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)
What mental patient put that music in this audio book??? You would have to be riding the short bus to think that makes a book better or more interesting. It is annoying to the fifth power. Please stop it, please don't suffer us with any more audio enhanced books!!!!
Other than that, good book and goes right along with the rest of the King's books.
Eli Wallach does an excellent job reading - I'd heard the first couple of chapters through a "share" site and bought the audio book as - as an avid fiction reader who has to spend 2+ hours in the car, this is a new experience for me...I hadn't read this King book (one of the very few) and thought it fairly consistent with his work in the last 15 years (lots of "Dark Tower" stuff). I like unabridged stuff, probably 'cause I like books. I also like the pseudo-first person narration, though I dislike the "hints" of future events. One criticism of Wallach - he changes Ralph's late wife from "Caroline" to "Carol" half way through the book, then back to "Caroline" at the end - I assume this was an audio script error.
The story is good, but the caustic dysharmonious noise between chapter is distracting. The main character is Ralph Roberts - old codger in his retirement years who becomes an insomiac after his wifes difficult cancer death. This allows him to reach a "hyper-reality" where he see's aura's (life force) and discovers the cause of death(s). He and a codger-ette frient Lois with the same probem have to save the future from "random" events planned by the "Crimson King" which the "Dark Tower" around which all worlds exist. In the end, it works out.
The epilogue is good, but a little long and highly projected (again, too many hints in the body of the story).
All and all, pretty good.
Honestly, I can't imagine how anybody could enjoy this version of the book. While the actual Stephen King novel is another little marvellous masterpiece, this version has been entirely ruined by loud, horrid music.. I sincerely hope a new reader of Stephen King does not start with listening to this book.. buy the paperback instead. Or start with the audible version of the Stand or Duma Key, both lovely books with very well rendered audible versions.
Ralph - as the main character, we do follow him and get to know his inherent humanity.
No - However good he is, he is not suited for Stephen King - and Stephen King is not suited for him
None - Stephen King has created one of his usual masterpieces - I will just have to go and purchase it as a regular book instead, as I cannot bear to listen to more of this.
Stop putting musical tracks and annoying noises on books - it ruins the entire experience. If people want to listen to music, there are so many options to get that - no need to make large parts of the book impossible to actually hear. So dissatisfied
I liked the fact it was Stephen King and the setting was Maine because I am from Maine. I thought the story line was a little "far fetched"..
This has not dissuaded me from listening to more books told by him.. Just not too thrilled about this story.
Yes but not this book
Music is annoying
Sorry it has no redeeming qualities
It was nothing like I expected. I was looking forward to another great read from one of Stephen Kings books. This one had me lost and uninterested the longer it went on. I only finished it because I was hoping it would get better.
Maybe a 7 on a scale of 1-10.
Well, yeah, even stuff I've read already.
He was an excellent actor, and he reads the text very well.
I don't think I'll give anything away here.
Good book overall, but the narrative is occasionally interrupted by discordant, really irritating background music. Totally unnecessary (doesn't enhance the story at all), but if you can stand it for a minute or two every so often, it's worth a listen.
Stephen King - Yes
Eli Wallach - No. Voice too soft.
No. Story was good as is and ending does not lend itself to follow-on.
I really liked the story by narrator was hard to hear at times so I missed parts, especially when music was overlaid, which was too frequent.
This book was great. I read it when it first came out and was very excited to see it in Audible. Eli Wallach does a wonderful job of narrating this book, but....
I read the other reviews before I bought the book, but I thought "how bad can some music be?" I was thinking about all the music that Stephen King has referenced over the years in his books and thought that would be what they would play.
Instead, they played some jangled, badly mixed, horrible and tonally insulting mix of sounds. That noise is both jarring and annoying and ruins the mood in several places of this book. What a shame! This could be an amazing book, read by a gifted actor..but noooooooo. Instead its an amazing book read by a an actor who's gifts are wasted because you have to endure teeth rattlingly bad noise interjected into the worst possible places of this book.
My only remark is: how soon can I return it, and what the heck possessed you (whoever you are, Mr. Producer) to do this to a perfectly great book???
It is completely different. The reader gives such personality to the characters in the book that it makes it so hard to walk away from.
It is amazing how Insomnia touches on many of the other stories. There are hints to the dark tower series, pet semetary, and IT just to name a few.
I haven't listened to any of the other stories that the reader has completed but I am just waiting for him to complete more Stephen king books
very much. I would only caution to listeners that while it was great to have music in the background, it sometimes over-rode the spoken words. maybe it was just my iPhone speaker, but there were times when I was not able to hear what was being said
Yes, I typically love King books, both his earlier ones and his most recent works. But I found this one dragging and I had trouble keeping interested.
The narrator was very good. Good casting and good performance. But, whoever decided to add the loud, horrible music during transitions in the book should get a demerit. It was screeching and loud and literally gave me a headache. I started turning it down when it came on, but then I missed part of the narration, which was less loud than the music. I had a similar negative experience with his short story collection, Everything is Eventual.
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