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
I think the book was good and fun to listen to. The voice of "Flagg" another recurring evil character in King's writing was tolerable until he began screaming up the corridors in the end of the book. I literally wanted to shut off the recording. My only criticism is that it wasn't very deep and not all that imaginative for a fantasy novel. It's still written as if it were from this world and these times and its just hard for me to make that leap. I prefer fantasy novels that take me to another world and immerse me in it. This was more like reading about King Arthur and the knights of the round table. If that's what you like, you'll love it. It was a good book with good characters. Just not my preference from this particular writer. Note: I wasn't a fan of his Dark Tower Series either.
I was wary because of other's comments about the narrator, Bronson Pinchot, but I really liked his narration and thought he put so much into all the voices!!! he didn't do the women's voices very well, but in addition to the villain he did not only the other voices well but brought a tremendous depth of acting and energy to the narration. I LOVED the story, got drawn right into it and just the whole thing was GREAT!!!!
I am an avid Stephen King fan but this is probably the worst I've read. Mostly it is the abysmal narrative as 'Flag' was not a whispering man and there is really no reason for the pause for .........................Dim. The accents are well done but that is little consolidation because of the terrible depiction of Flag. I'd no recommend nor listen again as I would every other Stephen King I've heard. Not really sure how this is a 'prelude' to The Dark Tower series as Steven Dushane (Roland's father) nor Gilead where he hails from is present in this book. The only likenesses are the passing mention of RIA of the couse and Flag which is hardly the same man as in The Dark Tower.
It was probably my own mistake to purchase this audiobook. I already own the physical book and I bought this with high expectations. I love the 'sound' of the narrators voice in my head when I physically read the book, so I was really disappointed that the audiobook didn't match that narration nor did it come close. If you've never read the book and are interested in the otherwise wonderful story then I strongly suggest purchasing it. If you have read the book and have your own idea's about what it should sound like then by all means save your money, save a credit, and find something else to spend your evenings listening to.
I liked this story very much. I don't agree that it is unfinished, really it is. King leaves room for more stories about the royal family, but this particular story is told to the end. The Eyes of the Dragon is a good read and and a good listen, I highly recommend it.
This is by far my favorite Stephen King book, not only because it is so different from many of his other books, but because it is very well written. The narration is very well done and had me riveted to the story.
Bronson Pinchot makes all the difference between a good story and a great listening.
My subway rides became quality time with this audio-book..
This was one of the first Stephen King books that I ever read, and it's still one of my favorites now that I've read most of his extensive library. I'm not sure that it should be advertised as the prelude to the Dark Tower series, though, because this is a stand-alone story that should be appreciated on its own merits. While the DT books borrowed some elements from this book, the DT story itself was not influenced by this book. Wonderful narration and a solid story line make this a keeper for me. Well worth the credit.
This is one of his older stories, from back when he could still write. I liked this one just fine, and recommend it.
Bronson Pinchot does a superb job on this. I loved his narration and think its the best presentation I've ever heard. He made Flag so evil it made me quiver. The book is fun and I really enjoyed it.
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