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
"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)
Yes I would, great performance and perfect fit for the main character of the novel.
The transition from worrying about insanity to recognizing his new talent and its potential;.
He gives us the narrative to the story and provides a better sense of character that I would not have had by reading.
Yes it was but the music while a novel approach was overwhelming at times.
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.
Say something about yourself!
Great characters & story.
The fact that the heroes and heroines were older and just plain, ordinary, hard- working people. Ralph Roberts is my hero!
The plane crash.
Ralph Roberts-lovable older guy playing the hero!
I have listened to it ~ 15 times, a record for me!
Say something about yourself!
No Music. It is pointless, distracting and overpowers the spoken words.
So far, still listening to the book.
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.
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.
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.
I'm a big fan. Loved "The Stand", "The Shining", "Bag of Bones", "Duma Key", and more.
Narrator was good, however the music ruins the audio track. I could make out the voice, but music is distracting.
If you are new to Stephen King, go for "The Stand" or the Dark Tower series instead. Much more satisfying.
Absolutely. I just finished it and have already told a friend about it.
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.
Almost all the scenes with the auras were present and being described
Ralph. He was the main character. But the "little doctors" (all three) were quite memorable themselves.
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.
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.
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.
Funny. Loveable heroes
Excellent narration. Music ridiculous.
Able to capture the older generation perspective.
The music was unnecessary and distracting
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.
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