While the story is quite good, be warned that the narrator ends every sentence, without fail, with a breathy emphasis. EVERY SENTENCE. "The boy remembered his dog in his sixth YHEAR." "Jack climbed his way out of his DISPHAIR" It's really hard to get through the book when the narrator sounds more like he's D.J.ing a Saturday morning Top 40 show than reading a story.
Frank Muller does a very poor job of reading this book. I would recommend not wasting your credits on this book and just read it yourself. The reader in this case kept putting me to sleep with his narration.
The Talisman was one of my favorite Stephen King books (I don't quite understand how 2 people are listed as authors, does one type with his left hand while the other types with the right? but I digress...) The story is interesting, the characters are diverse (love em and hate em) and the narration is quite well done. At first I didn't like the narrator's manner but I got used to it and overall I found him to be a plus overall. The major problem with the story is one that is common to many books, the ending. It seems to drag on forever and tries too hard to cover too much ground. That is a minor quibble however. Stephen King's books seem to lend themselves well to the audio format. He is a master storyteller above all, and it's enjoyable to hear his works read.
It's one of my all time favorites but Muller is too breathie at the end of every sentence. It's too much. I wish i would have previewed it first. I loved Muller's narration of The Dark Tower series but this is not his best work.
It really, really surprises me when I read reviews that felt that the narration was bad. I thought Mr. Muller did an oustanding job and I am now listening to Black House, which is equally well narrated. This is a great book and I would highly recommend it.
I had picked this book up many times and just never got past the first few chapters. I don't know what it was...but it just didn't grip me the way most King books do. I got this here as a last ditch effort to read the only King book I hadn't read yet, and I was very glad I did. This book is very creative, and very well written. I love the story, and was very pleased to be able to get the semi-follow up book (black house) after I was done.
I loved this book when I read it. I can't stand it now that I am listening to it and that is due to the narrator. He is breathy and has an awful habit of drawing out the last word of almost every sentence. It is absolute torture to try to listen to this book with this narrator. I will never, ever, ever, purchase another audio book narrated by Frank Muller. If you are someone who can ignore annoying narrators then I recommend this book bacause it is an absolutely wonderful story and that is the reason I have given it two stars. If you are like me, and find annoying narrators as irritating as nails scratching on a chalk board, I suggest you pass this one up.
I read the actual book years ago and thought I would give it another go in audio format. I was held captive for the whole book. Frank Muller did a fantastic job keeping in character for all the members of the story. I reccomend it highly. It will remain in my library to be heard many times over the next many years.
I tried several times to listen to this book, but I think I will just have to read it instead. The narrator was very distracting. I had other people listen and they also mention that he sounds like Captain Kirk. The narrator ends every sentence oddly. I don't think I will download a book again with this narrator.
The Talisman is one of my favorite King books. I enjoyed listening to it being read aloud. The story still grabbed me. A fine coming of age story, with just enough horror and excitement. I plan on picking up the sequel, Black House, when my next credit is a available.