Audiobook Review: In the Tall Grass by Stephen King, Joe Hill (read by Stephen Lang)
|4 stars, 1 review|
Authors: Stephen King, Joe Hill
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Brand: Brand: Simon n Schuster Audio
Gore & HorrorI recently purchased this audio recording to listen to while I stained our deck. I was rather excited to hear a horror tale with lots of suspense. I was immediately captured by the story line while the main characters, Cal and Becky DeMuth, are driving across the country and they hear a lost child calling for help from within a field of tall grass. The child's mother whom is also lost warns the siblings to turn back and save themselves. The brother and sister immediately become separated and become part of this gory twisted tale. With clever use of limericks, Stephen King creates a bit of tension between the hunted and hunter. Readers should be aware that the overuse of the word, "f*ck" was not only distracting but diminished the story line.
It's a revolting, suspenseful and shocking plot which has true Stephen King imagination. The description of eating the baby's flesh was compared to the taste of sardines and a bit salty! Furthermore, the characters were developed and very compelling. Through gripping dialog the reader feels the anxiety of the situation of being "lost." Joe Hill does an excellent job with the voice recording. His articulation and playful voice pitch changes creates a fear in the reader. I was disappointed with how short this novella was. It lasted for an hour and a half or 75 kindle pages if downloaded.
If you are a gore horror fan this short will fit the bill. However, as a Stephen King fan, you might be disappointed. It does not offer the same level of care that his other works have and left me saying, "What the f*ck did I just listen to." Again I feel the overuse of one single word is not only distracting but takes away from the readers' experience. Yet, that was the only fault that I found. It is a clever tale, with much left to the imagination. With vividness and those creepy things that make you jump at night, this is the story for you. [by Ginger Dawn Harman]
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