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Tracing the Trails: A Constant Reader's Reflections on the Work of Stephen King

Narrated by: Erich Bailey
Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Summary

For over 40 years, Stephen King has been one of the biggest names in literature and popular culture.

In 2013, author and constant reader Chad A. Clark embarked on a journey, not of miles but of pages and words, reading all of Stephen King's works. Every book and short story, in the order they were released. What lies between these minutes are his reflections along the way, the search for inspiration in a style of writing that has evolved over all this time. A trip from Castle Rock to the depths of Derry. From the Blasted Lands to the farthest reaches of Mid-World.

For all of us who have been lost in many a King book and pined for the chance to look him in the eyes and say, "We thank you".

With an introduction by Richard Chizmar and tons of guest reviews, this book is pure King fandom. Get your copy now!

©2018 Chad A. Clark (P)2019 Chad A. Clark

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Tracing the trails

This was a wonderful book for any fan of the man that is Stephen King. The author starts the book by telling his story of where he came in and how it felt to discover a certain book.He then goes back to book 1 and re reads them all to give us his opinions on where King may have been coming from when he wrote it.This book brought back so many memories and makes me want to start over myself! I read the Stand in 10th grade,and several times since.It is my favorite.He tells of reading Pet Sematary while having a chilld Gages age.I did that when it first came out.I thought that book would kill me.He tells of the peppering of words and towns throughout the Stephen King Universe and how we feel at home there.I live in Derry Township.I claim that.lo lMy sons favorite place is Milford Cemetary,because there is one near hie house.He also describes waiting for each book to come out in the Dark Tower series.This was a special rememberance.No matter where my son was,we read it at the same time.I recommend this book to anyone who is or was a Constant reader.
Erich Bailey narrated this and did a fine job.He could have put a bit more feeling into it.I felt like I was at a lecture.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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interesting listen for all Stephen king fans

a few years back I was a very big fan of the works of Stephen king and have thought for a while that I would love to reread some of my favourites . It was nice to have a recap and listen to anothers interpretations of the fiction. I agreed with a lot that was said within the books contents but then again there were some that I questioned...but isn't that what this type of book is about to make you think and re-evaluate . The authors love of Stephen king comes through his work in leaps and bounds. highly recommended and an interesting listen . I was given this book free of charge by the author or narrator to give my unbiased opinion

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  • Michael Smith
  • 30-03-20

Good overview

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
I have been a reader, listener, and viewer of many of Stephen King's work, and have a particular interest when I see his name on something new. Having had the opportunity to adjust and enjoy Mr. King's many works, I was looking forward to this synopsis. I found that the author did not provide many spoilers, though with warning some are provided. I agreed with many of his Opinions, but remember each to his own. This book discusses the many novellas, books, collaborations, movie adaptations, Mr. King's lifestyle and some connections throughout his many works.
A good book to listen/read if you have an interest in the many stories of Stephen King, but do remember it is only the author's (Chad Clarks) opinion. Definitely recommend to those who have an interest in learning more about Stephen King
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  • KatMama
  • 15-05-19

Exciting to see the leap from podcast to book

As an avid listener of the “Stephen King Cast” podcast, I was very excited to see “Tracing the Trails” released and especially as an audiobook. Although the narrator does a good job and fits the mood of the book, its a shame that the author doesn’t narrate as he does with his podcast as he really emotes and channels his passion well.

“Tracing the Trails” follows the same format as the podcast in which Clark intertwines discussion of King’s past and experiences, with King’s books and their adaptations to movies or TV shows. Clark shares his views on King’s works in much more detail than his podcast, and linkages between his book. This book comes across as a project of love, and I say affectionately that it reads unprofessionally in that Clark appreciates the books and isn’t clinically analyzing and dissecting them. Highly recommend reading this book and listening to his podcast, even if just cherry picking episodes that relates to King’s books that you may have read.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.