I bought this as a commuting gift to myself. It is a highly disturbing book, but INCREDIBLY entertaining. I won't summarize the plot, because the product description takes care of it. I will say that the manner in which Todd and Mr. Dussander's lives encircle each other is like watching two trains play chicken. It was facinating, disturbing, haunting, revolting, difficult to palate, but impossible not to be entertained.
And Frank Muller, the narrator. A narrator can only be as good as the underlying story. In this case, we have an incredibly well written and interesting story, and a superb performance by Mr. Muller as well. And by superb, I mean great enough to merit a paragraph singing him praises. He had a head start because he is working with good material, but the way he brings the characters to life...I don't know if the voice of my imagination could have come close to Mr. Muller's performance. This is one book I'm glad to have heard and not read. If the last two hours of the audiobook don't have you bite your nails, you have no soul.
I was on the fence about downloading this book, but I'm glad I did. While it's not the most riveting story I've ever heard, it was entertaining and worth using an Audible credit for.
I wouldn't describe it as a romance within a horror book, as others have; it is much better described as a ghost story. As a ghost story, it does well. The characters have depth, are smart, likable, and believable. I enjoyed spending 20 hours with them (fyi: the last 40 minutes or so of the recording are actually an interview with Stephen King). Also, although some things that happen in the book are terrible, I wouldn't describe the story as something in the horror genre. It's definitely a spooky ghost story. Period.
In a nutshell with no spoilers, a widower goes to his lake house which is haunted by a few ghosts, including his late wife and Sarah Tidwell, a blues singer from the 1900's. The author spends a good amout of time developing the relationships of the people relevant to the story, which is why some reviewers found a romantic touch to the novel. However, the relationship between the characters never detracts from the plot, but rather thickens it. There are no "side plots".
Stephen King does a very good job of narrating, and I was very pleasantly surprised that the audiobook intermingles excerpts of Sara Tidwell's songs in the narrative.That added a huge boost to the book. Listening to Sarah sing as Stephen King narrated definitely made me feel like I was right in the middle of the scene. It was a fun listen for my daily commute, and I admit I even missed a few exits due to being engrossed in the narrative. Nevertheless, be warned that the book didn't have me looking for excuses to fit in some more listening time, as I've found myself doing with other books. I was happy with 1 hr listening time a day.
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