I read the reviews and was dubious about this title but I had had a previous friend rave about the book so I tried it anyway. I was disappointed.
People that read a lot of Stephen King start to notice recurring characters and how many of his stories interconnect with others. This book filled in the spaces from the eclipse in "Dolores Claiborne." The other book was "far" better written than this I'm afraid.
You really feel no compassion whatsoever for the main character despite the plight of her situation and the abuse of her past.
I feel like the concluding story was disconnected from the beginning and the middle really didn't fit either... this book must have been written during an imaginative dry spot for Stephen King. Read "Lisey's story" or "Dolores Claiborne" instead for similar but much more captivating characters and subject matter. This was just a waste of time and money.
I heard this before the movie was made and it drew me completely in. The jazz music in the entrance of the story is OVERLY-loud and overbearing. Luckily, it only drowns out the first paragraph or so of Stephen's narration, so just wait it out. The rest of the reading was excellent as were the sound effects and music. I actually "jumped" toward the end of the story and was completely taken in. I was so captivated that when I went to see the movie, the images in my imagination were already so vivid so I actually panicked and had to hide my eyes through some of the movie. I'm laughing about it now but I was scared then! It was awesome :) I hope you love it as much as I did!
I think the book was good and fun to listen to. The voice of "Flagg" another recurring evil character in King's writing was tolerable until he began screaming up the corridors in the end of the book. I literally wanted to shut off the recording. My only criticism is that it wasn't very deep and not all that imaginative for a fantasy novel. It's still written as if it were from this world and these times and its just hard for me to make that leap. I prefer fantasy novels that take me to another world and immerse me in it. This was more like reading about King Arthur and the knights of the round table. If that's what you like, you'll love it. It was a good book with good characters. Just not my preference from this particular writer. Note: I wasn't a fan of his Dark Tower Series either.
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