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)
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!
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.
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.
Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa
yes, its an involved story, i would listen again to see if i missed anything, plus DT insight
ralph, you find yourself looking out for him
his voice fits every aspect of the book, great great choice of reader
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
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.
His voices just really went well with the age and personality of the characters.
Endearing, adventurous and well read.
Lots of interesting and intelligent plot turns.
Great pacing, enunciation and delivery.
Ralph Roberts. Loving through grief and affliction with dignity and courage.
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.
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.
Absolutely. The narrator is fantastic. I'm only rating things low because of the screetchy music.
Ralph Roberts. He is a fair and honest man and keeps his bargains.
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.
". . . 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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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!!!
I love a good story, especially one with a bit of a dark side.
This is a great King book. I don't think I can give any King book a four star rating, I just can't. This one certainly deserves the five stars that I gave it. Somehow King can write about anything and make it interesting. The protagonist takes a boring trip to the grocery store, but somehow I'm glued to the book and on the edge of my seat. Amazing. Pure enjoyment.
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