I've read this complete and uncut novel before, as it was available via the National Library Service for the Blind. But alas, it was just available for rent. But now, some 22 or so years since it was released in its entirety, I couldn't help buying it. It was actually the first thing I did when waking up on Feb 14th since audible gave me the heads up concerning it arriving on audio.
Don't pass this title up. Most of King's fans say that it is his best work ever. Well, for me it ties with It and The Dark Tower series.
Having read both versions-- this uncut doorstop of a novel, and the dinky little 800 someodd pager published in the late 70's... I prefer the one you're hopefully about to download or have already downloaded. I wouldn't have purchased the original edited edition if Random House had released it. So don't let the title confuse you, folks. It is indeed the complete and uncut edition, and well it should be. King himself says he can't abide abridged audio books. Well spoken, wordslinger! And we all say thank ya.
My opinion of said novel? C'mon, it's Stephen King. And it is one of my all time favorites which I at long last own. It's a post apocalyptic epic featuring one of the best villains of all time. It's got romance, horror, etc. Just use a credit and buy it already! Now to submit this and take care of this bothersome stuffy nose and cough of mine.
I think I'll just stick with the audio because braille, my version of print, is crazy expensive. So yes, I'd say it's much better.
Learning who the Overtakers were. They were exactly who I'd hoped they'd be, btw.
Main protagonist's creepy and very familiar sounding teacher. Not quite finished with the first book, but I have my suspicions about this guy. The narrator sounds like Jonathan Freeman when he does this guy's voice, so that's all I know for now.
They may have all failed going solo, but this time, their joining forces.
Brilliance Audio never disappoints. I haven't stumbled across the first book in a series that's captivated me this much since Harry Potter book 1 some years ago. You hit the ground running from page one, so to speak, and it's one massively exciting onslaught of familiar Disney heroes and villains from start to finish. I'm glad I've got 6 credits left because I know where they're going. Thanks for making the entire series available, Audible. I've never gotten to visit Disney World, so this is the next best thing. The author really did his homework. Now Audible, you guys should make some sort of deal with Disney and get Audible Frontiers to do the Pirates of The Caribbean: Jack Sparrow and Legends of The Brethren Court series.
Stephen King wrote it, so pretty high on my list
I liked the creepiness of the Overlook
He's just got one of those voices fit for King novel narration
Uh, here's Johnny? I dunno.
Since we're speeding toward October, I figured it'd be a good time to reread this for the 5th or 6th time. I'm also gearing up for Doctor Sleep which has just finished downloading from my audible library on this beautiful 24th of September in 2013. What can I say about this novel without spoiling it? I've never read a King novel and been disappointed. How's that? The Overlook Hotel seems like a character in itself, if that makes sense. It fascinates and repels at the same time. As far as antagonists go, this hotel was pretty formidable. Oh and one more thing. I've always believed that a certain grinning man in cowboy boots and a denim jacket had a part to play in the origins of the Overlook Hotel. Wherever there's chaos and senseless violence in the Steve King universe, Flagg is never too far behind in my opinion. Just a theory, but worth considering. I only wish King had provided an afterword. It's always fun to go behind the scenes. I'm not one of those people who absolutely has to know where a writer gets his or her ideas. I just enjoy it when an author decides to chat with the reader for a bit about the book in general. Good stuff. But that's Steve King for ya. Now let me at that sequel!
Yes, because it's Star Wars!
I liked the pacing. And I like the fact that I finally get to listen to it complete and unabridged.
Mark nails the voices of course. He sounds very passionate about these stories and he keeps me wanting to listen until the last page. Well I suppose you could use the word page in this case.
I've been waiting for this duology to be released unabridged for such a long time and I'm glad it's here. Well, the first book anyway. My only complaint is that RH Audio didn't give us Vision of The Future on the same day as Specter. Here's hoping RH decides to give us unabridged recordings of the New Jedi Order series next as well as the Young Jedi Knights series. I'm unable to go out and purchase paperbacks due to blindness and it's a joy to be able to read these novels from cover to cover for the first time. I can't wait to see what I missed out on when and if RH decides to tackle the unabridged NJO books. I read this one and compared it with my old Bantom audio cassette abridgement of Specter from 97 and was amazed as to how much was cut out. Trust me, you want this one rather than the 3 hr version. Anthony Heald is and will always be one of my fav narrators in the SW EU but c'mon folks, this one's the whole thing.
Keep showing RH your support by purchasing these unabridged titles, gals and guys of audible. It really means the world to those of us who aren't able to enjoy these older titles the way they were meant to be the first time around. Thanks in advance and may the Force be with all of us.
