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Insomnia | [Stephen King]

Insomnia

Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".
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Publisher's Summary

Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know.

The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions". A madman with a knife is trying to kill him, he's sure. And on the night May Locher died, one of the two bald men coming out of her house had a pair of scissors in his hand.

What does it all mean? Ralph doesn't quite know. But the bizarre visions he's been having keep getting more intense, the strange deaths in Derry have just begun, and Ralph knows he isn't hallucinating.

Returning to the town of Derry, Maine, the setting of one of his most critically acclaimed novels, It, Stephen King combines bone-chilling realism with supernatural terror to create yet another masterpiece of suspense.

©1994 Stephen King; (P)1994 Penguin HighBridge Audio

What the Critics Say

"This is a yarn so packed with suspense, romance, literary reference, fascinating miscellaneous knowledge, and heart that only Stephen King could have written it. Marvelous - that is, full of marvels." (Booklist)

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    William Jackson, MO, United States 05-30-13
    William Jackson, MO, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story but lose the damn music."
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Eli Wallach?

    Yes I would, great performance and perfect fit for the main character of the novel.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Insomnia?

    The transition from worrying about insanity to recognizing his new talent and its potential;.


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

    He gives us the narrative to the story and provides a better sense of character that I would not have had by reading.


    Was Insomnia worth the listening time?

    Yes it was but the music while a novel approach was overwhelming at times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 04-30-13
    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2012

    K. Hoover

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    "If my dad were to take acid and tell me a story..."

    This book is one of King's more bizarre works. I bought it as a joke for my son who was experiencing a rather bad case of insomnia. I ended up reading the book since I am a fan of Stephen King. What I got out of the story took me completely by surprise and was nothing like I expected. It was a good read but bizarre to the extreme. This book reminded me that you never know what you will get when you read a Stephen King book. I enjoyed reading the book and couldn't put it down, but it is not the type of book I will read again and again. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of King, Koontz, or their type of genre. The only way I can describe the story is if my 63 year old dad were to take acid and tell me the story of what he saw.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SUE Murray, UT, United States 04-30-13
    SUE Murray, UT, United States 04-30-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "One of my all-time favorite books!"
    If you could sum up Insomnia in three words, what would they be?

    Great characters & story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that the heroes and heroines were older and just plain, ordinary, hard- working people. Ralph Roberts is my hero!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The plane crash.


    Who was the most memorable character of Insomnia and why?

    Ralph Roberts-lovable older guy playing the hero!


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to it ~ 15 times, a record for me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 03-29-13
    Steve LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Stupid Music"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    No Music. It is pointless, distracting and overpowers the spoken words.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    So far, still listening to the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    No Music


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration


    Any additional comments?

    I picked this book up after going through the Dark Tower. Still listening to it at the time of this review but I just had to voice my frustration with the stupid music.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 03-16-13
    Emily 03-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Delightful reading but horrible sound effects"
    Any additional comments?

    I am always amazed again and again at how well Stephen King steps into the shoes of any character, no matter what the age or gender. I thoroughly enjoyed these elderly characters full of spunk and spirit and Eli Wallach is a dynamic and engaging narrator and I would like to listen to him read some other books, now that I've sat through this one.
    "Insomnia" would work better as a graphic novel or a comic in my opinion than a movie, for some very particular reasons. People who have read it would probably understand why I'd say this, but I don't want to give anything away.

    I could however, do without the sounds of ducks quacking and farting in my ears, mingled occasionally with melodic funeral parlor fare and grating guitar massacres.If you can put up with these once in a while attacks on your eardrums, it's yet another good King book.

