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!
This novel deserves to be in the shadows of Silence of the Lambs. It is a good book, don't get me wrong, but it is not in the league of it's successor. There are many parallel lines in this story with Silence of the Lambs (SOTL). In fact, some of the famous parts of SOTL originated in this book. Often word for word. It felt to me like this was Mr. Harris' first attempt at his idea for a great novel, and SOTL is a second try at basically the same storyline with MUCH greater results.
The "bad guy" in this book was a well developed character, but just felt a little too "pre-packaged" for my taste. Like he was built to check off all of the typical serial killer development boxes. I don't want to get into too many specifics in my review, as I want the reader/listener to experience them for themselves, but while much of this story line worked well for me, there were a few points that I didn't like.
There really was not much mention about Lechter in this book, either. There is one encounter with him in the asylum (rang very similar to SOTL), and a few brief mentions of him throughout, but that is all. The story focused much more heavily on the Dragon.
As I have looked back over what I have written so far, it sounds as if I didn't enjoy this book. That is simply not the case! I did enjoy it, and if I would have come across it before I was exposed to SOTL, my review would have been much more glowing.
I didn't love the narrator. He did a fabulous job for the most part, but some of his voices seemed to get quite whiny for my taste. Again, that is personal preference, and you may feel completely differently! All in all, this was well worth a read!
Ok, I don't give out 5's across the board very easily. I mean, I'm not the most stingy 5-er out there, but it does take a pretty good experience to get straight 5's out of me. This book earned every one of them!
I had no idea what to expect with this book. It was a Daily Deal, and that is the only reason that I bought it. It had a fairly intriguing teaser, and so I though I would take a chance on it. It sat in my library for quite some time, and I finally decided to give it a whirl. I could not be more surprised and pleased.
This book goes to show that, if the writing is good, any good vs. evil story can be a masterpiece... regardless of how silly and outlandish the actual players and setting of the story are! The plot line of this book is ridiculous. It has a bit of sci-fi, and a bit of adventure, but for me it all comes back to simply amazing writing. The characters are so great, and their interaction is so believable and engrossing. I never felt as if the author was pushing too hard, or stretching too far. I really enjoyed this book.
The narrator could not have been better, either. Perfect pacing, perfect intonation, and tempo. All around a fantastic experience!
I really enjoyed this book, but it took a few chapters for me to really get into it. Started a little slowly for me, but once the story got going I thought the author did a great job. Built all the way through, actually, and got more exciting and well written the farther I got into the book. The Irish angle really was interesting. I love the language used, made me have to think just to know what they were talking about! I really loved the narration, as well. Gerard Doyle did a fantastic job, and the accents added a lot to the experience. Well done, and I will move on to the next book in the series!
This is the quintessential serial killer book. One of the best compliments given to the book is that the hugely successful movie is a near word for word retelling. Very few changes, and much of the exact dialogue transferred over. The literary genius here has been copied and parodied many times, which is also a nod to the author's talent.
The characters of Lecter and Starling are simply amazing. How they play off each other. How the author develops our interest in one through the relationship with the other really is second to none. I could not put this novel down. I had seen the movie 10 times at least before I read this book, and I still could not put it down. Part of that, I am sure, is the brilliant narration of Frank Muller. He is the master, and does a phenomenal job with this book.
This story simply does not tire. I will be back and listen again soon!
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!
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