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Absolutely I have read many Stephen King books & listened to some to one he read 'Bag of Bones' & loved it, I listen to lots of books I have read & enjoyed over the years but I occasionally come across 1 I just can't get into. This was one of those
Ive already had lots since this & I'd love to listen to "The Stand" but for some reason I can't get it in Australia
Mainly disappointment. This should have been a book I enjoyed
This is one of my favourite SK books. 4 friends do a brave, kind deed, defending a intellectually disabled boy being bullied. They become a tight group, complete with their own sayings and shared experiences. They grow up and it appears some bad s**t was coming their way and they need to deal with it. There's no religion in this one, some magic but not to the extent it can go in a SK novel. It's about a group of friends. It's about growing up together. It's about the possible end of the world. It's not too slow, no punches are pulled. The disabled guy is enabling and able - a nice change to many books if they even appear at all. Listen to it!
"A King Classic"
No other author seems capable of merging horror, sci-fi and tales of ordinary folk as masterfully as Stephen King. If you have seen the film but not read the book (or listened to it) then I recomend that you do so today. You will not be dissapointed.
"The world is in grave peril ..."
A tricky plot based around schoolboy friends who are the only ones who can save humankind from an alien invasion. Yet another un put downable from the master.
"My favourite of all kings books!"
king at his very best is almost impossible to beat. Just the right mixture of imagination, horror and humour. Unmissable!
"Stephen's Sickening, Sentimental, Sci-fi Schlock"
Once you get over how many words are devoted to vivid descriptions of bottoms and foul smells coming out of them, then you've got an interesting and entertaining story about aliens, psychic powers, car chases and the kind of characters that you would expect from a Stephen King story. The descriptions of what the aliens are (or, at least, what the characters think they are) and the escalation of events from "trip to a cabin" to "an alien virus could destroy the world" were both great, even if the plot does run out of the steam by the end.
Colonel Kurtz. He was too ridiculously evil to hate and I thought that he had all the best dialogue.
I knew him as an actor in a couple of different things and he was a great narrator. He managed to handle some pretty ludicrous text and kept the story flowing really, really well. He also gave every character an identifiable voice, but didn't overdo any of the accents (which was a very good thing when it came to all of Duddits' dialogue).
Yes, I'll admit that most of the parts with Duddits tugged at my heartstrings. A bit. A tiny bit. I also laughed far too much at how THE POWER OF BACON saves the day at one point.
I was disappointed by how predictable the last couple of chapters were. Once it got to a certain point in the story I guessed pretty much exactly what was going to happen and then it was just a matter of listening to the end (although, there was some interesting dialogue in the epilogue).
"Struggled at times with this read"
This started off a very exciting read and largely remained so. However I did struggle at times to keep in with the whole concept of what was happening - which may say more about me than the book perhaps!! It was chilling and gruesome as well as heartwarming and a show of true friendship. If you like something a little different with the sci-fi element then this is for you.
"brilliant king as always"
loved it as with all stephen kings ive listened to but this one lost me at times, it jumped forward and back a few times, which when listening with children in the background can get confusing. but on a whole a fantastic story of friendship and the connection a special group of people can have, also a creative different spin on 'other life forms'.
"Completely engulfing. . . An unequivocal master"
Completely engulfing. . . An unequivocal master with the overwhelming ability to take your mind through a smooth roller coaster of a pickle of genres. . . Narrated beautifully, encapsulating the inner essence and personality of every character with deep intensity and gentle purity.
not read king for a while enjoyed this one
going for another one
I am a newcomer to the work of Stephen King by way of a gift to Audible Books a year ago. In that year I have read nothing but King... from other sources too. The books have made me laugh nervously with the horror of his graphic discription and The Dreamcatcher lived up to that in bucket loads.! The narrator was brilliant (as is usual) and I only prefer The Stand to this book. Yhanks Mr King.
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