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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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    art Seattle, WA, United States 12-31-11
    art Seattle, WA, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Maybe My Favorite."

    I love Stephen King and right now, THIS is the story that I return to the most. Great ideas concerning the worlds beyond our five senses. There is a dissonant music score that I feel is tastefully done and completely appropriate to the story. I LOVE IT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Lake Worth, FL, USA 10-20-09
    Ian Lake Worth, FL, USA 10-20-09
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    "Good Story but annoying sounds..."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Z. Zaharris 03-19-10
    Z. Zaharris 03-19-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "A Cure for Insomnia"

    The story started off strong and interesting but quickly fell into a seemingly repetitive pattern. This book truly bored me to sleep and other activities. It was very difficult to even finish. If you truly are an insomniac, however, this book may get you some shut eye. Either that or just anger you that it cant even keep your long nights interesting.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Chris D 09-03-15
    Chris D 09-03-15
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    "Bad production... Empty story"

    The music, and I use the term very loosely as it sounded more like someone tuning their instrument, was so over powering that it drowned out the narrator. Eli Wallach did a fine job reading, however at each beginning and end of chapter, they're was a musical interlude. Just a horrible decision. The book was long enough and didn't need to be stretched. The overall story was weak, especially for King. I would pass on buying this audio book.

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    spencer andrew snell 08-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    Great performance of an amazing and sad story. A little hard to follow at times but worth every minute. Truly enjoying this one requires knowing a bit about Kings universe. Read It and The Dark Tower so that you can understand a bit more about Derry and the tower.

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    michelle ewing 08-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "it was okay..."

    Let me begin by saying that I love Stephen King stories. This story was okay, it started slow and just seemed to drag on. I found myself anxious for it to end, and when it did it just seemed to fizzle out. hoping the next one will be better.

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    Robert 08-17-15
    Robert 08-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The "Music" is unnecessary and annoying!"

    It ruined the storytellers performance. I would not recommend buying this one unless you enjoy high pitched awful guitar playing.

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    Martin 08-14-15
    Martin 08-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good story, horrible background noises"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is very good, I love the way author writes,,,but I hatted the noises, because that can't be called suspense music but horrible noises that sometimes prevents you from actually hearing what's happening! Please do not do that anymore!!


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    Kathleen Healey Burke Va. United States 08-12-15
    Kathleen Healey Burke Va. United States 08-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Jarring noise has got to go along with whoever gave it the thumbs up"

    Story was not King's best but still enjoyable. Pace is pretty good. However I ripped my earbuds out the first time that loud, jarring, jumble of noise hit me. The "music" settled some later in the book but was never good. Did nothing to add to the feel of the book. Whoever okay'd this needs to be demoted, or arrested for assault.

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    Shelby 07-28-15
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    "Bad music"

    I thought the book and the narrator were great
    but I really disliked the music that played through the book.

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