Absolutely not. In addition to the disastrous narration, the printed versions have supplemental materials that greatly enhance the work.
Condensing an enormous problem into a personal story.
The narration could have drawn the reader into the story and scenes therein, rather than making the reader feel as if he/she were a member of an audience or congregation listening to a speech or sermon being delivered.
Start to finish, to tell you the truth.
Pick up the book, and enjoy it 10x as much.
How can this be one question? As for the author, not if I'm going to have to endure the not so subtle political commentary. I mean come on, "Richard Outhouse Nixon"? Whether I am a Nixon fan or not, I don't need that silliness. Why does every author suddenly think he's Oscar Wilde? A fabulous contemporary author named Richard Ford has ruined his books with all that, so the less skilled should just leave it alone.
When I finally gave up on it.
He did great. What he butchered was the way overcooked phrases of emphasis. Har har har on the page becomes an opportunity for the narrator to embark upon a spluttering barking session that, although spaced about the book, spoils the audio version.
The book is, in the parlance, too sprawling to be made into a movie worthy of the story.
I picked up this recommendation from Buzzfeed, of all places. (And yet, what is one to do to wade through the muck of serial novels and similar fodder for Audible these days .. hey, at least those people are reading.) The baseball sections were first rate, for the most part. But the ponderousness of so many segments just wore me down.
No. Just not a book that will interest the typical reader. Think the professional reviewers got a bit carried away with their asessments.
Maybe. Not a horriible book, just way under achieved expectations based on gushing reviews.
Be more selective in book selection. Exercise Audible's return guarantee.
Possible, with the caveat not to expect a book that merits all the high brow gushing over the thing. Good fiction, good writing, but top 10 book of the year? Not for us regular folks.
A story that makes the reader want to reach into the pages and make a character "act right" is so effective, and some of that in this book.
1st one that I recall, but this one was very good. The voice and accents of 2 of the major characters should have been scaled back significantly, just got too grating to listen to--distracted from the story.
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This is another book where the narrator did not let his voices overwhelm the narrative of the author's work, which seems to be fast becoming a lost art. Solid listen.
The quality of both narrative prose and dialog, the fully developed characters, the dark story told with lightness and energy.
Jesse and Ham conversation.
James' minor, very subtle vocal changes among characters was the best thing about the audiobook--letting the story tell itself, without the need for a "performance". Bravo
I would never "rate" or "review" a book based on this factor. If a reader says 'yes', then another says "no', I say "so what" to either and both.
More books need to be simply read rather than "performed". If people want a performance, go to a stage play. Wish narrators would leave the story alone--do they actually expect to improve on an author's work? Gosh I hope not; all they can do is detract from a book I want to enjoy.
Any narrator but Patton, who sounds like an aged version of the man who tries to sell Dodge trucks in tv ads while chewing on a cow patty. I can't imagine the appeal of an interpretation of Colorado and New England folk all sounding like grizzled, chin whiskered cowhands sitting around a kettle of baked beans over a campfire.
Nothing really. King wrote it for his old horror genre audience, who read, or at least enjoy their novels, at a jr. high reading level, not the sophistication that King employed in 11-22-63, or Joyland that were written for a different audience. Part of the mastery of King's writing has always been that he writes to his target demographic, depending on the book. I mean, can one really imagine that the real Stephen King would employ such trite-isms as "general consensus"?
ABP. Anyone but Patton. I still wonder if the authors have input into narrator choice and style of interpreting the audio version.
waste of money
Not all about Hole's addiction struggles and demons.
Nesbo never goes formula, a la Dan Brown, other than Hole always have a love dilemna.
He tries to make listening just like reading, which is perfect. All I want is to be able to listen to the book in the car, not hear some kind of performance of play. Always. Always. Always.
It made me happy to plug in an audiobook that didn't add sound effects and drama by reading, just the book. Just the book.
Not after this one for Brown. Absolutely yes for Michael.
The Langdon formula is old. Nothing interesting about the historic hook. Awful, dreadful prose. How in the world can an author have a 200+ IQ character say that the criminal mastermind "let Pandora out of the box"??? That 's a joke right? Unbelievabley dismal. And in the course of about 5 chapters, Brown uses the word "massive" about 50 times. LIterally, he uses "colossal" 2x, another synonym once. Otherwise, never glanced at a thesaurus -- this is an obvious sign of a throwaway effort, by an author apparently exempt from any editor review. Hideous.
No but will.
As if I were watching a pop author wither and die in a manner that simply makes one want to look away. As if you encountered a poor soul puking in the street and not only looked away, but tried to move far enough away to make sure none got on you.
Yes. Excellent, low key narration perfect for this story. Good story. King can develop a character in 2 pages better than Dan Brown can in 200.
Could not say without it being a "spoiler".
He allowed me to enjoy the book audibly in the same manner as if I were reading the printed page. He did not turn it into a audible equivalent of some kind of frantic stage play. A bit too much emphasis on loud exclamations at 2 points, otherwise flawless.
You must be this ... tall to ride this ride.
King should do more in this genre. Such an underrated author in terms of his true skills at prose and character development over and above the story.
No particular book, or 100 books, nothing too awfully distinctive.
Anyone with a voice ranger over approximately 1.5 octaves, who would therefore not have had to resort to "tricks" to create different voices. Helium inhaled falsetto for a child and other characters. 2nd soprano male voices because the reader can't dip any lower than the tone of the non-dialog text. Someone who understands that creating an irritating tone for a character is simply a distraction from the text. This is the author's story, not a vainglorious performance. Awful.
Absolutely not. Quit and bought the book.
Fire this narrator. Don't equate female author with female narrator when there are an equal number of male characters. Worse than a waste of money.
No. The narrator's interpretation is wrong.
Certainly. He shows great promise as a thinker and writer.
Anyone who prefers a little decaf before reading.
No. The printed book is readable in a sitting.
I can't imagine that Powers had any input into the narration.
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