I started out by watching the movie. It was impressively done with stellar performances by the entire cast. So, of course, I knew I had to read or listen to the book. At first I didn't think I was going to like it, because the entire story is told to you by Charlie as he writes letters to "Dear Friend", which happens to be all of us who go on this journey. But I was greatly surprised that this method of writing made it more personal for me as if Charlie was writing the letters directly to me. It was a one-on-one with this boy who has seen and experienced all the wonderful, and bad, things about high school.
I don't give out five stars very often, but this audiobook certainly deserved every one of them.
By the way, Patrick is a hoot in the book and the movie.
These characters reminded me of so many friends I've lost touch with since my school days. This book brought them all back, if only for a brief time.
I have a theory. A man who became so obsessed with Dean Koontz invaded his home and for the last few years has been holding Mr. & Mrs. Koontz prisoner as he has assumed the writer's lifestyle. Or something along the lines of the plot in Mr. Murder. Unfortunately this impostor has an awful and predictable imagination. He simply took the idea of Odd Thomas and Christopher Snow and merged them together to come up with a book.
I remember when a new Koontz novel captivated me. I can even tell you that I've read or listened to such great books over and over again. Even though I knew how those books would end the second or third time around I still enjoyed the journey. It's hard to believe that the same guy who wrote: Dragon Tears, Cold Fire, Hideaway, Mr. Murder, Intensity, Lightning, Phantoms, Sole Survivor, and The Bad Place has produced six or seven horrible books in a row. I've heard of having a bad year, but a decade long bad run?
I'm sorry to say, Dean, (much like I once enjoyed the writings of James Patterson before he became a sellout and sacrificed good story telling for the Almighty dollar) I'm going to have to permanently shelf you in the "I'm no longer interested in reading this author's works" category.
Sorry, but it's time for us to go our seperate ways. Yes, it's you, not me. Good luck and I hope I hear you found your way back to the path someday.
Book 3 in the series matches the length of Stephen King's The Stand. Of course The Stand was a one book deal and A Song of Ice and Fire seems to go on and on. Although I enjoy the varity of characters and different storylines I could certainly do without the endless chatter between everyone. Seems like there's far more talking than the action of battle. I thought that if I heard, "Hodor, Hodor, Hodor," or "You know nothing, Jon Snow," repeated for the millionth time I was going to shut the audio book off.
Just to give you an idea of how bored I got at times, I'd listen to a different audio book after listening to every other part of the six part book. I just had to take some breaks away from this mammoth book.
Overall, performance and story were all good, just needs a serious edit or an abridged version.
Although the writing is good, as are all SK books, the story fails to entertain. First off, by reading what the book was about, I expected a good mystery. However, more than three quarters of the book is about a kid skipping a year of college to work at Joyland amusement park. The story of the friends he meets and the different duties he preforms, blah-blah-blah-boring. The mystery, if you can call it that, happens in the last hour and a half of the book. I'm just thankful it wasn't another one of SK's 1000 page books. At least time management was acceptable.
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