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 have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
I believe I have read everything Mr. King has written. For those of the Dark Tower Series this will seem like familiar territory. The problem is it starts as a children's book (style of writing) then goes back to Mr. King's standard style, then back again to the Children's style. It was a bit confusing. My suggestions is that there are many better books by Mr. King but if you loved the Tower series or have read all his other books this is a fine filler piece.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Stephen King did a great job tapping into the time of dragons & knights, etc.
It was an entertaining, partially lighthearted listening. Not his typical horror/thriller but a very good story nonetheless.
I found myself listening to the story more than once. The narrartor did a good job keeping you listening.
This is without a doubt my favorite Stephen King novel and one of my favorites by any author. Despite being labelled as Fantasy (rather than Thriller or Horror), it has many of the best traits of some of his other novels. Ok, it's a simpler tale with less moral ambiguity but it manages a depth that many of his other stories lack. But the best part, is that I can read (or listen to) it over and over, enjoy it, and not have to spend time cleaning and healing my mind and soul afterward. Overall well narrated but there were parts where I wondered if the narrator was paying attention to the text. At those points, the mismatch between how Flagg was supposed to be speaking, and how the narrator had him speak, was so extreme that it was distracting.
Still, overall glad I got it. And I will listen to it again.
While this story seems to be geared towards a younger crowd, it has the hallmarks of most of Kings work. The characters are well thought out and the story passable. What, in my mind makes this work most enjoyable is the narration. Bronson Pinchot surprises with a depth of voice character and subtlety that often made me smile at how he fleshed King's work out and made it come alive. I wouldn't say that this is one of the best of King's works but I enjoyed listening
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.
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