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This is supposed to be a Stephen King review though, and not an Audible.com review so here goes: Stephen king has yet to write a novel that has let me down. He always manages (and did again with this novel) to intertwine a gripping, page turner of a story, with what appears to me to be the natural anthropological philosopher in him. From a lesser writer this would be entertaining anyway, but could easily have slipped in to that realm of the formulaic and predictable, but Stephen King always leaves the reader (in this case the listener) captivtated and just slightly off balance. The only times where I have been even the slightest bit unhappy with Stephen King's works has been in some of his short stories. That said, PLEASE don't let me turn you off of his short stories because, on the whole, they're awesome as well. My only criticism of King's work in his short stories in the past is that, like any good story in general, some of them leave me kind of scratching my head and feeling as though I had gone through a wonderful build up, and then... nothing..., the story would just end. That is, in my experience anyway, only the case in his very short stories, and not in his longer short stories (the one's that are really just short of being long enough to be referred to as novels in their own right).
To conclude, along with just about anything else Stephen King ever wrote (under either pen name he uses/used), give yourself a present and buy this novel. The entertainment value us paralleled only be a precious few other fiction authors out there and King himself. What I find truly awe inspiring both in this novel, as well as many (if not most even) of the other Steven King books I've read (and I actually have to look pretty hard these days to find one that I haven't, and I've even read some of them more than once, such as Lisi's Story [spelling??] is his ability to mix philosophical though with his entertaining storyline. Without wanting to give anything of consequence to anyone who actually takes the time to read this little review of mine here, King uses the fact that the story deals with time travel to bring up all sorts of philosophical questions big and small. Anyway, I'm beginning to ramble here so I'll cut this short. Pure and simple, even if you're not usually a fiction reader, do yourself a favor and read this! If for no other reason, then read it for the value of learning philosophical ideas from someone who is in my mind one of (if not the) best philosophical thinkers and writers of our time!
-Jed, dedicated Stephen King Fan!!!!!!
While I refuse to choose a particular character, I will say that when it comes to audiobooks, the narrator can often make or break the story, and this narrator helped to make the story. Craig Wasson manages to change his voice while switching between characters so slightly that, while almost not consciously noticeable sometimes (and more noticeable at others..), with just a slight change in tone, vocal inflection, and/or pitch he creates characters who, for the remainder of the book once those characters have been introduced, are recognizable without needing the standard inntroduction (for exammple: Dennis said he was going to the store.., the narrator will just use his subtle voice chainges and have Dennis say "I'm going to the store," to someone else in the story, and the listener immediately knows who is speaking....Again, truly remarkable!!
Back to the Present (as long as the people who created the "Back to the Future" movies didn't threaten to sue due to some sort of copy catting)..
To all those out there whom have claimed that Stephen King only writes for the money now, and doesn't live up to his earlier works, I can only say that I feel for you. If anything, though they are not all CLASSICS..., (no author can claim that every single work they ever tried to publish was a classic), in my humble opinion, Stephen King has grown and progressed continuously throughout his career and continues to get better and better. More than anything, as briefly alluded to already, I feel like it's his philosophical bent which has matured the most over the years.
As usual, Stephen King delivers a wonderfully gripping and spell binding story. One of the things that I always have found just wonderful about listening to Stephen Kings works, is that, while his stories are just good stories in and of themselves, it most often seems to me as though he finds ways to make grander and more philosophical points or commentary on society and/or hman nature, while in the process of creating a wonderfully exciting, gripping story that you will not want to put down until it is over. 4
Performance wise I was not and am never let down by the clarity and intensity of the narrator. Audible always makes for an even better presentation than actually reading the novel would. Thank you for yet another wonderful novel and story to help occupy my mind and entertain me during the sometimes otherwise monotonous hours of delivery driving that I do for work....
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