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.
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"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)
I find that there are two types of Stephen King books: the really innovative and creative ones where he stretches your imagination, and then the kind of so-so ones that fill the gaps between the entries into the first group. He's SO good when he's good, and Dreamcatcher is definitely a quality entry.
One of the reviews noted that it was too slow in the beginning and that there was too much toilet humor. Well, I'm not a fan of toilet humor either, personally, but the CHARACTERS are real types of boys because of those sorts of little quips. Not all boys/men talk like that, certainly, but these guys do (or did, as much of it happened in childhood and you experience it in flashbacks or you hear them smiling back at the old, silly expressions they used to use). And as for being slow in the beginning, it's fairly painstaking character development. But it is your interest in this group of friends that is paramount to your continuing interest in the story, so it is necessary. And more than that, for those of us that like character-driven fiction (although there's plenty of plot here for the plot-driven fiction folks, too, although you need to get an hour or two in), it's enjoyable as well.
This was my first audiobook and I'm worried that I've been spoiled! A good way to start.
This book follows the typical King strategy. He tells an incredible story in series of small steps, and before you know it you are believing something that a few hours earlier would have been laughable. I think it is the perfection of this technique that has made him one of my favorite contemporary authors.
The audio production is very good, but without "taking over" the story. I can't wait to see the movie, and hope that King had enough involvement in the film to maintain the integrity of his story.
If you like to sit back and be carried along on a bizarre adventure, don't wait any longer, get this audio.
Well done. Jeffrey DeMunn does an terrific job performing this, the masters best work. The character developement by Stephen King makes each person so real that I not only knew them, I understood them and their imperfections, and I couldn't help but love them. I'd like to hang out with these guys. I just loved this book. I hope you do too.
Mr. King brought this story from imagination to artful reality. The narration is wonderful...my ears were chaffed by the end of the story!
Fantastic characters, story, structure and fundamental idea.
I think this book is better for listening than reading. Excellent narration.
Thank you for a great story!
This was my first King book and I found it difficult to turn off. Since I listen to books while driving, I found myself consistenly below the speed limit just to get more of the book in.
Stephen King artfully beckons you into the lives of four boyhood friends destined for a three way collision with an extra terestrial inteligence and a government cover-up headed by a cruel and vengeful subversive. An interstellar massacre of aliens begging earth for help, a galactic plague the aliens may carry, and a man with a dual personality and maniacle ambitions are all connected in a spiritual network of intrigue transending time and space and centering around a young retarded boy with a special gift. This story is innovative, facinating, and connects the dots between all the modern E.T. mythology. A must read for the die-hard sci-fi fan.
Like a previous reviewer, this was my introduction to Steven King.
I've long considered myself king of the cynics... especially concerning anything metaphysical, enchanted, or ghostly. I've avoided Steven King books for years. If you are of the same state of mind, don't be put off by this book. It's a true gift for a story-teller to be able to create a tale with "regular guys" and have you pulled along, accepting the unbelievable things that are happening to them.
My only complaint would be the rapid "conclusion" of the book. After listening to almost 20 hours of a book, it was disappointing to have the loose ends tied together in one brief chapter. From reading other reviews of Steven King, I understand that this might be typical: really strong for the first three-quarters, and then kind of trails off.
I think that the stronget compliment that I can give an author is to say that I've purchased more books since. I'm now listening to "Bag of Bones"... and am enjoying it every bit as much.
I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.
I just kept getting bored and my mind would wander away from the story; so then I'd have to rewind it and try to listen to the sections I missed. I got halfway through without giving up on it.
After listening to "11-22-63", which was my first Stephen King book, I couldn't wait to listen to more of Stephen King's novels; so I listened to "It" and that was a really good story. Then after "It", I listened to "The Stand" and that was almost as good as "It." So, I moved on to "Dreamcatcher" expecting another good story, but I got a slow moving novel with characters that just didn't capture my attention.
As with each Stephen King book, the premise or impending horror will try it's best to be unique. In this case, it is in the very different take on alien-invasion. Not all will like it, but it is what it is, very clever and very different. And all couched in a story of a childhood friendship so deep, so authentic that it adds to the emotional strain drawn upon our priciple characters. Jeffrey DeMunn does an outstanding job, one of the best I've ever heard, delivering a New England accept to absolute perfection. Those troubled by heavy language are either unfamiliar with Stephen King or the honest jargon of modern culture. Unless you've grown up in a vacuum or religiously conservative isolation, course language-like it or not, is part of common American culture. In the case of this book, it is intrinsic to the culture of our protagonists. This is very well-written and delivered audio-book.
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