This is definitely an UNFINISHED novel. I imagine if DFW knew The Pale King would get published in its obvious infancy, he would have stuck around long enough to finish it or have taken it with him. That said, I'm really glad the publishers took the time and care to give us what they could. There is absolute brilliance in this book that can only make one wonder and fantasize about what the final finished product might have been. If you love and "understand" the author, get this book.
First of all, EDITORS SELECT?! Seriously?! (Sarah, you're embarrassing yourself.)
I downloaded this one because I thought the idea was interesting and there were a few outstanding reviews (which I now realize must have been the author's mom and dad), plus the 'Editors Select" ploy.
This was an extremely disappointing experience. I couldn't get through the second part even after speeding up the pace of the reading.
Overly ambitious for an inexperienced author, I lay much of the blame for this unwieldy work at the feet of the editor who has failed miserably at his/her job, and I resent audible for pushing this mess.
Book 1?! 15 hours wasn't enough to finish this story?
The narrator is equally unskilled, but probably appropriate to the task.
Sycamore Row brought back so many memories of A Time to Kill that I went back and listened to that great book again afterwards. The characters, story, and narration of both books are absolutely top notch. If you're new to Grisham I highly recommend you experience A Time to Kill followed up by Sycamore Row. The man at his very best.
If you loved the first two, this will be no disappointment. Lots of new viewpoints, questions answered, loose-ends tied, and completion.
If you've never read The Shining, read it a dozen or more years ago, or have only seen the movie, get a copy of The Shining and devour it before starting this one. You won't be sorry and this awesome and creepy story will have that much more dimension for you.
I started Dr. Sleep and stopped during the first chapter. Having read The Shining when it first came out and seen the movie countless times, it was obvious from the start that refreshing The Shining NOVEL was essential. The movie veers wildly away from the book and Dr. Sleep is a sequel to the BOOK.
The Shining still holds up today and it was thoroughly enjoyable to jump into Dr. Sleep on the heels of this great book.
There are few words that would do this wonderful novel justice in praise. I don't really understand other reviewers' comments about a slow start. The pace of the story is perfect from page one. The narration is absolutely perfect.
After finishing Sycamore Row I went back to A Time to Kill. Having read nearly all of Grisham's novels, this one is still at the very top of the list. Brilliant and timeless.
I loved Oryx & Crake and am thrilled that the brilliant Margaret Atwood has chosen to continue the story.
The narrators were good, but the production suffers from the hairbrained idea that it would add to the story to actually record Atwood's song lyrics as actual songs.
In the same way that some actors go overboard in "performing" certain books (not this one thankfully). The producer here went WAY overboard by adding something that is ONLY possible in an audio book by adding music.
I don't listen to books from Audible to hear a performance, I listen because I don't have time to sit and read, so I prefer my books to be as unadulterated as possible.
I hope the producers of this book recognize that such over the top adulteration is a mistake and stop it in future.
I saw the film many years ago having not read the book. Picked this one up recently and loved it, but couldn't remember anything from the film. So I re-watched the film after I finished this and realized why. They changed many, many key points (as often happens). This is a long way to say that if you saw the movie and haven't read/heard the book, the movie is a faint shadow and Grisham fans will love it.
Obviously the story is dated, especially from a technological point of view, but it's still worth it.
I heard a lot of books narrated by Scott Brick and this is by far one of his finest performances.
In reading the other reviews I was expecting more of a general 80s nostalgia. This book, first of all, takes place entirely in the future and the 80s nostalgia is very, very specific and will appeal most strongly to men who were teens during the early 80s. Bonus points if you were also a geek.Don't get me wrong, I loved this book. Some of the gamer references got past me, but none of the music or film homages did. My point is that this one isn't for all 80s lovers as the gaming aspect overrides all others.Wil Wheaton did a spectacular job. Other actors could learn a lot from his subtlety and skill (yes, I'm talking to you, Craig Wasson.)
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