This is good, old-fashioned SK at his best. Great story and great narration.
Frank Muller really pulls you into the story and makes you feel as if you are a part. This is one of those shorts you can listen to many times.
It is very sad, since Will Patton is such a good narrator. I loved Doctor Sleep in large part because of his narration.
Before you just disregard this, let me say that I have been a huge King fan for a long time, with notable exceptions like Under the Dome and Mile 81. And I'm not just looking for supernatural accoutrements. I thought Joyland was good, in spite of the lukewarm narration, and I really enjoyed the Colorado Kid.
But this story is just weak. It has the feel of one of Dean Koontz's formulaic madman with sexual fetish stories. Pretty much straight down the check list:
* Homicidal Maniac (check)
* Maniac has strange sexual fetish (check)
* Tough guy hero (check)
* Damsel in distress (check)
* Unlikely love interest develops between tough guy and damsel (check)
* Some supernatural or paranormal aspect (hmm, only thing missing)
I still think Koontz was the ghost writer for this one...
I can't recommend it.
Hopefully he put more effort in to the upcoming book Revival.
This has the feel of the War of the Worlds radio-cast because of the way it is presented as a documentary.
I normally skip over abridged books, but I"m glad I listened to the reviews and gave this a chance.Because it is presented as a number of NPR-like interviews with survivors, they can cut out some sections without making the story hard to follow. It is a number of different viewpoints of the events surrounding the Z war.I am really surprised how much I like it. The narrator/interviewer has a familiar sounding voice -- I wonder if he may actually be an NPR reporter. And having a different reader for each character interviewed helps to sustain the feeling of real interviews.I have never read the book - only seen the movie, but I can say that it does not feel disjointed at all. I have no qualms about recommending this book -- even to the movie haters!
First 11/22/63, then Joyland, and now Dr. Sleep. King hit the trifecta!If you were a King-o-phile that wandered off while he struggled to find his voice again, wait no longer. Dr. Sleep brings back Danny Torrance and a host of compelling, believable characters that drive the story. Something I think he's been missing for a while. Granted, there is some shameless plugging of his son's book NOS4A2 with references to Charlie Manx, but I guess that's to be expected.Danny seems like a real guy with real problems. He's not just struggling with his paranormal gifts, he's struggling with alcoholism...just like his father did.And this is a unique story line, not just Round 2 of Danny vs. the Overlook. Steve-o came up with a great premise for this story, and it kept me riveted.It would be remiss of me to not comment on Will Patton's performance. This is the first time I have listened to him as an audiobook narrator, but it won't be the last. I thought he did a great job of giving unique voices/speech patterns to each character. And he had an interesting way of handling King's typical inter-mixed dialogue and thought sequences. I am always leery of new narrators they bring in for King books, but Will Patton ranks up there with the best by Ron McLarty and Stephen Weber.This is a sequel to "The Shining", though, so you may want to read that first. You won't be lost without it, but much of the context will be missing. Please notice that I said "read"...
It averages out to a 4.
I'm a huge fan of Stephen King's classic work, but I had found some of his more recent novels to be amalgam of previous stories (i.e. IT + Tommyknockers == Dreamcatcher). This one, however, was an exception. The story was gripping, and you are drawn to the characters.
The narration almost drove me away, though. It sounded like they were feeding Mr. Slattery quaalude sandwiches. I wasn't sure he'd be able to stay awake for the whole story. Towards the end he seemed to grow into the characters and give them each a bit of an identity.
This would have been 8.5 stars if Ron McLarty had read it, but it is still a great tale.
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