I'm sorry, but did King get homework from his shrink or something? "Go home and deal with your alcohol demons!"
This book went NO WHERE. At least, no where that couldn't have been tagged onto the next book.
And if it had to stand alone, then it should have been shorter and much more to the point.
This review is for the whole series. I took a leap of faith on a few reviews when I started book one in early 2010. I finished the last book (so far) in late 2011. Yes, I took my time but in all honesty, I went as slow as I could because I didn't want it to end!
I listen to audio books at night on a timer to help me fall asleep. Every night I would go to bed a bit earlier so that I could "watch the movie in my mind" of these books.
The narration is FANTASTIC. The character voices are consistent and after a time you no longer need a "Rand said" because you recognize the voice on your own.
The story, I feel, is strong for male or female. As a female, I did not feel this was too "girly" nor too "manly" to get through. I also felt it had a wide scope for many ages. (I'm 40)
It was a little tough to get into the start, but after a few hours I could follow the scope of the story and characters. This isn't difficult text or highly thought provoking concepts. It's Fantasy and fantastic fantasy at that.
I never re-listen to books as I feel that life is too short to pass up the opportunity to try something new! However, once I know the final draft is submitted for the last book, I'll start from book 1 again. This series is fantastic!
I avoided this book for many months due to the backing from Oprah. But, I found myself heading out on a long business trip across the globe and needed extra audible material for the flights.
This book really surprised me. It's well constructed - although sometimes a little too childish and stereotypical - and the variety of readers is very nice.
The southern accents were all very refreshing as well. And a lot of the settings brought me back to the kitchen table with my grandmother. She often shared her stories of growing up with segregation and the negros that picked cotton with her on the farm.
Every writer has bad books and this is one of King's. I do not look at Stephen King as a writer of violent, sick, twisted and perverse content. And while I know he has done this in the past - it was the core of the story line (Misery for example).
This book has such an opportunity to go somewhere interesting, fascinating, suspenseful, nail-biting. His point is interesting and I hoped he would expand upon the religious BS in an intelligent way. However, King goes off on this sexual-violence that disgusts me to no end. (possible spoiler alert:) Do I really need to read about a fat man beating someone to death? Do I need to read about a sick kid and his sexual escapades with dead bodies? Sorry, but there is enough of this as non-fiction in the world. Why add to it with fiction?
Stick to the supernatural/monster/mind tales - it's what you do best. (The Cell, The Road Virus Moves West, Bag of Bones) Leave the sexual violence and murder for FOX news.
This book left a very bad taste in my mouth and was not enjoyable at all.
I have yet to stumble across a writer that is as long in the tooth as Martin is. He will waste 30 hours of our lives only to kill off and handful of characters and allow other story-lines to become stagnant and dull. Instead, he covers his poor writing by introducing brand new characters in order to dig his way out of the hole he wrote himself into.
Had I known this book would do NOTHING to further the story started so many hours ago, I would never have picked up book one.
Do not waste your time, your credits nor your money on this book and you were probably better off not even getting into the series in the first place as it seems Martin won't get his act together to finish this off.
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