Audiobook Review: The Dead Zone by Stephen King

Author: Stephen King
Narrator: James Franco
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Thriller
Released: April 25, 2017
Review Source: Simon Schuster Audio

Never before on audio! A #1 national bestseller about a man who wakes up from a five-year coma able to see people’s futures and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in The Dead Zone—a “compulsive page-turner” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people’s futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiancé married another man during his coma and people clamor for him to solve their problems.

When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future. The Dead Zone is a “faultlessly paced…continuously engrossing” (Los Angeles Times) novel of second sight.

The Dead Zone is such a unique story.  Well, all of Stephen King books are amazing and unique.  He is one of my all time favorite authors.  Definitely my favorite author in his genre.  I've been reading his books since I was a teenager, which I won't mention how long ago that was, I'll just say for a LONG TIME.  Every single book I have loved for different reasons.  He is an effin genius.  How one man can come up with so many different interesting bizarre concepts for books I'll never understand.

This story is about a hero, Johnny Smith, that really gets dealt a pretty crappy hand.  I actually really love his character.  Through everything he goes through he still perseveres.  It's really painful to listen to sometimes because I was routing for him the whole time and hoping things would work out for him.

James Franco was the narrator of this book.  I thought he did a pretty good job of narrating.  His voice was kind of nasally as some points but other than that I really was enthralled listening to him tell me the story.  He kept my attention the whole time.

I am rating this book 4 stars because I loved the story when I read it but listening to it brought the story to life on a whole different level.  I highly recommend all of Stephen King's books!

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