Revival by Stephen King
Narrator: David Morse
Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
Date Read: December 2014
A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.
In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs -- including Jamie's mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.
Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family's horrific loss. In his mid-thirties -- addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate -- Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.
This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It's a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.
Publisher: Scribner, Simon & Schuster Audio
Also by this author: The Stand, Under the Dome, Doctor Sleep, Mr Mercedes, Sleeping Beauties br> br>
NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂
Listened for Review (Simon & Schuster)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.00
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Revival by Stephen King was many things to me: written beautifully, characters crafted in an engaging way, slow tedious storytelling, and an ending that was full of big buildup but rather mediocre payoff (at least to me) . This was a hard one to rate because it was just all over the place from brilliant to the thunder roared (sorry but that was said so many times in the story that it became my cringe description).
Narrated By David Morse / Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
The audio on the other hand is super simple for me rate and review: David Morse nailed Revival! I thought I would miss having Will Patton narrate but David Morse may have edged Will for my favorite Stephen King narrator. I think he made the story better and was definitely the reason I stuck with it till the end!
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