I would recommend this to anyone who has already read the book, the lack of end notes takes away so much of the humor and plot nuances that I would be hard pressed to send a new reader to this audiobook, though.
One of many reasons IJ was difficult for me is the anachronistic chapter order and quick changes in tone. Where this audiobook excels is at being able to switch gears immediately between a chapter that describes in such agonizing detail the nervy feeling of withdrawal then switching to an amusing recount of a robbery gone wrong which in reading the book I had difficulty switching my mental voice fast enough to a chipper shade after being taken so low to find the humor in there. Some of the more difficult chapters (for me) were the soliloquies like Hal's gran'pa discussing the end of his tennis career with Himself or the early Ebonics ridden chapter about Wardine which are done very, very well and make these much easier to navigate and parse for plot points (I am surprised at the low narrator scores actually) and the Steeply/Marathe conversation, which despite being a perfectly natural conversation was hard to read naturally in my head (I tend to struggle reading things written in any dialect and we will consider 'drunk' a dialect).On the downside, keeping track of the chronology is tougher in audio form and lack of footnotes is painful (I bought the ebook and pause to flip over on my iPod to read the notes because I am nerdy that way).
To repeat, great if you've read it before but lack of end notes is severely crippling to a lot of what the book has to offer if you are a first time reader (though i can see if you are hitting a wall with the novel how the audiobook could carry you through and make rereading the book a total rediscovery since you would have some idea of plot and be willing to stop and smell the roses).
it's sort of like Stand by Me had a love child with The Shining. not terrible but a bit trite. read A Boy's Life if you want the Wonder Years theme with horror/mystery twist (sadly only abridged edition available on audible but worth a read and recommended). Mr. King's early work rarely involved awkward sex scenes which is perhaps why I like it best as this yet again was nigh brutal in spots. not bad but rather blah. some story points really hit home other feel very recycled (and almost worse because of his oeuvre). reader is great and makes it doable but not falling over myself to suggest to friends.
I still pick up Mr King's work as they are released and perhaps that makes me part of the problem. if all of us buy marginal work where is the drive to make something great?
TL;DR it's okay
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