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Dreamcatcher | [Stephen King]

Dreamcatcher

A dark and sweeping adventure, Dreamcatcher is set in the haunted city of Derry - the site of Stephen King's It and Insomnia. In it, four young boys stand together and do a brave, good thing, an act that changes them in ways that they hardly understand. A quarter-century later, as grown men who have gone their separate ways, these friends come together once a year to hunt in the woods of Maine.
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Publisher's Summary

A dark and sweeping adventure, Dreamcatcher is set in the haunted city of Derry - the site of Stephen King's It and Insomnia. In it, four young boys stand together and do a brave, good thing, an act that changes them in ways that they hardly understand.

A quarter-century later, as grown men who have gone their separate ways, these friends come together once a year to hunt in the woods of Maine. This particular year, a stranger stumbles into their campsite, and before long, the friends are plunged into the most remarkable adventure of their lives. They wind up in a life and death struggle, their only hope for survival locked in their shared past... and in the dreamcatcher.

©2001 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved. (P)2001 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"May be the best alien invasion story since War of the Worlds." (Booklist)

"A thriller that shows [King] remains a force in fiction." (Internet Bookwatch)

"The X-Files comes to Maine." (AudioFile)

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    michael kellett 03-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great as usual"

    If u like King u will like this. Great narration. This is much better than the movie. Standard top notch King

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    ken Quincy, MA, United States 03-11-15
    ken Quincy, MA, United States 03-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable pop horro"

    Steven king at his best. Good horror and excellent characters. A must read if you love Stephen king. Bon appetite

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    Nneka Douglasville, GA 02-22-15
    Nneka Douglasville, GA 02-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivated"
    What did you love best about Dreamcatcher?

    I loved the storytelling and how King intertwined the past and the present so well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Josie. I just enjoyed all parts of the story that included him.


    What does Jeffrey DeMunn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think he did an amazing job of conveying the feeling and actions of the characters through his reading of Dreamcatcher.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dreamcatcher and why?

    Duddits because he was such a key part of the whole story and bringing the boys together.


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    Todd D Blackman 01-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Expectations met"

    Great story and cast of characters. What I look for in a Stephen King novel. Looking forward to the next.

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    Stephen C. Anderson 01-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "SK fan."

    To me SK is always entertaining. Not as good as the Stand but still good.

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    Amazon Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 11-20-14
    Amazon Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 11-20-14 Member Since 2015

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    "King treads old/new territory with Dreamcather!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dreamcatcher the most enjoyable?

    Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale from Walking Dead for those who are fans of the show) gives a great performance and brings the story to life.


    What other book might you compare Dreamcatcher to and why?

    This is a pretty wacked out book and I can't think of a book that is similar. The story does remind me of Invasion of the Body Snatchers are something Cronenberg might come up with in movie form.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When one of the guys is trapped with Mr. Gray in the cabin. A squirm inducing moment of body horror that is not easily forgotten.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dreamcatcher and why?

    I'd say its either Jonesy or Duddits. Both are the most memorable out of the main group who must face the evil around them.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a lot like It in some ways where we have lots of flashbacks between adulthood and childhood and how it all weaves together.

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    Big Kev Mount Vernon, IL 11-19-14
    Big Kev Mount Vernon, IL 11-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Sometimes I should listen to my wife."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listen to pass time at work...so yes, It was well spent. I don't think anyone will feel that Dreamcatcher is a life changing piece of work. I certainly did not.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He just misses sometimes. This time he missed. It's a book. It's a long book. It's Stephen King making house payments.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey DeMunn – was your favorite?

    I don't know that I found myself enjoying the characters of this novel much. In fact I disliked most of them so much that I often cheered in the event of their demise.


    Did Dreamcatcher inspire you to do anything?

    It certainly inspired me to not read Dreamcatcher a second time.


    Any additional comments?

    this book is near the bottom of the King books in regard to quality. My wife warned it that "It sucked". I should listen to my wife more often.

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    ricketsj St. Paul, MN United States 05-09-14
    ricketsj St. Paul, MN United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Decent story but WAY too gross for me..."

    I have read many, many Stephen King books over the years and like them for various reasons. I often choose one of them over something more literary or nonfiction because they are so easy to get immersed in- whatever else you might say about King, he is a very engaging story teller. My work is stressful, and sometimes I just want to head into a completely different reality. This book is interesting enough to finish, but I had some issues with it that I have not had with others. In many of King's books, he spends more time on bodily functions and gross-out details than I would like. I'm not prudish and don't find it offensive, but I get gross-out pretty easily. I have usually set this down to the importance of such functions to boys and men compared with girls and women (forgive the stereotype), and have managed to get past it despite wanting to skip past a few scenes.

    This book, however, has so many gross-out scenes that skipping past them would leave you with not enough novel to get what's going on. It's not that the disgusting things aren't necessary to the story- they are. It was, for me, an unpleasant experience to wince my way through it all to keep following the story.

    My understanding is that this was the first book King wrote after his terrible injuries when he was hit by a car, and that he wrote it long-hand because he couldn't yet sit up and type. I imagine that he must have been in great pain, and focused heavily on his body, while he wrote this. Knowing this made it possible for me to see some of the more disturbing scenes as being symbolic of what the writer was going through, and that helped.

    As with all King novels, I came to like and identify with most of the characters in the novel. The book was interesting because there were two antagonists with interests opposed to each other and to the protagonists. There was a lot going on in the story. Most of it worked pretty well, but there was definitely a feeling that the various threads of story didn't totally match up in tone. Also, various components felt borrowed from other King novels. The flashbacks with the children, the close-knit group of friends, and the magical qualities of Duddits felt like an abbreviated version of the kids in It. The crazy and out-of-control military character was very much like the similar character in Firestarter. (Another loose canon going rogue out of sheer insanity and malevolence- not nearly as three-dimensional as other characters.) The most original element is Mr. Gray, and while I am typically not interested in books about aliens, I thought King did a pretty good job of capturing a completely non-human point of view.

    I can't say I exactly liked this novel and I would never read it again because of the gross-out factor, but I didn't hate it. For fans of King, it is worth reading. I would say if you are NOT a fan of either King or the horror genre, this is not the book to pick up.

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    Julia Plain City, UT, United States 01-30-14
    Julia Plain City, UT, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not my favorite King book, but it got better."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If said friend was a Stephen King fan, such as myself, I would recommend it, if they are new to King, it wouldn't be the first of his I would recommend.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The recording was kind of muffled which irritated me.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey DeMunn – was your favorite?

    Beaver!


    Who was the most memorable character of Dreamcatcher and why?

    I just liked the Beaver character, I liked his humor and vocabulary.


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    robin bloomington, in, United States 10-01-13
    robin bloomington, in, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2013

    Woof!

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    "I love this book!"
    Any additional comments?

    The movie was awful, but the book is great. I love the characters.

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