I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.by Stephen King
Published by Simon and Schuster on November 11, 2014
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I read this story as an unabridged audiobook and. though it is not read by Will Patton, I will not hold that against it. Will Patton should read ALL the books but no one asked me. Revival is read by David Morse, recently seen in Joe Hill’s film version of Horns (which I think you should all see), and he does a fine job with the material. His voice is slightly grizzled and comforting and very emotive. He managed to keep me listening throughout the 13+ hour story. If you enjoy King and audiobooks you’ll want to give this a listen.
I’m not going to give it all way with a windy synopsis. Just know that it’s not really horror and it’s not really spooky or scary until the very end when it gives you a final ending punch to the gut but trust me the trip is one worth taking. This is the not-so-usual (this is King, after all) coming of age story of a young boy named Jamie whose life becomes entwined with a young pastor and mad scientist type named Charlie Jacobs. At first, I have to admit, I was thinking Charlie might fall into the pervy for kiddies mold what with his cozying up to Jamie straight away, but I was glad things didn’t go there and their friendship (at least early on) was genuine. As were all of the relationships in this book which is why I enjoyed it so much. This man knows how to create characters and set a scene.
When King is busy telling tales of first love and delighting in “sweater nubbins” (oh, King), tightly knit families, friendship, hope and the joy and rush of music, there’s always a dark undercurrent running alongside the mundane. Grief, drug addiction, regret, aging and loss of faith. It’s all here and it may crush you. You probably won’t want to give this a listen if you have to do the driving. I think King revels in leaving his readers broken and bleary eyed.
Even so, I’ll put myself back together and read whatever he chooses to dish up next because this was a beautifully done novel.