    I wouldn't put it very high on my list of recommendations for him, but if you're a fan, you'll like it. I for one always love a return to the accursed town of Derry, and King delivers here once again. If you've read "It", you'll appreciate the little shoutouts he does throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom S. Ann Arbor, MI 03-16-13
    Tom S. Ann Arbor, MI 03-16-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Disappointing..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    So many people told me how they love this book, but I found it somewhat rambling, mixed with long diatribes on abortion, and it takes more than half of the book to even have a clue what is going on. I just didn't buy in to the story. The villains are "bags of bones", as are several important characters:
    Ed Deepneau - they allude to his pre-wacko personality, with no details.
    Bill McGovern - All conversations seem so superficial with Bill, you wouldn't know they were such good friends.
    And so on.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    I'm a big fan. Loved "The Stand", "The Shining", "Bag of Bones", "Duma Key", and more.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narrator was good, however the music ruins the audio track. I could make out the voice, but music is distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are new to Stephen King, go for "The Stand" or the Dark Tower series instead. Much more satisfying.

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    Evelyn PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA, United States 03-13-13
    Evelyn PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA, United States 03-13-13
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    ""AWESOME BOOK""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I just finished it and have already told a friend about it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I usually only listen when I am work. And I couldn't wait to get back to the book the next day wanting to know what happened next.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Almost all the scenes with the auras were present and being described


    Who was the most memorable character of Insomnia and why?

    Ralph. He was the main character. But the "little doctors" (all three) were quite memorable themselves.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I have always like Stephen King's books. I have read most of them and this was my first time doing an audio book. I couldn't have chosen a better book to start with. A definite read for anyone. It also was a pretty good love story in the end.

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    Randy 03-11-13
    Randy 03-11-13
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    "Great book and worth the listen."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Insomnia to be better than the print version?

    As usual Stephen King weaves a spectacular tale, something that we all have come to expect, and this time he didn't disappoint. Coupled with a masterful performance by veteran actor Eli Wallach who voices King’s tale of a man who through an increasing lack of sleep slides into a semi-conscious state of awareness where he begins to notice strange things happening in his community. At first he started to doubt his own sanity until he meets another who was also seeing odd happenings but was too afraid to tell anyone for fear that she would be taken away by the men in the white coats and carted off to the closest loony bin.

    Have you ever thought you saw something in the corner of your eye and when you turned to look nothing was there? This book will make you think twice the next time it happens.

    The only criticism I offer is about the added sound at various points. Someone made an attempt to increase drama by adding in music to accentuate key moments.

    They blew it!

    The music itself was poignant but way too loud. In some cases so loud it was hard to make out what Wallach was saying. Overall I rate this book high and worth listening to and if you are a true fan of King don’t be put off by the music since it’s only periodic.


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    Karen Oshawa, Ontario, Canada 03-07-13
    Karen Oshawa, Ontario, Canada 03-07-13

    Ravenous reader. Love audio books. Listen when I'm driving, shopping, lying in bed at night, outside on a beautiful day. I'm indifferent about my t.v. But, I'd suffer without my books.

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    "Classic Stephen King."
    If you could sum up Insomnia in three words, what would they be?

    Funny. Loveable heroes


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    Excellent narration. Music ridiculous.


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

    Able to capture the older generation perspective.


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

    The auras


    Any additional comments?

    The music was unnecessary and distracting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jo 03-04-13
    Jo 03-04-13

    using a Kindle Fire HD 7

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    "Classic Stephen King Tale"

    This is a book that I really liked when I read it myself, and I like it even better in Audio. The narrator is exceptional, and his gritty voice adds feeling and assorted depths to the characters feelings, thoughts and words.

    I first heard this particular audio book years ago through my local library. It played on the cassette player while I painted my children's bedrooms one lovely spring weekend. I found it to be even more enjoyable now, than it was all those years ago.

    Reading others reviews, I noticed several people saying that they did not like the music that either ends or starts at the beginning of some of the chapters. I would have to agree with the masses and say that the music is nerve-wracking and akin to someone running their fingernails down a chalkboard. The music is like commercials on TV in that it is much louder than the book, lending even more annoyance to the moment. Without the music, which I am sure was intended to prod ones nerves, the book would be without a doubt, one of my all time favorites.

    I considered lowering the performance rating because of the music, however, I did not want to deny the narrator his well deserved 5 star performance rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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