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Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Hardcover – June 4, 2013

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Concord Music Group; Box Har/Co edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579402356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579402358
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeanna M. Bauer on June 9, 2013
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I am a huge Stephen King fan and bought this primarily for that reason, but lest you think I'm fan shallow, allow me to say that it is the music that makes this play so wonderful, that and the combination of the wonderful vocals. I listened to this at night, alone in my kitchen, and though I wasn't afraid during the listening, like all good ghost stories that get under your skin, you tend to be a little jumpy afterward, and I was. The reason this was not given five stars: the CD doesn't follow the book. The play is not entirely voiced, just the beginnings and ends between the songs, and I spent a good 20 minutes confused, flipping back and forth among the pages, trying to follow along. The second CD just has the songs, rather like a soundtrack from a movie. The third disc is a DVD about the making of the play, which, alas, did not interest me in the least. I'm curious to hear what the live version that is supposed to be on tour soon will be like.
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Sometimes you hear of something that's just so strange you can't wrap your mind around it. I know when I first heard about GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY, I couldn't even comprehend what such a thing would be like. A collaboration between Stephen King and John Mellencamp . . . A musical . . . Oookaaayyyyyy. Then I didn't hear anything about it for several years and on the odd occasion I would think about it, I always assumed it had gone the way of all failed projects and been forgotten, shelved, tossed out by creators who either couldn't get the thing to come together in a satisfactory manner or had simply lost interest in the project. Then one day I heard the musical was being performed.

So, it was finished then. Cool. Maybe one day I'd learn what the story was.

What I certainly did not expect was to walk into my local bookstore, intent on buying the latest Stephen King novel (JOYLAND) and seeing GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY there on the shelf as well. Except, this wasn't a book. And it wasn't an album. So, what was it? I pulled it from the shelf, looked it over. It had the dimensions of an album, but was a bit thicker. Maybe a double album? It was certainly heavy, whatever it was. The price was $50, though, and since I didn't know exactly what was in the thing (if it was just a box set of CDs containing the songs from the musical, I'd think about it. If it really was an album of the music, no thanks), I wasn't blowing $50 on nothing. So I got home and researched the product. Amazon had it listed as a hardcover, but also as a CD. And it was $20 cheaper than the thing I'd seen at the bookstore. So I ordered it.

Yep, the thing I saw at the bookstore was it.
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I had never heard of this work and was confused by the description so I had to look it up. Apparently it's a musical play originally performed in Atlanta GA in 2012 with a touring production coming out later in 2013. I got my info from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Brothers_of_Darkland_County
Now I can buy it and know what I'm buying, which is the written work (the "book" or libretto), a DVD with interviews of the collaborators and a music CD with the songs.
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It took me longer than it should've to finish this because I wanted to review the whole product, not just the libretto. This is a review of the libretto, the DVD, the soundtrack CD, and the CD containing the soundtrack as well as several snippets of dialogue from the play.

A play is rarely as good on the page as it is on stage, and this one is no exception (but see below!), but I did enjoy the story, which chiefly revolves around the frayed relationships of two sets of brothers, the first, Jack and Andy, who were alive in the 1960s but are ghosts in the present day, and the second, Frank and Drake, who are on the same dangerous path in the 2010s. For some reason, I have a harder time visualizing story elements when reading a play than I do when reading a book or story, so there were a few times while reading the libretto that I had a hard time keeping track of which set of brothers had done what. As expected, the story was dark, threatening, violent, and twisted. I was surprised (not unpleasantly), however, by how very bleak it ended up being. Although there are some upbeat melodies (with contrasting dark lyrics) and a few touching tender moments shared between family members, this is not a feel-good play. That’s not a comment on its quality, though; it’s a good story, and I liked it. If a live production comes to one of my local theatres, or if at some point it comes to an IMAX near me, I will pay money to watch.

The DVD included with the set was a nice touch but somewhat disappointing. It could have been more developed and included a lot more supporting material; the run time is under 15 minutes.
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I am an avid Stephen King fan, have everything he has done. I had no idea this is just an audio play. It has a large slick script with it but it is NOT a DVD, it is an audio play. I was disappointed because I thought it was either a DVD or a CD book. Just be sure you know what you are buying first. It doesn't really explain what the contents are-or it didn't. I pre-prdered it just because it was written by Stephen King and I am a collector. I would still buy it for my collection but buyer beware-know what you are getting.
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