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Dreamcatcher | [Stephen King]

Dreamcatcher

"The genius shines through...flat-out riveting." (Publishers Weekly)
"Makes for great midnight reading." (The New York Times)
"Dreamcatcher is a comeback and an infusion of rich new blood into King's body of work." (Amazon.com)

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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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    David Normal, IL, United States 11-10-03
    David Normal, IL, United States 11-10-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent Book!"

    Wonderful book to listen to - with excellent characters.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Romy Newtonville, MA, United States 04-03-03
    Romy Newtonville, MA, United States 04-03-03
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    "If you liked Dreamcatcher..."

    I have been a long-time Stephen King fan, and own several of his books on tape. I've listened to Dreamcatcher 4 times and I am re-listening to it prior to seeing the movie. And if you like Dreamcatcher (Unabridged), you'll love Bag of Bones (read by King himself), and Dolores Claiborne (Unabridged).

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Vancouver, WA, USA 09-24-03
    James Vancouver, WA, USA 09-24-03
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    "Marvelous, engrossing, heart-warming"

    I listened to this one on a road trip to Yellowstone. It made the long hours fly by. I loved the narration. Extremely well done. And I loved the development of the four or five main characters-their particularities, the novel slang and cursing of "The Beav", and the comaraderie. Its a great male bonding story.
    The story was wonderful: incredibly suspenseful without being excessive. The crafting of each line in this one was marvelously done. It was a pleasure to observe the yarn being so finely spun. I didn't expect it from King.
    This title has made me a King fan, for sure. I never thought I would get into such a mainstream author, but now I see that it is well worth it.
    One of my best listens yet.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Swad 03-29-11
    Swad 03-29-11

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    "Good Solid King"

    This is a pretty good SK novel, not on a par with It or The Stand, but big and creepy with lots of interesting characters. Whatever you do, seriously, DO NOT WATCH THE FILM IF YOU LIKED THIS BOOK. The movie, as many of the abortive attempts at bringing King to the screen are, is complete garbage that starts out okay then goes to bad, to worse, to completely off the charts terrible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jbx2usa 08-22-05
    jbx2usa 08-22-05

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    "A Great Story"

    King has done it once again with a complicated story of friends who must overcome the worst. This book is heavily reminiscent of "Stand By Me" with its flashbacks to childhood but completely original. I enjoyed the story completely but the swearing was a bit much.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Lombard, IL, USA 05-09-05
    Andrew Lombard, IL, USA 05-09-05
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    "Great stuff"

    King is a master storyteller, and Dreamcatcher is one of his finest. I am convinced that King is an underrated literary author - his flashbacks to the childhoods of the boys and Duddits are breathtaking and poignant. And his horror and suspense are the top of the line of pop fiction. Sure, the narrative gets long at times, but it's worth it.

    The narrator does a fantastic job at the New England/Maine accents, giving each character exactly the right nuance.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Portland, ME, USA 11-22-04
    Greg Portland, ME, USA 11-22-04
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    "Great book, great listen"

    I have owned this book in paperback for years. I bought it to take along on a plan ride, but never could really get into it. I started listening to audio books as a way to pass the time while on the road for work. This book is typical King, starts slow, but picks up and is difficult to put down. I listened every chance I got. I can't wait to see the movie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Birmingham, AL, USA 01-09-04
    Susan Birmingham, AL, USA 01-09-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Good book"

    This is the first book I listened to with my audible account. It did a great job of getting me hooked on audible books and the story as well. I've recommended this book to others and hope that the new movie version is as good as the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Horn Maine 09-03-03
    L. Horn Maine 09-03-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Classic King"

    Stephen King is at his best when telling tales of childhood friendships and loyalties and shared experiences. This is one of those books. Going back and forth between childhood memories and current adult experiences, the author does a great job of bringing to life all the characters at their various ages.
    The reader did a superb job with the different voices (especially Duditz) which made the story even more enjoyable. Once again, a King novel that is hard to put down (or shut off).

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Bergman 04-03-03 Listener Since 2002
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    "Living the story"

    Mr. King had me traveling and living with Henry, Pete, Dudis and the others. I did not listen to the book, I lived the story. True mastery of the word.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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