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.
Considering this audio book is over 24 hours long, and the story didn't really start to become in the least interesting until I was into the 2nd, 8 hour portion, I was highly disappointed in this novel. The only part of the recording that prevents one from drifting off is the highly annoying, ear piercing sounds between chapters that others have already mentioned.
I usually prefer fantasy and historical fiction, but having been a Stephen King fan in high school, I decided to try this title. Big mistake. I can't believe I paid for this book.
The book is long, tedious, and slow paced. Even when the story starts to become a story, it really just isn't very interesting. I think of how I used to read SK and worry that a vampire was outside my bedroom window, but couldn't stop reading. Not the case here.
Not only is this book not interesting, but it rambles, and has so many disconnected pieces that take so long to even hint at a connection, that I found myself often just thinking, "get on with it, already!"
I am not one to quit once I begin a book, so I stuck it out to the end. I can't recommend this book to anyone.
I love it all
The music at the end of chapters ruin this audio book. Brings me out of my minds eye and it sounds horrible.
Great story as usual in the classic Stephen King style. Narration was ok, but I could have done without the background music. I'm not even sure what the purpose of the music was. Not only was the music itself kind of bad, but it was also a little too loud, drowning out the voice of the narrator at times, and it also served as a distraction from the story itself.
I am a third of the was through now and I too wish that the music was not there...I think I would be enjoying the story much more, and would be able to really sink into a story such as this, however, because of the soundtrack...well, it's not impossible but difficult, and sometimes annoying.
I don't regret buying it though. I love Mr King's style so much.
PS. I listen with my MP3 connected to my Bose speakers, but the music is still drowning out some of the speech, nice narrator though,