SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States | Member Since 2013
This is some of the finest writing that Mr. King has ever produced. As a true Constant Reader, I have read and enjoyed nearly every book that Stephen King has produced, and I can honestly say that this (may be) my favorite.
The situation left dangling at the end of book 3 is quickly resolved, and soon Roland is set to tell the story of his first love and first true test as a gunslinger. The majority of this book revolves around Roland and his original ka-tet and their adventures in Mejis as very young gunslingers. The story is steeped in battles, mystery, love and tragedy. It is a coming-of-age story that revolves around the greatest character King has ever created. Much of what Roland becomes is due to the events of Mejis and Susan Delgado.
Frank Muller was created to tell this tale. His narration and character work in this narration are flawless. He was a bright candle that was snuffed far too soon. I can not reccomend this book strongly enough. Make sure to listen to the series in order, but get to Wizard and Glass as soon as you can!
I really had no idea what I was getting into when I purchased this book. The premise seemed a little different than what I usually enjoy, but the reviews were good enough that I thought I would give it a try. I am glad that I did! The storyline got a little slow and uneventful in parts, which is why I gave "Story" 3 stars, but the overall idea of the book was pretty darn good. I really enjoyed how much the author made me care about the main character. I thought that some of the characters were not quite rounded out, but the Angel character was great.
The book starts out fine, with some good action and mystery, but then gets pretty slow through the middle. There is enough going on to keep my interest, but I found myself thinking, "get on with it already." The last 25% of the book is really good, though and made up for some downtime in the middle.
Not the great American novel, but a good book, nonetheless! The narrator did a great job, as well. Her tone and infliction really portrayed the southern trailer park stereotype very well. I am sure that I will listen again at some point!
Man, I really grew to love this story. In the first book, I was not sure what to think....then the second book brought me right to the brink! This third, and unfortunately last, book in this series was equal to the second, if not slightly better. I love the way that the author rounded out this tale, and will read the series again, I am sure.
My only wish is that there was more! Without divulging too much about the third book and it's ending....this can't be the end! On one hand, it was supremely satisfying, and on the other...Argh!! Truly left me wanting more; what a great series!
You will not be disappointed. Great narration, and great writing. Add that to a fantastic story and the Wayward Pines series is a winner!
This was a fantastic continuation of the Pines trilogy. I actually enjoyed this second book even more than the first! The first book did set up the storyline, and there was the watershed moment when the overarching plot was discovered that brought with it such a shock...and there was none of that in this book. However, the path of the story, and the way that the author led me through it, was so smart and exciting in this installment.
The characters stay so true to themselves. That is something that doesn't always happen in sequels, but was so great in this book. There were twist and turns, and redirection throughout, and I really enjoyed it all. The author also set up the plot for the final book so well, that I can't wait to dig into it! It is next on my agenda, for sure.
The narrator does a great job. Not really a "next level" narrator, in my opinion, but really does a fine job, and does not detract from the book. Definitely above average. Great book, great experience!
What an amazing book. I knew that this movie was coming out, and so I wanted to make sure that I read this book before seeing the movie. Man, I really loved it. John Green has stated that he has no interest in writing for "adults", as this book is geared towards teens. Well, I am 44 years old, and I enjoyed every minute of it!
The major characters, Gus and Hazel, were so easy to relate to. The fact that they were both sick leads toward an inevitable ending...but it was not what was expected. I will leave it at that, and let you discover it for yourself. Please do! This novel is so worth the time invested. Adding the Isaac character, as well as both sets of parents...and then the addition of the writer...as near perfect as a novel of this type can get. I truly loved it.
Kate Rudd is one of my favorite female narrators. I tend to prefer male narrators, but Kate always does such a great job.
There really is not much to criticize in this book. It was a great experience!
This is a good book, just as the title of this review states. Not fantastic, but good. A lot of the dialogue doesn't seem very natural, and the characters behave in ways that just don't come across as genuine, but overall the story did maintain my interest. Not a novel that I will ever listen to again, more than likely, but was not a waste of time. I know, not a glowing review, but it is what it is.
I am a reader that understands that not every book I read will be "the best book I've ever read"; I accept that, and can usually find redeeming values in each book I read. There are many redeeming things in is novel, as well. The story is a rather unique story in a world where there is a new post-apocalyptic type story every minute. I love these kinds of books, and it is always refreshing to find a new take on this genre. There were also very few characters in this story, so I really got to know those that were a part of the story. There could easily be a sequel.
First I have it say that I love Stephen King. I truly believe that he is one of my, if not my absolute favorite writers. King has many different styles, or feels, that he writes in, and this novel encompasses his best style. Historicaly based, with fictional charachters drawn up to lead the storyline. I love that format. The story is so intriguing and unique that it drew me in from the very beginning. King led me to really feel and care about each of his characters In the story, and I felt vested in their lives.
The relationship between George Amberton and Sadie was at once both beautiful and tender, as well as destined to.be star crossed. The way the hero, Jake, maintains his course to try to get In position to save the president come hell or high water, is yet another facet to the intricuit threads of this story. I really love it. I don't ant to give too much away, so I will end this review and avoid any spoilers.
It goes to show you, that sometimes eve the best intended plans can have tremendous negative causes. The narrator is first rate, and does a great job once again. Did nothing but enhance and further draw me into a story I already loved. Top rate!
This book was at once exactly what I expected, and also NOTHING like what I expected. To read the synopsis provided for this book does not lead you to understand what it is you are about to read.
There are a lot of "words" in this novel. What I mean is, much of the narration is describing what the characters are thinking, and WHY they are thinking those things. What has lead them to the place in their lives that causes them to think and feel the things they are thinking and feeling. I found myself being captivated by this at times, but also bored by it at other times. Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the words and descriptions and thought processes that the author wanted to convey. But, once I got the idea of the kind of story Mr. Stone was trying to lay out, most of these things stopped being a nuisance, and began intriguing me more and more.
Some of the storyline is a little far-fetched, and not completely plausible, but THE ENDING was INCREDIBLE!! This is a great story with an absolutely masterful ending. I did not see it coming...at all. I loved it. The narrator did a fabulous job, as well. Very consistent and very good. Overall, a great read!
I read this book long after I saw the movie...many, many times. I have to say that I truly love the movie, too. Spielberg did an amazing job with a movie that was based on this book, but that's all it was. Based on this book. This book seems to ring much truer to me than the movie did. Much more real...the way these events would have gone down. In the movie, the shark was the biggest one ever known to man. In the book, the shark was huge...but they even talk about sharks that were bigger. I liked that.
There were things that I liked about the movie more, and things that I liked about the book more, but overall I love them both. I loved the way that the author described the movements of the fish in first person. Not dwelling on the emotion and intentions of the fish, but simply what is was doing. I really liked that. The narrator did a great job as well. Such a timeless classic!
I love Stephen King...and I really did enjoy this book...but it didn't feel like a King novel to me. In retrospect, that is probably what he was going for. The first part of the book I was not really sure where the storyline was going. A little confusing, and not a familiar feel to this King fan. I felt like I was on a slow moving train, but then the destination started to clear up, and the book did get much better for me. By the end I was very much invested in the characters and the emotional play of the story. A great book, and I am actually looking forward to reading it again at a point in the future.
I was not a huge fan of the narrator. I understand why he was selected to narrate this book...he is about the same age as the main character ( I assume, anyway ), but I felt as if he missed some of the emotion. Also, his cadence in some places was, in my humble opinion, slightly different that what King had in mind.
Just could not get into this book. I listened for over 3 and a half hours, and was left thinking, "so what"? I usually like teen novels, but this one just didn't go anywhere through the first third of the book.
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