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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)
This story started out slow, I wasn't sure what the plot was supposed to be but after a few chapters it slowly unraveled to become a mysterious supernatural story. Well worth a listen.
If you enjoy being scared, especially by mundane occurances, ie, a trip into the basement, then you will love this story. No understands the simple things that can freighten like Stephen King. If there exists an achetype for fear in the collective unconscious of humanity, then King has tapped into those forces. His narration of this story is perfection. I have listened to many of his audiobooks and thus far this is my favorite.
This book was so boring it was putting me to sleep while driving.
I can't speak for the second half of the book cause I could only stand to listen to the first half. Close to the worst book I've read or listened to.
I read this book years ago and loved it. Listening to it read by Steven King makes it even better. It's many stories in one; revenge, ghost, mystery and love.
This was a very good story, classic King. Lots of plot twists and surprises. Be forewarned there is a little more foul language than I care for or feel is really needed. King's getting more foul mouthed and Koontz is cleaning his up. For example read the Odd Thomas series.
I like SK, especially his science fiction and fantasy. I adored The Stand and rather liked the Dark Tower series. This story didn't do much for me. I downloaded it based on the great reviews, managed to get through the whole thing and was a bit disgusted in the end. I suggest you pass on this one, there is better SK out there.
I loved listening to this book about as much as King clearly loved writing it. Don't miss the "bonus" interview with King at the end. There seems to be a little something extra added when King reads his own work, the dialect, the inflections, the "yankee" accents. My only complaint is that Audible does not carry the entire King library of work as I would dearly love to listen to "Misery" in English, rather than the offered Spanish. The possiblity of hearing King vocalizing "Dirty Birdy" would be worth the cost alone. But I digress....
"Brilliant! - King at his best."
I love this book. Stephen King has a wonderful knack of slowly shifting you from the real world to the surreal in a manner that you don't know it's happening until it's too late. This book does all that and more. Read by the author himself - you hear the story exactly as he wants to tell it - it's an unmissable treat.
I have been an avid audio book fan for over two years now and for an audio book to be enjoyable it is imperative that the narrator is good. Believe me - Stephen King is a great narrator. When I am reviewing books I don't like to talk much about the plot as I don't like to give the game away, so I just want to say that IMHO this book was just made for audio and comes across in this format much better than it did in print.
The book is full of snippets of music (which really add to the eerie ambience of the story), and the number of literary references within the tale is stunning.
The interview with Stephen King at the end of the book is very, very interesting. I note that audible sells this interview. Don't bother buying that - buy this instead and hear the master at work. I only wish Stephen King narrated all his own books.
Even if you are not a Stephen King fan - (which I was not), this book is well worth anyone's audio credit.
1. Amazing quality.
2. Stephen King is brilliant at narrating his own work
3. The music that is added is superb in creating atmosphere.
It is more than an audio book it is an experience.
Tremendous - you won't regret buying this...........a pity he hasn't narrated all his own books.
An excellent production.
"Not my normal reading - But excellent"
I've always had this thing about Stephen King; having never read one of his books and only knowing his work from film. I believed he wasn't my cup of tea but I have to say I really enjoyed this audiobook. I found the music a bit off-putting and the authors voice a little monotone but the story moves along at a fair pace, having a two hour each way commute the time was eaten up and I found myself sitting in the car listening even after reaching home.
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