One of Stephen King's best. Unfortunately, the fantastic film actor Willem Dafoe doesn't narrate well. He has a voice that's more suited for a noir-ish novel (very 1930s private eye), and I found his voice for the teenage girl distracting -- sounded like an old lady. Plus, the recording sounds like it was done in a closet using a Mickey Mouse telephone. The only thing that kept me listening was Stephen King: great plot, 3-D characters and top-notch writing.
Why even call it POMPEII when only about a third of the novel was set in that town? A better title would have been THE AQUADUCT, since that was the main focus of the story. Never mind the fact that the eruption doesn't start until about three-quarters into the book. Want more reasons why this overhyped novel deserves to be in the bargain bin? How about poor storytelling with the all-too-obvious antagonist and the predictable love story. That said, the only benefit of this sophmoric novel is that it'll have you craving nonfiction books on Pompeii.
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