I am always amazed again and again at how well Stephen King steps into the shoes of any character, no matter what the age or gender. I thoroughly enjoyed these elderly characters full of spunk and spirit and Eli Wallach is a dynamic and engaging narrator and I would like to listen to him read some other books, now that I've sat through this one.
"Insomnia" would work better as a graphic novel or a comic in my opinion than a movie, for some very particular reasons. People who have read it would probably understand why I'd say this, but I don't want to give anything away.
I could however, do without the sounds of ducks quacking and farting in my ears, mingled occasionally with melodic funeral parlor fare and grating guitar massacres.If you can put up with these once in a while attacks on your eardrums, it's yet another good King book.
I wouldn't put it very high on my list of recommendations for him, but if you're a fan, you'll like it. I for one always love a return to the accursed town of Derry, and King delivers here once again. If you've read "It", you'll appreciate the little shoutouts he does throughout.
So many people told me how they love this book, but I found it somewhat rambling, mixed with long diatribes on abortion, and it takes more than half of the book to even have a clue what is going on. I just didn't buy in to the story. The villains are "bags of bones", as are several important characters:
Ed Deepneau - they allude to his pre-wacko personality, with no details.
Bill McGovern - All conversations seem so superficial with Bill, you wouldn't know they were such good friends.
And so on.
I'm a big fan. Loved "The Stand", "The Shining", "Bag of Bones", "Duma Key", and more.
Narrator was good, however the music ruins the audio track. I could make out the voice, but music is distracting.
If you are new to Stephen King, go for "The Stand" or the Dark Tower series instead. Much more satisfying.
Absolutely. I just finished it and have already told a friend about it.
Yes. I usually only listen when I am work. And I couldn't wait to get back to the book the next day wanting to know what happened next.
Almost all the scenes with the auras were present and being described
Ralph. He was the main character. But the "little doctors" (all three) were quite memorable themselves.
Great book. I have always like Stephen King's books. I have read most of them and this was my first time doing an audio book. I couldn't have chosen a better book to start with. A definite read for anyone. It also was a pretty good love story in the end.
As usual Stephen King weaves a spectacular tale, something that we all have come to expect, and this time he didn't disappoint. Coupled with a masterful performance by veteran actor Eli Wallach who voices King’s tale of a man who through an increasing lack of sleep slides into a semi-conscious state of awareness where he begins to notice strange things happening in his community. At first he started to doubt his own sanity until he meets another who was also seeing odd happenings but was too afraid to tell anyone for fear that she would be taken away by the men in the white coats and carted off to the closest loony bin.
Have you ever thought you saw something in the corner of your eye and when you turned to look nothing was there? This book will make you think twice the next time it happens.
The only criticism I offer is about the added sound at various points. Someone made an attempt to increase drama by adding in music to accentuate key moments.
They blew it!
The music itself was poignant but way too loud. In some cases so loud it was hard to make out what Wallach was saying. Overall I rate this book high and worth listening to and if you are a true fan of King don’t be put off by the music since it’s only periodic.
Ravenous reader. Love audio books. Listen when I'm driving, shopping, lying in bed at night, outside on a beautiful day. I'm indifferent about my t.v. But, I'd suffer without my books.
Funny. Loveable heroes
Excellent narration. Music ridiculous.
Able to capture the older generation perspective.
The music was unnecessary and distracting
using a Kindle Fire HD 7
This is a book that I really liked when I read it myself, and I like it even better in Audio. The narrator is exceptional, and his gritty voice adds feeling and assorted depths to the characters feelings, thoughts and words.
I first heard this particular audio book years ago through my local library. It played on the cassette player while I painted my children's bedrooms one lovely spring weekend. I found it to be even more enjoyable now, than it was all those years ago.
Reading others reviews, I noticed several people saying that they did not like the music that either ends or starts at the beginning of some of the chapters. I would have to agree with the masses and say that the music is nerve-wracking and akin to someone running their fingernails down a chalkboard. The music is like commercials on TV in that it is much louder than the book, lending even more annoyance to the moment. Without the music, which I am sure was intended to prod ones nerves, the book would be without a doubt, one of my all time favorites.
I considered lowering the performance rating because of the music, however, I did not want to deny the narrator his well deserved 5 star performance rating.
Remove the annoying music tones that happen every 20-30 minutes. They're loud and make it hard to hear the reader at times. The noises are horrible effects and only distract from the story.
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The Epilogue - or at least shorten it. I would have also reduced the smaller scenes of dialogue between Ralph and his friends at random places (store, park, hospital, etc).
This was a horrible audio performance - which has encouraged me to read the comments and reviews before purchasing any audiobook.
It's the best driving highway 50 heading east
He rocks wish I could find more books he has done
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In the top five.
Bag of Bones. The narration of both is excellent. They both have central characters that really involve you.
Ralph. He seems th be so lovable and easy to be with.
Mid range King book with good narration but distracting and annoying use of loud, discordant music overriding narrator at several key points. We can figure out the drama moments on our own, we don't need a musical sound track to cue us in.
I would be willing to listen to the narrator again but will not order from that particular publishing house again.