Review – Audiobook: In The Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publish Date: October 9, 2012
Format: Audio, 1 hours | 46 minutes
Audio Listening Level: Easy – Intermediate
Rating: 4 of 5
While on a car trip a brother and sister, Becky and Cal, hear a small child calling for help. The voice is coming from an area beyond the tall grass along the road. Stopping to help, they begin to walk into the grass but soon lose sight of each other. Now disoriented they become lost with only the chilling, frantic calls of a scared child to guide them. But something else lurks in the grass. Something evil.
This is a classic Stephen King horror story that he co-wrote with his son, Joe Hill. Twisted, creepy and more than a little gross, this is gory horror as only Stephen King can write. I haven’t read any of Joe Hill’s books, but I’ve read a lot of Stephen King and this was reminiscent of his older, darker works, like the short story collection Night Shift. There are more than a few parts of this tale that will make you say, “Eewwwwwwh! Gross!”.
At just under 2 hours listening time, it was sufficient length for me to reach the story’s intended revulsion. It is read with just the right amount of tension and urgency by Stephen Lang. There isn’t a lot of character development; we learn just enough to be uncomfortable and afraid for Becky, who is pregnant, and fears for the safety of her unborn baby.
I don’t know if ‘enjoyed’ is the right word to describe this book but yes, I liked it. I’m an old fan of Stephen King’s horror stories going all the way back to Salem’s Lot, so I wasn’t put off by the gross stuff. I haven’t read any Joe Hill, but I’m pretty sure I can guess the parts that were King’s contribution. This not for the more sensitive reader or easily frightened moms; but for everyone else who likes a good horror tale, go ahead, listen, be afraid!
Source: Review copy.
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