©1997 Stephen King; (P)2008 Penguin
Very disappointed that I inadvertently bought an abridged book. Regret this purchase. Don't recommend it.
Scientist, artisan, anachronism
The regulators – this book is beyond a simple reading, this book is a listening experience.
First the narrator is outstanding. She breathes life into the story, rather than just read it. She catches the nuance of a scene or sentence and communicates them in sound. She knows when to slow, enunciate, give a lighthearted tone or a weary whisper. The characters are stern or funny, old or young, as they should be, by her reading.
Then the sound effects. I have seen this can be a touchy subject. I like the sound effects. Ii think the sounds add a lot to the vibe. The eerie wind, the swell of the keyboard sinisterly moaning from the low end of the sound spectrum, the howl of the creatures that are coming towards you… the sounds just breathe life into the story. In this version the sound effects are occasional. They are in between the chapters and they come up at times during the reading to spice up the scene. They are not here all of the time or even most of they time, they just show up here and there. I truly believe that the overall story is enhanced and improved by the effects.
Then about the story, well, it is Stephen king: there are marvelous happenings, creepy people and scary creatures. What did you expect?
This was a pretty good story and the narration was nice enough. It wasn't my favorite by SK but it was definitely worth my credit. I did not realize until after listening for a little while that this story is tied to Desperation. I wasn't a huge fan of that one either but both stories are worth the listen. Of the two, I think this one is best.
54, father of 3, plant manager, love football, golf, reading: action, sci-fi, non-fiction, thrillers, etc.
One of the lesser King books, but still good. A story that keeps moving.
The imagination to turn a neighborhood into a war zone for an afternoon.
Being a guy, I usually do not like female narrators, but she did great.
Shootout in your neighborhood.
It's an great story that ties into many others
It goes with the dark tower seareas better then hobbit and any other
The King has done it again!! Fantastic narrator, King is the "KING" of Thrillers!! AMEN
This book was hard to follow, it's obvious that important parts were left out. Found it hard to follow and get into.
Lots of action.
The setting of "Poplar Street" was so descriptive. The way it started with the paperboy zig-zagging from house to house on his bike set the scene very nicely. You got to know the people on the block almost instantly.
No, but she is good. Her ability to get dramatic is awesome. She also drops a little nugget towards the end when she sings quite well.
Seth (the autistic boy). At first he seems like a pain in the butt burden for Audrey (his aunt). However, as the story progresses you can see a loving child with a brilliant, if not genius mind.
I enjoyed this King thriller quite a bit and didn't want my adventure on Poplar Street to end!
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