Yes. I have listened to at least 10 other Stephen King books.
The background music is TERRIBLE. I cannot concentrate or focus on the book. I am not even done and considering on reading the physical book with this one (even though my time is limited working full time and with 3 kids at home) because the background music it is that annoying.
Eli's performance so far is great.
Eli's performance and reading of the book is good.
get rid of the background music its terrible
The story of Insomnia was great and harkened me back to The Dark Tower series. Loved the characters and Eli Wallach does an excellent job. Mr. King has the fortune or the supreme mind to have some of the best narrators tell his tales... This one starts a little slower but gets going and doesn't let up.
The narrator was great too. The story took a while to build but it was well worth it and it had a very satisfying end.
I'm in tears... The ending is so powerful! Good job Stephen King and the narrator!! The book is slow but builds up tremendously toward the end. A complete "home run" in my book!!
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.
I love Stephen King and right now, THIS is the story that I return to the most. Great ideas concerning the worlds beyond our five senses. There is a dissonant music score that I feel is tastefully done and completely appropriate to the story. I LOVE IT!
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.