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Revival Audiobook

Revival

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Publisher's Summary

A spectacularly dark and electrifying novel about addiction, religion, music, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, in the early '60s, 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 - including Jamie's mother and beloved sister - feel the same about Reverend Jacobs. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity.

Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, the preacher curses God, mocking all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. In his mid-30s, he is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, he sees Jacobs again - a showman on stage, creating dazzling 'portraits in lightning' - and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. Because for every cure there is a price....

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 Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe.

©2014 Stephen King (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"America's greatest living novelist." (Lee Child)

"The most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature." (Mark Lawson, Guardian)

"King's gift of storytelling is unrivalled. His ferocious imagination is unlimited." (George Pelecanos)

"King is a very remarkable and singular writer. He can catch dialogue, throw away an observation or mint a simile, sometimes, brilliantly . . . Storytelling is everything - and by golly does he know how to carry the reader." (Observer)

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    Caroline Mitchell United Kingdom 03/12/2014
    Caroline Mitchell United Kingdom 03/12/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Did not live up to the hype"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm sorry to say I wouldn't. Firstly may I say how much it pains me to give any Stephen King book less than five stars. As a previous reviewer state on Amazon, 'I've not read this book yet but I'm giving it five stars' as Stephen King had written it. I was very tempted to do the same. But one thing stopped me. What if this was written by a different author? What would I have rated it then? My truthful answer is three stars. Don't get me wrong, I'm a massive Stephen King fan, however I'm pretty sure he won't give two hoots for my review so I know I'm not hurting anyones feelings. This book was superbly written. The characters are well developed, the scene setting is brilliant, and you find yourself totally immersed in the story. So what was wrong with it? It didn't frighten me. I expected an awful lot from this audio book due to the quote I had read from King saying “It’s too scary. I don’t even want to think about that book any more.”But for me the book did not live up to all the hype. Antagonist Charles Jacobs did not concern me at all, and I found myself sympathising with him. Only in the final chapters did I see the old King spark, but for me it was too late. I'm usually gripped by his books, but not this time around. The story followed both Charlie and protagonist Jamie over several decades, and I just wasn't interested in hearing about Jamie's drug habits or the watery handshakes from fellow musicians. It wasn't an awful book by any means, the relationship between Jamie and his old flame Astrid was very touching and beautifully written. The book just didn't enthral me like the others. I'm also reading 'IT' and it is a real thriller in comparison. I liked this book. I just didn't love it.


    Which character – as performed by David Morse – was your favourite?

    David Morse was an amazing narrator and it was a joy to listen to his voice.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jaspal 10/05/2015
    Jaspal 10/05/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Plodder saved by fantastic narrator"

    A horror? Hmm. I'm not so sure. The horror bit is so long in the coming I wasn't really engaged by it.
    The story of the main character was quite interesting of itself but not really suspenseful at all.

    What sets this book apart is the narrator, he brings the story to life and helps maintain interest in what would otherwise have been a bit dull.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Harvey 16/08/2016
    Harvey 16/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Could have been a masterpiece"

    Everything was there excellent character build up good narration spot on but the evil bring or thing fell short of being just that. Still a great listen on my journey to and from work which is a 4mile walk either way. Harvey UK

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr 17/05/2016
    Mr 17/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Long winded and dull"

    Nope didn't enjoy this it built and built and the finally was rubbish , surprised how bad it was for a Stephen King novel

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 09/05/2016
    Mike 09/05/2016
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    "a bit slow going."

