It was a fun listen, but like most lengthy tales, the ending leaves a little to be desired. If a person liked the first Frankenstein book, then this one is a must-have. A person could start with this one, but I'd advise against it. The most frustrating part is the time between volumes -- it makes it difficult to keep up with the story.
This part of the series explores how Roland's softer side was traded for his gritter features.
Part V is a great way to ramp up to the last of the mysteries of the Dark Tower. Avoiding spoilers, there is a certain pun in what or where the "Calla" is and some interesting tie-ins to other King novels. Its a fast listen, and moves and flows in typical Stephen King fashion.
The author sounds as if he is in pain himself. The metre and flow of this book is poor at best, amateurish at worst. ALthough the author may believe himself knowledgable on the subject he is quite hard to listen to.
This book has more pauses than the Nixon Watergate tapes and reads like the material is unprepared. The reader does not clearly define who he is speaking to, and the lack of specificity makes the material appear to be more of a monotone if..then statement in an endless loop. It takes over 90 minutes to get to the first 'excercise' that essentially blames the person with pain for the pain and suggests a mind-over-matter approach that is sold by volume, not weight. Too much air, too much pause, not enough charismata to have been a good addition to my library of 3000 some titles.
There are other authors that are easier to listen to that have a more dynamic listening experience than this one.
The idea of reading a Frankenstein novel with a twist of H.G. Wells "The Time Machine" seemed like an unrealistic leap at first. After listenting for awhile, the idea of the monster becoming a man, and the man becoming the monster was very appealing. This tale shows a deeper side of a familar story. The classic version portrays the creation as an accidental monster. This version shows the impact of intentional decisions. It is a great listen, but does require patience at the outset.
The book is quite long. Much of the dialog is extremely repetitive. The constant repetition makes for some frustrating minutes -- trying to get some idea as to why the same phrases are repeated.
The story itself is engaging, but somewhat falls apart toward the end. One of the transitions is somewhat unbelievable -- therefore hard to follow.
"The Talisman" is a nice read, certainly worth listening to. The effect is a cross between "The Chronicals of Narnia" and the average Stephen King fare.
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