Fans waited for an unabridged version of the audiobook with bated breath... and it's been a bit of a letdown. For a book that seems tailor-made for the aural medium - it is a spoken word history of the titular war after all - the performances were uneven, some of them particularly weak, and some of the accents were absolutely terrible. Given the care and thought that went into the original abridged celebrity-laden audio book - not even legally available in some countries - it's a pity that the same attention wasn't given to this unabridged version. There are countless audiobook performers who, although not stars like Alan Alda, Henry Rollins etc, could have done very good jobs with these stories and characters. I would recommend this version for hardcore fans only.
King in "we have met the monster and it is us" mode. A Koch's snowflake of a plot, with some pacing issues at start and end, and a few of the many characters drop, disappointingly, from the narrative as the action ramps up. But this is still up there with King's best. Esparza's narration is brilliant for the most part, at his best in narration the "eye of god" and "animal's eye view" parts, at its weakest in his vocal characterisation for a lot of the female characters, which tend to sound alike at the start until he warms into it.
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