First off: please ignore the many reviewers who seem hysterical about a little atmospheric music in the recording. It is simply the usual amount at the beginning and ending of large sections or major turns in the story. Their vehemence makes me think that they listened only to the first few minutes and gave up on the book. That is too bad. As in most audio books, the music fades away quickly and we just have the reader. Yes, the music is kind of dissonant and unpleasant and unnecessary, but I'd say the music is in maybe 3% of the audiobook.
It is certainly no reason to miss out on this intelligent performance of an intriguing book. It kept me engaged and at times on edge for hours of driving and walking. Pure King-ly pleasure. My pleasure was enhanced by having read or listened to all of the Dark Tower books twice or more, one of the most important reading experiences of my life. This story relates to those worlds. But the story is not dependent on the DT books and is highly engaging on its own. I also love the occasional bumping into story material from King's IT, another favorite of mine, as this takes place in Derry, Maine, and acknowledges the earlier events from the limited perspective of the new character.
Eli Wallach is an ideal choice as reader, since the protagonist is an elderly man. Wallach is a superb actor and just the perfect interpreter of this long, rewarding story.
Honestly, I can't imagine how anybody could enjoy this version of the book. While the actual Stephen King novel is another little marvellous masterpiece, this version has been entirely ruined by loud, horrid music.. I sincerely hope a new reader of Stephen King does not start with listening to this book.. buy the paperback instead. Or start with the audible version of the Stand or Duma Key, both lovely books with very well rendered audible versions.
Ralph - as the main character, we do follow him and get to know his inherent humanity.
No - However good he is, he is not suited for Stephen King - and Stephen King is not suited for him
None - Stephen King has created one of his usual masterpieces - I will just have to go and purchase it as a regular book instead, as I cannot bear to listen to more of this.
Stop putting musical tracks and annoying noises on books - it ruins the entire experience. If people want to listen to music, there are so many options to get that - no need to make large parts of the book impossible to actually hear. So dissatisfied
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I read this book years ago when it came out and enjoyed it so I thought I'd give the audio version a try to see what I'd missed on the first go-round. I am glad I did - the audio definitely gave me a different perspective and brought out a lot more of the fantasy aspect for me. Stephen King is a master of dialogue and character development - and as a true fan, I love the little references he makes with characters from his other books. The narrator was good - the right choice for a story being told by an old man. I wasn't knocked out with this one but it's a good solid offering and one I wouldn't hesitate to recommend for King fans or those who want to give this book a shot.
This audiobook is on my shelf of greats. The music is like that for a reason. Its supposed to jangle your nerves like a 70 year old who can't sleep. It ties
Mr Wallach is a great narrator as well as a veteran actor.
I am on the road a lot so I CAN listen almost all of it in one go. Its a page turner for me even though I've read it before. I sat up up all night reading it when I first got the hardcover
This is a book written for Stephen King fans, if you don't know who Stephen King is then I have an old well I'd like to show you...... come alone.......
very good book
It is a little bit of a slow starter, but well worth the initial bump.
I heard a preview and didn't think I was going to like his reading. However it didn't take long for me to discover he could BE Ralph Roberts.
Insomnia. Perfect title.
I love the Stephen King books that are a little weird, not entirely plausabile but not way out there. Bag of Bones is my all time favorite book of any genre.
Yeah, everyone is right about the music. They need to reissue this book. The music is loud, random, and sometimes drowns out the words. It suddenly flairs to a crescendo at times, so if you are listening quietly it disturbs others. It adds nothing to the reading except a headache when it occurs.
The book is a good one. King gets you involved in the mystery right away, then leaves it for a while to develop his characters, with his usual magic of keeping the reader charmed and intrigued. The story goes places you don't fully expect, and keeps you listening.
A few flaws. Some of the political arguments might upset some people, even though King covers all sides somewhat neutrally. A couple of deaths seemed not only gratuitous, but somehow vengeful on King's part--maybe that was just me. And King's usual way of digressing to maximize the suspense gets way too carried away near the end of this one. One of the ways King loses me is when he seems to be intruding into the story--I like my novels to have distance between the writer and the narrator. This one has a little too much of that sloppiness.
But not enough to ruin it. It's a good, suspenseful, and at times impressive novel. It's not a groundbreaker for King, but it's not derivative of his other works, either. Enjoyable novel.
The reader is good. The music is horrible, and it was enough to almost make me stop listening. That's unusual for me, too, so for some, I imagine it will be too much.
What mental patient put that music in this audio book??? You would have to be riding the short bus to think that makes a book better or more interesting. It is annoying to the fifth power. Please stop it, please don't suffer us with any more audio enhanced books!!!!
Other than that, good book and goes right along with the rest of the King's books.
I least like the random music scores. I find them very unnecessary, loud, and just plain awful. They also detract from the reader and when the music scores do play, they almost drown out the reader.
In general I liked the book in it's entirety.
I would say you get a sense of how the story is from an elderly person's point of view, which is how the story was meant to be percieved.
I could not finish. I read the first half and the epilogue. It was so boring. Too much description, ramblings, dreams, visions. The guy sees auras and things other people don’t see. The epilogue explained some major events. That was somewhat interesting, but not enough to make me want to read more. One of the things I love about King is his characters. I didn’t care about these characters. My favorite King books are Carrie, The Stand, and Rose Madder.
The narrator Eli Wallach was painful and hard to listen to. He sounded like he had laryngitis. He has a soft, whispering, gravely voice. At times it felt like he was reading as opposed to acting. My mind kept wandering.
Genre: paranormal mystery
I waited 15 years to read a Stephen King novel. I think I avoided his novels because I'm suspicious of hype, the popularity was unattractive. Insomnia was my first King experience and beginning from an objective point, it became one of the most beautiful stories I've ever digested. I regret having waited for so long but I couldn't have asked for more from an author. The imagery is stunning, coupled with what I can only call physical que's which are King's opportunities to mentally place yourself within the frame of his story. Parts of it are tactile, visual and poetic simultaneously. I don't know if King is usually this good because this is my first but I'm frankly, a little surprised... Every now and then I download a book that keeps me dragging my mac around the house, listening at every opportune moment; this was the first to book to resemble a crack habit in a while. Of course its not perfect, a book this long is fundamentally repetitive but it wasn't so in bad taste or to excess, more just for the sake of being worth it. I strongly recommend.