    It was ok, but felt like the story never teally got going until last couple of chapters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr D C Finnimore 04/05/2016
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    "An interesting take on the Frankenstein story"

    Some good ideas here and an attempt to build an epic life spanning story, but the characters don't feel fully fleshed out and many aspects are quickly glazed over. the final reveal/confrontation feels like a mid-novel event and I was left expecting a greater twist or shock which didn't arrive. not a bad read, but certainly not one of King's best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Webb 29/04/2016
    B. Webb 29/04/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Terrible narration"

    The narration is awful on this book. I have just bought the kindle version and will continue reading it rather than listen to the painfully slow and incredibly boring, momotone narration. It put me to sleep everytime I tried listening!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KE Prenton, United Kingdom 11/03/2016
    KE Prenton, United Kingdom 11/03/2016 Member Since 2011

    Love listening to good books

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    "Could have been so much better"

    This novel had huge potential but did not deliver. Too long, needed editing but as usual famous writers seem to be free from this. Lazy writing, just seemed to have slipped out in a stream of consciousness way. Failed to explore death. Pity could have been so good but I guess if you earn so much just to publish something that is guaranteed to sell you get sloppy and lose the will to deliver.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BrianW 06/12/2015
    BrianW 06/12/2015
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    "Beautifully told tale.."

    Great story, light to dark, very dark.
    Probably one of SK's best, a fascinating read. Jamie the lead character, not the 5th business, is very likeable and SK has applied his gift to craft Jamie into someone we can all relate to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    joe 05/12/2015
    joe 05/12/2015 Member Since 2016

    Epic fantasy is my main love. I find the beauty of audible though is you try things that you would not normally read.

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    "Good old King"

    Enjoyable read. Told memoir style by the main character from a very young age into his later life and the strange dealings he has throughout with his "5th Business". Its not an exciting thriller by any means, rather a story that drags you in and builds up slowly to its climax.
    A climax, by the way, that the synopsis calls "the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written" - This is very far from the truth. Don't get me wrong, its not bad but its not exactly stellar either.
    The writing and the characters are what makes this book really stand out, it's King at his best. The narration is spot on too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Josie
    Australia
    30/11/14
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    "Not one of his best!"

    This is not one of SKs best at all. I am not sure why, but since his accident he has written some odd ones, and this is one of them. It starts off very slowly, in fact it was quite boring for the first 4 hours, but I thought "it will get better", but all it got was odder and odder. Still I listened right up to the end, and all I can say is, I should not have bothered.
    I cannot say the narrator was the trouble, he did what he could with the story he was given, but the story WAS the trouble I think, was it horror, I guess so, I know I will probably lose sleep over it, and I sure will try staying alive, FOREVER.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reader Girl
    Queensland, Australia
    24/11/14
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    "WOW! Just WOW"

    It's been a while since Stephen King wrote a book that really grabbed me but this blew me away! A tight, well crafted story that feels almost like a a true bow of respect to the greats who came before: Lovecraft, Matheson, & even Burroughs.

    Both entertaining, endearing, and existential, Revival touched on the big questions that plague us all regarding religion, life, and what it is that makes a person who they are and who they become. I could talk all day about what it is that made this book so enjoyable and worthy but it's impossible to do so without spoilers and this is one of those books you need to come at with a clean slate.

    Awesome read, well worth the credit and the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wanda
    Pretoria, South Africa
    08/06/15
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    "What can I say apart from get this book."

    By now the narrator sounds like SK to me. Having listened to Bag of Bones I do know what SK souds likebut still....
    The story. If your expecting a preachy carnival type of evangelism. Fear not. What you will find is a fith business. A change agent, a man.
    The writing. Thisbook is written so well that the moment I finished listening to it i started from the start.

    All in all, I can tell you now this book will be downloaded again and enjoyed again. It is that good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Cape Town, South Africa
    09/02/15
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    "Excellent reader."

    Not his best book. But it was still enjoyable. The performance was brilliant. I loved the characters in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cleon
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    07/01/15
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    "Not your usual Stephen King"

    I'm still not really sure what to make of this book. It appears to be a biography, without much story or direction, almost up to the last 30 minutes or so; only then does the real Stephen King shine through.
    It also felt as if the book could end within the next few minutes, almost all the way through.
    I certainly enjoyed it, but did not get that tugging 'thrill' that normally accompanies King' stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Awali
    Bahrain
    05/01/15
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    "Yawn zzzzzz"

    Not frightening as the hype. Bored to tears . Not on my recommendation list of books to buy. Sorry Mr King

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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