Well, the narration of the book itself was great, so if you've read this book and like it, this is a keeper. In my case this was my first experience with any of Stephen King's stories, and I found it to be a letdown. I didn't really feel any sense of suspense or horror throughout the story, in fact it was all rather tame. Also the characters felt like they were heavily based on stereotypes rather than being individuals. It made the whole story seem rather one dimensional. I'm not entirely sure why this book... and this author are so highly regarded. I think the best analogy I can really pin to this is that it read kind of like a soap opera script rather than a horror story with any kind of real depth. I thought that the movie version had butchered the story, but after sitting through this I actually felt like the screenplay was a bit better than the original! :( I hope all his stories aren't such a letdown after the hype.
I really enjoyed this. The narration seemed a little harsh at first, but after a few minutes you adjust to the light accent of the narrator. Also, since the story itself takes place in Australia it adds to the authenticity. I'm not kidding when I say I listened to the whole story in one sitting, it really keeps you on the edge of your seat with plenty of twists and turns. The only negative comment I would have is that section of the story were slightly pornographic. This isn't really a bad thing since it all relates to the story, but of course it means that I wouldn't recommend it for younger listeners. Other than that, this was an outstanding story full of interesting characters and great suspense!
PS: Those read up on the occult will be happy to know there's a decent amount of accuracy when it comes to runes and European pagan mythology. Complete with a positive example of a modern adept to offset the negativity of the antagonist.
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