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Elevation

Narrated by: Stephen King
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
4 out of 5 stars (164 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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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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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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good but not great

this is a good book but i have listerned many king books and there are many better

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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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Good story. Not well read.

King is a great story writer. I really enjoyed the story. His reading is not dynamic enough to make it enjoyable to listen to. I don't think I could face listening to him reading one of his longer books.

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Thought provoking and enjoyable to listen to.

Loved it! Stephen Kings narrates it perfectly! A warm and thought provoking novella. My only complaint is that it was too short as I wanted more!

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Not his most engaging, but decent

Two pleasant and easy listening stories, they have his usual unique brand and slant and are very good fun. Both quite short and not overly complicated which he can become of course, but enjoyable none the less

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Thought provoking and poignant

I actually liked this story(stories) a lot more than I thought I would after reading the reviews. But as an king reader/listener I bought this as I do every book. These are essentially social commentary but they are gripping and as the are read by the man himself then that’s cool with me. Btw the other reviewer that said thinner was a James Herbert book it wasn’t it was actually written by Stephen king under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. Keep up the good work audible.

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Disappointed & out of pocket!

A very disappointing addition to Stephen Kings collection. The plot is just too thin (no pun intended). It's a lot of money for what it is.