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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)

What Members Say

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    Kathleen Providence Forge, VA, USA 12-04-03
    Kathleen Providence Forge, VA, USA 12-04-03
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    "I'm a big Stephen King fan, but...."

    this book, for some reason, just didn't hold my attention and I stopped listening halfway through. The plot just seemed too outlandish to me. I loved The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and The Green Mile.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh Chapel Hill, NC, United States 05-06-03
    Hugh Chapel Hill, NC, United States 05-06-03
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    "First time for a King book"

    I found about three quarters of the book very good. But like another noted, this book was about 5 hours too long. You could probably fast forward through about 4 hours and not miss much. But if you want a long book because you have a lot of time to listen, you will enjoy.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Clearwater, FL, United States 04-17-03
    Kyle Clearwater, FL, United States 04-17-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent Book!"

    My first King book. I'm a non-fiction type of guy but recently decided to read a fiction work "in between" my business and history books. This was so fun to read. I have to blame King for the fact that I let two days of graduate school go to hell while I stayed locked in on Dudditz and his buds. Very very well spelled out characters who you can picture. The kindness the boys had shown a person in need was touching. GREAT BOOK!! READ IT!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A. Massey Kennesaw 04-14-03
    A. Massey Kennesaw 04-14-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Very Good"

    I did not know that Steven King could write science fiction, but he has done a good job with the Dreamcatcher. This is a very long book, but every hour you listen adds to the great character development and story line. There is very little that could be cut out with out seriously damaging the book. That may be why the movie was so bad. This really is a story that needs twenty hours to be told correctly.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lilia Kaneohe, HI, USA 03-06-03
    Lilia Kaneohe, HI, USA 03-06-03
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    "Loved it!"

    One of my favorites written by S. King. Jeffrey DeMunn does a fantastic job narrating this book. Both are great storytellers. I was sad when it ended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jr 01-04-04
    Jr 01-04-04 Listener Since 2002
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    "Wow, I was hoping it would never end!"

    This book was fantastic. I've probably listened to 50 audio books in the last few years, and I think this one may have been the best one yet. Major kudos should go to Jeffrey Demunn for his AWESOME narration of the story. Portrayal of the characters was superbe, with accents and voice changes for each one. Riveting. I found I couldn't put it down.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth N. Rush Welaka, Florida 09-13-13
    Elizabeth N. Rush Welaka, Florida 09-13-13 Member Since 2003

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    "He warned us!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Stephen King was quoted as saying, "“I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud. ”
    Enough said.


    Would you recommend Dreamcatcher to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Well, maybe. I know some who would like this book. I certainly would not discourage anyone from trying it. It just was not for me.


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

    Very good narrator. I would enjoy listening to other performances by him. Listening is never the same as reading, and for me it is not ever as good. I listen, because it is hard to read a book while you are driving, washing dishes or mowing the lawn.


    Did Dreamcatcher inspire you to do anything?

    Search Audible for another book. Maybe even another King or maybe something else. I know his work well enough to know I may absolutely love the next one.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get me wrong, I enjoy reading King, but I expect to enjoy some more than others. I am not his only audience. One of his great talents is that he can successfully write novels in a way that no one can really say about a book, "That is a typical Stephen King novel". There is no such thing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia United States 09-04-13
    Cynthia United States 09-04-13
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    "The Movie Is Better"
    Where does Dreamcatcher rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not one of my favorites. I actually think the movie told the story better.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    I love Stephen King! I've read every book he has had published. And now thanks to Audible, I am collecting them to listen to.


    Have you listened to any of Jeffrey DeMunn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't believe I have.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dreamcatcher and why?

    I like Henry the best. I kind of get where he's coming from. He is able to put his problems aside, to do what's right.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gigglegrit Corinth, TX USA 04-13-13
    Gigglegrit Corinth, TX USA 04-13-13 Listener Since 2002
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    "Great story with fizzled ending"
    What did you love best about Dreamcatcher?

    I loved the whole idea and execution of the aliens and their gross effects on the humans. A well-told story that kept me involved and disgusted in the best way. However, the ending seemed to fizzle into an eye-roll. But overall it was still really worth the adventure!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    chris clinton, UT, United States 06-08-12
    chris clinton, UT, United States 06-08-12
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    "Gold for a story, Poo for an ending"
    Where does Dreamcatcher rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    above the middle. The story and narration were great. plenty of humor, adventure, and suspense. A goo balance of suspense and payoff, until the end. I like most Stephen King books, but once again he can't seem to give it a good finish...ala dark tower series. It is great while it's going, but leaves you dissapointed at the ending, no big payoff for hours and hours of dedicated listening, detective like fact finding, and paying close attention etc.


    What other book might you compare Dreamcatcher to and why?

    The Dome, Also very long and interesting, with a less than stellar ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the flatulence scenes. deep down inside, stephen king is still a thirteen year old, but I guess fart jokes just never go out of style. His elaboration reminds me of the "Barf-o-Rama" in The Body, or Stand by Me if you prefer.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Winter Heart of Darkness? I don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Stephen King would end his books as good as he did with his books under psuedonyms like running man and the four seasons, etc

    Jeffery DeMunn does an excellent job as the narrator. His voice is clear with good pronunciation. And he does a good New England accent without sounding cheesy or fake.He may or may not be from northeast america, but you'd neve know from listening. I will definitely look for more books narrated by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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