This is the first time the audible reader reviews fooled me into getting a real clunker.
Just bad. Ridiculous story line.
Three stars overall because it does have good moments-Charlie losing his faith, the Terrible Sermon, Astrid, his family relationships. The premise is also pretty good. Also, David Morse is fantastic in every way in this recording. Five stars all the way.
Two stars for the story, though. The premise is good. The execution? Not so much. I found myself saying "OH COME ON" at one point.
You know how Stephen King has moments of brilliance, and then he comes up with a total dud? This would be the dud. Like Insomnia and Under The Dome, this was a ridiculous story that I just could not give license to. Yeah, yeah, he writes supernatural stuff, sure. I was just never able to get on board with this. As with Under The Dome, I am unsure why I stuck with it til the end. I listened to 11-22-63 right before this, an example of King's very best. This one? Not so much.
The reader was unemotional and flat, and, well, yeah. Pee you.
I loved everything about this book. It was a long journey that was riveting from the start to the finish. I loved the characters and their stories. I laughed, I cried, I could not put this down. For some reason, it took me a long time to pull the trigger on this one, but I am glad I did.
I'll start out by saying this was entertaining and engrossing, and the reader was excellent ...but..
Maybe it's just me because I am a scientist and develop drugs. The entire premise was completely inaccurate, and illogical to boot. Okay, so there's artistic license. This is far beyond that. NO company is going to fund something and not require a detailed regular report from the researcher. And no company would consider letting a funded researcher develop a drug's efficacy and safety in a makeshift lab and not know all the details. To say that drug development is so much more involved than that is an understatement.
And the feasibility of "the drug" that they kept referring to was ludicrous. They did all this work for years and then decided all of a sudden that it wasn't something people wanted? Without discussing that with the funding company!? Isn't that what happens BEFORE all the research even begins? (hint: It is).I kept hoping it wasn't going to be that simplistic and, well, dumb, but alas. Plus, their use of the term "vaccine" wasn't really kosher, but that artistic license I'll grant.
I don't want to seem pedantic, but COME ON.
I found myself completely engrossed for about 3/4 of the book. The accounts as told to the therapist were believable and extremely chilling. It really fell apart and crossed the line past the believable point toward the end, however. Over all, a good read.
So many women told me that this was the best book EVER and that I HAD TO READ IT!!!
After choking down half of it, I'd had enough (and I did actually slam the book down with that exclamation), I am still left to wonder why it has been so often hyped. The main character is a self-centered, exhausting, needy person, aren't there enough of those people in everyday life without having to read about it? It could have been written by a teenager with good writing skills. She is unlikeable and emotionally immature.
If it helps people on their spiritual journey, fabulous. I know I probably come off as a jerk, but although I have had my own share of life's ups and downs, I just cannot identify with the author. It's just not the book for me.
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