This is my favorite true crime book. Joseph Wambaugh brings three dimensional personalities to these real life characters, without judging them; That is left up to the reader/listener. A mixture of comedy within this awful tragedy. Jonathan Davis is a superb narrator for this particular book. If you have seen the film (a must if not) Mr. Davis skillfully captures a fine interpretation of the actor's voices...especially James Wood.
Not as exciting or surreal as in her previous collections of short stories, such as Willful Creatures and The Girl in the Flammable Skirt. The stories in this new collection seem like something from a stream of conscious writing exercise…rambling that goes nowhere.
The Red Ribbon had a ring of Miss Bender's daring style.
I have enjoyed all of Miss Bender's books and have given them out as gifts. I hope this was a small dip in the road of her writing career.
A grim and sad story that wrenched at my heart. A study of how people inflict damage upon one another either directly or indirectly. How pain can ripple out and cause collateral damage. Wally Lamb touches on the topic of PTSD without dredging it through melodrama. What kept going through my mind during it was a quote from a John Irving novel…'tolerate those with intolerance.'
Spoiler AlertI listened to this entire book, including the author’s epilog where King is a bit defensive of his writing style today. He reminds readers that he was a different person back in the first two decades of his career and nothing can top the first scary story we read during adolescents. He has a point. It mostly answered my question about his work. Why I find everything he has written past the 90’s ridiculous, immature and shallow. My taste in literature has changed. What thrilled me in my tens, twenties and even thirties has evolved along with my perception and expectations. King’s writing style is still geared to the adolescent and perhaps to the one within us “baby boomers.” He tries anyway; I have to give him credit for trying. Will Patton’s narration is what kept me motivated to endure nineteen annoying hours of Doctor Sleep. At times I wanted to discard this book because it was as unbearable as wearing an itchy wool sweater on a scorching August afternoon. For a sequel to The Shinning, it lacks most of what was in that story. Wendy has a couple of paragraphs and we are moved swiftly to a forty something Dan Torrance recovering alcoholic with a dead mother. His last hangover is lived and relived through out the book. Repation is rife through out this story. A good editor would have gutted fifty percent of its contents. Themes from his other novels are used in a recycled manner to keep the plot moving when it runs into dead ends. You will see shades of Dream Catcher with the mental lock boxes and file cabinets. Tommyknockers with the Hollow Demons existing on the essence of children that have ESP gifts. In the case of the antagonist, Rose The Hat wanting to keep the young protagonist Abra drugged docile and confined in order for herself and other members of The True Knot clan (hollow demons) to live off her “steam” like a milking cow. Hearts in Atlantis pops up with a character named Baseball Boy that the True Knot kidnaps from a little league game. After his torture and burial, including his baseball mitt with his name written on it, 13-year-old Abra sees his face in the newspaper among many missing children and sees what happened to him and his mitt. Contacting Dan while under the impression he is Tony (Dan’s childhood invisible friend that turned out to be a young teenage version of himself), Dan and Abra hook up giving the readers constant reminders that their difference in age and gender would only be understood as molester and victim if anyone found out. Abra mentally locates baseball boy’s body. Dan digs up his grave and brings back the mitt to Abra so she can hold it and channel what the boy went through and who killed him. King’s book IT shows up with images of Rose’s jaunty black hat in a gutter. Rose’s hat and how she wears it gets old quickly in this book. Towards the end, a plot device from The Green Mile is used when Dan sucks up Abra’s cancer riddled “Momo” aka great grandmother’s red misty last breath at the hospice. During a tedious trip to Colorado, Dan becomes ill and exhausted until the big stand off when he exhales out momo and kills off Rose’s clan with the deadly red misty breath. Dan quickly recovers once the dead momo and her cancer leave his body. Does any of this sound familiar? Why do these aging RV driving, steam inhaling from canisters filled with the left over ESP gifts of murdered children need and want Abra and children like her? In order to retain youth and health. Some members are over a millennium old, like Grandpa Flick that can no longer hold his fudge (King’s words, not mine.) How do they die? An ordinary bullet or measles they caught while inhaling the baseball boy’s steam is all that’s needed. When they die, they “cycle.” Their body starts to disappear until nothing is left but their clothing. Like War of the Worlds. Doctor Death could be an allegory or veiled attempt of riffing on the elderly that do anything and everything to sustain their life, therefore sucking up the taxable/tangible resources of the young and destroying them. The drowning man theory. Don’t try and save him; He will drown you along with him. I disliked this book for the reasons listed in most of the 1 star reviews. King writes trashy novels that try to retain innocence. Some I have enjoyed, some not.
Christine is a long yet captive audio book. The story flows nicely and builds up the tension to "her" kills with skill. I'm stuck to it like fly paper listening to find out what happens next (even though it's the tenth plus time reading.) Holter Graham does an excellent job with the characters and perfect pacing. One of Stephen King's greatest "hits."
Elijah Wood does a spirited reading of this beloved classic. You can't go wrong with Mark Twain. A fun book that is always entertaining no matter where you pick up into the story. I like to have this playing as I fall asleep at night.
I don't think of myself as a prude. However, the racy parts are, well...still racy today. This is a fine classic. One of the best. Superb narration.
This audio performance by Paul Scofield delights and brings a tear to my eye every time I listen. It never, never, never becomes old and stale. T.S. Eliot is a mini holiday! So lovely.
This is a wonderful audio book! Kevin Pariseau captures the personalities and reads with a nice tempo. The "romance" portion of this novel goes on a bit long and becomes tedious. The rest makes up for it. If you were in the US Navy, you probably saw the DVD or VHS while out at sea. My husband and many others became sick of it. It might have gone over board. I can't play this one aloud without hearing a complaint. Good audio book.
"I was born." Dickens has the most iconic first sentences of any author because they are perfect. Any novel by Dickens is an undertaking and commitment. A pleasurable one. Having the combo of kindle edition with the audible is the way to go. You need to get busy with chores, don't stop reading; just start listening. This is also a great choice for long commutes.
A timeless classic. Some of the dialog is out dated, but it still shines as the ultimate True Crime Novel of the 20th century. Scott Brick does a fine job. This won't disappoint.
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