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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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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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Not the best

First I was disappointed that this was basically a short story and priced like a regular novel. Then I listened to it and was disappointed again.
Signed,
Constant reader.

28 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Not awful.

Fairly predictable storyline. Unfortunately the story got lost in some thinly vailed attempts to share political views. If I wanted that I would turn on the tv. I haven’t given up hope. Still a huge King fan. But this one disappointed a bit.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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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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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.

39 of 42 people found this review helpful

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short listen

not used to a s king book with a political agenda. still a good listen

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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.

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Not as exciting as I hoped

I was slightly disappointed in the content. The second half felt like it was a throw in of half a story. Weird and no meaning.

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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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Heavy Handed

This will be short and to the point. The social-justice aspect of Elevation is so heavy handed that it drew me out of the experience.
Mr King, you can do better sir!

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