I loved this book. I dont know how he does it, but Stephen King creates such strong, interesting characters. He really makes you want to know more and more about them. Plus, if you are a frequent King reader, you will start to see his little easter eggs that he drops into his stories that crisscross into other books. I love that part of his personality. It just shows how much fun he has creating his wonderful stories for all of us to love. Frank Muller, as always, is such a great narrator. He always hits the nail on the head with his accents and character differences. It really makes a difference when first starting a King book, especially those with many characters thrown at you so early.
I love Stephen King, of course I would read another one of his books. But I think he and Peter Straub might do well to stop working together. I have never read anything by Stephen King that I didn't like, but this book was bad enough that I won't be reading any other King/Straub books. The story sucked, I didn't give a crap about the characters, and I found myself daydreaming during the book. Also, I would like very much never to have to listen to another book narrated by Frank Muller. Who hires him and why? He's awful.
I have actually gone to my wish list and deleted any books narrated by Frank Muller.
Frank Muller's narration.
Anyone; no really, anyone.
I am disappointed and angry that I can't get my money back.
I've never been picky about my narrators; I didn't think it mattered, I just blissfully listened to the stories that were read to me, and then I started the Talisman. I cannot stand the narration of Frank Muller. I hate it, it's awful. I'm not even going to take time to describe it because others have done so well; read the other reviews about his narration, they all describe the same thing and they're all right. I tried to get past it, I really did. I keep listening because I paid for the book, but the narration is so annoying that it's getting in the way. The worst part is that I downloaded several of the Dark Tower books at the same time without having ever heard Frank Muller's narration. Now I am stuck with Frank Muller for two more books and I don't think I can do it; I deleted them from my device. That's a fair chunk of money I have tossed away; yup, it's that bad. Someone please re-do these audiobooks with another narrator and tell Frank Muller that he's not allowed to read out loud ever again.
Every thing you want in a book is here. Great story line with fabulous characters. Frank Muller performs with precission.
I listen to this book about once each year. Never get tired it.
Decided to re-read all of SK's books and just HAD to start with The Talisman. Truly an excellent book and Frank Muller's fabulous narration was the icing. (Still miss his voice!)
Some people have written that you get used to the narrator eventually, but after several hours of listening he was just annoying me way too much. He uses the same inflection for every single sentence and ends each one with this obnoxious, breathy tone that fades out. I'm sure the story is good, but I cannot stand the narrator so I guess I'll never find out unless I get a hard copy from the library.
I love this story!
Once you get into the story enough you stop noticing the funky breathing/sighs/gasps of the narrator. The problem is once you realize you don't notice it anymore you can't help but hear it again.
I have read IT, Tommy Knockers, and now Talisman by Steven King and Co. Outside of reading Kings bigest hits such as Green Mile, Misery, Shawshank Redemption, I think his storys are very creative, but the writing is often redundant. I find he uses the same analogies and descriptors over and over again. Frankly, I thought IT was more comical than frightening. To be clear I was not laughing AT the book. There were honestly very funny spots, which is why I liked it in the end. I travel a lot for work, so I read and download the audio. The best part of it and Tommy Knockers were the narrators... on both accounts.
I think im done with Steven King. There are a lot of authors out there. No sense in sticking with the same one.
The Talisman was a 7 out of 11. Neat story. Slow in the beginning as I have found Steven Kings other above listed books to be, but got progressively better. I think there are better books in the world to recommend.
I would have cast anyone else than Frank Muller.
IMPORTANT: The narrator for The Talisman TOTALLY SUCKED! In fact, after the first two chapters I quit with him. He was ruining the story.
The best way to describe it is to say that he tried to sound like a "B" rate horor movie preview announcer on EVERY single sentence - even ones that were not supposed to be scary, but normal character development content. He would start with that stereo typical low horror movie narrator voice, and at the end of EVERY single sentence he would dive off the tone and drop into this lower wispy register that was clearly out of his natural ability. It was excruciating. I dont know what producer let him get away with, or coached him into reading like that. Additionally, he was dreadfully slow (so I speed up the narrator speed by 2x, which actually made the speed "normal").
In the end I regret having spent any amount of money on downloading The Talisman.
My favorite story.
I liked the way he did the different characters, especially Wolf.
The stay in the Sunlight Home.
I have read this book several times, it was great to have it read to me. This is a fantastic coming-of-age story and an awesome adventure.
Could not get past 3 minutes of that guy announcing a mud bog race with the FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY voice ending in a horrid GASP of breath at the end of every single sentence.
I love every book Stephen King has ever written, but I can NOT stand this reader's voice.
An avid reader, I was concerned that audiobooks would be more like 3rd grade reading circle and less like a performance. I was wrong. I only wish I had started sooner!
One thing: give the characters different voices. Although each character is from a geographically distinct area of the US, they all have the same rhythm, cadence, delivery, and accent.
Jack's meeting with the scarred guard.
The voices were all the same.
Much of the beginning character-development was unneeded and slowed the book down a great deal.