Unlike some of the other folks in the review pool, I actually really love to hear King read his own stuff. He's my favorite to listen to now that Frank Muller is gone- though the fellow who read Duma Key, John Slattery, also was really a great narrator. This story was a wonderful trip back to the Dark Tower, and I loved the story in a story aspect of it- the tale itself had some nice little peeks into many of King's other stories, even a little "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" flavor to it. I'm loving how SK as an old fellow writes- now that I'm an old girl myself- past all the Bachman-like hammer stuff and on to whimsical, supernatural/fantasy stuff- Loved as well the first look at the "Shining" sequel. Well worth my credit! Keep them coming, Mr. King!
I'm one of those listeners who listens to books that are great over and over. A great story with a great narrator is increasingly hard to find in these days of stupid werewolf and vampire teenie bopper melodrama. And the stuff that is passing for science fiction these days is leaving a lot to be desired. Sadly, neil gaiman, Stephen king, and Tim powers only throw one or two books at us every year or so- so how lovely is this young woman's story!? What a great read!!
The things that have been criticized about this work are the things that I actually really appreciate in this sort of tale- we need the intricate backstory to get what is happening in the main characters heads- I mean, it's not like you have a djinn or golem as a neighbor...- I loved it. Loved the narration, loved the story and loved the writing style. She's great!! WELL worth the sale price and would be WELL worth a credit as well!
This is a great and thoughtful epic about a sideliner's life, and how he perceives and keeps interacting throughout his life with the ostensible protagonist.
It sort of reminds me of the dark half, but not really- maybe even more like Everything's Eventual. To me, this is sort of an exploration of a regular guy's brush with a not so regular fella....
This is my first- he's great.
I have to disagree with all of the other people who aren't really digging this, or who are thinking that this should be more terrifying. To me- as SK's work has continued- of course it changes as he does. I like this more introspective sort of stuff. Still amazing story line- and to me, he's tackling a pretty scary subject- Death- it certainly scares me.. I love his style of storytelling, and I think this book is entertaining and tells a crazy perspective about what if and what could. I loved it.
I have not read, just listened.
Well, not an actual story moment, but the character development and story line(s) were wonderful- complete departure from the Harry Potter series, but certainly, J.K. Rowling is an incredible author!
I think my favorites were Kay and Samantha- also Gavin and the whole of Crystal's family. I didn't really like any of the characters personally, but I really LIKED the characters!!
Small minds in small towns!!
I loved it.
I loved it. James Lee Burke's lyrical writing just sucks you in and you are off on this wild ride with Dave and Clete. I love the way his protagonists are always flawed, and the story line is always convoluted! In a good way. Following the twists of his stories are big fun. As always, Will Patton does a fine job of bringing Burke's stories to life. Big recommend.
Narrator was just okay. I HATED the main character- this author had a GREAT idea for a story, but every single one of her characters is unlikeable. The young mother is a self involved, selfish and unbelievable character. Seriously, what money scrimping mother leaves her child to a relatively full time nanny when she's not working AT ALL and goes off to do all sorts of silly self involved things while her one dimensional husband ostensibly hates her, and then is all of a sudden very supportive and understanding when it seems that she is mentally unstable? The little girl as opined by the narrator is whiny and obtrusive as well as one dimensional as well, and the little old lady landlord and super are in turns sinister and silly. Redeems itself somewhat at the end, but in a fairly predictable manner. Not a bad story- in fact, a good story, but perhaps a green (great idea, though!) writer who's editor should have stepped in a bit.
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