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K. Monty

MANCHESTER, NH United States

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  • Insomnia

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eli Wallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (697)

    Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

    KB says: "King lover very disappointed - NO Spoilers"
    "Among "story telling's" best"
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    What did you love best about Insomnia?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    I've only listened to one other Stephen King novel (The Shining) and this one is far better.


    Which character – as performed by Eli Wallach – was your favorite?

    Trigger.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Towards the end of the epilogue. I do not want to be more specific, because I would be giving away the ending!!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2152)
    Performance
    (2003)
    Story
    (2025)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Not nearly as horryifying as the movie!"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Campbell Scott?

    I remember reading The Shining years ago when it was released in paperback. It kept me awake all night. The film with Jack Nicholson was outstanding. Thought I would try this audiobook. YAWN! The narrator is very "monotone," and the story now didn't seem to be as thrilling as I remember it. I suppose that sometimes a movie version is better than the book. If you want horror and suspense from the "master of horror," skip this audiobook, and rent the Jack Nicholson version of the movie instead.


    Would you recommend The Shining to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. This rendition is simply boring.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Ther narrator should have put more "life" into this. I love to hear a good storyteller. The performer who read this audiobook is simply not a great storyteller.


    Was The Shining worth the listening time?

    Waste of time.


    2 of 9 people found this review helpful

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