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Revival Audiobook

Revival

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"The most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature." (Mark Lawson, Guardian)

"America's greatest living novelist." (Lee Child)

"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)

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    Sharon Sydney 01/01/2015
    Sharon Sydney 01/01/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    Stephen King is an exceptional storyteller and this one doesn't disappoint. The narrator made this book come to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Surfside, Australia 12/10/2016
    Amazon Customer Surfside, Australia 12/10/2016
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    "boring"

    not one of King's better offerings. couldnt bear to listen past the first 5 chapters. returned it.

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    Linda 19/02/2016
    Linda 19/02/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Something something something happened..."

    The story begins about six year old Jamie living in a small town when Reverend Charles Jacobs comes into his life and then leaves some time later. Their paths cross again many years later when Jamie is a guitar playing drug addict. Some parts mirrored Stephen King's own life and was eerily sounding like non-fiction fiction. Not long after this it slowly started losing me. I got bored. It was mundane. Then it got silly (even for Stephen King) and about 3/4 into it I stopped listening. I am a fan of Stephen King but I'm sorry to say that I cannot recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen 13/02/2016
    Helen 13/02/2016 Member Since 2015

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    "Loved it"
    Would you try another book written by Stephen King or narrated by David Morse?

    Definitely, in fact I am picking them off one by one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie of course. In fact I fell a bit in love with him.


    Have you listened to any of David Morse’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No. Will have to find some more.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yes, I have already pictured which actors would be best suited to the characters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberley Connery 06/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Recommended"

    An intriguing tale of obsession and friendship. I enjoyed this book most of the way through but the ending still has me perplexed. I feel it belongs amongst Lisey's Story and Under the Dome in King's library, and would recommend reading for yourself and making up your own mind. The narrator was good, his child voices were a little cheesy but I settled into his groove after a while.

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    Peter 21/07/2015
    Peter 21/07/2015
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    "Classic King"

    Revival is a return to form for Stephen King. The story is well paced and builds relentlessly to an ending that will stay with you long after you have finished. If at the halfway point you think you know where it is going, I bet you are wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lea Mccarney 15/06/2015
    Lea Mccarney 15/06/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Stephen King back to form!"

    After being so disappointed with Mr Mercedes I was not expecting great things from Revival. I got a pleasant surprise!
    The story is gripping with an excellent balance of sci fi, horror and thriller. In fact it was hard to guess which way the story would turn.
    The story is thought provoking and builds well with excellent character development. As a long time fan I am so glad to again experience the thrill a Stephen King novel gives!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Fisher 04/06/2015
    J. Fisher 04/06/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story and well read"

    Loved the story line and satisfied with how it finished. Recommend this to anyone regardless of their beliefs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kim sellick 10/04/2015
    kim sellick 10/04/2015
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    "ok, but not as good as i was expecting"

    story line was a bit boring, always seemed to be waiting for something to happen.
    wasn't very impressed with this book however did like the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    stacey 12/02/2015
    stacey 12/02/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "brilliant"

    what a fantastic book. Stephen King as always delivers a great story and David Morse sets the scenes with soothing tones and emotions. great stuff!

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  • Josie
    Australia
    30/11/14
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    Queensland, Australia
    24/11/14
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wanda
    Pretoria, South Africa
    8/06/15
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Cape Town, South Africa
    9/02/15
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    "Excellent reader."

    Not his best book. But it was still enjoyable. The performance was brilliant. I loved the characters in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cleon
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    7/01/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Awali
    Bahrain
    5/01/15
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    "Yawn zzzzzz"

    Not frightening as the hype. Bored to tears . Not on my recommendation list of books to buy. Sorry Mr King

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Wras
    Kildonan
    20/11/14
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    "Something happened, something happened!"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara Wharton
    8/09/15
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    "What a boring tale"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    WATFORD, United Kingdom
    27/02/15
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    "Another Classic from a Master Storyteller"

    Over my years of being an Audible member I’ve enjoyed a number of Stephen King’s novels, and I am very glad to report that “Revival” does not disappoint in any way.

    The story kicks into gear from the opening sentence, as the subject recalls his sixth birthday, and the box of toy soldiers his sister bought him, and how he is playing with them in the dirt in his front yard when a shadow falls over his battlefield. A shadow that will affect his whole life.

    Even for an author of King’s reputation this is an outstanding novel, and expertly weaves together the small-town homeliness of ‘Stand By Me’ with the darker undertones of ‘Pet Cemetery’ and the like. I’ve noticed that, if King has any weakness at all, it’s that he seem to find it hard to finish a story, and some of his conclusions to novels in the past have left me a bit nonplussed. But not so here, where the final chapters refuse to let you go. The end of the novel really will give you the chills.

    The narration, by the actor David Morse (Contact, Green Mile, House), is first rate, his soft New England voice being immediately engaging and welcoming.

    You are going to love this...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sonia russell
    20/01/15
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    "boring"

    thought it was very slow. I struggled to finish it thinking it would get better. it didn't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
    14/12/14
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    "wowzer!!"

    superb.... great build up to an immense climax.
    never saw it going that way, so incredibly well crafted characters and story.

    loved it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    13/12/14
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    "Revival Stephen King"

    Well I must admit after the long wait of purchasing this book I was very disappointed, The read up of the story sounded just like Mr King, but to be fair I think it is one of his poorest yet. Normally I cannot put his books down but this one I could very forgettable, it reminded me of the very old Frankenstein films, it just did not do anything for me, After this I think Mr King has tamed his books down a lot and his son Joe Hill as took the darker side on that Stephen King once Did.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Denise Angela Robinson
    25/11/14
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    "Enlightening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Defiantly another masterpiece from King


    What other book might you compare Revival to, and why?

    No other I've read like it.


    What does David Morse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Morse was very good.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh in places.


    Any additional comments?

    Defiantly worth the read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mikey
    poole, United Kingdom
    20/11/14
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    "An electric version of John Coffey!"
    Where does Revival rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Respectably


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Revival?

    I'll never be sure why audible uses this question, is it aimed to reveal spoilers? I shall not succumb!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Bookie
    UK
    14/11/14
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    "Creepy and compelling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great story, slow build up of characters and events.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does David Morse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Laid back and laconic narration underpins the building horror...


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
    18/11/14
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    "Good in Every way."

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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