Having listened to hundreds of audio books I feel qualified enough to declare the audio editing and narration effort of this audio book to be of a quality that is embarrassingly substandard. I really wish it wasn't so bad, and i hate to speak badly of peoples work, but i almost feel insulted that this book is presented for purchase as a finished product.
My 3 issues relate to the quality of narration.
1. It sounds as though the narrator is reading the book for the first time as he narrates the book to us. The pauses in his speech confuse the listener as they come at points where it seems like the narrator has anticipated the end of a sentence then realizes the sentence or paragraph continue and resumes reading.
2. Background noise. You can literally hear the pages of the book being turned at some points. This also leads to more fractured narration as there is a mid-sentence pause as the page is turned.
3. This opinion is more subjective and may not apply to other listeners... While the narrator could have a good voice i found the way he narrated reminiscent of grade school when a child would have to read aloud to the class and would use a clownish, sarcastic tone in an attempt to avoid speaking in monotone and to also avoid giving classmates the impression that they were dedicated to giving their best performance. I hope that makes sense to some of you.
Bottom line... I found this book to be unlistenable. I cannot comment on the quality of the story as i found it impossible get very far through it due to reasons mentioned above.
I almost didn't listen to this book due to a previous reviewer who felt the audio performance was bad. I'm very picky about finding narrators that I feel take pride in their work and found the audio performance for this book to be outstanding. I felt the subtle music effects added a great atmosphere to the storytelling. Please don't let a negative review dissuade you from listening to this book. I loved the performance and enjoyed the book.
The only reason i find this book almost listenable is due to the above average narration. The best way i can summarize this book to a prospective listener would be to ask you to recall your childhood cartoons. Now, with those cartoons in mind:
1. extract the good guys and bad guys from cartoon packaging then insert into a mixing bowl with...
2. a serving of blood
3. a heaping portion of guts
4. sprinkle in some authentic Power Rangers believability
5. mix well
6. voila! you now have this novel!
I had seen the movie when i was a kid and while I'm a fan of SK's books i had never felt the urge to read this book. I should have known better. I have been terribly disappointed with nearly all Kings stories which were adapted for tv or movies. Don't make the same mistake i made by being put off from reading this book. This is a really good book with excellent characters and an absolutely incredible narrator. As much as i loved the story i think i loved the narration even more. In my 50 audio book listening history this is definitely the best solo male narration I've heard.
An overall awesome listening experience.
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