After being somewhat disappointed by the first book in the series, and after reading the reviews, I guess I had high expectations for this book. However, even though it's much better than the first one, it's still relatively slow. Stephen King is still setting up his story, and the book continues to feel like an introduction with the real action still a while away. However, it's amazingly detailed, and it's definitely a must-read for the rest of the series, since most of the main characters are introduced here.
I was expecting more out of this book, and was disappointed. I had just finished listening to "It" by Stephen King, and it was one of the best books I've heard. So I had high expectations for this first book in the Dark Tower series. However, it did not grip me as "It" did. I see this book has the lowest rating of the series, so I'm going to continue with the others, expecting them to be better. As a prologue to the rest of the series it may be OK, but as a standalone book, it falls flat.
Not good, other books such as "It" or "The Stand" are way better than this one.
The narration was a little too soft for me... it lacked emotion, I felt like the narrator was going through a text book...
It all depends on the rest of the series... I hope the other books will make up for this one!
The story about Kevin Mitnick is definitely interesting. And it's absolutely amazing (and scary!) to know how easy it is for someone with the right social skills (not even computer skills) to obtain confidential personal information from others. However, as interesting as it may be, I didn't find the story as gripping as other audiobooks. I guess I just didn't connect with the character. And the fact the author keeps reminding you every 15 minutes how brilliant and awesome he is, makes it hard to do so.
The other part I find disturbing with the book is that, even though the author was illegally accessing information and hacking into numerous systems, he doesn't seem to think there's anything wrong with it. He points out that he never profitted from his hacking (apart from probably racking up thousands of dollars in phone bills using other people's numbers), but that still does not make it right. He turned his hacking around into a consulting business, and his story into a speaking career, and you have to give him credit for that. But he didn't give me the impression he realized what he did was wrong. He just found a way to get (legally) paid for it!
This book is amazing! Gripping, funny at moments, sad at others. I found myself laughing alone in my car while listening, as well as holding back tears from time to time. The performances of the narrators are superb, probably the best I have heard to date. The only complaint I have is about the ending. I'm not going to include any spoilers, but it seemed to me it was somewhat abrupt. There are storylines that, to my judgement, are lacking conlcusion. But it's definitely worth the time and money to listen to this book!
This book takes you back to the beginning of Book 4, but covering all the characters left out in the previous book. You need to pay attention, as there are more parallel stories going on than in any of the previous books. But it will definitely leave you wanting more.
After not voicing Book 4, looks like the narrator (Roy Dotrice) forgot some of the voices he had given the characters in previous readings. You are left wondering who is talking now, as you probably already have an image of each character, and the new voices don't quite fit. It wouldn't have been so hard to go back to book 3, review the acting, and continue with the voices.
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