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Oh. My. Goodness. This three-hour audio punched me in the face and I loved it. This is the Stephen King that makes your knees buckle from the horror, and I was victim to it. Good gracious. Reeling, I am.
The Breathing Method is the final story in the collection by Stephen King, entitled Different Seasons. It is released separately in audio, and is under 3 hours.
Gathering in an unofficial club, gentleman share stories of their lives and experiences. One evening, a doctor tells a story of a young patient from many years before, who was extremely determined to give birth to her baby, no matter what. And while the doctor has a sense of foreboding about the upcoming event, he isn't quite sure what will happen. After all, the young mother is healthy, smart, and dedicated to planning and doing everything correctly, including following his advice on the appropriate breathing that must be done to help with labor.
This is the Stephen King many are familiar with. Horror through and through. Each moment is written in that simple and genuine way only King can do, and it was difficult to hit the stop button. Thankfully, as total audio time is less than 3 hours, it was a snap to listen to in one sitting.
But be warned. This is NOT for the faint of heart, especially with one scene. *shudders*
The narrator is Frank Muller and he. is. DIVINE. I could spend a lot of white space here scribbling about how incredible he was in all capital letters, but that might be a bit much. But, it's true. Yet another man's voice that will not put me to sleep. Thank goodness. Frank Muller, you are my new best friend, sir. I am anxious, ready for the next audio to listen to with you at the helm!
There's not much more I can say except that I would encourage you to listen to the audio version versus reading it, simply because Frank Muller perfectly captures the unsettled and shaky sense of the events. He keeps it suspenseful, brings you to the edge with his emotion, and you are ultimately left a bit dazed.
I am not a fan of every King book, but this one, originally found in the compilation, "Different Seasons", made quite an impression on me years ago, when I read it the "old fashioned" way. I was thrilled to find it in audio format, and Frank Muller's narration is amazing!!! He makes the listener feel as though he/she is part of the story, experiencing it firsthand. I felt as though he was sitting right in my living room reading to me. Mr. Muller makes the entire experience a wonderfully personal, visceral, special experience!!
This is good, old-fashioned SK at his best. Great story and great narration.
Frank Muller really pulls you into the story and makes you feel as if you are a part. This is one of those shorts you can listen to many times.
Haven't done a King in years but this has me back in the fold. Muller is top notch in his telling of this tale.
I read the short story
No, but I'll look for him now.
For Stephen King, a great way to tease a lost fan back into the fold. Already downloaded his latest.
I wish I could give this story ten stars! Masterful, suspenseful story telling. The man knows how to put words together!
I love Stephen King's sick twisted humor so I really enjoyed this story. It is nice that it is a short story and resists the usual over-development of settings and characters that is King's defining characteristic! Don't get me wrong though, I LOVE most of his stories.
The story was very intriguing but the performance was right on point for the type of setting the story took place.
I think this was the first performance I've heard from Frank Muller but it will certainly not be my last.
This story and performance transported you to another place & time where you held your breath and wondered "Is this the breathing method?" I only wish there were more series to this.
A consummate bibliophile who is ecstatic to have found a way to turn a 70 mile commute into an enjoyable activity. I tend to forget to allow myself the indulgence of taking time for reading strictly for pleasure. With Audible, I can hear all the great stories that I have been wanting to read but I can't seem to find the time to these days.
Narrarator's voice was very rich and full. His vocal performance conveyed a wide range of emotion and set the tone for the mood of the story,in a way that amplified the drama of the plot. He did an excellent job of harnessing the listener's imagination.
My audible app kept crashing so I downloaded a version of the story that was not as good in terms of sound quality. I thought it would not really effect my enjoyment, but it did.
It was perfect.
I would say that within the confines of such a short story, Mr King excellently sets the backdrop for the main story and then artfully and masterfully manages to tell the story within the story that is just as vivid in description as the first.Because of the foreshadowing at the end the club itself seemed to grow into a character of its own. Stephens (Stevens) was the character that understandably left me with the most questions wanting answers. The mystery that enshrouded him at the story's end had me wanting to hear more of the extra-dimensional nature of his life at the men's club . I was left wondering just what he was experiencing, once everyone left the club at night. Where did he come from? and where did he go?
I read Different Seasons, the book in which this novella was published, as a 13 year-old girl and I did not remember this story at all. It was the year "Stand By Me" (The Body) was released as a movie back in an era when they didn't ask every kid seeking entrance to "R "rated movies for ID. This story is told with no less a vivid detail than "Apt Pupil"(also contained in different seasons). "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" also became an instant favorite of mine back then. Years later, when that story was made into a movie, I was pleased to see a "non- horror story" of Mr King's break out as a success. I remember those companion stories of Breathing Method exceedingly well. So I was very surprised to hear that this story was in that collection. I found it odd that this story had left no lasting thumbprint of its memory indelibly etched on my psyche when I read it, By contrast, the presence of the experience of having listened to this audiobook is sure to last in my mind's eye for a long long time to come.
One of the best.
Stephen King can get drawn out, he is very wordy at times. This shorter format, however, is absolutely perfect. He has a great imagination, producing interesting stories and characters. Without having the room to get overly detailed, The Breathing Method is about as good as it gets! Highly recommended.
This is an amazing book. Frank's naration is fantastic. I was with him the whole time, he drew me in and held me there, by his side, through it all. Thank you Stephen and thank you Frank.
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