Narration: Scott Brick is perhaps the single best narrator I keep coming back to. Like Orson Scott Card wrote in a recent column, I seem to listen to books merely because of his narration of them. Thanks to Brick, I'm now acquainted with the excellent hitman fiction writing of Eisler.
Characters are well drawn, complex, breathing with life and conflict. Angst for angst's sake is kept to a minimum, and Eisler just tells us a story, and hopes that we can hang on for the ride.
The story is potent, believable, and well-constructed. Wheels within wheels.
Thanks for the nice ride and I'd recommend this book.
My only reservation is the thoughtful use of vulgar language. While I myself don't have a problem with it, watch it if you listen to this with your kids on the way to daycare. The F-bombs might be a problem with their fellow toddlers [ thankfully, I don't write about that from personal experience ].
I came to Stephen King as an adult, pooh-poohing his work as an adolescent. His recent novels have been nothing short of astonishing parellels to his earliest work that people are now coming around to find worthy of praise. However, I see comments decrying the foul language, and miscasting of people of faith. It boils down to this one fact, borne out by the excellent narration of Raul Esparza: the characters MUST tell their own story. If they curse, or are hypocrites, or are vile scumsucking hummer drivers, then that's what they are. As a Christ-follower, I see plenty of people in church who are "sick" as Big Jim is. King tells stories that real people could in fact, live in. It's what makes his work compelling and something we are drawn to again and again. The richness and detail of drawing a character like Big Jim, or Barbie, or the host of others. Why rail against reality? It is the sweater we are given.
The Narration is fantastic with great accent work, as well as clear pronunciation and no gotcha's. The text is long, but is as long as needs must. As for the story, it will stick with me a long time. For a "pulp" writer, this is deeper material than many would find. Here's hoping more members of future ka'tets are found in these worlds, and if not, we had a great ride. Mr King: thanks for the ticket.
I think there were a lot of people who mourned the potential retirement of Stephen King, and initially, I wasn't one of them. Then I uncovered my own fascination with "The Tower" and all things associated with it. Now, as I've ventured to listen or read his non-Tower works, I find there's a brilliance and color to them all, and indeed, sometimes, even a little sweetness and light. But, just a little. Duma Key has pieces of it, but only enough to shatter your heart into bits of glass. It's astonishingly good, and while it's not the audio equivalent of a page turner, I found myself not wanting to turn my ipod off. To me, this is one of the best audio versions of King since perhaps The Talisman or Black House. I'd like to think that if a Dark Tower 8 ever comes that old man Wireman might make an appearance, somehow, or that maybe Libbet joins the cast in some way, or Edgar brings the chum, the friend, with him and sits at the right hand of Roland. In fact, there's a little ka-tet in here, just not referred by name, but the concept is there, and implemented well. Not his absolute pinnacle, but man, am I glad that King is still writing, still scratching the itch and unable to put the typewriter away.
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