Corona, CA, United States | Member Since 2007
One of my favorites.
Perhaps the best in this series. This is one of the best written characters in this genre.
Harry Dresden, of course. James Marsters rocks Harry. They should have used him in the tv series- it would probably still be on.
After listening to a lot of second (and third) rate stuff it was wonderful to have a first rate experience again.
Charlie's quirky character. Interesting supernatural twist with a good dose of humor.
Charlie is a supernatural Kinsey Milhone. I would compare this more to the Sue Grafton series as much as to the more obvious supernatural ones.
Ms. King narrates many of the books I listen to. She has a great talent for bringing a natural warmth to her female characters.
Not just your average P.I.
I can't say enough about this character or this series. Very entertaining!
I liked the main character and the premise of the story- how magic became a part of the world. Interesting concept.
The only thing this book lacks, which i have found in others of the same genre, is a strong bond between the characters. The main character has a roommate, and their interactions are awkward, to say the least. I think there is some missed potential there that i hope is corrected in future novels in this series.
The story that was new but included some beloved characters. Stephen King is a master storyteller.
Stephen King is my favorite writer of all time. I admire his genius and his work has provided endless hours of enjoyment. But he is not an actor, nor is he a narrator. With all of the wonderful narrators available, including those who have performed his other novels brilliantly, I wish he would leave this part of the process to those who have the talent for it. "Read by the author" is usually not better than a true narration, and this is no exception. Stick to the forwards and afterwards, and the occasional cameo, and let the pros breathe life into your phenomenal characters. Please.
I probably would not listen to the book again, although I enjoyed it very much. I have a few books that I read repeatedly, especially the Haunting of Hill House, because I enjoy the atmosphere and feel akin to the characters. I did not have that feeling of affinity with this story, but was intrigued with knowing what was happening and why.
I don't want to describe any of the memorable moments since it would spoil the suspense of the story, which is its main attraction. There are many, and the story is well-told and artfully developed.
The story is told in first person, so the main character is very compelling. His voice reminds me of Michael York (the actor), which is not a bad thing, just a bit distracting.Well played and acted throughout though.
There were definitely moments that were harrowing in the book, specifically related to the power of the woman in black, but I don't want to describe any in particular.
T. he author has perfectly captured the feeling and tension of a great ghost story. The first person POV reminds me of Poe, and allows the reader to experience the terror along with the main character, discovering the truth along with him.
I have recommended this book to friends. The writing is wonderful, the story compelling and the characters engaging. This author is a great storyteller. I found myself instantly liking the characters and caring what happened to them. The story kept me riveted; I had a hard time stopping and couldn't wait to get back and find out what happened next. I never felt disappointed or bored. Carolyn McCormick is a great narrator. I think she gave Katniss in particular a maturity that helped me respect and admire her, so that I never thought about her age.
Although I know this is suppose to be in the same category as the Twilight Saga I found it completely different, Its true the main characters are teens, but I did not feel like I was reading a
My favorite scene is when Katniss volunteers to take her sister's place,although there were no scenes in the story I did not like.
There is a movie being made, which is what peaked my interest in the book (I'm not a teen or a Twilight fan). I don't remember the tag line being used, but I would say
I felt the violence was handled beautifully. Enough detail to let you know what is happening, without gratuitous gore. I never felt
a great adventure
I love King's epic tales like The Talisman and The Dark Tower. This novel has all the richness of those adventures, but entirely set in the world we know- more or less. The exploration of the past is almost as fascinating as the Territories or the Wastelands.
My favorite character performance was of Jake/George. All of the male characters were well done. Unfortunately, the women all sounded a bit sappy as a result of using a falsetto voice.
Would you sacrifice the world for love?
Although I am a BIG Stephen King fan I put off reading this book because I thought it was about the assassination of JFK. It wasn't. Stopping that event may be part of the motive for the journey, but the journey is the real story. Always a great storyteller, I think King just keeps getting better, and his work rarely disappoints me. I am so glad he keeps writing.
This novel is a delightful trip down an adult psychological rabbit hole to an evil side of the supernatural, where human need is used to capture the mind and soul. Every time I listen to this novel I pick up on some subtle aspect of the depth of these characters, especially Eleanor. Although masterfully played by Julie HARRIS in the 1963 film it is not possible to capture all of these layers in a feature film. I am drawn into the complex psyche of Eleanor from the moment she escapes on her adventure, creating an atmosphere of otherworldliness in her fantasies. The narrator has the perfect voice for expressing Jackson's viewpoint, and adds greatly to the chilling atmosphere. Please note that the description is incorrect in that Eleanor is not homeless, she lives with her sister, and all three, not just Theo, are considered research assistants for Dr. Montague. They are there studying strange phenomenon, and there are many of us that would love to be included on that team.
I love Harry Dresden and was afraid he was gone forever. After so many books in the series, this was a new twist, a more ironically "human" and philosophical version of Harry. All our questions are answered, even some we didn't think to ask, with thrills mixed with good humor and the on-going fight between good and evil. Harry is no saint, but he is one of the good guys whose greatest gift is recognizing and protecting other good guys. Dead or alive, Harry's legacy will go on. This book was gratifying and fullfilled my expectations. I highly recommend it.
Although I know Koontz can be somewhat redundant in his plots, I thought this was an entertaining and fresh approach to his supernatural narrative. I have been disappointed by some of his recent work, but thoroughly enjoyed this story. Wordy, yes at times, but not irrelevantly so. Kept my interest, and not particularly predictable, in my opinion, except for the "good will win out over evil" theme that is Koontz's trademark. If you want something else, something less traditional good/evil, read Stephen King.
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