I didn't really know what to expect from the early press and descriptions of this book. I "rediscovered" Stephen King as a writer with Duma Key and Under the Dome. Then I went back and picked up some of his earlier work like Bag of Bones and Salem's Lot. These books made me look at King as much more than just a writer of the horror genre. Quite simply, King is a master storyteller of the very best kind. That talent is deliciously on display in Joyland, which makes it a perfect summer novel.
Joyland is a delightful combination of mystery, coming-of-age story, whodunit with a touch of the supernatural and a faint whiff of beach town romance, all with a retro feel. The story works on all levels with a great degree of fun and the clever characters King is known for. In a recent interview King stated that his major job is still to entertain people. He accomplishes that and more with Joyland. King stays true to the lesson the elderly man who owns the Joyland Amusement Park instills in all of his workers.... “Never forget, we sell fun.”
It was so much fun I also bought the hard copy.
Really weak story. Predictable and author just seems to toss this and that into it with no real connection to the story line. Even at 4.95 it was overpriced.
I couldn't believe it when I saw the herd of people - dare I say sheeple- giving this a 2 star review. If you will look at Marsters own website he apologizes for being unavailable due to schedule conflicts. Actually listen to the first chapter with Glover as narrator and compare it to Marsters' reading of Storm Warning, Fool Moon and even Grave Peril. They sound much different from his later readings in the series. The frequent sound of his taking a breath made it sound as if Harry was either smoking or had COPD.
Ghost Story may not be read by Marsters but it IS written by JIM BUTCHER. I for one am thrilled the audio is finally out. I have been a member of Audible long enough to have over 400 audio books in my library. I KNOW a bad narrator, or even a mediocre narrator, and avoid them like the plague - no matter how much I love the author or book or series. Glover does an excellent job for his first turn with the character, while not James Marsters reading the later books in the series, certainly as good or better than Marsters in the first 3.
Those who are giving the book only 2 stars because of a change in narrator, dictated by the favored narrator must be of the same ilk as the so-called reviewers on Amazon who don't read the book and give it only 1 star because they think the Kindle price is too high. Very misleading and a sophomoric attempt to skew the ratings of a work they have not even read.
If the faux reviewers cannot deal with a reader change or don't want to be held hostage by the price demanded for the Kindle version they can and should vote with their feet and wallet. Start an appropriate forum to bitch about these issues. But downgrading what is supposed to be a review of the actual work because of these separate issues, totally unrelated to the author's work, is both unfair and misleading.
Don't spoil it for others who are new to the series or who are willing to see where a change might take them. Marsters will be back - CHILL
I admit it, I am a huge James Marsters fan when it comes to "The Dresden Files". He WAS Harry Dresden to me and many of my fellow listeners of the audio books. I am such a fan of the Dresden series I have all but one of them in both hardback and audible download edition.
So, yes, I am a bit of a Dresden fanatic. I am a 40 year old hopeless fan girl.
I was SO FRICKIN' mad when I heard Marsters would not be the voice of Harry for Ghost Story I had decided not to bother with the Audible edition, didn't want to waste a credit. That would have been totally STUPID. After listening to the sample first chapter I knew that as good a sub as possible had been found for James. I had not ever heard of John Glover, and still do not know who he is, but he sure as hell sounds like Harry to me.
I admit that I am prone to be open minded when I listen to a narrator, and if I like him or her I really don't care who they are if they catch the character of the nook. On the other hand, I boycott several of my favorite author's audio books because I hate, hate, HATE the narrator. I will not even get these audio books for free from the library.
So open your mind and give Jim Glover a break.....Sure, sure we all are pi**ed that James was not available to do the new book. I thought Jim Butcher was clueless to let someone else do the narration. Let me clue you in......Jim Butcher is NOT going to let anyone screw with Harry after SYFY blew one of the best opportunities for a hit series they had with The Dresden Files.
Give it a chance and a listen before you pout and say no way.
Nelson DeMille begins with the horrendous crash of TWA Flight 800 and takes us through an investigation, five years after the fact. Retired NYPD detective John Corey, previously appearing in Plum Island & The Lion's Game, attends the memorial service on the fifth anniversary of the crash with his now wife FBI Agent Kate Mayfield who was involved in the initial investigation of the TWA Flight 800 tragedy. Agent Mayfield was not satisfied with the "official" explanation of the crash but has been warned by her superiors not to further question this explanation or the CIA's animation which supposedly illustrated what "really happened".
DeMille does a brilliant job of walking us through an investigation, examining fact and theory within the framework of the novel to create a book which not only entertains but also informs. And what great entertainment it is. Different aspects of the official investigation have been woven into the story in a way which enhances the listener's understanding the aircraft accident investigation procedures without being over technical and bogging down the story line. DeMille handles the topic with sensitivity for the families of the victims of Flight 800 while taking you on a roller coaster ride of plot twists and turns which culminates with Sept. 11, 2001. Don't start this book without plenty of time to listen because you will not want to put it down.
Scott Brick, as always, adds his superb narrative skills to the audio book. Brick is a virtuoso who captures nuances of accent, dialect and timing which most narrators cannot master without being overdone. He is particularly adroit at bringing female dialog to the listener without it being distracting or turning into a vocal caricature as is often the case when a male narrator attempts female dialog.
The talent of the author and narrator left me wishing that the story would not end. DeMille has an extraordinary talent for creating addictive storylines.
I am an attorney who typically enjoys "legal fiction". When I saw this book,read by my one of my favorites, it was irresistable. A legal fiction best seller being performed by my favorite reader was something I could not pass up.
I should have. I have never wished to "return" a selection for the 2 years I have been an Aubible member until this one.
The story progresses in difficult to follow fits and starts. Meltzer tries too hard and ends up with an overcomplicated, unbelieveable story that lacks depth in important areas. The story quickly became such a chore to follow, I gave up about three quarters of the way through the program.
Save your money, there are many much better choices if you are looking for Brick's work.
This is a book I keep coming back to periodically. I find something new to enjoy every time. Nelson DeMille is an author who merits the purchase of any of his titles. The combination of the author and Scott Brick's always excellent narration merits 5 stars, easily.
There is plenty of detail as well as action which keeps the story moving along.
Paul Brenner is equal parts profound and clever and funny which adds up to a character you want to spend more time with. After listening to the audio book I immediately went and bought the hard copy because I wanted to catch any part of it I might have missed.
This is a book you will find yourself going back to time and again with the feeling that you are looking in on an old friend.
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