It is completely different. The reader gives such personality to the characters in the book that it makes it so hard to walk away from.
It is amazing how Insomnia touches on many of the other stories. There are hints to the dark tower series, pet semetary, and IT just to name a few.
I haven't listened to any of the other stories that the reader has completed but I am just waiting for him to complete more Stephen king books
very much. I would only caution to listeners that while it was great to have music in the background, it sometimes over-rode the spoken words. maybe it was just my iPhone speaker, but there were times when I was not able to hear what was being said
Yes, I typically love King books, both his earlier ones and his most recent works. But I found this one dragging and I had trouble keeping interested.
The narrator was very good. Good casting and good performance. But, whoever decided to add the loud, horrible music during transitions in the book should get a demerit. It was screeching and loud and literally gave me a headache. I started turning it down when it came on, but then I missed part of the narration, which was less loud than the music. I had a similar negative experience with his short story collection, Everything is Eventual.
Enjoyed the listen
Ralph Roberts. Eli did a great job capturing Ralph's emotions throughout the book. I read this book when it was originally released and remember thinking it slow in areas. I much preferred the audio version.
The soundtrack is shrill at times. At no point did I find it so loud that I couldn't understand the reader. I almost didn't buy this because of the negative reviews regarding the soundtrack. I'm glad that I did.
The narrator Eli Wallach does a fine job with the voices, you can really tell them apart.
This Is one of the best horror/sf novels I have enjoyed in some time.
The story is very Steve Kingie, in other words excellent! I could do without the darn music though. It overpowers the voices often and is quite screechy and weird. Now the story calls for weird, but the music gets loud enough for me to have to turn down my headset while it plays, and up again when it stops. I enjoyed this book, and I would highly recommend it to all Steven King fans, I do hope that this music doesn't persist in the industry though!
deletion of the music that has been added for dramatic effect. The plot of the story was feeble and broke down midway by adding sentient forces.
The performance was very good.
Of course the story is great but Eli Wallach was fantastic! I wish he would do all of Kings books!
Mr. Wallach is great at all the different voices required for this story. I just enjoyed the whole experiance very much! I will listen to this over and over again!
It made me both laugh and cry and allot of that had to do with the quality of the audio performance for this great story!
At the end of every chapter and throughout the storytelling there are stringed instruments that play, sometimes right over the narration. Its not bad during the day but I like to listen to the audiobooks at night before going to sleep and when the stringed instruments come on they are very loud and nerve wrenching sounds. I suppose they do this to make the story more exciting in areas but the book doesn't need them and they are mostly just an irritation. I wish they had not been put in.
The narrator is very good at reading the story and his voice is pleasant.
I love this book, and the narrator is very good, but why the awful music? It would be bad enough if it only played between chapters, but there are parts where the narrator is competing with it. Would be better without it!
I wish I had read the reviews before buying this. I dislike having music and sound effects in my audiobooks, and what was done with Insomnia was some of the worst I've heard. The music is jarring, interferes with my being able to hear the narration, and is just plain bad. This is a disservice to otherwise excellent narration by Eli Wallach.
I've read the book before, and it is one I like. This audio version is unbearable. I've barely gotten through the first two chapters because the music and sound effects are too distracting.
Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa
yes, its an involved story, i would listen again to see if i missed anything, plus DT insight
ralph, you find yourself looking out for him
his voice fits every aspect of the book, great great choice of reader
lots of comments about the sound effects are warranted, i finally bought the book and very glad i did. the effects are an attempt for increased spookiness, which worked, weren't quite as annoying as everyone says it was, i thought they were cool and fit in, just be ready to lower the volume a little