About half way through this book, I noticed that many Stephen King fans had written reviews indicating that they were disappointed with it. At the time, I didn’t get why that would be. The writing is standard Stephen King, which is a good thing – he has such a way with words! There was some tension about the characters’ safety which also struck me as classic Stephen King. The bad guy is incredibly creepy and the bits from his perspective freaked me out. However, by the end I found myself a bit disappointed in this book too. The plot was very predictable, the tension King created felt contrived, and the story was full of stock characters. I expected a bit more originality from King.
Fortunately, the narration was fantastic so this was still an enjoyable listen throughout. Will Patton did an incredible job doing very different voices with subtle, believable changes in his voice. He was able to do women’s voices without sounding breathy and every single voice was unique. He also did a great job with parts where people were screaming or wailing or otherwise talking in an unusual way. His ability to convey these differences added a lot to the story. I’ll definitely be looking for more of audiobooks.