Learning that another Dark Tower novel was going to be released in 2012 thrilled me to no end. I loved all seven of the books released before this one. I honestly felt like it still wasn't enough. Guess I'm truly a tower junky, as Eddy Dean would undoubtedly say. Well, why not? No fictional setting has captivated me more than Midworld. As for protagonists, Roland has to be my all time favorite. I've missed traveling along the path of the beam with his ka tet so it was wonderful to revisit this story again.
I'm sure there are folks who will tell you that King can't narrate for... well, you know. I think he does a great job when he decides to narrate his own books. It's an honor when an author decides to devote his or her time to reading something. It usually means that they're passionate about a particular story they've written. I've always felt as if King was most passionate about and most proud of his Tower novels. If I'm wrong, well, say sorry. He hasn't narrated an entire book since On Writing, so it was great to listen to him behind the mic again. He transports me into his stories in a way that no other narrator has been able to do sans the late great and sorely missed Frank Muller. King's one heck of a sighted guide when it comes to reading his own works. So because of him, I've seen Midworld in an entirely new light. I've seen it very well and I say thank ya.
The book was far too short. I enjoyed it very much, but I wish King would spin more tales of Roland's younger years. What happened to Rhea, for instance? How did Roland track the old witch down and deal with her one final time? I've been wanting to know since Wizard and Glass. I can't go out and pick up his Marvel Comics Dark Tower prequel series and would absolutely love to experience those on audio in some format or another. They don't make those in braille-- oh Discordia! That's my only complaint about this book. In the words of a certain Dickensian character,"I want some more!" But I suppose that's what a memorable book does. Well it often leaves me wanting seconds, anyway. So here's hoping everyone's favorite Wordslinger isn't done with his Dark Tower series yet. I'll even settle for Cooking With Roland: A Guide to Gunslinger Burritos. Or maybe How To Care For Your BillyBumbler. Or how about Eddy Dean's Best Jokes and Quips?
Anywho, if you liked all the other Dark Tower books, pick this one up. It's just as wonderful. What else can I say without spoiling the book? Go read it, but watch out for Starkblasts!
This book has been hard to come by in audio for years now. I've been a member of national library services for the blind for a decade or so but those books are available only to rent and not to own. So when audiobook readers were treated to a literal onslaught of King books back in 2010, I was thrilled to learn that It was being released on audio to the public for the very first time. I snapped this one up among 6 or 7 others but this one was the first one I read.
Sure I'd read it a number of times before buying it but I never get tired of this story. Some of King's critics will complain about his novels being too terribly lengthy, but that's never bothered me. I always find myself in the grip of a brilliant storyteller from start to finish, and I always feel a bit sad when reaching the end. So don't hesitate to grab this novel due to the length. It is not at all boring. This is one of Kings most suspenseful novels. And if you're looking for a good scare, you won't want to pass this one up.
I love the performance of the narrator. Steven Weber is a wonderful actor. He seems to enjoy playing the villain. Be he Pennywise in this masterpiece or Norman Ozborn in Disney's Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. He's certainly got a voice worthy of narrating a Stephen King novel. I hope he decides to revisit King's universe again in future readings. Although It was quite an undertaking, lasting several thousand print pages, and maybe everyone's favorite evil clown traumatized him too much. But here's hoping readers hear Weber again some day.
As for the book itself, what can I say? It's Stephen King, people! Pennywise the clown was the first King villain I was introduced to as a child in movie form and this monster has certainly withstood the test of time in book form. I won't spoil this epic for those who haven't read it yet, but allow me to say that I don't think first time readers will be disappointed. Give it a go. You'll be glad you did. Just try not to read this close to any drains or sewers, ok? You never know what lurks down there... in the dark.
I loved this book when I had it on cassette in the 90's. The only thing that bugs me about these old recordings is that there are no chapter breaks in books like this, Gerald's Game, or Deloris Clayborn. I'm unsure as to why they decided to edit them out as they are in all of King's future audiobook releases EG the Dark Tower novels, Dreamcatcher, 112263 and others.
But the book was very entertaining and terrifying. I found myself just as fearful of Wilks' moodswings as Paul throughout the story. It's been a while since I read this one-- had this one in my library since 2008 or so, but I seem to remember Wilks described as a force of nature as well as a goddess. Stephen certainly has a way with words and that's exactly the way this constant reader feels about the antagonist. This psycho fangirl is, in my opinion anyway, among King's most memorable antagonists of all time. But Pennywise will always be my favorite. Wilks comes in third place right behind Flagg. Sorry Annie.
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