I am true King fan, I have read them all. This was easily the worst, though I hate to say it. It starts off with a ridiculous premise, then fails to expand on why any of it is that way. I mean think about it- how many people would volunteer for this walk, knowing only one out of a hundred of them will survive? I can't believe anyone really thought this book was scary, instead it was just extremely repetitive and boring. This first hour of my listen was spent thinking that maybe we would be listening to details of three or four long walks... I just couldn't see how only one could be stretched over 10 hours. Boy was I wrong! I can't and don't recommend it.
I can't believe I made it over an hour into this one before hanging it up. Doesn't have anything to do with imagination, it was just silly and predictable nonsense.
I read all the glowing reviews, and was so determined that this classic would be one of my best reads ever, but I was disappointed. The best I could do was try to appreciate the comedic effort, and it just plain fell way short. Yes, there were some funny moments that amounted to about 15% of the book, but the majority of the humor was repetitive and nonsensical, like listening to 20 hours of who's on first. I also didn't find the portrayal of most Military personnel as stumbling buffoons very amusing, it ended up just seeming stupid. The bright spot was the excellent narration.Sorry though, can't recommend it.
Note- This book was a real stinker. End note. I have a terrible habit of having to listen to all of any book I pay for, and I did this one but it WAS a chore. Mind numbingly boring, with a dull monotone narration that drove me nuts. Somehow, any book I listen to with a woman narrator has this woman reading it- I WILL make a note to check in the future! She did seem well suited to the hour plus part about fecal matter. Sheesh, never again.
I really enjoyed this classic King, and it was a bargain as well. I don't know what to think about the similarity to the Simpson's movie? LOL, a great listen.
Wow. This book is proof that you can't go by the ratings. I don't know where to start- unbelievable story, mind numbing boring first half, ridiculous second half. The narrator is one of the worst I have ever heard, and one more attempt at singing would have resulted in my ipod getting thrown out of the car window. SERIOUSLY, don't waste a credit.
As an adult follow up to the Huck Finn classics, this book is just great and all I wanted it to be.
It is NOT as alarmingly graphic as other reviewers would have you believe, but yes it is for adult listeners. My Wife and Son both agree with my reason for not adding the fifth star- it jumps around too fast and too much, and you can get confused with the timeline easily. Excellent listen!
I can't believe Koontz wrote this, or should I say "phoned it in". No substance at all, unbelievable characters..Wait,I'm being too nice....
The last two books of this series have just lost it, esp. this one. King writing himself into it just put the "hokiness" over the edge for me. I'm not finished with it yet, and may love the ending, who knows. Every time the characters mention King I cringe, how stupid.
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