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Dan Saul

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Epic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-09-03

An epic story: long, detailed, fully fleshed-out characters, but feels like it ends comparatively abruptly when sized up against the beginning and middle parts of the story. Great characters and character stories, though. In many ways each chapter reads like one of King's short stories, and it makes the novel feel like one of his similar compendiums at times. The long performance time is made enjoyable by a wonderful narrator / reader. His style and pace stays with him, hour after hour, and he is perfect with both. If you're like me - an audible listener who likes Stephen King with a credit to use an looking for a long story, this audiobook is a good choice.

Overproduced

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-08-02

Buyer be aware that this is a narration and performance of a comic book, not a novel in the traditional sense. I found it to be a great story, superb acting, but generally overproduced. That is to say that there are a lot of background and ambient noises playing all the time that can detract from the telling of the story. The audiobook feels like it inserts its imagination and interpretation in place of your own, which can make it feel that you have to pay close attention or else you’ll miss an important part of the story. Remember, this is a narration and performance of a comic, and not the reading of a novel in the traditional sense. As such, pictures are replaced with everything but pictures, and it can feel like an audial assault at times. I don’t think this is bad at all, but it’s different, and generally not something (comic book to audio book) that I’ll try again.

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