I've been a fan of Neil Gaiman since "American Gods" and bought this book pretty much only for the Shadow novella (which was great). Sometimes I find Gaiman's short stories hard to enjoy because they're SO short. There's not enough time to get really involved. That's not to say I didn't like this book, because I did. I just got a little frustrated at times.
By far the best part of this purchase was Gaiman's narration. His voice is hypnotizing.
A different narrator.
Sure! I'd give him another try. Problem is, I'm not even sure if The Lovliest Dead is a good book or not. I made it through approx. 20 minutes before I had to quit. The narrator was the worst I've ever heard. And check out my history; I'm not new to audiobooks.
He seems to be trying out a weird parody of what people think William Shatner sounds like: long pauses in the middle of sentances, odd pronounciations, etc. WS is actually a great narrator, so I say go with the real thing.
I have no idea.
Fantastic. Simply fantastic. I'm not usually a fan of apocalyptic fiction, mostly because it seems the genre has been really overdone in recent years. The Road, however, reads like the OG of end-of-the-world stories.
Although the plots are very different, the only thing I can really compare it to is Richard Mathison's I Am Legend. The emotional responses generated by these stories are similar in their intensity and subject matter. While listening to The Road, it's impossible not to wonder what you'd do in this or that situation. I was alternatly horrified and touched, and over the course of what is weeks and weeks in the story, but somehow less than 7 hours in audiobook time, I developed as complex and as strong a bond with the main characters of this book as I have with any other in 30 years of reading. Like Mathisons's I Am Legend, the ending is quietly epic, and will leave you thinking, and again, wondering.
Do yourself a favor and give this one a listen. It's a Pulitzer Prize winner for a reason.
Also, the narrator is quite simply the best I've ever heard.
I really like it when King's main characters are female and "Lisey's Story" is no exception. Although the story gets pretty weird at times and cheesy at others, it's a good one. The slower pace and introspective tone of the novel is a bit of a change for King, but it works out well. The book's generous length is also a plus, as it allows for broad character development and detailed descriptions. I'd recommend it to a friend.
Rather than listening to "The Cell," petition Audible to offer "The Stand." It remains the best apocalypse/end of the world book I've ever read. "The Cell" just isn't as good. Its short length leaves the listener wanting more and forces the novels pace along too fast. That said, it is a compelling story, and I'm glad I purchased it. Like all of King's books, once you start, you can't stop. I've read every one he's ever written, and they've all been winners.
As far as narration goes, you just can't beat Campbell Scott.
The quintessential King novel. I've read this one many times, and Campbell Scott's narration only adds to its greatness. Buy it right now.
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