High Point, NC, United States | Member Since 2008
Love the story, classic Stephen King. It's one of those stories that you can listen to over and over and find different gems each time. Although I find William Defoe a wonderful narrater, personally I find his character voices a bit irritating. The women sound quite nasal and whiney and poor Nick spends a lot of time sounding like Cary Grant. The music is not overly used so it's not too hard to live with. Overall quite enjoyable!
I love authors who can write characters that you can see and feel like you know. I felt like I met these people. Also didn't figure out the murderer, I love that. A surprise at the end is always a great gift.
The narrator is a bit slow but i think it's just his voice. I didn't dislike him, it was just different.
The story is touching, raw, and at times brutal. So much more than just the story of an innocent man. Damien tells the history of his childhood, his journal of the atrocities of our judicial system in his life on death row (not roll, lol). He has grown into an astounding man with great passion in spite of what he was put him through by continuing to study and work his brain during his 18 years of hell. HE NEVER GAVE UP! The main reason he is still alive today, that and a wonderful woman named Lori.
It helps to know the background story of the WM3 before reading this book. You can get that by watching the three Paradise Lost documentaries which are on YouTube, reading the book Devil's Knot, or just looking at the data on the internet.
There are times Echols seems to ramble and it is a bit wordy, but very good for his first time with the pen. I look forward to reading more from him and watching him grow as an author.
Personally I also want to wish him and his wife a happy life.
I was so excited when I saw The Stand in the unabridged version was on audio. I had searched for it for years and purchased it the day it came out. If you aren't a Stephen King fan please don't run from this book. It has an amazing story that begins simply and continues to grow all the way to the end. The characters have so much personality that you will feel like you know some of these people when the book is finished. If you are the type to relisten to books this will be one of those. I usually read this book every year during summer vacation and now I can listen to a wonderful performance read to me over and over again.
The story is actually simple, the world is hit with a killing virus that most people die from. Those left begin to dream and choose to go either to the good side or the bad. It climaxes with an all out battle of good vrs. bad. With such a simple storyline you will be surprised with the way Mr. King builds the characters and winds the story around to get them all to the same place literally and psychologically. The end leaves you wanting to know more about where the characters are going and what kind of world is reborn in lost left behind.
As a long time fan of the Lee family this was definitely my least favorite book. It felt like a book Stuart Woods wrote just to finish up a contract. The climax is in the ending and by then you don't even care. The narrator was also disappointing, her male voices and southern accent just grated on my nerves. I only finished because I can't stand to just stop reading any book.
Amazing character creation, you get to know these people and miss them when the book is finished. Special thanks to Joe, the ending was great.
Craig Wasson was good but some of his character voices got a bit on my nerves, especially when he sounds like he's trying to do a Jimmy Stewart imitation.
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