I don't understand some of the reviews for this title. The story is one of King's most engaging, and Anne Heche's narration perfectly captures the developing character of the nine year old protagonist. Audio book aficionados are aware that occasionally there will come along a combination of book and reader where the total is greater than the sum of the parts; where there is a marked synergy between the particular reader and their unique style and the subject matter of the book. While rare, this effect is precious to those true lovers of audio reading. When I come across such a beastie, I find that, like a good symphony or a great restaurant, you find yourself coming back again and again to savor the experience. Charlton Heston reading Hemingway; Frank Muller and works by King, or Anne Rice or 1984; Jerry Farden and Sweet Thursday, Sally Darling and To Kill a Mockingbird; Jim Dale and the Potter series; they have one coming back and back and back; re-listening and savoring again the exquisite combination of effects. This book does this for me; albeit, perhaps not as much as some listed above, but far beyond the normal run of the mill bland narrations one often finds. So, to the discriminating audio book reader; I highly recommend this work. If you are not captured on the first listen (I was), you may try a second.
Sometimes, the total of something is greater than the sum of its parts, and the discovery of such turns out to be an experience of pure joy; particularly for the rarity of the occurrence. As an avid audio book listener, I have been delighted to find that this is often the case with practically every performance by the late, great, Frank Muller. This chilling and profoundly interesting story is enhanced by the excellent performance (yet again!), by Frank Muller. When Frank passed a couple of years back as the result of a tragic motorcycle accident, the world lost a true virtuoso artist. I cannot adequately praise this particular combination of reading performance and subject material in a mere review; one must experience it for themselves, but I promise anyone who embarks on this work a truly a wonderful listen. I often do repeat listens to Frank Muller's performances and this one does not lose its edge even after many listens over the years. This is one of Audible's offerings which I must recommend most highly.
Other stupendous works by Frank Muller in which the performance and material merge into pure art transcending the separate components:
"1984" by George Orwell. "The Green Mile", "The Talisman" and others by Stephen King.
"The Hunt for Red October" by Tom Clancy, "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, a couple of novels by John LeCarre, and the Vampire Chronicles ("Interview with a Vampire", "The Vampire Lestat", "The Queen of the Damned" and "The Tale of the Body Thief") by Anne Rice.
I heartily recommend any and all of Frank Muller's performances which are available on Audible. There are several here, and I am aware of none which would disappoint. Further, I wish that Audible could finally add all of the above and indeed all of Frank's performances (of which several are yet unavailable through Audible) to their library so that the legacy and art of one of the World's most outstanding audio book performers could be easily accessible to discerning audio book aficionados for generations to come.
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