The Dying Earth is a series of slightly interwoven stories, each depicting someone experiencing a great personal challenge. Of course the backdrop to each is a dying planet and lots of sorcery. I don't read a lot of that genre, but this particular book delivered because the stories are well paced and each character is fully developed. The author's prose is very formal but it lends a certain gravity to the story that wouldn't be there if written in a more contemporary style. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi/fantasy. It's a book written in 1952 and still mirrors many moral issues we face in the 21st century. Worth the 6 hour listen
The combination of Stephen King's story and Craig Wasson's narration combine to create on of the most fascinating audio books I've ever listened to. From the opening passages of Jake Epping's grand adventure into the past I could not stop listening to this story. There are so many mind boggling things to consider that it keeps you engaged all the way to the end. Craig Wasson's narration is among the best I've ever heard and he breathes life into each character without being overly dramatic. I think that this may be my favorite King novel so far. King weaves together a tapestry of science fiction, character studies, politics, conspiracies and just plain humanity in a way that makes sense and doesn't seem contrived even though the plot itself is predicated on time travel. Once I got into the book, I was so fascinated by the people Jake meets on his journey that how he got to 1958 seems secondary to his experiences in the past. King has a fertile mind and this book may be among the best of all his works. And again, kudos to Craig for a wonderful job as narrator.
I can't add much more than what others have already said. It's a very captivating book to listen to. King has written a hefty book full of interesting characters and a compelling plot. I'm about half way through the story. And big kudos go to Raul Esparza for his excellent narration. He does a wonderful job of keeping the characters as distinct as possible. He's got a natural voice for narration and that can make all the difference in the world. I look forward to more from Raul. Between King's prose and Esparza's narration, it's a thrilling listen.
This King novel of full of interesting characters, an interesting locale and an intriguing mystery. Plus, John Slattery, the narrator does an excellent job delivering the story. What helps make the story work is how King develops the main characters thoroughly and weaves them through a not overly complicated but very compelling plot. It's a bit of a long listen but the story is chock full of people you want to know more about and Mr. Slattery's voice is very pleasant, not at all annoying. The sufferings of an amputee, an eccentric old woman, the Gulf Coast of Florida and the world of art all come together for a fine listen.
I think that people who didn't like the ending were simply expecting a typical resolution to a story. But Mr. McCarthy took a departure from that and decided to get a bit philosophical with the Sheriff Bell character. Bell could either go on looking for Chigurh and risk his life or he could take the safe way out and return home to his doting wife. How he makes that decision takes some reflection and a confession in order to make the right choice for him. I thought those passages of reflection where Bell wasn't sure what he believed in anymore were very well written and resonated with how I feel and many of us feel well into the 21st century. It spoke to me on a personal level and I understood what Bell felt. McCarthy showed us a real human being through Bell. He showed what stubborness can cost with Moss and how cruel men can be with Chigurh.
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