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)
The narrator Eli Wallach does a fine job with the voices, you can really tell them apart.
This Is one of the best horror/sf novels I have enjoyed in some time.
The story is very Steve Kingie, in other words excellent! I could do without the darn music though. It overpowers the voices often and is quite screechy and weird. Now the story calls for weird, but the music gets loud enough for me to have to turn down my headset while it plays, and up again when it stops. I enjoyed this book, and I would highly recommend it to all Steven King fans, I do hope that this music doesn't persist in the industry though!
deletion of the music that has been added for dramatic effect. The plot of the story was feeble and broke down midway by adding sentient forces.
The performance was very good.
Of course the story is great but Eli Wallach was fantastic! I wish he would do all of Kings books!
Mr. Wallach is great at all the different voices required for this story. I just enjoyed the whole experiance very much! I will listen to this over and over again!
It made me both laugh and cry and allot of that had to do with the quality of the audio performance for this great story!
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.
The narrator is very good at reading the story and his voice is pleasant.
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.
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