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.
I loved this book when I read it and I loved having it read to me except for one thing... the MUSIC! At the beginning of each chapter, when the focus would change, when things were getting suspenseful, this awful music would start and nearly drown out the narrator! Totally unnecessary! The book stands by itself... this music was distracting at best and infuriating at worst...
This one has weird annoying sound effects throughout... so ANNOYING and loud that I almost stopped listening to the book! At times the music/sounds was/were so loud I couldn't hear what Eli Wallach was saying.
This book was about 40 percent longer than it needed to be. It's my least favorite of King's works. Characters we're sub-par, writing was okay, and narration was passable, but certainly not worth the 38 hours. Also, the music between the chapters was ear piercing at times and would often drown out the final two or three sentences of narration, overpowering the best lines in the book. I don't think the sound engineer even listened to what he was doing.
Recommend Dark Tower Series, instead. The first book, The Gunslinger is a little slow, but the series takes off after that and never disappoints. Desperation is the next best in my opinion.
I would recommend this book.
The special effects(music) were awful. This ruined an otherwise very good book.
While I enjoyed the story overall, even though it seemed to take a while to get started, and then seemed to meander around kind of aimlessly, what I absolutely HATE about this audio book is the "Music" selection between chapters. Just as I'd start getting into the story, and really getting tensed up wanting to know what was going to happen next, the chapter would change, and this god awful "music" would come on, which would pull me completely out of the book. There were a couple of times I wanted to claw the earbuds out of my ears, it was so awful. I'm going to finish the book, just to find out how the story ends, but I'm pretty sure I won't listen to this one again.