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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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    Kevin SPRING, TX, United States 01-19-13
    Kevin SPRING, TX, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Skip this one"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Remove the annoying music tones that happen every 20-30 minutes. They're loud and make it hard to hear the reader at times. The noises are horrible effects and only distract from the story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Stephen King's It


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eli Wallach’s performances?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Insomnia?

    The Epilogue - or at least shorten it. I would have also reduced the smaller scenes of dialogue between Ralph and his friends at random places (store, park, hospital, etc).


    Any additional comments?

    This was a horrible audio performance - which has encouraged me to read the comments and reviews before purchasing any audiobook.

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    Dan 01-03-13
    Dan 01-03-13
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    "Best view of insomnia ever so true"
    Would you listen to Insomnia again? Why?

    It's the best driving highway 50 heading east


    What did you like best about this story?

    The possibility


    What does Eli Wallach bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He rocks wish I could find more books he has done


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Riveting


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King Rocks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    susan SANTA FE, NM, United States 12-20-12
    susan SANTA FE, NM, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This audio book hooked me on audio books forever."
    Where does Insomnia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top five.


    What other book might you compare Insomnia to and why?

    Bag of Bones. The narration of both is excellent. They both have central characters that really involve you.


    Which character – as performed by Eli Wallach – was your favorite?

    Ralph


    If you could take any character from Insomnia out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ralph. He seems th be so lovable and easy to be with.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randi Waitsburg, WA, United States 12-14-12
    Randi Waitsburg, WA, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story, bad production"
    Where does Insomnia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mid range King book with good narration but distracting and annoying use of loud, discordant music overriding narrator at several key points. We can figure out the drama moments on our own, we don't need a musical sound track to cue us in.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eli Wallach’s performances?

    I would be willing to listen to the narrator again but will not order from that particular publishing house again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron 12-05-12
    Ron 12-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Another great book by Mr. King."

    A great book but the corny special effects & music really took away from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. A. Frank cali 11-07-12
    R. A. Frank cali 11-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Bang-up job by Eli Wallach, very good dose of King"
    Would you listen to Insomnia again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen again unless I get old and forgetful like the Ralph and Lois in the story. Too many Audiobooks to read, so little time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ralph because I was inside his head the most and the psychology that King deployed was the most colorful here.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Ralph puts Pickering into a "Catatonic state". I.E. the rescue at the Woman's Shelter.


    If you could take any character from Insomnia out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ralph, I would know the most about him already and it would make interesting conversation.


    Any additional comments?

    The fact that this story was centered in Derry, Maine was the deciding factor for me to buy this book. I was not disappointed, King used many references to the fictional town history that I remember so well from "IT".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Monty MANCHESTER, NH United States 09-24-12
    K. Monty MANCHESTER, NH United States 09-24-12
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    "Among "story telling's" best"
    What did you love best about Insomnia?

    As in many of his books, Stephen King sets the story in the town of Derry, ME. After reading so many of his books, I feel as though I have been there and know the landmarks etc. The concept for this story is unique. There are many people who do not like this book, and many say it is not his best work. I agree it is not at his best, but I still enjoy it. Some of my friends say that it is "far fetched." My response? This is a work of fiction, in the horror and suspense genre, it is supposed to be far fetched. If you want realism, then read non-fiction.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    I've only listened to one other Stephen King novel (The Shining) and this one is far better.


    Which character – as performed by Eli Wallach – was your favorite?

    Trigger.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Towards the end of the epilogue. I do not want to be more specific, because I would be giving away the ending!!


    Any additional comments?

    Eli Wallach is a master storyteller. Listening to him reminds me of listening to my grandfather tell me stories when I was a kid. His voice and method of delivery almost sounds like Burgess Meredith. I hope I come across other audio books read by Mr. Wallach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth United States 09-14-12
    Kenneth United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Reading the book was a better overall experience."

    Some books are better read than listened to. This is one of those books. This isn't one of Mr. King's better efforts but certain aspects of the book appeal to me. When I saw it available on Audible I thought I'd take the opportunity to listen to Eli W.'s reading. He did a fair job but as many others have commented before me, the music gets in the way.





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    Cobra0435 09-11-12
    Cobra0435 09-11-12 Listener Since 2004
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    "Insomnia, a SiFi thriller"
    Would you listen to Insomnia again? Why?

    Not for quite a while, the story is classic SK, but there are horrible sound effects added at inappropriate spots in the narration. This is distracting, and even irritating in some instances.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ralph is the main character, he is the good guy! Then Lois plays a great companion and partner.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Main dislike is the corny and amateur music that was added at the most inappropriate places. Good plot and story, typical SK.


    If you could rename Insomnia, what would you call it?

    No change


    Any additional comments?

    I would rate this 4+ except for the screwy music and sound effects. It's terrible and distracting. Te narration is good, just need to remove the sound effects.

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    Mike 09-02-12
    Mike 09-02-12
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    "Don't Make A Decision Based On Others Criticism"
    What made the experience of listening to Insomnia the most enjoyable?

    I mostly enjoyed that all the criticism about the music was wrong. I kept waiting for the forecasted terror of music and it never came. The book wasn't up there as one of King's best. I'm glad he kept this one away from the aliens. I would rather a horror story that messes with you mentally than one from outer space.


    Any additional comments?

    I passed over choosing to listen to this book several times due to the many critics of the background music. The plot sounded interesting enough and I finally bought it and hoped I wouldn't be too disappointed. Be careful not to allow bad criticism to sway your mind. You need to make your own opinion. The music that so many have lashed out at is barely there. It very seldom occurs. Also, it was NOT too loud. Not even a single syllable was drowned out throughout the entire story. The story was done in stereo. Both ear budes or both sides of the headphones need to be used.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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