It was good for what it was. A story within a story within a story.
He is a very flat reader. I never felt like he was portraying the character's emotions properly. If you have listened to a good narrator then you almost cringe when listening to King read.
It could be followed up with another book. It would be interesting to learn more about the young boy's life outside of his small town.
Overall it wasn't a bad story. Once it actually got to the main part of the book I enjoyed it a great deal. I could have done without the beginning with Roland and gang and just started this book from where the main story was knowing it was based in the Dark Tower universe. This could have been book 1.5 or 5.5. The placing of this book in a chronological place in reference to the main dark tower series is irrelevant really. He could have had Roland sitting by a camp fire at the end of book 1 and him just remembering this story and it would have been the same for me as spending an hour listening to Roland and the Katet make their way to a shelter and then having Roland tell the story. But then again I'm not an author. King does a good job and I'm a big fan.
It's by far the best Audibook I've listened too. It's the only one I've wanted to listen to again, which I will after I finish my current book.
The interactions with Ozwald stand out to me as some of the more memorable moments. I felt like I was getting to know one of the most infamous people in American history.
George Amberson was a great character for me. He was so believable and it was a joy seeing his journey from the guy teaching GED classes for extra money to the guy trying to save one of the most loved presidents in our nation's history.
This book will you make you feel many emotions. The whole "what if" scenario this book creates keeps your mind wondering the whole time where King is going to take this. I really didn't want this book to end.
Hands down a great book. Even if your aren't a fan of King's past work this book is worth a try. This isn't your typical King book filled with horror. This book almost fills like a stroll though history than a typical King book. You get to know the characters so well that you are saddened when anything negative happens to them.
A great narrator goes a long way in making a book truly enjoyable. A great narrator can turn an average book into an awesome experience. This book isn't average by any means. I'm only making a starement.
Outside of the plague scenario this boils down to your classic good vs evil. In that sense you could compare this book to a lot of other books out there.
I have listened to a few other books by Mr. Gardner and he is truly a joy to listen too. I was excited to see that he was the narrator for this when I bought it.
I would have loved too, but who is physically able to listen to a book this long in one sitting. I listen to books about 3-4 hours a day and it took me around a month to complete.
Great story telling by King and great narration by Gardner. The only real negative I have was the resolution of the main battle. Seemed a bit anti climatic. Not a lot, but a little.
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