I haven't read much Steven King as horror isn't really my genre, but I so thoroughly enjoyed On Writing that I picked this up on a whim - and it is one of the most enjoyable listening experiences I've had. William Hurt's performance is fantastic, the stories a gentle melange of nostalgia, fantasy, history and horror. It enveloped me so much I sat in my driveway for the last hour. If you haven't experienced any Steven King before, forget what you think you know about him and pick this up. I'd recommend this title to anyone and everyone who loves a great story.
This work defies formula, so if you're looking for something familiar and comfortable you may be disappointed. What it does offer is a highly imaginative, fun, layered slice of life into three (or more) interesting and exotic lives. I'll listen to this one again, just for the pleasure of colorful and creative dialogue and the richly described scenery of 1920s Egypt, Boston, Australia, London that have only ever existed in faded travel posters and steamer trunk stickers.
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