I have to say, this is one of my favorite Stephen King stories that I have read in a long time. I have always been a fan of the Dark Tower books and all the other books that have Dark Tower leanings. This book did not and it was almost a refreshing change. I was just a really good, really scary story with lots of really cool creatures that kept you interested all the way through. Holter Graham did a wonderful job of reading the book. It was very well produced and a joy to listen to. I watched the movie on Netflix right after I read it. That was OK but the book was sooo much better.
Lord of the Flies is a Great classic book that everyone should read at some point in their lives. It says a great deal about the human existence and the truth of human nature. William Golding is a wonderful righter and deserves much praise for his righting abilities. However, this was read by the author. I almost always felt that having the author of the book read the audio book is a huge mistake. They are righters not actors. I have read over 300 audio books in my life. I am familiar with good readers and bad readers. After I heard Ray Bradbury read Fahrenheit 451, and sounding like a drunken Alfred Hitchock, I thought I had heard the worst, well I had not. Nuff Said
Ok, I grew up in a place called, Boones Creek Tennessee, This place is mentioned in the book along with the stories that go with the area. I use to go fishing in a rock quarry that was probably 500 yards from the famous “D. Boon Cilled a Bar on [this] tree in the year 1760” tree. I went to Boones Creek Middle School, whos mascot was the Bars, yes it was spelled that way. I graduated from Daniel Boone High School, in Tennessee in 1989. However, about 6 chapters in to this book I determined that I really did not give two cents about Daniel Boon anymore. I have not finished the book, I will at some point, I am picking it up for short times between other books, but it is very boring to me. How many times can you read about someone cutting down a tree and building a fort? How many times can you hear about a dude, getting robed by Indians, but they liked him so they let him go? A lot of the same things happened to him over and over and over again to the point that I just did not care anymore…
This was recommended to me by a friend. I did enjoy it a lot and I had a lot of fun discussing it with my friend. It hit home to me in a lot of personal ways. It was very well written and a classic. It is currently worth reading. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I am sure this book was wonderful in the early 80’s when it was written. One thing Stephen King does, and I have heard him say he does, is he rights in the time he is righting. He readily admits that a lot of his books “Date themselves”. This is not a bad thing at all, and many of his books do hold up to the test of time. This book, however, did not. It is just hard for me to read something written 30 or 35 years ago about what life is going to be like, “Now” and it is always this horrible, dark view of the future. I did get a kick out of the technology though. How there was no Concept of the internet and wireless devices. Of cores King would have hand no way to even hold the consept of this this in 1980’s. But the way he had to record things on a video tape and mail it in just cracked me up. Oh well, it was interesting I guess but not grate. Just like this review. :0)>
I only finished with the first story, but it is very scary and nerve racking. It is much like an Edger Alain Poe story of the hunting of a guilty man driving himself to ruin. Love it so far, Very scary. Looking forward to the rest, hope they are as good as this one.
Joe Hill has some very interesting, "What Ifs". What if a box had a Ghost in it, What if a little boy was born Inflatable, or What if you wake up one morning and have horns? Wrap that up in a really fun mystery and a very sad love story and you have Horns.
The bad guys where very Dean Koontzish in the hole, REALY RALY Evil Bad guy that you want to beat to death with a shovel and take a long time to do it. There is ALOT of flash backs and some are very long to the point you start to think you are reading a different book. I could rally have used a little more of the horn stuff. I would like to have seen him have a little more fun with them before everything got serious and started flashing back to before the horns.
This was a good book. Joe Hill stories are fun reads. I had lots of emotions while reading this. Happy, Sad, Anger, Fun. Read it, you will know what I mean.
It is a must read!!!
First of all I have to say it is a wonderful story, and think you again Mr. King for doing what you do to bring entertainment and sometimes a little enlightenment to "Constant Reader" Life.
This was a story, not only of the nature of man but the nature of the word and how somethings are just bigger than we are. There are bad people in the world and there always will be. No matter how much "Right Teaching" and Religion we try to fix it with. It is the way of things.
As far as the reader goes, I think he did an OK job, although he did get his voices mixed up from time to time. I think there was a time when Barbie was talking in the voice of a little girl. That was weird.
There was a few mistakes, mostly cosmetic, and probably not very noticeable. Like in the first of the book when Barbie tells the guy he is walking the wall with to call the Colonel and tell him "Captain Barbra called" and a few other times he was referred to as CAPTAIN, Until he was promoted to Colonel, the rest of the book it was said that he was Promoted from Lieutenant to Colonel. He refers to himself as former Lieutenant Barbra. Kind of an over sight I think.
Also, sometimes I wonder of Stephen King needs to do more research on guns or maybe he messes things up on intently. I have heard similar things to this in other King books. But there is no such thing as a Beretta 92 Taurus. That is like saying someone has a Ford Mustang, Chevrolet. They are two different brands.
Oh well like I said they are cosmetic mistakes and really take nothing away from the fact that this is a wonderful story with a GREAT message that makes you think a lot!!!
I am a huge Stephen King Fan. I read everything by him I can get my hands on. However I am starting to think I am not a very big Richard Bachman Fan. I know they are the same person but I really think King put his less impressive novels under the Richard Bachman label. Where the story is interesting in a Dime Store Novel kind of way, It is way to long for what it is about. Oh my, I am losing wait. Oh No, I am losing more wait. I can Not believe this, Come here honey and see, I have lost even more wait. Ohhh this is scary stuff.
It is an easy read. In my opinion, too easy. I hate abridged books but this one could be cut down to about 15 pages. Once again I love Stephen King. I just reviewed Misery. Which was one of the scariest books I have ever read and the descriptions and details where wonderfully crafted. But how much can you say about Wait Lose???
Misery is the scariest book I have ever read. Stephen King is a wonderfully descriptive writers that has a way of making your legs heart when reading this book. I have never been on the edge of my seat more than while reading this. I have found myself driving in my car while playing this and stepping very little on the gas pedal thinking my legs would break off at the knees if I pressed to hard. I love Stephen King he is probably one of the greatest American writers in the in the last 50 years.
To compare Stephen King with Stephenie Meyer, (And I have Read all her books and enjoyed them very much) would be like comparing Earnest Hemingway to, RL Stine and if someone is having trouble making out his sentences "he writes horrible sentences at times unreadable" Maybe I could recommend and good Dr. Seuss book for you...
To wrap this up, If you have a strong Constitution and love to have the life scared out of you, Read Misery. If you are easily disturbed, I would recommend skipping this one. There were many time I felt I may not be able to finish but once you start, you cannot stop...
Mr. King. If by chance you read these reviews, Thank You!!!
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