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The Eyes of the Dragon | [Stephen King]

The Eyes of the Dragon

A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.
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Publisher's Summary

The number-one New York Times best seller - the prelude to the classic Dark Tower series.

A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.

©2010 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin

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    Katya A new york 01-07-13
    Katya A new york 01-07-13
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    "Great fantasy story"

    Very different from other King books, The Eyes of the Dragon is a fantasy story. It has all the ingredients for the fairy tale - kings, queens, castles, dragons, honor, deceit and very, very evil villain.
    Bronson Pinchot does an excellent job narrating it (especially Flagg voice) and audio mastering is pretty good too.
    I'd highly recommend this book if you're in the mood for a good fantasy read by a good narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-27-12 Member Since 2015

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Fun, light read, but had narration problems"

    This is a simple, fun story--not a lot of substance, but still professionally constructed.

    I am generally impressed by Stephen King's range of subject matter--but even knowing how versatile he is, this book surprised me. Had his name not been on the cover, I never would have guessed that he wrote it.

    The ending was satisfying, if somewhat simple... but I consider that a win, as my foremost criticism of King is that often his endings are terrible, and he frequently ruins his stories with finales that aren't worthy of the rest of the story. But, not this time.

    My only major criticism of the audiobook is the narration. Pinchot actually did a fine job with most of his voice acting. Unfortunately, whoever was editing his sound levels was grossly incompetent. Pretty much every line of dialog spoken by the antagonist is whispered so softly that is completely inaudible!

    It was almost enough to ruin the entire experience... almost.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 07-27-12
    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 07-27-12 Member Since 2010

    audiobookaholic

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    "The Hand of a Master"

    I cannot believe I was such a snob about Stephen King for so many years. If he's that popular, how can he be any good?

    What do I know?

    Now, I devour his books. Even the monstrously long and mixed-review variety, like 11-22-63. This is a master storyteller, who can weave a yarn out of any material. Medieval? No problem. Wild West? Been there, done that. Historical fiction? Why not.

    Literate, funny, gross, profound, quirky, insightful, profane, spiritual. All in service of the story. Isn't that why we read? For a good story?

    King has delivered yet another fantastic story in the Eye of the Dragon. This tale of two brothers, regicide, and possible patricide in a vaguely Anglo kingdom in some indefinite past century is full of humor, pathos, moral struggle, and the ultimate triumph of the good. Complete with evil wizard/sorcerer/magician.

    Well worth your time, and Bronson Pinchot delivers sparkling narration - the kind that makes the reader disappear, and the story emerge with crystal clarity.

    Read on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D corona, ca United States 03-31-11
    D corona, ca United States 03-31-11 Member Since 2015

    I read, I write; I listen

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    "Not the Dark Tower!"

    This story was written by Stephen King and read like a childrens bedtime story; and that's fine if that was how it was intended.But the "The Eye of the Dragon" was billed as the prelude to "The Dark Tower" series. This story has about as much in common with the Dark Tower as powder puff football has to the NFL. Yes there are some characters that share the same names and we learn more about Flagg , and it is set in Delain but not much else . I would have liked to hear how the late great Frank Muller would have read it; woudl have been much better.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Missye Gettysburg, PA, United States 10-15-10
    Missye Gettysburg, PA, United States 10-15-10
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    "Not What I Was Expecting"

    I'd read this book first in 1989 and fell in love with it from the first page. Naturally I thought the narration of this story I'd fallen fast and hard for in print would've worked magic on me in a great listen.


    It didn't. I'm disappointed.


    What I Loved/Adored Most: the fantasy/otherworldly angle the story held. It's a storyteller's story, one of "The Princess Bride" or "Dragonheart" caliber, and I loved the ever-present good-versus evil this tale spun. Bronson Pinchot did a fantastic job with voice characterization, and how the villain's speaking lines came across was a delicious, unexpected surprise as were the General Judeg's butler's characterization, too. Put me in mind of his Balki role of "Perfect Strangers," and it made me smile.


    What I Thought So-So: Pinchot's narration was an 'eh . . " for me here. Some books just aren't a fit for the narrators, others are a natural match. The first half his reading came across too fast and breaks at chapter closes weren't long enough for a decent pause, He seemed more relaxed into his task in the book's second half, though. The story's execution also came up short in too much backstory on the King & Queen and not enough time, I thought, spent a bit more on the prisoner in the Needle cell spent his waking hours.


    What Was Poor: there's no sequel for this, the ending lackluster, average writing execution and repeated words--"flabbergasted," "HADs," adverb over-reliance-- and we don't know if King Peter ever married and had children during his tenure. Pinchot's narration could've fared far better on the whole.


    All in all, three stars. It's one of those books you'll either be sorry in spending the credit on or it won't be. Had I known before purchase--since the audio sample was NOT WORKING to hear it prior to order!!! *grrr*---I'd've spent the credit on something else.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Lawrenceville, PA, USA 07-08-10
    Rick Lawrenceville, PA, USA 07-08-10
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    "Shocked!"

    I would not reccommend this book ,atleast not in the audio version.
    Bronson Pinchot should NEVER narrate another book again.It was so bad I couldnt finish and I tried several times to do just that.I would have rated it a 1 but I felt perhaps I didnt give it a full chance since I couldnt finsh it.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    sandosis 07-01-15
    sandosis 07-01-15
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    "Stephen King rocks!"

    I enjoyed reading this to my sons years ago. I enjoyed it again as an Audible book.

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    Robert pittsburgh, pa, United States 06-06-15
    Robert pittsburgh, pa, United States 06-06-15 Member Since 2009
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    "My Most Listened To and Read King Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have. When this book first came out I had it in paperback, my ex-girlfriend kept it. I have since bought the book in hardcover and audio. I don't know why I loved this story as much as I did, but I do.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    I prefer his narration's to his acting any day. To be far, he was great in Beverly Hills Cop


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, this was the first book of Stephen King's that I loved from cover to cover. I have read most of his older books and can find things in most of them that I didn't like.


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    Elizabeth rapid city, SD, United States 06-05-15
    Elizabeth rapid city, SD, United States 06-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "a great story!"

    loved it. it was a good story and I enjoyed it very much. good performance

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    orloc 05-24-15
    orloc 05-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "love this book"

    best Stephen King book ever written. would love if there was a sequel to find out what happened on Thomas quest after Flagg

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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