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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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    Wayne Arley, AL, United States 08-24-10
    Wayne Arley, AL, United States 08-24-10 Member Since 2008
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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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    Mary woodbridge, VA, United States 06-17-10
    Mary woodbridge, VA, United States 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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