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
"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)
I keep trying Stephen King am I the only person that cant get into his books? this is about on par with Mr Mercedes. The story is boring, the voice is boring, I don't even know why I listened to the end but felt the need to find out what was going to happen in the end. I wish I hadn't bothered.
I will not go down this road again
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.
David Morse was an amazing narrator and it was a joy to listen to his voice.
Kildonan by the sea
When he is good he is one of the best no doubt about it and this book is one of his best. He manages to channel Lovecraft and recreate that feeling of americana and nostalgia to near perfection.This is perhaps one of his darkest books; the themes are full of existential angst and god is absent or a very nasty deity, the golden americana tablou deteriorates into the hard nose reality of a violent america. But the family and the characters are so real and lovely you want to spend time with them knowing full well that no salvation is possible with this king.
The reading of this book was superb if not exceptional.
Great story, slow build up of characters and events.
The build of tension is insidious. It's there throughout, the feeling of who is this person, what will they do, what's going to happen. This is King back at his best.
Laid back and laconic narration underpins the building horror...
It had me wondering from the end of Chapter one. Chapters 2 and 3 had moments do stomach churning horror in the way events were depicted and left my heart literally pounding. That was for starters!
I loved Stephen King's early works. Master of the art of modern horror. He nailed how to take the ordinary into the realms of both macabre and fantasy. After a few, for me, non starters, this is back in the top league. Small town New England, past and present, attitudes, constraints and affectations are stripped in a tale with some stomach churning and heart racing moments. The Audible version has kept me awake over a few nights! I was gripped and couldn't sleep because I wanted to know what happened next. Brilliant storytelling.
Self employed Architect. Listen whilst working and every night. Love sci fi, post Apocalypse, comedy, fantasy, historical & horror.
Has to be up there with my all time Favourite Audio books I have listened to. Everything about it was good, Narration, plot, characters and in my opinion the best ending Stephen King has ever written to a story - (and the best potential start for a follow up?) I finished the book about a week ago and I am still finding myself thinking about it. I really hope there is a chance of a follow up to this or at least a revisit to the same story universe that has been created here, though after the Gunslinger series I think all Stephen King Books are maybe set in the same universe. Could easily see a follow up set in the future as opposed to the past, then after that a prequel, would be an amazing opportunity to create such a good trilogy.. Please Mr King?.. A Gunslinger would fit in there somewhere amazingly well too. The story does not require this to be completely satisfying on completion, I am just wishing for more. Get it and enjoy is my advice.
As with all books it depends on the situation. I prefer audiobooks for driving as I'm inclined to crash if I attempt to read an actual book. Especially if its as good as this one.
The narrator is good and the story keeps you guessing for most of the book.
Enjoy isn't really the right word but King postulates on life after death at one point and his vision genuinely chilled me and comes back to haunt me from time to time.
Yes. It's a compelling story.
I love Stephen King's work so I'm quite biased. Fans of his will love it but I wouldn't recommend it for someone's first taste.
My perfect night in: Cup of tea, all my wonderful audible books and dramas and a comfortable seat on top of my bed. Nuf sed'
I'll never be sure why audible uses this question, is it aimed to reveal spoilers? I shall not succumb!
I always retreat to King when I'm in the need of some escapism, albeit a slightly darker and often insidious escape, rather than the usual laid back and fairytale version genre that is usually thought of as escapism.
I was not disappointed. I haven't read many King books, but I can honestly say that this book, along with 11.12.64 encourages me to start reading more fro him. This audiobook kept me interested and the storyline was clever with some inventive and creative ideas, read wonderfully by the narrator.
I loved this book and without spoiling the plot I urge to give it a try yourself. Bravo King!
Over 1000 titles since July 2005. Fairly eclectic tastes: award-winning literature, page-turning pulp plus non-fiction. I don't sight-read.
King is my favourite storyteller and I enjoyed Revival which is well narrated by David Morse. The characters are believable and well-rounded, as you would expect from an accomplished author. And the set-up, in a world of obsession, addiction, carnival Christianity and faith healing, draws us in very effectively. But although it intrigued me and I was keen to hear it to the end, it never surprised or disturbed me. So, good overall but nowhere near his best (probably Bag of Bones in my view).
"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.
"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.
"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!
Not his best book. But it was still enjoyable. The performance was brilliant. I loved the characters in the book.
"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.
Not frightening as the hype. Bored to tears . Not on my recommendation list of books to buy. Sorry Mr King
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