I've never entered my own review before...read a lot of them before I purchase a book, though. While I enjoyed the book, I will be hesitant to purchase a book narrated by this reader in the future. I don't know whether it was a problem with where his microphone was placed or what, but I could hear every swallow, licking of lips, even heard laughing in the background on one occasion...very distracting! Very poor recording (or, as my husband pontificated, maybe too good). Where is Scott Brick when you need him...I've never heard him swallow and I've listened to almost every book he's ever narrated. People pay good money for these listens every month...clean up the narration...Shame!!!!
OK, so I've never been motivated before to write a review (hard to please? Maybe). This was one incredible novel, fascinating, tearful, joyful. I'm a fan of King anyway, but this was way over the top of "excellent" and no gore...for those of you who avoid him because of that. Reader was outstanding, I listen while I work, so I got a lot done since I couldn't stop!!!
I've never reviewed a book before (and have been a member for a long, long time). To say this novel is good is a gross understatement. It is exciting, riveting, and, best of all, thought provoking. Since I listen while I do housework, sometimes I drift...not here. Truly captures the listener from word one and never lets go! I've always enjoyed Stephen King's novels immensely and this is his best to date. Character development is outstanding (very important to me to "identify"). So glad Mr. King didn't give up on it. Raul Esparza is a fabulous narrator and this is a premium recording. Absolutely worth every minute invested!
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