I would not recommend this to a friend as this was merely av average book. The premise is actually wonderful, but Gaiman execution leaves a lot to be desired. Too many plot twists appear convenient to tie the story up into a tidy little bow as opposed to planned out with purpose.
I might try another Gaiman book if it received very positive reviews.
George Guidall is one of the best in the business and continues to impress in this audiobook. His pacing and voice is wonderful.
The recording itself was very noisy, with almost metallic noises coming through at almost every pause. It is quite distracting, although extremely faint. I found myself trying to hear the background noise instead of paying attention to the author and reader.
I have always believed that the books we read help shape our character as we grow up. Of course, not nearly as much as our parents, church, education, etc., but it is appreciable. I am almost 40 and continue to have my character shaped by great books, and this is one of them.
I am not convinced that everyone will love this book as much as I do, but I am convinced if you've come this far in reading reviews it's for a genre you like and should give this a try.
This book captivated me and so often I found myself right next to the characters and living with them through their trials. There is one setting that takes place on a railroad track bed that will stick with me for the rest of my life.It also forced me to realize that there are situations that I am simply not equipped to protect my family. This, incredibly, was a shock to my system, albeit a small one.
Marc Vietor did a great job with the narration too. He has a wide range of voices to help the listener follow.
One item that was a bit difficult - there was switching back and forth between character point of views. In the book, it is easy to tell as their must be a large paragraph/page break. For the audio, for some reason the producer didn't have a long enough pause between character POV's and at the beginning it was difficult to follow.
Oh well, our worst fears have come to fruition. Getting back to mid-world wasn't the best idea after all.
The story is average, and truly feels as if it has nothing to do with the 7 books we have loved for years. In hindsight, that was the intent all along, but man did I miss Eddie, Jake, Susannah, Oye, and Roland, and I still miss them.
One point I should make however - this in fact may have been a good read, but listening to King's voice (which I didn't mind in Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and others) really detracted from this story. All I could think about was how Frank Muller and George Guidall would have made this better
Give this one a try for certain! I did grow up in the 80s an could directly relate with much of the plot and loved every moment of it
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