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Elevation

Narrated by: Stephen King
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (286 ratings)

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Summary

Set in Castle Rock, Elevation is moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together. 

Castle Rock is a small town where word gets around quickly. That's why Scott Carey wants to confide only in his friend Doctor Bob Ellis about his strange condition: he's losing weight, without getting thinner, and the scales register the same when he is in his clothes or out of them, however heavy they are. 

Scott also has new neighbours, who have opened a 'fine dining experience' in town, although it's an experience being shunned by the locals; Deidre McComb and her wife, Missy Donaldson, don't exactly fit in with the community's expectations. And now Scott seems trapped in a feud with the couple over their dogs dropping their business on his lawn. Missy may be friendly, but Deidre is cold as ice. 

As the town prepares for its annual Thanksgiving 12k run, Scott starts to understand the prejudices his neighbours face, and he tries to help. Unlikely alliances form, and the mystery of Scott's affliction brings out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others. 

From master storyteller Stephen King comes this timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences. Compelling and eerie, Elevation is as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as It's a Wonderful Life

©2018 Stephen King (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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"(Our) most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work." (Guardian

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Pretty Long for a Short Book Cut Short!

I'm a big fan of Stephen King and credit where it's due rather than his staple horror / thriller territory he has strayed into writing what could be described as an uplifting story . . . in more ways than one. It's a fairly light-touch fantasy about a man who is continually getting lighter without looking losing his pre-existing heavy appearance. It tries to tug on the heart strings and I think some will get involved in this story and enjoy it with its poignant ending. It didn't work for me because while King is an okay narrator he isn't a great one but more than that it felt like a good idea for a short story stretched out and tortured on the rack of King's desire to write a novella. A lot of the dialogue was particularly stilted. On top of that, one of my pet hates, almost a quarter of the running time is another short story, it's probably just me but that irritates me when a book is not advertised as containing other material so it's going back. Some, I'm sure will enjoy re-visiting Castle Rock and this lighter and brighter mode of King's writing but for me it just didn't inspire at all.

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Extremely recommended

This is a short, sweet book (if you're looking for horror this particular title isn't for you) and very enjoyable, the fact that it is narrated by King himself makes it all the more special.

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brilliant story.

loved the story of elevation. it had a lovely ending too. but should be noted that the last hour of this is actually a different story. elevation only takes up the first 2:45 . other than that. I am very pleased to have listened to it read by the author.

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Very sweet stories

It’s not a typical Stephen King but I thought they were really nice stories. Laurie was a nice extra I have a border collie so it hit home. They aren’t scary stories but they make you feel something. Stephen king is much more than a horror writer.

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Brilliant story from the Master.

Definitely different, but Stephen King knows how to get your interest and keep you wondering right to the end. What did I like about the Story? From the very start , which in its self is quite unusual I tried to fathom out how such a theme could be weaved into a story, but Stephen King is a master story teller and Elevation does not disappoint. In fact it’s a story that operates on several different levels with characters that you will come to understand and admire. I loved both the stories and for fans of Stephen King this will add another dimension to his followers.

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A proverbial page turner

If this was a paperback then it would be called a page turner. I’m not sure what you call the equivalent audible book. Either way it is a classic King book. Elevation is a melancholic story of a man with a “medical” condition. Whilst Laurie is a cute tail of a man with his dog. Both stories were totally enjoyable.

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elevated heart rate

2 amazing stories but heart was racing during Laurie as would say my favourite one.

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These stories feel half finished.......

I am a huge fan, but these Stories feel like they were written on an uneventful Sunday morning.

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Great stories as ever

It's great to hear Stephen King talking his own books, and he appears to be getting better at the character voices, could be better though.

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Something and nothing

I admit to disliking short stories and these two did not change my opinion. A nice idea which lead to a non ending.

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