Elevation

Narrated by: Stephen King
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (4,230 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Stephen King reads his latest novel - plus a bonus story, “Laurie,” unavailable in book form!  

“As the narrator, King enhances the story’s good-hearted appeal with this twangy, aw-shucks delivery. He gives a strong portrayal of everyman Scott Carey, whose strange affliction sends him on a quest of self-discovery and neighborly kindness. And King’s isn’t just a pleasant voice. He crafts a polished aural experience with a keen sense of pacing and fun accents for his motley Maine characters.” (AudioFile)

Number-one New York Times best seller

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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Meh...

First, let me say that I am a big King fan. I even liked The Outsider, which many people have scoffed at. This, however, was too political. I am not taking a political stance. I do not care if you voted for Hillary or Trump, but when a whole huge part of the story has to do with the political views of the area....well...then I just tune out. I read fiction to escape the hateful world. I don't want to hear it reiterated in my reading. This is just my opinion, but if I had realized how much of this was in there I might not have purchased this book

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one of the biggest waste of my time ever listening

the book is narrated by the author. About 30 minutes in I realized why. This is probably one of Stephen King's worst works.

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Mailed it in

As a life long King fan I know that you never really know what you are going to get. A far cry from his masterful short stories from the past, this effort was more on par with Cell than it was The Shining. The sad truth is that if "by Stephen King" had not appeared, this work would have never been published. Luckily for King and his fans, another masterpiece is likely right around the corner.

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Terrible

The ending is terrible. Actually the whole book is. Don’t waste your money. I’m a huge Stephen King fan and was totally disappointing

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Not what I expected...

I didn't get it. I thought that the second story would tie into the first story some how but it didn't. I don't think I have written a bad review for a Stephen King book before, but this was truly a waist of 3 hours. If you want a really great listen, check out "Drunken Fireworks"

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Definitely a Catch & Release

A book that had no plot and Stephen King should apologize to the people that lay down cash for a decent book and receive maybe the worst book in 66 years for me personally. It was that bad folks.

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Simply awful

This is an enormous waist of your time and at the end of your life, one that screams out, “I wish I went to fish...instead.”

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worst sk book

this was the worst Steven king book I have finished. I do not recommend wasting your money. very desappointed In this one.

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not the best

I know its only short storylines but there wasnt enough substance for my liking. I also cannot stand his voice.

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Glad only wasted a couple hours.

As a devoted King fan, I didn't think twice about ordering this audio book. But, what a disappointment. I hope King isn't running out of material because I have nothing good to say about these two stories.

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