©1991 Viking Penguin; (P)1991 Penguin HighBridge Audio
Nothing will ever compare to the written word. but this is an excelent performance.
Leland Gaunt is by far one of the most memorable characters.
Professional Escapist and Self-Help Junkie. I have a background in the classics, but a love for fantasy, horror and science fiction
Uncle Stevie was weaving his manic magic this one! This is a special treat to the lovers of Ka and all it's little connections in time and place. The performance was top notch and kept the headphones glued to my ears!
Lots of the reviews bash the music this story has. I must say it is a little weird, but isn't that what we love about King. Its odd, but it actually enhances the creepy feel of the story at times. If the reviews about the music are keeping you from getting this, go ahead and buy it... it does not take anything away from the story. It actually adds to it. Also, king has an unusual voice but it grows on you very quickly. I wish he narrated all of his stories, he is much better than the pretentious over-acted narrators of many audio books.
I think this is a great story and enjoyed hearing King tell his own tale. I find it to be such a treat to listen to the author, the emphasis and cadence as a life long Main resident gives his Castle Rock characters added depth. Is King an actor? No! Is he a professional narrator? No... but he does a great job at bringing the voices to his own characters. Look forward to hearing King read more of his books.
Physician and busy mom of three in Northern California.
I love Stephen King's books but honestly his narration is so awful I cannot even listen to this. I can't fairly evaluate the story or give an overall because I have not listened to the whole thing. I am guessing that is great. will read the book in paper form or ebook and get back on that.
Change the narrator!
Unfortunately a good narration requires a beautiful voice and lots of acting, neither of which are talents of King's. He remains, however, one of my favorite writers.
Please please please do it again with a new narrator.
Absolutely, I would recommend this audiobook. I've read the print version, but I enjoy listening to the story. It puts a different light on the story.
This book in dark and twisty - just the way it should be.
I loved hearing what he probably heard in his head as he wrote the book.
For me it's a three-way tie for Brian, Polly, and Mr. Gaunt. All the characters in this book are wonderfully formed, but they just stick in my brain. It's been months and it's almost like they are real people I used to know.
I love Mr King's stories and this is no exception. I've listened to them all more than once, and that was after reading the paper books.
I've lived in the Oregon versions of his small towns and feel right at home, right down to the town names. I recognize the people and the attitudes.
I absolutely love the musical components. They fit so very well.
I love to listen to books but I don't like short little books so anything under 10 hours thumbs down :)
This book has a very interesting concept for a story. The reason I like reading Stephen King you never get bored by some mundane plot.
I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
Needful Things is a strong read - performed by the author himself! As with many of his other books, Mr. King presents a melancholy story in which he showcases exactly how far people will go to claim something they feel should be theirs. Mr. King is not necessarily an excellent narrator - but he does a passable job (at least he's not Simon Vance). The story itself revolves around the enigmatic Leland Gaunt and his shop Needful Things. As this is "the last Castle Rock story" (though there was an epilogue of sorts later) expect bad things to happen, but the journey itself is an interesting one.
Overall, this is a good read and well worth the time investment. There is also a nifty little shout-out to fans of the Cthulhu mythos included in the book. See if you can find it!
Something that didn't include irrational killing of innocent animals
King's performance is never as good as those of professional readers. He lacks the depth needed. Great writer, but lousy reader.
King is a fascinating writer, but sometimes he steps over boundaries for readers who don't want to deal with murder, especially killing of innocent animals that serve only to paint a darker picture of a story..
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