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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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    Len 05-02-14
    Len 05-02-14
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    "Great story, great narration, terrible instruments"
    If you could sum up Insomnia in three words, what would they be?

    At the end of every chapter and throughout the storytelling there are stringed instruments that play, sometimes right over the narration. Its not bad during the day but I like to listen to the audiobooks at night before going to sleep and when the stringed instruments come on they are very loud and nerve wrenching sounds. I suppose they do this to make the story more exciting in areas but the book doesn't need them and they are mostly just an irritation. I wish they had not been put in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator is very good at reading the story and his voice is pleasant.


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    J.C. 04-25-14
    J.C. 04-25-14 Member Since 2009
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    "why the music? !"

    I love this book, and the narrator is very good, but why the awful music? It would be bad enough if it only played between chapters, but there are parts where the narrator is competing with it. Would be better without it!

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    AC 04-06-14
    AC 04-06-14
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    "Jarring music"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I wish I had read the reviews before buying this. I dislike having music and sound effects in my audiobooks, and what was done with Insomnia was some of the worst I've heard. The music is jarring, interferes with my being able to hear the narration, and is just plain bad. This is a disservice to otherwise excellent narration by Eli Wallach.


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

    I've read the book before, and it is one I like. This audio version is unbearable. I've barely gotten through the first two chapters because the music and sound effects are too distracting.


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    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 04-04-14
    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 04-04-14 Member Since 2014

    Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

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    ""read it""
    Would you listen to Insomnia again? Why?

    yes, its an involved story, i would listen again to see if i missed anything, plus DT insight


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ralph, you find yourself looking out for him


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

    his voice fits every aspect of the book, great great choice of reader


    If you could rename Insomnia, what would you call it?

    who knows


    Any additional comments?

    lots of comments about the sound effects are warranted, i finally bought the book and very glad i did. the effects are an attempt for increased spookiness, which worked, weren't quite as annoying as everyone says it was, i thought they were cool and fit in, just be ready to lower the volume a little

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    johm United States 03-19-14
    johm United States 03-19-14
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    "Awesome Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Insomnia to be better than the print version?

    I love this book and the narrator is perfect. I have listened to it about five times now and still love it. I epically like the added music added for dramatic affect. I even get disappointed when other books don't have the added music.


    What about Eli Wallach’s performance did you like?

    His voices just really went well with the age and personality of the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Kimberly 03-07-14
    Kimberly 03-07-14
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    "Love it!"
    If you could sum up Insomnia in three words, what would they be?

    Endearing, adventurous and well read.


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

    Lots of interesting and intelligent plot turns.


    What about Eli Wallach’s performance did you like?

    Great pacing, enunciation and delivery.


    Who was the most memorable character of Insomnia and why?

    Ralph Roberts. Loving through grief and affliction with dignity and courage.


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    Thomas 02-18-14
    Thomas 02-18-14
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    "Screeeeeetch!"
    What disappointed you about Insomnia?

    The narrator actually does a great job! However, there's a bunch of violins and other screetchy sounds used as section breaks and mood music...and it's giving me a huge headache. I really want to continue the story, but if this is the only recording I won't be able to do that as an audiobook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I haven't seen many books with an elderly main character. I like how detailed the book is, how I can almost feel how it is to be this 70 year old man.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eli Wallach’s performances?

    Absolutely. The narrator is fantastic. I'm only rating things low because of the screetchy music.


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    Amazon Customer 02-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Hey, Blond! You know what you are?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Insomnia to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ralph Roberts. He is a fair and honest man and keeps his bargains.


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

    No.


    Who was the most memorable character of Insomnia and why?

    Atropos. Because he represents chaos. People make life plans - Atropos thwarts them fir no good reason other than a certain random mark that some people display.


    Any additional comments?

    ". . . Just a dirty son-of-a-b****!" Audible said to make the title catching. That is just one of Tuco's famous lines from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Eli Wallach played Tuco. Okay, enough said. There is a lot of complaints about the music for this audiobook. I bought it with some trepidation thinking it would be horrible. One complaint was that the music between chapters drowned out the voice of Wallach. Although this is sort of true for one chapter transition (you can still hear him) - it wasn't hard for me to hear him otherwise. The music is weird, but it's kind of ZIggy Stardust weird. I think it's just the strings of an electric guitar that someone is running a pick up and down. That makes an interesting noise. Yes, it's weird. But weird electronic noises coming from electric instruments is interesting. Plus, it's not overpowering. It adds a nice touch to the other-worldliness and weirdness that Roberts is experiencing because of his insomnia. Although I wouldn't say this is King's "best" - his marginal books are still a heck of a lot better than anything that's out there. He's the consummate entertainer. It's hard to explain. Although some people would describe his work as just mindless entertainment, his stories always touch me. He seems to perfectly convey the human condition. Anyway, this book is worth a listen.

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    Ephay Denver, CO 01-22-14
    Ephay Denver, CO 01-22-14 Member Since 2014

    Ephay

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    "What's up with the music??"
    Where does Insomnia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book was terrific; Stephen King has yet to fail to deliver. The narrator brought Ralph to life and his cadence was very easy to listen to. But the music; oh the music.

    I listen to audiobooks intently when driving but due to road noise, I have to turn the volume very high. On the parts where the producer (?) wanted the book to be suspenseful, they added this horrible violin/guitar noise that sounds like nails on a chalk board. Everytime it started, it about blew my eardrums out (especially if using headphones) because it's recorded at a much higher volume than the reader was.


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

    As always with SK, you have absolutely no idea what turns the plot will take. I know there is a movie adaptation and now I really want to see it!


    Any additional comments?

    To the recording company: Your attempt to make Mr. King's story more suspenseful failed miserably. Don't try to add to them. Present them as he's written them without what was evidently believed to have been an enhancement. Booo on the music!!

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    Amazon Customer 01-17-14

    BDogPound

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    "Great Story but a bad recording"
    What made the experience of listening to Insomnia the most enjoyable?

    I have been a Stephen King fan since I was 10 years old and this story has been one my favorites almost as long. I first read Insomnia 15 years ago and purchased the audio book to revisit my old friends in Derry. While the story itself was just as good as I remembered this recording has one major drawback.....Music. Weird, distracting and often times really annoying music has been dropped in behind the narrator at odd times. The music is placed here and there and at times is so loud you can't hear the story over it.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope audible replaces this version of Insomnia and replaces it with a non-music version so that such a great story is not ruined any longer!!!

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