As in many of his books, Stephen King sets the story in the town of Derry, ME. After reading so many of his books, I feel as though I have been there and know the landmarks etc. The concept for this story is unique. There are many people who do not like this book, and many say it is not his best work. I agree it is not at his best, but I still enjoy it. Some of my friends say that it is "far fetched." My response? This is a work of fiction, in the horror and suspense genre, it is supposed to be far fetched. If you want realism, then read non-fiction.
I've only listened to one other Stephen King novel (The Shining) and this one is far better.
Towards the end of the epilogue. I do not want to be more specific, because I would be giving away the ending!!
Eli Wallach is a master storyteller. Listening to him reminds me of listening to my grandfather tell me stories when I was a kid. His voice and method of delivery almost sounds like Burgess Meredith. I hope I come across other audio books read by Mr. Wallach.
Some books are better read than listened to. This is one of those books. This isn't one of Mr. King's better efforts but certain aspects of the book appeal to me. When I saw it available on Audible I thought I'd take the opportunity to listen to Eli W.'s reading. He did a fair job but as many others have commented before me, the music gets in the way.
Not for quite a while, the story is classic SK, but there are horrible sound effects added at inappropriate spots in the narration. This is distracting, and even irritating in some instances.
Ralph is the main character, he is the good guy! Then Lois plays a great companion and partner.
Main dislike is the corny and amateur music that was added at the most inappropriate places. Good plot and story, typical SK.
I would rate this 4+ except for the screwy music and sound effects. It's terrible and distracting. Te narration is good, just need to remove the sound effects.
I mostly enjoyed that all the criticism about the music was wrong. I kept waiting for the forecasted terror of music and it never came. The book wasn't up there as one of King's best. I'm glad he kept this one away from the aliens. I would rather a horror story that messes with you mentally than one from outer space.
I passed over choosing to listen to this book several times due to the many critics of the background music. The plot sounded interesting enough and I finally bought it and hoped I wouldn't be too disappointed. Be careful not to allow bad criticism to sway your mind. You need to make your own opinion. The music that so many have lashed out at is barely there. It very seldom occurs. Also, it was NOT too loud. Not even a single syllable was drowned out throughout the entire story. The story was done in stereo. Both ear budes or both sides of the headphones need to be used.
The annoying sounds that accompanied dramatic scenes throughout the book were an incredible nuisance. It's as though the producers felt the need to crash a truck full of cymbals into a circular saw blade factory. Aside from interrupting the flow of the narrative, it made following the story while the music was playing all but impossible, an inconsiderate and irrelevant addition made all the more annoying by the fact that they played only during the most important points in the story.
Despite an overlong epilogue, the very end was moving and worth sitting through Stephen King's gregarious style and disastrous sound works. Honestly not his best work, but still heart felt and a satisfying resolution.
He didn't, whatever idiot monkey playing the sitar and rusty cymbals drove me up the wall, however.
Read the reviews of future purchases to avoid purchasing books with annoying noises hidden in the drama. Seriously, this book would be better read on your own.
Sounds = super duper aggravating.
The story and narrator are great. The problem is the producer added music in the worst places. The intent, I'm sure, was to create drama. But the music is so loud I can't hear the story!
Get rid of the music
Ralph----senior citizen super hero!!!
Not sure why they chose to add music to this but more times then not it is like some heavy metal head bumping piece in between the chapters. the story is a good one and certainly did not need this!
Jack The Geezer
Yes, but only if my friend was a King fan.I have a hardback copy I got when it came out in the 90's and liked it then.
I'm on my second read/listen to all of King's recorded books.
I'm "his biggest fan!" Ha ha.
One reason I reread this one is because it's referred to in Dark Tower 7 as proof that the Dark Tower story informed and intruded in King's other works.
Of course, the twisty thing is that King himself wrote that opinion!
That the Crimson King was the sort of ruler of chaos, well, ok. But no big "Ah Ha" moments
He put so much care and energy in getting the characters just right, I was knocked out.
Then as action progressed, he just really hung with the whole performance.
He even hit the characters' Maine accent, lightly and effectively.
Revenge of the Geezers
I love to listen to books but I don't like short little books so anything under 10 hours thumbs down :)
This book was good it wasn't so much scary as it was different I will probably listen to it 2times so...
Ok, so this is Stephen King's Insomnia. I loved the story when I first read it nearly 20 years ago, and this review is not about the story. Eli Wallach does a fabulous job reading the story, and this review is not about the performer.
This review is about how this recording was produced. To cut to the chase, the so-called "incidental music" added to Mr. Wallach's performance was attrocious! Whoever decided to first, add this music to the narration, and second, whoever mixed this recording should be taken out back and flogged!
The music adds absolutely NOTHING to the performance. In fact, it is nothing but a distraction, and the mixing engineer was an idiot! The music is often so loud as to drown out Mr. Wallach's performance at crucial points in the story. The text of the story is more than enough to elicit the desired responses, and the annoyance of the music ruins the experience.
I'd recommend not buying this recording until someone realizes what a bonehead mistake they made by hiring the producer, director, and sound engineer, and remixes this performance WITHOUT the music. If you love Stephen King, you're going to be sorely disappointed with the overall performance.
I'd love to get my credit back, but haven't figured out how to do this yet.