Prior to "Insomnia"I have loved everything from S. King. But to be blunt, this was a boring, tedious story. I finished 3/4 of the audiobook and couldn't bring myself to finish it even after investing so much time in the story.
11-22-63: Loved it. 5 stars.
The Stand: Excellent 4.5 stars.
Insomnia: Boring 2 Stars
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.
I normally love Stephen King and all of his strange story lines and twists and turns - but, this book REALLY missed the mark. I tried... and tried.... and tried... to make it through the book, hoping that it would improve, but no such thing happened. I actually removed it from my phone, only finishing about 50% of the book because I just couldn't waste my time and listen to it any longer. The narrator was pretty good, unfortunately there was really weird music that was played throughout the book that didn't even really coincide with the events that were taking place.... I am sad that I wasted my money and didn't finish the book, but honestly, I really don't care to know what happened in the end:( This was just not a good read.
The story is very good, I love the way author writes,,,but I hatted the noises, because that can't be called suspense music but horrible noises that sometimes prevents you from actually hearing what's happening! Please do not do that anymore!!
Story was not King's best but still enjoyable. Pace is pretty good. However I ripped my earbuds out the first time that loud, jarring, jumble of noise hit me. The "music" settled some later in the book but was never good. Did nothing to add to the feel of the book. Whoever okay'd this needs to be demoted, or arrested for assault.