In a WORLD.. where the NARRATOR... reads almost each line of the STORY... with the same emphasis and CADENCE ... this Reader is going to go CRAZY... before 29 hours are up.
(Note ALL CAPs should be read in a hoarse, "mysterious" whisper.)
I love Stephen King's storytelling. I hated this narrator's style. It interfered with my ability to transcend him and "see" the story. The problem of listening to the story while tuning out the reader/narrator gave me a headache.
The narrator's characterizations/voices often seemed to be cliche stereotypes. Especially irritating was the high-pitched whine that he used for his adolescent boys and hysterical bad guys -- very annoying.
I was unable to listen to this book due to the voice of the reader. It may not bother all individuals, however, his voice had a sharpness/raspiness that was unbearable for my ears. I attempted a couple hours before I finally had to give up and buy the book in paperback, and it was an excellent read.
This is an enjoyable story, but keep in mind it is total fantasy. But, what keeps this book consistently entertaining for me is Frank Muller's extraordinary reading. He is exuberant, energetic, wacky, perhaps experimental. He reminds me at times of a beat poet hopped up on no-doze. It's definitely not a listen to fall asleep to.
I can see how some reviewers can be turned off by his performance, but I feel the opposite-- to me, he takes the story to a higher level.
One of my favourite books, and this was perfect. The whole family listened to it on a road trip over 3,000 kms, and we all loved it (11 - 41 yrs).
Yes, it does drag on, but King does that. The narrator lost nothing of the fine story I know and love.
I loved this story. It was exciting and you just never knew what was going to happen. I found myself listening at times I normally do not listen because I just needed to know what was coming next.
I picked this up after listening to all the Dark Tower books and becoming almost addicted to listening to King's works. The detailed imagery he uses in his writings is exquisite.
The story starts out slow, but speeds up about halfway through. The use of cruelty to a 12-year-old boy might offend some, but I think it shows how much of the cruel world Jack must endure to complete his journey. After all, the point of the journey is to steel him for the final showdown. Two negatives were the lack of story in the Blasted Lands and the rather predictable ending. Ok, so when the main character is on a specific quest, and it becomes evident that he will succeed in his quest, it makes the ending somewhat predictable, but it lacked the usual King twist at the end.
To sum it up, it was an enjoyable listen, but not as good as King's other works.
Good story line but I couldn't continue listening to the narrator. I Completed just over an hour and found myself lost and unable to connect with the story. I have listened to at least 20 books with Audible and enjoyed every one. This one, to put it nicely, was just bad. Good book, bad narrator.
I kept telling myself when will Jack ever get more than 3 states away from the East Coast and then he just quickly gets from Illinois to California in 2 days. This book drags at times. Could have been half the size it is with some good editing.
I know this will upset the diehard faithful but this book was just plain disappointing. I have read about 10 King books and, in my opinion (which should be taken as gospel!) Talisman is not representative of his ability. There is a good storyline and some memorable text and imagery but the characters are sometimes not true to themselves and, most annoyingly, most of the adventures are contrived, predictable, lacking creativity and most-of-all, just plain cheesy. There are times in the read/listen, when you recognize some really brilliant text but even those points of genius are overwhelmed by the sense of nausea that strikes when the next adventure is defined so shallowly. Listening to it in the car one time, I actually screamed in frustration when our hero meets up with a group of wolf-headed semi-humans who speak with a cute fifth-grade drawl and who experience "the change" under a full moon. C'mon! This was about the time our hero meets up with a preacher who can shoot lightening from his fingertips. Though we are later told he carries some type of amulet that allows for this unique ability, it still makes no sense. I apologize to Talisman fans but I got the very real sense that neither of the authors knew where this book was going and still had no idea up until the last page. Other King novels are so tight because he exhibits a clear vision and the reader has that secure sense that the author is in control of the story ... not so here. I sadistically stuck with it to the end and so I only blame myself. Narration was excellent but get another King book. Life is too short to waste on this Hobbit wanna-be.
I got this book after reading Salem's Lot and Bag of Bones, two really good Stephen King novels. It contains none the elements that make up a good novel, that being character and plot developement. I have a hard time believing that Stephen King would put his name on this book.
Unfortunately I bought Talisman based on reader reviews and paid more attention to the good reviews than the bad ones.
Talisman leads you through a fictional world full of gore and violence with stereotypical characters who are either all bad or all good, with little to no depth or development. If you like action and gore for their sake alone, perhaps you will like Talisman. If you like a book with realistic characters that you care about, and a plot that contains more than just a series of gory action scenes, then like me, you will have trouble finishing Talisman, and you will be dissappointed that you wasted a book credit.
I would not reccommend Talisman to anyone.