Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa
im in a audio only zone right now
he is good, you can listen to him for hrs and not lose interest
im biased as to have done the DT series also
jackie losing his dad
this was good fantasy, ill be getting started on the sequel soon
I have loved Stephen King books, especially "Misery," but I found this unendurably boring and repetitive. I often enjoy fantasy novels, so I don't think it was the subject matter that turned me off. This could have benefited from some serious editing.
i couldn't finish this book
narrator added an urgency that was unbelievable, didn't use punctuation, and was too breathy.
narrator has a great voice but did not suit this story. his reading style was all wrong.
I already did - Black House.
Not really as I'm a sucker for Stephen King books.
Frank Muller has an incredible voice that creates a natural, esoteric vibe that other narrators cannot pull off.
Maybe I had too high of expectations, but I can’t say that I was overly impressed by “The Talisman”. From the very beginning of the story, I could not get into the plot or even any of the plot devices. It wasn’t that the story was hard to believe, and I don’t have a problem with fantasy, it’s just that the execution and premise of the story was really hard to get in to.
Overall, it felt like a patch-work quilt where a collection of short-story adventures were sewn together with 12-year old Jack Sawyer being the single thread. My main problem with the story could be summed up with the following points: **SPOILERS AHEAD**
1. Jack’s Mother: The premise of Jack’s mom dying of cancer and letting him leave and travel the country seems a bit far-fetched. If Jack’s mother was near-death and dying of cancer, why would she travel up to a beach house rather than seek medical treatment? I never really got this angle, yet most of the story hinged on Jack leaving his mother to find the Talisman to cure her.
2. It seems convenient that it takes 90% of the book for Jack to reach the west coast, and on the way back he gets a car ride that takes a couple of pages. It reminds me of the Eagles from Lord of the Rings which begs the question: why does an adventure story take pages upon pages to tell the quest of a journey, yet the return home has a means that makes it convenient for the characters to reduce travel time by a fraction? Why wouldn't that have been your first option?!
3. I didn’t care for Wolf. Seems lazy to have a werewolf as a secondary character and simply name him “Wolf.”
4. Speaking of Wolf, King/Straub took lengths to describe Wolf’s fear of driving in a car yet at the end of the tale his litter brother is a chauffeur.
5. I could’ve done without the sexual references. When characters are described as having foreskin, erections, and jewelry for their genitals, I really don’t understand how that adds to the story. If anything, I’m distracted and disgusted.
6. The main villains – Morgan Sloat/Morgan of Orris and Robert "Sunlight" Gardner/Osmond – were not as villainous as expected. They seemed very cookie-cutter and stereotypical.
7. Speedy Parker/Parkus was a bit of a confusing character. It was never well explained how he was able to pop-up in random places, yet Jack’s got to travel on foot everywhere he goes. I guess Jack isn’t so special after all. Maybe I missed something in the book, I but it was unclear to me how Speedy was able to show up in all the right places at all the random times.
I feel like maybe I am being a bit harsh with “The Talisman” but after reading The Dark Tower series I end up comparing all of Stephen King’s work to the DT. His DT series was such an epic piece of work that it really set the bar for any of King’s other fantasy/sci-fi stories.
Pros: Not many…maybe the sequel will be better.
Cons: Too many…the single most being that it’s hard to believe a single, dying mother would let her 12-year old son disappear for an unknown amount of time to an unknown location.
Bottom line: Not the best of King and maybe not the worst, but I probably wouldn’t read this one a second time.
I loved this story when I read it 20 years ago and still love it. The narrator's voice was so annoying and distracting that I wasn't sure it could make it through the entire story. After several hours I was able to tune out his grating voice and pay attention to the story. I will never listen to another audio book narrated by him.
I am no writer/editor but even I could have edited this book and eliminated 5 to 7 hours. Main plot is OK but really predictable. The book went on and on and on with LOTS of boring parts and what sounded like "filler". If this was a used book, I would have noted the chapters to skip! Sometimes I would only listen to the first and last two minutes of a chapter. I do not think I missed much. This is one review, read many more and decide for yourself. Good luck!
Professional woman, reading constantly
I read this book years ago and loved it. Frank Muller was always one of my favorite readers so I decided to re-read it in audio format. Long and repetitive in parts but thoroughly enjoyed Muller's reading and performance.
The story was weak, not well connected, trite, should have been edited to half the length, and boring. The narrator was also very annoying. How can every single sentence end like a question? So much of the story was unbelievable, unsupported. Not the fantastical bits, either- the story line and the character development (term used very loosely). I was stuck in a car on a long drive, this was the only book I had downloaded and I hated it so much I opted for the radio in rural Nebraska.
a book in a series I know I love, you know, to cleanse my pallet...
Stephen King? Although, I can completely sympathize with him not wanting to waste his time...
Richard. They never explained why he was here, why he had to be there at the end, and he never contributed a single thing to the story. sorry, Richard, I know it isn't your fault...
I like all the other Stephen King books I have read. I really hated this book. I felt abused and betrayed afterwards.
I am sure this is a great story, but I can not listen to it past the second chapter! It is a shame because I like Stephen King and the way his stories put you in his version of the the world.
Not sure - some elements might appeal to young children just getting into SciFi but far too much inappropriate material for a young kid.
I found this to be a generally boring story with characters that were flat and difficult to bond with or connect to. Furthermore, the magical elements were unimaginative and read like a first-time Scifi writer (or a teenager trying their first novel). The story seemed to conflict with itself at times. They described Morgan as switching between his two Twinners when passing between the worlds but then he "rips' into the world at some point. This isn't explained.
For me, the overall storyline had no appeal and I'm still not sure what the point of the book was, whether there was any message, or how I was supposed to get drawn in. Just no suspense. I'm confused by the overall general positive response to this book. It reads like a flop and reads like many of the free SciFi novels now available on the web by would-be writers.
Stephen King would have made it better but the I'm not sure any narrator could really have breathed life into this story.
The character of Sunlight Gardner was absolute cheesy and overdone. I would take out the scenes at the school with him.