The seventh book in the series was disjointed and a major disappointment as far as wind up is concerned. Not really expecting a happy ending but something a bit more than the old cliche of "walking off into the sunset". Even the author, storyteller or Stephen King character seemed to express his wish that the thing would just plain end. In fact I perceived an attitude of contempt from him for the story and the reader alike.
I stuck with this series for two reasons. One - I owed some loyalty to Stephen King because I have enjoyed his work previously and he has stated that this was his major work. Two I invested in the complete series at a time when Audible had a sale on book series.
The trend of the series, in my opinion, can be noted from my previous reviews.
1 - Stick With It - Believe in Stephen King
2 - So Glad I Stuck Around
3 - Wanted to Stop but Could Not
4 - Disappointing Detour
5 - I don't get it
6 - This from a fan of Mr King - WHY?
7 - Major Disappointment
I feel very sorry for Stephen King if he considers this to be his "magnum opus". Where to from here? I thought he was much better than this load of tripe he has given us. I have been a huge fan for such a long time and I was expecting so much more from him.
There were of course some excellent parts mostly to do with King's craftsmanship with words, however, the whole series was disjointed and overblown. More than 135 hours of listening (not including the pitiful narration of "The Wind Through the Keyhole") could easily have been reduced by half.
Continuity was exceptionally poor. Involvement of characters was a mish mash of contrived entries and exits, seemingly because the author was bored with his people and couldn't think of anything else. The villains were insipid and the final confrontation a super anticlimax. The storyline had no real structure and can be perceived as if the author was questioning himself while writing, "What else can I squeeze in, have I got enough science fiction, do I need more horror?"
I'm sure Mr King will reap the benefits of this series and that there are lots of die hard fans out there who will disagree with my opinions however I would recommend anyone read all the stories in the original novels e.g. Salem's Lot, The Stand, The Talisman, Insomnia etc. etc. but definitely not the Dark Tower Series which has tried to incorporate them all and is a major disappointment.
The best things about this series are the narrations by Frank Muller and George Guidall and the character OY.
Did someone else write it? Why was it so different? Was it rushed?
I am not a huge fan of the vampire genre but was attracted to this series because of the heroine's name. With a name like Sookie, I thought, there has to be some humour. It wasn't all funny but it did get me hooked regardless.
I loved the first books in the series, but like many others whose reviews I have read, I have been disappointed in the last two or three, especially the last one. All the fun and sparkle seemed to have disappeared. This last book was exceptionally dull comparatively with the most feebly developed characters taking the lead.
After thirteen books a reader/listener can't help but have an investment in the characters and I feel that the story lines of the main characters were rushed towards the end. Throughout the series we were shown one thing about the characters that didn't match up with the ending at all. I was left feeling empty and deflated because this series finished like a balloon letting out air slowly, complete with the whining noise which was Sookie.
The Southern Vampire Mysteries had hardly any vampires or vampire action in the last book, and the heroine finished up with the boring, brotherly shifter! It was almost incestuous for me. OK, I get it - but I wish the author had included a bit more "couple" development for Sam and Sookie so that it was satisfying and more believable. Also, with a vampire series one expects suspense and bad boy love so why have such a safe ending which translates into boring.
I am really trying not to question the author's plot as it is her concept not mine and I am not going to recommend anyone not read the book because if you're like me you will want to make up your own mind especially after reading all the others in the series. Personally, I have rarely felt this disappointed.
Really boring and ridiculous bondage type erotica using big, bad, boy (don't forget sexy) demons. Very unimaginative writing. What a waste of time. Couldn't be bothered finishing.
This book had the potential for a really good storyline. Unfortunately the plot was lost amidst the ridiculously predictable erotica.
I enjoy a good, steamy, well written love scene as much as anyone however, the "love" scenes in this series are all boring, unimaginative and over the top. But hey! - Whatever rocks your boat.
Where ever it is, whatever the reason, who ever is there - war savages humanity. Why is it women are more victims of the brutality than men!
This story is well told and heart wrenching. The vividness of the horror is something that will stay with me especially as I know it to be an accurate portrayal of the circumstance even if the characters are fictional. Hopefully it will help me see more beauty and be more grateful for the peace that surrounds me.
From a personal viewpoint - as the offspring of a World War II veteran and having lost loved ones to Vietnam I can attest as to how war continues its horrific embrace on all members of a family. Thankyou Kristin for helping me to release some of my own demons.
The suspense, adventure and intrigue were the best parts of this tale.
The romance & love scenes were a nice sideline but there was too much. A bit of a shame actually. I think the book would have been presented more accurately with a different title and cover picture.
Simon Prebble never fails to delight.
For the genre it was quite good. Elizabeth Lowell is a good storyteller. It is a shame about the narrator.
The narration by Anne Flosnik wasn't too bad except her interpretations of male characters was absolutely deplorable - especially the main male character. It was embarrassing to listen to and I cringed everytime, especially during the love scenes. It is a shame because I quite liked her accent. I will think hard before listening to her again.
Good news that someone else is narrating the next book in the series. Hopefully it will be an improvement.
By far the best book of the series. Even Angela Dawe's narration hit the spot. Very Good
This is slightly different to the normal Robyn Carr but she is without a doubt a great storyteller and Therese Plummer is a fabulous narrator.
Strong characters and storyline. There is nothing more to say than - enjoy.
The storyline is fabulous with Pirates aaaaarh, and ghosts ooooooo. Mystery, romance and relatable characters. Love it. Descriptive writing leads me to think I'd love to visit Key West.
I continue to be slightly disappointed with Angela Dawe's narration. I found that she read much too fast and while her accents were good it was difficult to tell if a man or woman was talking. Slightly confusing.
Nevertheless - A good series.
No one writes mature, intelligent novels with real characters like Robyn Carr. Reading one of her books is always like coming home.
Therese Plummer breathes life into the words and together they are the perfect combination.
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