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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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    lydia weatherford, TX, United States 02-23-11
    lydia weatherford, TX, United States 02-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Insomnia by Stephen King"

    The story is good but who ever thought that putting ear splitting screeching in the story must not have any high frequency hearing. It distracts from the story and you are constantly turning down the sound.

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    Terry WARSAW, IN, United States 02-21-11
    Terry WARSAW, IN, United States 02-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Gave it a chance"

    I put this one off for a good long while only because of the reviews that spoke of "Jarring" music..
    I could have done without the music but, I didn't find it "Jarring" and didn't have to turn down my Zune.
    Was a wonderful book with some insight into The Dark Tower Series and the Narration was pretty good..
    I have grown attached to the work of Frank Muller and seem to compare all other narrators to his work.
    I say the book is a good one and if you have a decent Mp3 player (Zune,IPOD) or something that automatically equalizes your tracks you won't have a problem. I wouldn't pay the cash price but it was definitely worth a credit. There is nothing like a good audio book and Sai King "Wordslinger" has never disappointed me yet..

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    Rebecca Perez San Francisco, CA 10-25-10
    Rebecca Perez San Francisco, CA 10-25-10 Listener Since 2010

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    "Yeah, the music is weird."

    So I'd read all of the reviews about how bad the soundtrack was, but I thought "Eh. It's not that big of a deal." But - you know what? It kinda is when you have to rewind the first and last 30 seconds of a section over and over again because you can't hear what the hell is going on. And the soundtrack IS bad but what's worse is that sometimes it's like someone dubbed an instrumental Slipknot CD over "Grumpy Old Men". It's just disturbing - and not in a fun way. Eli Wallach is an amazing narrator and King an amazing writer, so whoever the hell produced this audiobook...yeah....you just aren't.

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    Montilee Royal Oak, MI, United States 10-14-10
    Montilee Royal Oak, MI, United States 10-14-10 Member Since 2004

    Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.

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    "Long story - terrible music track"

    Please, no more music.

    If I thought I could lift the music track from the story, take it out back and pump it full of lead, because it was that awful and jarring, I'd do it in a heart beat.

    Eli Wallach was perfect for this.

    This is a long book - and not long like Talisman long, because I could listen to that forever - but because it's so involved with Ralph's condition and the events into which he's thrust, and dear God - the music. It literally hurts the hears and you can lose focus of the story.

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    Amazon Customer Western USA 09-12-10
    Amazon Customer Western USA 09-12-10
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    "A Short Comment to Cheer the Narrator"

    He's ideal for the main character, is a classic American actor (back before he was Ralph's age he was in "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"--he was Ugly), and gets my rubber-stamp-of-honest-delight award for voice acting here. I wish he'd recorded more audio.

    The lapse-in-taste sounds ("Um, could my nephew do the sounds? I'll pay him." "Sure Fred. You pay him, he can make a little noise."--about all I can figure out for how they got in there.) are hardly enough to overcome Mr. Wallach's excellence in his role, or my enjoyment of the novel as a whole. I've listened to the thing twice now and enjoyed it thoroughly.

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    Wayne 08-24-10
    Wayne 08-24-10
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    "Filled with annoying sound effects."

    Would have rated 4 if it weren't for the misguided attempt to create a sense of the supernatural with annoying sound effects. If you want this type of experience save your money and go to a cheap movie.

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    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 08-11-10
    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 08-11-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Good book, horrible music"

    Like most everyone I liked the book, and the music would not have been bad between chapters, but it didn't stop when the narration started and it make it difficult to hear sometimes, so it was a very, very bad idea. Whoever listened to it before putting this book on the market should have been shot, or at least fired :-)

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    marnie perrier 07-30-10 Member Since 2006
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    "meeennnnhhhh"

    I usually like Steven King, and I am sure i would have liked this too, if it didn't have music, it ruins it. I am having issues listening to the full book because of the music

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    Amazon Customer 07-26-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story, good narrating, annoying music"

    I really enjoyed this story, and think it is a great companion to the Dark Tower series. It was also nice to visit Derry Maine again :)

    It took me a little while to get used to the narrator, but once I did I thought he was perfect for this story.

    As others have mentioned the soundtrack could be annoying and distracting but for me it didn't take too much away from the book. I would recommend this for any one who is a fan of Kings work.

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    Kat T 06-17-10
    Kat T 06-17-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Great book, crappy "sounds""

    I love this book. Really I do. I was so excited to get it on audiobook. I enjoyed the reading, and the book is great, but I really HATE the added weird "noise" that's added in here and there. It's clashing and unpleasant, and when wearing headphones I kept having to put the volume down when it came on. It make the reading less enjoyable and made it a definite no-go for my nightly before bed book listening.

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