What did I think - Stephen King, what else is there? I Listened on Audible - about 2 1/2 hours worth. Narrated by Frank Muller, who I am beginning to...moreWhat did I think - Stephen King, what else is there? I Listened on Audible - about 2 1/2 hours worth. Narrated by Frank Muller, who I am beginning to think of as the voice of Stephen King. He has a wonderful, deep, gravelly, soothing voice that I could listen to all night (and have).
The Breathing Method is the tale of David, a middle aged lawyer who joins a gentleman's club. Not that kind of gentleman's club, one where the men enjoy a fine brandy and tell a fine tale, in front of a fine fireplace. Or perhaps, it is the story of the club, or of Stevens, the butler there. For that matter, it could be the story of Dr McCarron, who is the teller of the tale. Ultimately, it becomes the tale of Miss Sandra Stansfield, aka Jane Smith, and her illegitimate child. After all, as is engraved on the fireplace, "It is the tale, not he who tells it."
This is classic Stephen King, with plenty of emotions, tensions, conflict & questions. And as Stephen King does - it wraps up neatly, with just enough left undecided to give you opportunity to ponder for several days. To listen to it narrated is a wonderful experience, in earphones it feels very personal. It is, however, the kind of story that could be shared. I could imagine curling up with loved ones under a blanket, and listening to this story, the way you might cuddle up to watch a movie. At less than 3 hours long, it is long enough to have some depth, and short enough to enjoy on a Friday night.