I wish Dan Brown would have put this one away for a bit instead of rushing to publish. I feel it had some little gems buried within the monotonous and often dull descriptions that seemed to go on and on for chapters. Also, I found some of the story cheesy and contrived. I found myself rolling my eyes during certain overly dramatic points in the story.
It seemed as though Mr. Brown had a wonderful idea for an end or a plot but was not able to build a story around his vision. Instead he filled in the blanks with art history and so much visual detail that my attention often wandered. Sadly, when I went back and re-listened to what I missed, I realized I missed nothing of importance to the story.
Yes, rush to the end and be done with it.
As bad as the story was, the end did surprise me and give me food for thought and conversation.
I enjoyed the characters that Gaiman created for this story. I also love the lightness he infused within the story to give even the grimmest moments a humorous twist.
I have to be honest that BEFORE I listened to this book I was disappointed to find Neil Gaiman was not reading it himself as he has with many of his books. Neil is not only an amazing author but reads them so well I would prefer to listen to him reading his own stories than anyone else. That was how I felt until I listened to this book. I do not believe Neil could have read this story nearly as well as Lenny has. Lenny created each character within the story beautifully!!! I will be looking for other books read by him now.
I have listened to many other Gaiman books but this has become my all time favorite!!! It is whimsical, constantly moving and funny. Listening to the book always left me in a great mood after and I am so sad I finished it so quickly. I might have to listen to this one again.
The story held me captive from the start! This is one of those books where I sit outside in my car while I wait for a chapter to end. I highly recommend this novel to anyone that enjoys a good who done it!
The story gave me lots of hints here and there but I could not figure this one out until the very end. Also, the author did well with the character development.
Excellent!!! He had perfect pace, pause and inflections. A wonderful story teller without over or under acting. Robert WAS Cormoran in this audio book for me!
This story was fantastically colorful and full of good vs evil! A great story that I had a hard time turning off to do the more mundane but important tasks in my day, like working. :)
Bronson Pinchot was terrific however, I felt the reader needed a more youthful voice for the characters of this book. He played the king very well and also the other more mature characters in the book. He fell short when portraying female characters or the younger characters within the story which was a little distracting. Overall, he did very well.
I have listened to the entire Dark Tower series and only now listened this one. Big mistake on my part. This needs to be listened to directly after Dark Tower 6 for continuity.
I really enjoyed the story within the story within the story. It was fun to follow and meet a few new characters as well. It was also good to meet Roland as a young man.
Not my favorite of the series but a good read nonetheless and for those like myself who are true Dark Tower addicts, I didn't want to miss anything from the series. Again, I wish I had listened to it directly after Dark Tower 6.
As with all of King's books, by favorite part of them all are the characters he creates. They are real, like I know them! Or could them, or have known them! He creates 3D people that have good and bad within each, just like in the real world. This I believe is what makes all of his stories so hard to put down.
I just loved revisiting Danny, now as adult, many years down a very hard road. It is good to see where he went after the tragedy at the Overlook, what fate befell he and his mother after his father perished and how he grew up.
I will not spoil the book but let me say it was surprising but also believable (to me at least) the set of coincidences that led to his profession, the people he meets and the events that brings him back to the Overlook once again.
King was my first favorite author growing up and still ranks and one of my all time favorites now in my 40s.
I cannot fathom anyone else reading performing this series other than James Marsters. Unfortunately I believe Book 13 is read by someone else but then James Marsters is back on track with book 14 which makes me happy. I am dreading Book 13 because is is not read by James.
No time to catch your breath in this one! From one crazy moment to the next you have no time to guess what will happen next and at the same time can't wait for it to be revealed.
I love how he "draws" the new characters into his world and the relationship that blooms within the group. Very well done!
Eddie finding his courage at Balazar's place!
I love his portrayal of Odetta. He captures her essence well.
This was a good review of everything that transpired before this book and it picked right up where the last one left off. However (SPOILER ALERT), just to be honest, I don't know if I care so much for King showing up as himself and having a sizable part in this book. I love the series and cannot WAIT to finish the last one but this was a bit odd for me.
His voice to me is Roland.
My heart goes with the bumbler. :(
It did inspire me to get back outside and run. I have also started running barefoot. We'll see how that works out. :)
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