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.
Great novel, I have read it many times. I decided to try the audiobook version to add depth to the experience. So storywise I recommend this novel to all those looking to step out of their shoes and into anothers, but...
If you have read my reviews before you will know my biggest pet peeve is poor reading. When you pick up a novel the text is what matters, although the cover art help initialize the visual it really is about the story. A good narrator can manipulate your favorite action book and turn it into a dead drooler.
....This is what happened here. I mean I am glad to see that it is the same narrator as The Black House. Having 1 reading for a book series make the jouny seamless. But this guy....his voice is a roller coaster in every sentence. It is eQuaLly saTuRaTed with eMoTion reGarDleSs of tHe siTuaTion. Way over dramatic! I wouold suggest listening to a sample of this one before buying and ask yourself could you hear this voice for 6 hours and get lost in the sory
I am a Stephen King fan. When I first read SALEM'S LOT as a teenager I can remember thinking that this was the first book I'd ever read that scared me as much as 'scary movies'. CARRIE, THE SHINING, etc etc - wonderful books.
I am also a Frank Muller fan. He actually made me like John Grisham who I had always shunned. His narration of GREAT EXPECTATIONS is nothing less then brilliant.
This one just didn't cut it. Maybe it's not fair of me to give a review when I turned it off after about 3 hours but I couldn't keep going. I REALLY tried.
The story just reminded me so much of snippets from other books including THE CHRONICLES of NARNIA and A WRINKLE IN TIME. It just seems so predictable.
And Frank's narration seemed like an attempt to make every word sound sinsister with multiple hisses and low growling voices. THe thing that makes these kind of "travelling to a strange world" stories work is the juxtaposition of the "normal" life of the main character as he is thrust into a completely foreign dimension. The way it was read tells a story where both the "real" world and the alternate world are both strange
Anyway - I just couldn't keep going. I tried. I REALLY tried.
Although I liked the story Mr King got very long winded. It seemed that he was paid by the word count. This took a lot away from the enjoyment. Also the narrator was not the best. The quality of the recording was bad. Had pops and clicks. I also could hear sounds like a tape fast forwarding between some paragraphs. I never had this in an Audible book before.
Over all I wish I had either not bought the book or got the abridged version.
I tried to read this book and couldn't get into it. My parents told me it was so wonderful. I am a huge Stephen King fan, so I figured the audio version would grab me.
I couldn't really get into it. I felt sorry for the poor kid, but it was a little much. I listened to all 30 hours, zoning in and out of the story, but I never really lost anything because all major points are long-winded and drawn out.
However, I do not enjoy stories of fantasy. I like horror. A fantasy reader may love this audiobook, but for those looking for classic Stephen King, this is not the same.
I don't mind long books, but this one just seems to drag in sections and it gets so bad at times that you think they will never move past this part of the story. Overall though, it is a good book and I highly recommend it.
I never thought that I would find an adventure as well written as Swan Song which is my all-time favorite book, but I have found one that finally makes the grade.
I have read lots of Stephen King's novels but this one is definitely the best of the lot. It is written so well that from the very first I found myself emersed and actually walking along beside Jack on his travels and wondering what was around the next bend. Truly a classic and I recommend it highly.
And Frank Muller did an excellent job telling the story. He doesn't just read, but his voice actually changes and takes on the personality of each character that he is reading.
I think I'll give this book a rest for about a year and then "read" it again.