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"The witty and obsessive voice of King's powerful imagination." (Amy Tan)
"What King lacks in professional polish he makes up for with an infectious enthusiasm that will lock in listeners for the long haul." (Publishers Weekly)
I've never physically read this book. I've seen the movie, but it was like they weren't the same. I remember the movie, but the book for me was better.
I didn't think King is the best narrator, but I do think that he gave the characters and scenes just the right touch.
I enjoyed this story a lot. Stephen King does an excellent job of narrating. I like the fact that he didn't try to overact the story or go crazy with a lot of different voices.. He knows his characters, how they feel, what they think. He did a great job.
This is my first Stephen King novel, I got it because it's recommended by my cousin. I enjoyed most of it, the sound effects are kinda distracting, I didn't enjoy the singing so much. I can see why Mr. King is a best seller, his writing has a lot of depth and it makes you think. But it's not a memorable one, it's the kind of book that's purely for entertaining, it's not something that sticks with you, keep you thinking months afterward. As the matter of fact, I had forgotten that I read it until I came across it to review. I haven't read any of his other books so I can't compare. But I can imagine that someone will enjoy this one very much if you like his other ones. He does a good job narrating it too, while not a professional, he captures the essence of the book very well.
TOP 3 for sure.
The Maine landscape and social aspect of the story is very believable. Its sexy in all the right places!
This is the first King Narrated book I have listened to.
No, it was fun to take it a piece at a time. Its way too much story to get all in one sitting. "Living with the characters" for several days was enjoyable.
Thanks Steve (King) for supporting audio books. The work and production effort is well worth it! You are the Maestro for all aspiring writers to study.
Title did not match story. Read poorly.
Accomplished reader and less vulgarity.
Anger that I waisted a credit and disappointment with the book as a whole.
Writer's block sucks
I've listened to this book through twice now since I bought it a year ago and I seem to notice a lot of great little details about the audio each time. The first time I was (obviously) more focused on the story, second time around though I took the time to notice some of ther other details. In addition to the narration, music is also added, including a female singer (with a wonderful jazz voice) singing the lyrics for Sara Tidwell as well, I hadn't picked up on this the first time and nearly jumped out of my skin when I heard it, one of the characters needs an oxygen mask and the sound of his breathing is even added in the background when he enters the scene. It scared the hell out of me when I noticed it. It was a great touch and really pulled you into the story.
I think his performance as Mike Noonan the narrator of the story was sensational, he's obviously very in touch with this character and is able to make all his thoughts and intentions understood perfectly.
Anytime Noonan is talking about his wife or forshadowing some of the events to the book's climax. His tone of voice was both ominous and emotional.
If you like Stephen King's works - or horror novels about writers and haunted lakes - this is a book for you!
I would as it was a great story even if it was long I enjoyed every moment of it. A little bit something different from Stephen King, a ghostly love story.
They way it played out, it kept you guessing and I could not wait to hear what happened next.
I liked it everything, he tells it how it should be told.
They already made a movie I think
"If 'tis a sin, I don't give a Fiddler's fart!" -Frank McCourt.
What can I say about this book whitout being mean?
I'm a huge Stephen King fan don't get me wrong, but this book is a MAJOR downer. This one is so boring it couldn't keep me interested. On several accasions I dozed off, which made it even more confusing...
Also, I strongly think that Stephen King should stick to what he does best which is writing, and leave the narrator business to the professionals.
The whole thing was just depressing, boring, and dry.
Absolutely. I loved this book. I am sure there are things I have missed listening to this book, as there are always interruptions, and old faltering brain cells at work.
He knew the characters and made sure you did as well. Great listen.
I couldn't believe he would leave the child alone in the house and go to the studio. Seemed totally out of character. Ticked me right off.
Couldn't wait to phone the readers in my family. 2 of them are avid listeners to audio books, and we can have a great chat at Christmas over this book. Loved it.
I loved hearing this story as Stephen King tells it. I love it when authors narrate their own works, it gives such soul to the story.
The twist at the end, after the storm.
The earnest way he told all of it, with making it too dramatic because the story was enough to keep me listening.
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