Randall Flagg is probably King's best villain, and this story revolves around Flagg and how he tries to destroy the kingdom of Delain by killing King Roland and framing the heir, Peter, for his murder so he can put the weaker brother, Thomas, on the throne. If you are a Stephen King fan, you've met Flagg before. This book was a hit with me on a number of levels: It gives more insight to Flagg's character; it was a great fantasy novel; the narrator was very good and I enjoyed listening to him. Highly recommended.
I loved this new book. It was a fast, fun read with a bit of everything I love about Stephen King...a little mystery, a touch of the supernatural (think The Shining but not so intense), likable characters, a little romance, some sadness and some joy. I liked the narration, with the main character reminiscing about his life and his time at Joyland. The only drawback with the narrator was his voice was that of they young man rather than the older man looking back. But that was only a minor drawback, otherwise well-narrated. Very much enjoyed it.
This book is a must-read for anyone concerned about their health...or the health of their friends, family, children. It is a look into the food industry and what has happened to our food supply. Why our food is over-processed, toxic, and addictive. And what we must do to change our lives and our food...before it is irreversible. Processed food is, by its very nature, always going to be an unhealthy alternative (for example...without mass quantities of added salt, most canned foods tastes awful...Cheezits taste like cardboard...the taste and texture of cold cuts is compromised). Scott Brick is, as always, a great narrator. I look for books that he reads, as I always enjoy his voice and his interpretation of the book (both fiction and non-fiction).
American Gods was a great book before this 10th Anniversary Edition. It's even better now! How can you not enjoy a book that deals with all the gods...from the Norse, the Egyptians, Native American, African and a few you never heard of. Great humor, lively dialog, interesting back story.
Add in the tremendous job that the narrators did, and you have a smash hit audio book. I listened to this book over the weekend, and I wish there was more. Cliche...I laughed, I cried. I sniggered when I was in public places.
I even enjoyed the introduction and the appendix, Neil Gaiman is a fun person to listen to. 5 stars plus.
If you aren't ready to commit to King's Dark Tower series (I admit, I haven't read the last two books), but like King's style and stories, this is a great read. If you are curious about the series, this book will give you a feel for the main characters, who appear at the beginning and end of the story. But you will mainly get a great story about a boy, his mother, a bad magician, a good magician...a heroic tale of a boy who faces his fears and failings. Well-read, well-paced.
I'm a big Stephen King fan. I've read or listened to most everything he's written.
This book was fascinating. I'm not a big history buff, but this story about JFK assisnation was fascinating. It was truly a bit of time travel; it felt as if I had gone back to a different era. I always enjoy King's character development. I feel as if I know these people, that they are real.
I also enjoy his tie-ins to other stories. For fans of "It"...Derry is still a spooky place, where bad things happen more often than they should.
This book should appeal to a lot of different readers/listeners. It is a pretty good time travel story; there is some of King's creepiness; the time travel is pretty interesting in and of itself.
Although this was a long book, I listened to the whole book in 4 days. Good thing I have a long bus ride twice a day!
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the time leading up to JFK's assisination; it's a good thriller, and the supernatural elements aren't overwhelming if that is not your cup of tea.
The narrator is excellent, and kept the story moving along at a good pace. He did a good job with individual characters; you always knew who was "speaking". It was easy to keep track of what was going on because of his excellent narration. The three star rating was for technical problems with the audio book itself; sometimes the soundtrack faded out or there was some distortion in the playback. Not enough to keep me from listening, but annoying when it happened. I use format "4" on a Creative Zen player.
I gave this book 5 stars because I really enjoyed the story and the way it was told. That said, it may not be a book for some fans of epic fantasy. It is told by Kvoth, to a Chronicler, after his time as the legendary arcanist/musician/king killer/epic hero kind of guy. The story moves slowly, and if you like lots of action all the time, it's just not there.
On the other hand, since Kvoth tells the story directly, there is lots of detail and insight on how an ordinary young man transforms from a poor Edema Ruh (sort of a gypsy tribe of performers) into an arcanist/musician of great skill. Of course, there's a mysterious woman and a powerful, wealthy enemy who tries to ruin Kvothe at every turn. There are loyal friends and mysterious strangers. Kvoth overcomes trickery and evil; he makes mistakes that almost cost him his place at the academy; he redeems himself and gains the loyalty and trust of many of the arcanists; he loses their trust...well, it's an epic fantasy, so stuff happens, and there's a lot of conflict, and Kvoth is honest about how it all came about, a bit at a time, despite his best efforts...
If you don't mind a slower pace and lots of background material, this book will give you many hours of entertainment.
Why didn't I know about his mysteries? These are great! If you like your mystery with a bit of noir, you'll enjoy Moe Prager, a Jewish ex-cop with a bit of Brooklyn (ok, a lot of Brooklyn). He's a bit flawed, and he's tough but not too tough. There's a dark humor to his characters, and Moe sees the world around him with a sad clarity. The story itself is a twisty tale of police bureaucracy and family secrets. I enjoyed the book a lot and Andy Capole did a nice job with the narration. I plan to listen to the next two books in the series over the next couple of weeks...I'm hoping that they are as good as this one.
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