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!
It was a short book, especially for King. The story is well told but it is a little light on substance. For me, reading longer books like 11/22/63 was much more satisfying. Plus, this story didn't have very much depth. Not a bad book, just a little light for me.
I'm a trucker of nearly 25 years. Listening to the radio is a matter of habit for me, but hearing the same songs over and over and OVER again became old. Audio books help those miles roll by faster!
Amusement Park mystery
Devon. A young man's journey growing up while trying to solve a mystery in an amusement park he works at for a season
He developed very good character definition with his voice. I had no trouble telling one character from another
Devon's journey into the past and his future
Very well defined characters. As usual, Stephen King is a master and luring the listening in and keeping him/her engaged to the very end. Well worth the listen!
The characters are all so real. I swear that I know almost every one of them under other names. No one develops characters like Stephen King.
Absolutely! I love the way Mr. King writes. Until the end. His stories just seem to fizzle out.
Every one is authentic and believable.
Yes, Its so well written, a wonderful story with great characters. Stephen King always calls to my youth. His insight into this period has hooked me into his writing and continues to amaze me. This book is also a thriller.
Hearts in Atlantis; Stand by me
The story is seen from the perspective of a teenage boy's first freedom and adult friendships. I can never say enough about Stephen King's insights into his characters.They are magnificent.
Nothing. He had the perfect voice for the main character and did a great job of reading the other characters voices.
It took me a chapter to really get into his voice narration but I got used to it and enjoyed it.
I listened to Mr Mercedes before this one - and I was struck at how many small references that you can find in the books when you listen or read them so close to one another. Names used (Rose, Brady, Midway, etc), places, and the like. It's nice because they tend to all kind of daisy chain each other together in small ways. This book felt in some ways like....the Hardy Boy's grew up a bit and wrote a book. Except it is just one of the Hardy's. I admit, the cover art for this one kept me away for a while- until after Mr Mercedes (and earlier in the year I'd listened to Doctor Sleep) when I wanted to dive into more of King again. He's a great writer, but some stories thrill me and some fall flat. This one is decent and interesting. Not as good as Doctor Sleep, but I enjoyed it a lot.