"Tunnels" is a GREAT adventure! First of all, you should know this is NOT a "charming children's story". There is no "happily ever after" or "riding off into the sunset". This is a gritty adventure within a new world, not in outer space, but right below our feet! The first part of the book establishes the characters, which helps the reader/listener absorb the perspective of "innocent youth" and their daily endeavors. Once Will and Chester set out, they encounter events of incredible magnitude. They are thrust into situations that teenagers are not typically expected to endure. (Not even well rounded adults could prepare for what happens to the boys.) The writers did a great job of establishing how life without sunlight could be possible, their descriptions of the cities and surrounding areas, and some of the naturally occurring events are really creative. I'd love to elaborate more on the story, but I don't want to give away any part of the plot. The one personal note I'll share is; I like the cat. I can't say anything negative about this story, and I am looking forward to the next book, "Deeper", which is due to be released March 2009.
Well, for whatever reason, there is no list of stories on any of the three Nightmares and Dreamscapes downloads. Anyway, I downloaded this one, Vol I, and to help future shoppers, here is the story list, in order, for this volume.
SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN, read by Whoopie Goldberg.
CROUCH END, read by Tim Curry.
RAINY SEASON, read by Yeardley Smith. (If you are a Simpson's fan, you will recognize the voice of this reader. For me, a horror story read to me by Lisa Simpson isn't a horror story. I laughed more than anything! Don't get me wrong, I adore Yeardley Smith, however, this was not a story for her talents.)
DOLAN'S CADILLAC, read by Rob Lowe. (This one is my favorite story of the lot.)
THE HOUSE ON MAPLE STREET, read by Tabitha King.
UMNEY'S LAST CASE, read by ???
HEAD DOWN, read by Stephen King.
BROOKLYN AUGUST, read by ???
As with any collection of short stories, everyone's tastes will be different. Dolan's Cadillac is the reason I downloaded this volume. I remember reading this one YEARS ago and thought is was one of Mr. Kings best non-horror stories he had written to date. The other stories are very good as well, but for me, a couple of them are quite forgettable. Bottom line; if you are a Stephen King fan, you will enjoy this download.
I found this reading to be wonderful. Instead of one narrator with a few voice characterizations, the different characters voiced by different people is MUCH more entertaining. I was going to download the version narrated by Jim Dale, since I really enjoyed his work on all of the Harry Potter audiobooks, but, after I listened to all of the audio samples for this book, to me, this one was the best. AND, the same cast of voices are in "Through The Looking Glass", the sequel to this book, of which I will be downloading at a future date. I would recommend this recording to anyone, but I would still encourage you to listen to all of the audio samples. No matter which narrator you choose, the story itself is still a magical classic!
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