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The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together - a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences.

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low-grade - but escalating - battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face - including his own - he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

From Stephen King, our “most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work” (The Guardian), Elevation is an antidote to our divisive culture, as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as It’s a Wonderful Life.

©2018 Stephen King (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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I don’t get it

This is my first SK book, hmm I either didn’t choose a good one or I find his storytelling predictable and boring.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Mr King, please DO NOT read your own books!

When an author narrates his books, I anticipate I'm in for a treat. Only the author really knows how his characters sound. Unfortunately, Stephen King cannot actually communicate this when he narrates his books, which was very disappointing. I am grateful that it was a short book.

I seriously wanted to like these stories, but alas it was not to be.

Elevation - bizarre story without any explanation as to why the protagonist suffers from his condition. It's also strange because it comes across as 'white straight male saves lesbian from herself'. Not to spoil it but I find it ridiculous that it is the lesbian who is a bigot with a chip on her shoulder and needs a straight white male to straighten her out. BARF! WTF? How often does that happen? Even in the Republican boondocks of Maine? Not very often, I would think. Especially since the lesbian has a business that is not doing well due to discrimination by the conservative populace. Anyone who knows anything about small towns would know that you can't risk strained relationships with anyone, least of all a long-time resident. Apparently the bigoted lesbian needs a straight white male to win the race, to revive her business and to set her straight. Sorry, not believable, and not just because his description of how a 30 lb man would move are completely against the laws of physics. I'm willing to suspend reality for a good story, but when the story is less than mediocre, everything that is wrong just adds to the pain. The characters are pretty flat and the entire story seems like a recycled lighter version of Thinner with a stupid ending.

The second story, Lori - WTF was that about?



19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Lame, Uneventful, Pointless, Lingering, an Sappy..

this was a very dumb story by an author that I really like, but not particularly surprising because the last five or six books we're kind of lame.

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Mr. King please...,

Was this really a Stephen King Book?
Really...???

Was thirty minutes even put into it?
What happened?

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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rambling at its finest

I'm not sure what it is this is the 1st Stephen King Book I have not liked

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Not as good as his other books.

While this book got me quickly engaged with the characters and their relationships, as all Stephen King books do, it felt rushed and the story was - to used a word coined in this book- cloddy. It felt clumsy and meandering, not at all what I expect from what I consider to be the greatest author of my lifetime. I guess everyone has a swing and a miss once in a while!

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Virtue signaling mess.

All I wanted was a short story to occupy some flight time. What I got was 2 hours of King’s political views. Cant we all give it a rest?

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Very monotone...

Honestly, I never read a Stephen King book before. I figured a good way to start was with Elevation. I kept waiting for the 'big ending' in both stories and they never came. Maybe I was expecting too much.

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King should not narrate his own work.

I love and respect most of King’s work but this was certainly at the bottom of the rankings for me. Worst is his reading of the book. A great author (usually) but not a great narrator.

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Boring

This book was so boring that i couldn’t finish it. I read to be entertained, I think this book was written to push a political point.

21 of 28 people found this review helpful