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Desperation Audiobook

Desperation

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Publisher's Summary

"The terror is relentless" (Publishers Weekly) in Stephen King's number-one national best seller about a little mining town, Desperation, that many will enter on their way to somewhere else. But getting out is not easy as it would seem....

Located off a desolate stretch of Interstate 50, Desperation, Nevada, has few connections with the rest of the world. It is a place, though, where the seams between worlds are thin. And it is a place where several travelers are abducted by Collie Entragian, the maniacal police officer of Desperation. Entragian uses various ploys for the abductions, from an arrest for drug possession to "rescuing" a family from a nonexistent gunman. There's something very wrong here, all right, and Entragian is only the surface of it.

The secrets embedded in Desperation's landscape and the evil that infects the town like some viral hot zone are both awesome and terrifying. But as one of the travelers, young David Carver, seems to know - though it scares him nearly to death to realize it - so are the forces summoned to combat them.

©1996 Stephen King. All rights reserved. (P)1996 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Stephen King's knack for turning the stray junk of pop culture into sick, darkly engrossing thrills has rarely been this much in evidence as in Desperation." (Salon)

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    Sherri A. Hildebrand 03-21-16
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    "Outstanding!"

    I can clearly see this book made into a movie. It kept my attention through the end, and I was disappointed when it was over. I felt I could easily connect with the characters, and often felt I was accompanying them on their horrible journey. Great book!!

    Although the author was also the narrator of the book, and I tend to like him, it would make the book even more gripping to have a narrator who will include the dramatic emphases into his or her dialogue.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 02-20-16
    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 02-20-16 Member Since 2016

    Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.

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    "Once again unabridged"

    I love unabridged books, and I am so glad Desperation is an unabridged option. I like this story better than The Regulators. I actually like to hear Steven King tell his own stories. He is not a professional reader, but his books "sound like him". Please don't ask me to explain, some of you may actually understand anyway. He is one of the original "kill off the good guy" writers, and that keeps me interested.

    32 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty 02-06-16
    Kitty 02-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Finally!"

    I've been waiting for this to be available as an unabridged audiobook for years! And read by the author just makes it even better! Listened to it over two days and was not disappointed.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 03-14-16
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 03-14-16 Member Since 2014

    I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.

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    "One of his best"

    This book was both creepy and touching. I enjoyed Stephen King's narration very much. We could not stop listening.

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    Samantha oneil 02-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Desperation"

    I hope Stephen King will read all of his books. I've enjoyed this book. I think he does a great job, except Drunken Fireworks, that one is perfect the way it is.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Reno Virginia 05-19-16
    Reno Virginia 05-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Another Dimension"

    If you like Kings more occult/metaphysical stories with evil entities like "It" or "Dreamcatcher" this is one of those, but a bit shorter. This one is got some very graphic horror and violence. I liked it a lot, well worth the money OR the credit!

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    paijit Anchorage, AK, United States 02-20-16
    paijit Anchorage, AK, United States 02-20-16 Member Since 2011
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    "King à la Mode"
    Where does Desperation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Beautifully written with smooth transitions from characters and situations that only King can do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact you are never going to figure out exactly what is going on, and proved wrong whenever your sure you have it.


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    J-Red 04-08-16
    J-Red 04-08-16
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    "King should write, not narrate."

    I'm a fan of just about all things King. This was a good story, buy just OK for King. Maybe keep looking.

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    Dennis Ivy,VA 03-07-16
    Dennis Ivy,VA 03-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "True King at his finest."

    great story in the true King tradition.
    as a bonus,King natrates this one himself.
    give a listen!

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    Regina 03-03-16
    Regina 03-03-16
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    "Finally"

    Finally a unabridged version of Desperation. And read by King! An amazing treat for any Fan!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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