure, coming from King, and reminded me of some of my all-ltime favorite Bradburys, which I read in high school.
Not so much- it's not that kind of King. Yes, there is a gruesome murder, but it's far in the past. There's a mystery to be solved, but in the end that isn't really what drives the plot. Actually, I felt the climax of the book, which focused on the resolution of the mystery plot, was a bit weaker than the rest of the book because it veered in to more typical King territory, and the strength of the book lies in the coming-of-age plot.
I LOVED Michael Kelly's narration. I'd just finished listening to Mr. Mercedes, and that narrator could not do a plausible woman's voice if you paid him (which, I guess, they did). Michael Kelly's characters were all distinguishable without being over-the-top, as a Southerner I appreciated his southern accents, and his women sounded like people, not breathy halfwits. I'd throw roses at his feet just for that, because I am SO TIRED of men who seem to think that to speak "woman" is to speak like a cartoon. BRAVO, Michael Kelly.
I actually liked the narrator quite a bit, which isn't often the case for me. He was just a really good kid.
I cried at the end. Couldn't help myself. I usually scoff at King and only listen to/read him when it's summer or I'm exercising because you can drift in and out and not lose much, but this one held my attention and made me believe it. Wish I could ride that Carolina Spin...
I've recently listened to many audio books, but I have never reviewed any of them. However, I loved this book so much that I just had to give it a rave review! I loved the story, I loved the narration! I hated for this book to end! Brilliant!