While the story line was fine, the narration of this book was awful. I am not sure why everyone is giving Scott Brick such rave reviews. If he spoke at a pace that people would normally speak, the book would have taken half as long to listen to, would have been easier to follow and would have just been a generally more enjoyable listen. When there is a sense of urgency in the writing, there should be a sense of urgency in the reading. Instead, every single bit of dialogue was dragged out and read way too slowly. It was completely monotonous. I couldn't wait for this book to end.
I just finished listening to the book and I feel like I'm missing some good friends in the main characters. I'm sad to see them go. The narration was very well done, with the narrator voicing the characters in a believable yet not overly affected manner. I am not usually a huge fan of historical fiction, but this book tied together this genre with the thriller in excellent form, to create something that fans of both genres would appreciate. I felt like the end of the story was a little strange, but still satisfying--I guess that's Stephen King for you. This book is definitely worth the 30 hours that it takes to listen. You won't feel bad about committing that kind of time.
I guess I had forgotten that I already wrote a review panning a book narrated by Scott Brick. I should have listened to my own advice and steered clear of this one! Scott Brick portrayed every character with the same monotonous, demented sort of way. It's hard to follow the story when the protagonists and antagonists have the same sing-songy, supposedly evil sounding voice. I think I'm going to have to abandon this book mid stream. It's that bad.
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