One of my favorites. Well worth the 40+ hours.
This story had every aspect of a great story, written well. Love, Loss, Redemption, Crime, War, Exotic Locales, Philosophy, Colorful Characters.
No. But I would be happy to try another. He had a large cast of characters, with many accents, and they were all flatteringly done.
Carla. She was the focus of Lin's love but she had secrets that kept her at a distance. Lin's focus on her and efforts to know and try to keep her made her most memorable for me.
I am very happy to have stumbled across this book. This one was a real pleasure.
The bulk of the book, the middle, the years in Jodie, TX, could have, should have, been edited out. Then it might have made an enjoyable read/listen. King's listeners expect supernatural stories, not drippy love stories. Over and over and over with cliched 50's/early 60's innocent, sweet as pie small town Americana. A fraction of that would have done the trick. Again and again and again with the professions of love for Sadie. Same thing. Also how many hundreds of times should we hear that "the past harmonizes". Twenty Hours could have easily been shaved from this book! Also, Jake/George was very whiny, and I didn't like Sadie's voice. Too long to spend with these two. Oddly, I thought all the side characters were done well, but this book is very heavy with Jake & Sadie.
Anyone. Scott Brick. Or George Guidall, who could make the phone book interesting.
The entire middle, in Jodie, Tx.
I recently listened to the extended version of The Stand, and time flew by. And I read Doctor Sleep on Kindle and that too was great. I'm very glad I read those two first, because it will be a long time before I try another King. I've read almost all his catalog through the '90s, and have missed most since then. I had added The Dark Tower and Duma Key to my wish list, but I think they'll stay there a long time, till I get over this disappointment.... I had picked this one first based on the many glowing reviews. This is the first review I've written, after listening to hundreds of audiobooks. I didn't enjoy them all, or finish them all, but with this one I had to say something, if only to warn others.
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