©1998 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)1998 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved
"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)
Stephen King evidently loves this book, and his tempo, emphasis and mix of music, sound effects, really brought this to life. As the author his insight to the story elements made his standard delivery that much more exciting.
I love it when the author is the one narrating the book. That is especially true when that author is Stephen King! He has a great voice to begin with, but when you put these characters from Maine into his mouth, they come alive in a way that you can really count on someone who's spent most of his life in Maine to do it. As with most Stephen King stories, there's a point where a person is smarter than I think the details of the story should allow, but all in all, this is an interesting book with a nice supernatural tie-in as well as (as always) new insights into the writer's world that King has managed to avoid including in any of his many, earlier novels that include writers. Unlike some of his better novels, however, when all is said and done, a year later, I have vivid images of many of the scenes of the novel, but cannot remember certain key elements of the story. There's a certain amount of complexity to this story that goes beyond stories like "The Cell" and even tomes like "The Stand". I always love what King does or tries to do, however, because he's so unafraid to try anything he dreams up. In this story, he touches on single parenthood and race relations with deftness and sensitivity.
I simply love his voice and the Maine accents!
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I'm a Stephen King fan, but this one didn't work for me. As someone who numbers many of his books as some of my top 50 favs (ie, Desperation, The Stand), I couldn't imagine how I missed this earlier book so I bought it, and was so excited. Over 21 hrs. with one of my favorite authors, and to top it off, HE narrates...how wonderful! To my dismay, it wasn't wonderful. And it came to me a couple of hours into it how I'd missed it in the first place. I'd tried to read it years ago and finally gave up out of boredom. It doesn't go anywhere forever, and when it finally does get moving, it's not worth the journey.
As for the narration, if you can stand 21-1/2 hrs. of Stephen King's congested adenoids ("please" comes out puhl-neeze, for example) AND mediocre story, then you're more patient than I, and more power to you. Personally, I'd rather have the 21 hrs. back of my life I gave up for this book.
I do plan on listening to this book again. I enjoyed how the interwoven threads made for an interesting tapestry of a book. It kept my attention.
Jo because she shows the power of love doesn't end with death, but lives on.
I enjoyed King narrating as the author he can place the emphasis on the words/scenes he felt were most important.
I was disappointed that it seems he has sold out to add gratuitously explicit sex scenes in the book. I don't see how his graphic descriptions of his dreams of Mattie added to the story line and felt it was a lessening of his style.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
I can't believe how many positive reviews this book has. It's one thing for a book to drag.. but this was criminal! How can this get by an editor? All I could do is fantasize on having king in front of me listening as I read through the endless, interminable "top of the driveway segment- watching his face turn red with shame and embarrassment as the hours rolled by. I wonder what was going on with him when he was writing this, drugs?, booze?, I've read alot of king and enjoyed much of his stuff immensely, but this book makes me wary of blindly putting down time and credits for his work. Now kings writing scares the hell out of me for a different reason. He is a remarkably talented writer but he's inconsistent and I often wonder how much he really cares about the end product beyond sales. 11/22/63 was a revelation and I hoped it signaled a new matured era for his writing (not to imply he goes all falkonery) but it seems quantity over quality is still his focus. Joyland was a big disappointment for me. The same old (very old) done to death storyline- like something thrown out there to fulfill his contract... Doctor sleep on the other hand at least seemed to be a book he put his back into, even so I don't think he has yet to exercise all his powers/ talent and I know there are alot of readers like me who wait and wonder when or if he will ever really strive to write something that utilizes his untapped full potential.
addicting! addicting! addicting!
honestly The Shining comes to mind. mainly because the house is alive in both and the way the characters relate and experience the ghosts.
everything! bravo Mr. King! your narration brought the story to life! plus I loved the background music that helped you feel the moment.
I think most will say when madie (not sure if that's how it's spelled in the book) dies. which is very moving, but for me it was when Joe's true intentions where revealed. when he realized every move he made his entire life hasn't really been his own. I felt that.
omg! LOVED! LOVED! LOVED! this book! this will definitely be a re-read! as always Stephen King delivers!
I know his wife died and he has writers block, but after 3 hours of listening, that's all I know. Can't believe Stephen King wrote and read this trash.
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.
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