Valencia, CA, United States | Member Since 2007
Very Stephen King! I enjoyed this story. I enjoyed it so much that I refused to watch the TV Movie version because it would soooo spoil it. IT and The Stand movie versions were so lame (by 2012 standards anyway). I'm only recent to SK's body of work but this is a very good story and has made me want to read more of his stories. I'm a long time fan of The Shawshank Redemption (movie), that I finally read the novella. It did not disappoint, as a matter of fact, I think the movie was even better. Anyway, because of TSR, I am a fan.
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book, but it was certainly more than I bargained for. I picked this book because a friend brought it too my attention as a possible "Walking Dead" prequel (she hadn't read it yet) and because my son and I were taking a road trip to see family and I wanted a book we both could enjoy. Both my Son and I were glued to listening. He never fell asleep the entire trip up or down (which he likes to do). He told his Dad when we got back home that he had to listen to the book and now he is and very much enjoying it too.
Now the book. **POSSIBLE SPOLIER ALERT** but really a synopsis.
Ultimately, this story is a case study in the Social and Economic Human Condition. There are a few epiphany moments, for me anyway. It is about the Good, the Bad, and certainly the Ugly of Humankind. We never find out the cause or find a cure for "Zack/G's...". And the "War" isn't really over. The interviews come from all over the world and from all kinds of people. From Geniuses to Children, and Military Soldiers to Clergy. The book is broken into parts that focus on a certain idea: Individual recounts of first sightings, the battle at Yonkers, the media, the economics, the aftermath/but not the end.... you get the idea.
Bottom line: listen to this story. It is well narrated by all. My favorite tho, is Mark Hamill. I loved his character, and Martin Scorsese (loved chapter 12). Ultimately it is a story of survival, but that didn't need a spoiler alert! Happy listening.
Oh, btw, I haven't seen the Movie for this book, and I don't think I want to like I usually do. It doesn't seem to resemble the book at all. This book would be too difficult to navigate on screen, so a first person account seems to make sense. But I don't see much resemblance btwn the two regardless. And to answer the "Walking Dead" question? It does seem like a WD prequel. I have watched all 3 seasons of WD and the TV series looks and behaves like WWZ in terms of how Zombies behave. If you are a WD fan, you will like WWZ.
I can't say this story is bad or good, I'm lukewarm to it. I don't really know how to feel about it. Perhaps I just feel nothing, which is sad after spending over 46 hours with it.
It was very well paced, neither too fast or too slow.
Characters were well thought out
Very interesting storyline
The few sex scenes or body part references were just awkward or weird.
Very big disparity in the representation of Ushikawa's voice between Marc & Mark.
Marc V's rendition of Ushikawa was great but made him seem dumb
Mark B's rendition of Ushikawa was annoying
Allison H's narration was good but way too slow, with a lot of hard "g" sounds
I liked Marc V's narration for the most part.
The story was okay, its a romance with sex scenes thrown in that are pretty decently written. Not bad, not great, but it was entertaining. The author never says but it is implied that Lord Ian has Asperger's Syndrome. There was no name for it during this time period, but it was viewed as a madness. While I liked the story, it wasn't enough to get me to buy into the other books that follow it. The narrator did a pretty good job too.
I was very surprised by this story. At first I didn't like Samantha much or her friends. She and her friends are "mean girls". But each day that is lived over again, peels back a layer of Samantha and her life, as well as her friends. You are made to realize that they are just as vunerable and flawed as everyone else. When Samantha learns that she dies, she goes thru the process of "grief", there is denial, pain/guilt, anger, depression, upward turn, reconstruction, and acceptance. She sees, with maturity, how her actions have affected others. By the end of the book, I was in tears and I already know from the beginning that she dies over and over again. The story builds with each day, and while each day is the same day, how she changes it is very different. The story flows until you cannot put it down. I highly recommend this book, especially to teen girls as well as parents.
I thought the story was okay. I just couldn't get really into it, tho I did finish it. This may not be the book's fault, I was possibly distracted at the time I was listening. But my overall feeling during and after listening was.....Meh. Jim Dale, however, was fantastic! It took me a little while to get over the voice of Harry Potter, but it didn't take long. Every voice was distinct. I think it was JD's performance that kept me going with this particular story.
I can't say this book was bad or poorly narrated, only that it just wasn't my cup of tea. My husband recommended it and loved it and has since moved on to the sequels. But when the movie comes out, I supposed I'll watch it.
This was probably the most disappointing SK book I've read to date. I wasn't the huge fan my Mom was (for decades) until recently. I listened to the entire audiobook, but was never so glad to get it over with. Only the very beginning was interesting to me. After that, I just slogged through. Maybe it was b/c it was cowritten, I don't know, as I have never read PS before. I also did not like the Narrator, may he rest in peace and I mean no disrespect. I just didn't like his "breathy" read.
Not everything SK writes appeals to me, but this one did. I never read The Stand until recently, when "I" discovered him. I had already read "The Dome" and "11/22/63" and loved them. I then went backward to his older stuff. I have only touched the surface of his vast collection of stories. The Stand is a good, solid, and epic story. I was never bored and the Narrator was good enough, not to distract from the story. I've heard better narrators and really bad ones too. Grover Gardner kept the story moving, made distinctions between characters, and was NOT annoying in anyway. Overall, I would highly recommend this audiobook. I am only surprised that it took soooo long to get this in audiobook form.
I've known and read a handful of SK books over the decades, but had never become a fan until recently. While the book format seemed daunting, the audiobook was an immense pleasure to listen to, scary as it was (tho books don't scare me easily...no nightmares here). I also recently have begun to understand the connections between Mr King's characters and other books to each other and his "nod" to the constant reader.
Steven King can certainly write a whirlwind of a story, but Steven Weber brings that story to LIFE! OMG is he good! I didn't even realize he is the actor Steven Weber until after I listened to the book and was well into TommyKnockers. He was brilliant, bringing each characters personality through. In the 5 years I've been a member of Audible.com, there have been a few standout narrators. Steven is one of them. This book gets a complete and total 5 stars from me.
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