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This book was classic Stephen King. I like listening to him read his books, but whomever was responsible for adding the music to this audiobook should be fired. The music is so loud in some parts that it's hard to hear what is being said. It adds absolutely nothing to the experience and detracts from an otherwise great audiobook.
I really enjoyed this book quite a bit, and, unlike some others, really enjoy King's narration. He has a very distinctive voice that sets himself apart from other narrators. My problem, however, was the addition of these strange 'music' additions to the story. Every so often this odd, '80s electronic keyboard music would begin playing. It struck me as very out of place and several times made it a little hard to hear the story.
This book was a hard listen at first. I actually put it down about a quarter of the way through to read another book. I then came back to it. Surprisingly, as soon as I picked it up again, I became entrenched into it. It's not one of King's best, but it is an interesting story. I personally think he does a fantastic job at narrating his own book. Yeah his voice is a little weird, but so are his stories...
I can't believe the only two written reviews are negative. This book is exactly what I've come to expect from Stephen King over the years: a meandering path through a spine tingling story with an ending that leaves only enough to the imagination to keep you thinking about it.
Mr. King's narration may not be as stellar as Mr. Gaiman's narration of his own works, but most professional narrators aren't as good as Mr. Gaiman. Mr. King is definitely better than most authors who attempt to read their own stuff, and I quite enjoy it. I think he's actually better than many narrators, but everyone has their favorites. I prefer his narration of Bag of Bones to Needful Things, but this one is solid.
Listen to the sample. If you enjoy Stephen King's novels, don't miss this one!
I can't believe the bad reviews this audiobook got until now. The story is nothing less than superb and the narration is first-rate too. I know that sometimes the author is not a good narrator of his or her own work, but this is not the case here. For sure one of his best works with a lot of intriguing characters and a lot of action for sure. If you fancy a small-town spooky story this is the one to go!
The producers of this story chose to use some of the most glaring and inappropriate music for events that were occurring in the plot. For example, during the fight between Wilma Jerczic (sp?) and Nettie Cobb, the music sounded as gay and lively as a calliope. It was absurd given the gruesome tone and nature of the event in the story.
They likewise chose very inappropriate music for several other key plot points, disturbing the mood of the story and making it seem as if the whole thing was some big joke.
So - Story OK for S. King, not the best and not the worst.
Narrator - S.K. himself, doing a good job.
Music accompaniment - AWFUL.
I liked this book. It has a nice mix of good people type characters, flawed characters and some not so nice folks. I loved the narration and wish all Mr. King's books were narrated by him. It's like spending time with an old friend.
Another Great book from Mr. King. The only think keeping me from giving this 5 stars is the naration could be better.
Anyone with narrating experience.
I love Stephen King, but he is a terrible narrator. I can't get through this.
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