I own the hardcover of WWZ as well as the original audiobook on CDs. Both are incredible. I looked forward to this new edition with additional recorded content.
Note that this version is still ABRIDGED. I confirmed this by reading along with my book. Audible needs to make that very clear, since "complete edition" can be easily interpreted as unabridged.
I can confirm with other reviewers that there is a 4 minute segment missing from Chapter 3 of the recording. At 11:39, when the doctor arrives in the village, the line ends with "I regretted my wish". The line that follows at 11:40 begins with "One of my orderlies, the one responsible for his arms ..." This is a critical mistake. Several paragraphs about the doctor witnessing Patient Zero were omitted. They WERE recorded in the original version.
From my understanding, this edition was supposed to be the original with extra content added, NOT a re-recording. If so, those 4 minutes should be there, especially since the flow of that chapter's story makes little sense without it. According to My Library, Part 1 of the audibook is 6 hrs and 31 minutes. My Audible Manager lists it at 6 hrs and 27 minutes, confirming that the omission is an ERROR.
Has any listener detected other recording errors? I read that there was one later in Paris, but I cannot find that review anymore.
I noticed that both the original version and The Lost Files are available as separate purchases on Audible. Perhaps to compensate for the erroneous recording, could those who pre-ordered be offered both of these in exchange?
Mark Hamill's American soldier who survived the Battle of Yonkers.
Performances are top-notch.
This was my second time pre-ordering. If the recording problem is not addressed I doubt I will pre-order again. I will wait for reviews next time.
I would listen to parts of it again. King writes beautiful prose, and the narration carries it well. Certain parts may be difficult to listen to - alcoholism and domestic abuse are addressed in a frank manner. Those who've read The Shining can expect to be very depressed from the beginning.
Daniel Torrance of course. He went through so much horror in The Shining and I had hoped he grew up alright. Perhaps he would have ghostbusting adventures or something. Nope. It saddened me to learn he went down the path of his father, and that his mother had already passed on. The novel focuses on how he pulls himself back together, one day at a time. The descriptions of his struggles staying sober and trying to break the pattern are very true to life and struck a deep nerve. King understands the subject matter here.
The psychic spy vs psychic spy scenes with Abra and Rose the Hat. I liked how they were both so competent. Neither made stupid mistakes.
I also liked the chapter which was one long description of how the True Knot appear - polite, harmless, modern-day nomads. It was so mundane, but the context made it creepy.
Full appreciation of this novel requires having read The Shining. The Kubrick movie DOESN'T count!
I read this book as a child so long ago I had forgotten how different it was from the Judy Garland movie. As an adult, I am not crazy about the book. It is too repetitive. I actually find the movie to be greatly superior, Dorothy and Toto are more active protagonists, and the plotting is better. However the book includes many detailed, whimsical places not depicted in the movie, such as the China Doll Village.
I would recommend it to a younger reader, for an appreciation of the source material.
Most likely a George RR Martin "Dunk and Egg" story.
At first, I found Anne Hathaway's narration irritating, but she broke her stride once Dorothy meets the Scarecrow. From this point onward, Hathaway flaunts her vocal range as she covers several different voices. Each one sounded distinct. I especially liked how the Wizard has a western accent, he sounds like he would originate from Omaha!Sometimes she was borderline sing-songy, but I can forgive that since she was narrating a modern fairy tale.
Yes, and I enjoyed using whispersync with it, too. It was handy for when the environment got too loud to listen comfortably.
Can't say. Spoilers!
I tried Audible for Wheel of Time. James Marster's narration of the Dresden Files convinced me to keep the subscription. I very quickly stopped thinking of him as Spike on "Buffy."
Can't say. Spoilers!
Even though this is the 11th Dresden book, it is the second one I happened to come across. I didn't know who these characters were, or what had happened. However the story was so well-written I could still enjoy it. I backtracked through the entire series, all in audiobook form.
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