©1997 Stephen King; (P)2009 Penguin Audio
First of all, be warned, this is an abridged book. I didn't realize that until I bought it. The unabridged version doesn't seem to be available.
The story and characters are good. This is basic King. Not great, not bad. Just good.
Kathy Bates is a superb reader.
As other listeners have pointed out, the sound effects are completely unnecessary, annoying, too long, too loud, inappropriate, and distracting. Several of King's books have been adulterated in this manner and it never works.
Whoever the genius is who thinks such a thing is a good idea shouldn't be allowed to produce audio books.
Stephen King doing what he does best! Kathy Bates doing a fine reading.
Right a review about the poor production value of this audiobook. Kathy Bates was hard to hear and understand in some parts it was so bad. If I were Ms Bates I would be quite upset to take away from her fine performance like that.
They added quite a bit of sound effects snd music to this audio book. It had no rhyme or reason and went on painfully ad nauseum at times. It became quite distractive and I began to wonder if some wannabe movie director got hold of a synthesizer for the first time. If I want cheesy haunted house sound effects I would have watched the movie.
This production deserves a 4 to 5. However, I have a major problem with the director or whomever allows the teeth-biting, horrible, sound effects that occur about 3 times per hour, usually to signal a new chapter.
This wall of noise is so loud and obnoxious, I had to reach up and pull my earbuds out, the quickest way to cut sound.
This electronic noise was so loud it was painful, and my hearing isn't that good.
I have about 300 audible books, and this will be the second one that I will probably call Audible and ask for my money back.
And to all of you producers out there who allow this kind of thing, and there are far too many of you.....make sure that if you put in music or some kind of sound , it is music and not noise, and don't make it louder than the voices being read.
The SOUND OR MUSIC SHOULD ADD TO THE BOOK, NOT YANK THE READER AWAY FROM IT.
By the way, the story is excellent, and the Reader is fantastic.
Kathy Bates' narration makes me forgive this for being an abridged work. I didn't realize it was abridged when I bought it and likely would not have bothered if I had. I am glad I made the error.
Aside from being abridged this is not one of King's stronger works but is clearly King and strong enough when not compared against some of his greater works. It deals with the familiar themes of good vs. mindless evil though in this case it is more clearly a case of a god touched child (a la The Shining) vs. that evil than some of his other works.
What elevates this is the excellent use of music and chilling sound FX coupled with Kathy Bates' masterful narration. If you're a King fan and haven't experienced this title before you could do far worse than spending roughly eight hours with these characters and Bates' deft narration.
Father,Husband,Photographer,Book Fiend. 1st Audiobook was 1776 byDavid McCullough;listened while putting up Xmas lights in snowstorm-Hooked!
Classic King-Kathy Bates does a superb job on the narration.
This is a neat story and Kathy Bates does an excellent job narrating it! I enjoyed this much more than the movie.
I'm a big SK fan so it is strange to write an unfavorable review. If I changed everything I disliked about this book, it wouldn't be this book anymore. Too slow, too religious, too confusing. The confusion is partly because it is an audiobook with strange names/words and partly because I lost interest and quit listening intently.
I am currently listening to "Dad is Fat" by Jim Gaffigan.
Collie Entragian. It's hard to objectively review the narrator when I disliked the content so much.
Kathy Bates was spectacular
great story line,,,,,,Stephen king has no rivals
She could make Mickey Mouse sound scary
Hipster by trade
Maybe. I can't tell if the extra sounds and music distracted me more than all the weird voices.
The music and sounds in between chapters was miserable. I couldn't hear half the words because of it. And it destroyed the flow of the audiobook. Please don't ever do that again.
This book actually boiled down to a very simple case of good and evil. There were parts of it that gave me chills. It helped renew my faith a little bit. I really enjoyed this book.
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