Drunken Fireworks was an entertaining 4th of July audio book! This was an experiment by Stephen King, who has released this ONLY as an audio book with a written format to follow. It was well read (not by the author himself) by an enthusiastic reader.
The story recounts the history between two families – a poor local family on one side of the lake and a rich, seasonal family on the opposite side of the lake who start an unspoken competition of fireworks. Each family tries to outdo the other with their lighting displays. The story, told by the son of the poor family, describes the efforts and planning to fire off the best fireworks display which results in excess and destruction.
This was a quick (two commute) listen which was fitting for the time of year. The narrator did a great job although I did find his accent (and the script) for the aboriginal character very stereotypical and disappointing.
Watch for more Stephen King reviews as my book club has chosen this author for our Halloween themed books in October. Instead of all choosing the same novel – we are all choosing separately and coming together to discuss.
This picture of Stephen King’s house in Maine was taken in August 1996. Note the spiderwebs and bats in the wrought iron: