Posted: June 30, 2015
Drunken Fireworks is released only on audio at this point. It will be included in the collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams in November 2015 but for now you have to listen to it if you want to see what itís all about. Usually I have no problem with audiobooks. On the contrary, I often really enjoy to listen to a story but this time is a bit different.
The narrator Tim Sample narrates this one with an extremely thick Maine accent that Iím not 100% happy with. There is nothing wrong with the accent itself but itís not the easiest accent to understand, at least not for me who is not an American. Not sure if itís different for those of you who are but personally I think I would have enjoyed this one a lot better if I had read it myself.
Either way, the story is about Alden McCausland who lives with his mother which, in itself, is a bit strange. We donít get an age for Alden but to me it sounds like he is well over 50 (I could be fooled by the accent thinking he is older than he is) and still living with his mother? Nothing wrong with that I guess but here it rubs me the wrong way for some reason. Alden and his mother, or Ma, as he calls her call themselves ďaccident richĒ because they got their money from an unexpected life-insurance policy when Aldenís father died as well as from winning Big Maine Millions scratcher.
Across the lake from their summerhouse lives the Massimo family. Alden and his Ma call them ďreal richĒ since they have worked for their money. Both families spend their 4th of July at the summerhouses and when they start to compete about who has the best fireworks things start to get out of hand. The events are told from Aldenís perspective as he tells it to the police after the factÖ
The story is only 1.5 hours long so itís a fast listen. Personally Iím not that fond of Tim Sampleís narration because of his accent - the more you listen the more you get used to it - but it still makes me glad itís a short story and not an entire book. The story itself is good but far from Kingís best if you ask me. Maybe Iíll like it better when I read it in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams but for now itís not a favorite.
Lilja's final words about Drunken Fireworks
While itís interesting to hear Tim Sample narrate it with the thick Maine accent I canít help thinking that Iíd probably like it better once I read it myself.