If you think it would be fun to be shut in a closet with Bart Simpson for six hours maybe you'll like this book. I'm a pretty avid Simpson fan and I would love to hear some inside scoop on the show, but I can't take the author's voice, style or substance. It feels like getting sprayed by a helium charged fire hose, and even if I could tolerate that, the 'inside' stories promised turn out to be nothing more than adolescent musings rising to the level of how nice Mel Gibson's butt is but not much higher. This is a stinker from start to finish...and I won't hear the finish.
King is probably the best pure story teller of his time. He proves his ability by doing what must be incredibly hard for a fiction writer; he tells his own true story in a compelling manner. King's voice was the only voice for this book, perfect choice because the book and the reading have a unique unity. I feel like I got to know the guy like I knew my favorite teacher in high school - giving me insight into his real life while drawing me into the subject matter (in this case, how to write). If you think you can write, listen to this book. If you'd like to write, listen to this book. If you can't stand writing, listen to this book. You won't be disappointed.
The reading and the writing of this book should become the standard example cited when trying to describe melodrama. The author's hollow ear for dialogue and obvious twin-left-thumbs plot transitions are not much to work with, but the reader manages to drive this work absolutely into the dirt. It was literally an effort not to turn it off and throw my mp3 player out the window at some points. If you really want to waste 15 hours of your life go ahead and listen to this - even abridged to 6 hours it will still be 5 hours too long. Do yourself another favor also - don't waste the two hours in the theater when it comes out in movie form. This is pure sell out to hollywood, screenwriter's drivel.
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