I used to love his stuff. Over the last few years it has gotten harder and harder to get through his stuff (alone or as a co-author). The story line and its twists were over the top. The narrator was terrible. I agree with other reviews she overacted everything, sounded like a high schooler and made every character sound the same. The cheesy music...seriously...what were they thinking. I keep trying his stuff again thinking it will go back to the quality of his OLD Cross novels...but no such luck...it makes me sad.
First let me say that although I have been a member for a long time and have listened to SO many books, I VERY RARELY review a book and EVEN less frequently review a narrator.
I really debated to committing to this three part novel and also a sequel. What others said is true this is a sequel to the book not the movie which is one reason I really liked it. While the movie was GREAT in its own right, it was not true to the novel. If you haven't followed King from the early years it is definitely worth going back and reading (listening to) The Shining first. I started with King novels back in the early 80s and read almost every novel he wrote as soon as it came out back then. I loved this story. There were so many elements and I think King took his time developing them, holding them back, revealing them slowly. I enjoyed getting to know his characters. I liked the flashbacks and references to The Shining.
Another person commented on Rose and her band of "monsters" saying: "as far as the villains, i didn't find them as scary as the overlook or its inhabitants, but the one creepy thing about them was their plainness- how they are able to hide in plain sight. geezzz...maybe i'm contradicting myself! but i can honestly say i'll never look at a rv the same way again! seriously! even though the villains didn't scare me, i LOATHED them. i soo wanted them to get their comeuppance!"
I could NOT say it any better. I kept trying to put a face to Rose in her good and bad form. They weren't the sexy young vampires of trite stories...and NO that is not a cut to any other specific work. I just think this comment is so true and what made these not so scary villains scary in a more subtle way. King at his sophisticated best!
Now about the narrator Will Patton...I have been a fan of his from the Dave Robicheaux (sp?) novels. I have to say at first I was very distracted because I kept seeing my mind's versions of those characters who are SO different from these characters. I vaguely remember thinking I wouldn't be able to get past my past association with his previous work to relate to these characters...boy was I WRONG. I can't even identify when I shifted. Patton's narration, for me, was dead on.
I looked to see how much time was left at the end because I both wanted the battle to be over but I didn't want the novel to end.
I also have to say the last chapter was beautiful...just added to depth of the character development.
I am a huge Judy Picoult fan, but I honestly do not think I can even finish this book. The writing is choppy. The characters are not developed in the way I expect from this author. At first, I thought it was just the narrator, but no...it is is everything together. I am very disappointed.
I resisted buying this book forever. Too much hype because of the movie, not really my prefered genre...
I fell in love with this book within the first few sentences. I am hard-pressed to recall a book that surpasses the narration. As someone said earlier, I did not feel like someone was narrating a book, I felt like a friend was sittng on the edge of my bed telling me the story of her life. I laughed, I cried...I got down right pissed off.
I did not realize this was Ms. Stockett's first novel. She is going to be her own tough act to follow!!! I am almost afraid to see the movie because I will be upset if it does not do the book justice.
I LOVED this book!!!
There were no surprising plot twists. This was a plain, simple story that I could have outlined before I stared listening. And yet, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I kept thinking, I know what's going to happen next...and it did...and yet I hated to leave the story behnd in my car when I got to my destination. The characters were developed nicely and the story was well-told. I have loved Judith Light since I was young and she was in the soaps. I think she did a fabulous job narrating this. I am a fan of Jennifer Weiner's work and this further solidified my like of her work!!!
Longtime Baldacci fan. this is obviously a departure from his regular fare. It wasn't the best or the worst I've heard.
This was not one of my favorites of Judy Picoult's. I am usually a fan, but this one lacked the twists and surprise endings. However, the WORST things were the musical interludes. I didn't have a problem with the songs or even the concept, but the female vocalist was absolutely atrocious.
What everyone else said is true, this is an excellent book. I do not listen to non-fiction, but my husband raved about the book. I read the reviews here and decided to take a chance. Glad I did. I was a kid when MLK was assasinated. I learned a lot about him and the event. And the story was masterfully told. I even enjoyed the narrator. Sometimes the author should leave narrating to the professionsal. But Mr. Sides did a nice job.
I have to agree with other comments...the female narrator was SO distracting I almost couldn't finish the stories she narrated. She narrated strong female characters and made them sound like whiny mousy kids. For that matter, she made the male characters sound like whiny mousy kids. I liked the stories and did not mind the commonality of the themes. Stephen King nice work...chose your readers better next time
I LOVE this author and this was a good listen (particularly on the issue of autism and families dealing with it)...but was disappointed for one thing....I knew what had happened SOOO early on and I kept waiting for what I thought would be the typical Picoult kick you in the teeth unexpected ending twist...nothing. She ended this book the way the movie My Sister's Keeper RUINED Picoult's real (jaw dropping) ending.
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