Dark Tower 4.5 is a great listen. Mr. King???s imagination and wonderful story telling skills come alive in this tale of Gilead and young Roland. There is a story within the story which is where the cover art comes from. In it there are beasts, swamps, magic, evil, good and a young boy???s quest to rescue his mother from darkness. The Wind Through the Keyhole is more a glimpse of the world in and around Gilead than it is about Roland, Eddie and Suzanna. And while I still think of Frank Muller as the voice of the Dark Tower novels, Mr. King???s narration is very good. I very much recommend this for Dark Tower fans.
It was a compelling listen. I would hold off ranking it until I've completed the series.
I did even thought the writing seemed to get boggy in the middle part of the story and seemed repetitive. Overall it held my attention from start to finish. The premise is interesting, if extremely creepy. A genetically modified parasite becomes a wildly sought after medical device. It does everything from dispensing vitamins to managing diabetes to curing cancer. All from inside the human body once implanted. But then this microscopic miracle "rebels" and people start to "sleep walk". And worse.
A word of caution: this is apparently the first in a series. The story by no means ends here.
It's a favorite in print and audio. If you are a fan of the Preston/Child team and read this years ago, I can highly recommend the audiobook. Good escape listening. And one of the Pendergast characters is in the story-- Mime.
Maybe so. I do not have the print version but Rene Auberjonois' reading is so spot-on it brings something extra to the Pendergast tales.
Yes, it never lagged. A very enjoyable combination of suspense, mystery and action.
Less "relationship drama". Some serious editing. Better character development. I love long stories, but this was tedious.
He was the only reason I stuck with the story as long as I did. He's a good narrator.
There were glimmers and hints of a good story but it was so buried under the emotional minutia I just didn't care any more.
I really tried to stick with this. Even though three hours in I didn’t really care about the characters, was even sick to death of them after the first hour. Two page descriptions of a characters’ pronouncement of love for another…? It was like watching an artsy foreign film without subtitles and really bad acting. I just wanted it to stop. There may be a story in there somewhere but I couldn’t waste anymore time trying to get to it. The narration was pretty good. The premise of the story seemed interesting enough. But the execution…not so much.
Yes. I'm a huge fan of Bentley Little. I've read all his novels. I wish (HINT HINT) there were more of his books on Audible. Joe Barrett did a good job narrating.
The only thing to compare this book to is another novel by Bentley Little (The Policy, The Association, The Ignored…). There aren't too many authors that can combine unemployment, a New Year's Eve party, scowling flowers, whistling cats, pissed off chickens and jumping eggs into a pretty good story. And that is just a little bit of the weirdness. If you are familiar with Bentley Little you know how his characters rationalize the most insane and creepy situations. Like being out of work for a year and then getting a six figure job offer from the president of the company...right after he excuses himself to poop in the corner of his office. But you take the job anyway because you need the money and well maybe the guy is having a bad day or something... And you could almost see yourself doing the same thing. Almost. My only problem with The Influence is the ending. I’ll just leave it at that. If you are a fan of Mr. Little, by all means get this one. It's not his best work but it's worth the listen. If you are not familiar, you’ve been warned. It is crazy, nasty, creepy.
The story captures the mood and feel of London and its suburbs about 30 years ago. A bit dated but as much as you would think. The story is actually pretty well written with realistic characters. Not overly gory but no one is safe. I will definitely get Parts 2 and 3.
I'm not sure but he does a a good job narrating The Rats so I am sure he did a fine job on other books.
Considering that many of the characters ended up AS dinner I wouldn't want to say.
And there are a lot of details. I knew next to nothing about mountain climbing, climbing equipment, and summit expeditions etc. before reading this and had very little interest in the subject per se. But I do like historical fiction and adventure tales and this one really delivers. I cannot explain how I could listen to 29 hours of pre-WWII mountain climbing details and thoroughly ENJOY it but I did. It is a testament to Mr. Simmons' story telling skills. He superbly recreates the mind set and technology of the 1920s and ‘30s Western Europe in the context of an attempt to reach the top of Mt. Everest. It’s not just the technology and terminology but the mystique of an accomplishment so difficult and rare that many have died or been horribly injured in the attempt. Do not let the subject or the length of the book deter you. There is mystery and suspense but there really is magic in the details as well.
Yes I would.
The ending seemed very anti-climatic. I also had a problem with the constant insistance of the scientist on treating the creatures as misunderstood victims while they were eating entire families. The tone of the book seemed uneven or unfocused.
The performanced seemed a bit wooden. Needed more energy.
A classic tale of horror with detailed descriptions of flaying. If you can get past that, the story is engaging, dripping with dark atmosphere and dread.
Good trumps evil. Or maybe, redemption through courage. As with most of King's work, it's about the everyday monsters that steal our souls: fear, indecision, self-doubt. It's about which road to take when your back is against the wall or even knowing there is a choice. Very well done. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good listen.
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