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Insomnia Audiobook

Insomnia

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Publisher's Summary

You'll lose a lot of sleep.... Ralph does. At first he starts waking up earlier. And earlier. Then the hallucinations start - the colours, shapes and strange auras. Not to mention the bald doctors who always turn up at the scene of a death.

That's when Ralph begins to lose a lot more than sleep. When he begins to understand why his hitherto mild-mannered friend, Ed, is getting out of control - dangerously so. And why his hometown is about to become the new Armageddon....

©1994 Stephen King (P)1994 Penguin Highbridge

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    Richard 08-08-16
    Richard 08-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Too much music"
    What three words best describe Eli Wallach’s voice?

    Talented voice artist and very easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    There is terrible music all through the performance. I assume it is between chapters. It is distracting, detracts from the performance and ruins it. It is also far too loud for the voice of Eli Wallach to be heard clearly. There should be a warning that there is music introduced to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • John Burke
    7/21/16
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    "Stephen King Insomnia"

    Read wonderfully by Eli Wallach, for me he gives the character of Ralph Roberts his heart and soul. I was keen to check in each day to find out the mysteries that Ralph discovers regrading the little bald doctors and there midnight forays around the comunity. Also what is Ed Depneau's obsession with the eponimous Crimson King and his total rage over Susan Day's visit regarding pro choice for women.
    At the heart of the story is Ralph friendships and his coming to terms with his insomnia and new abilities which lead him ever closer each night to the envitable confrontation with the scissor wielding creatures and there true intentions.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah Novello
    7/26/16
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    "Music Spoils the Book"
    What did you like best about Insomnia? What did you like least?

    Music during the chapters drowned the narration and was pointless. A shame.


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

    Had to give up because of the music intervention.


    What didn’t you like about Eli Wallach’s performance?

    Eli was fab, music drowned him out.


    Did Insomnia inspire you to do anything?

    Write a petition not to use music on audiobooks.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this is not a new trend, as i will not be buying. Returned.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jonny D
    Kent, UK
    10/12/16
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    "Who, in their right mind, put music into this..."
    What about Eli Wallach’s performance did you like?

    Eli Wallach's performance was brilliant but the ridiculous musical dramatisation was awful...fortunately, it was only now and again.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great audio book and a great Stephen King story but the some idiot decided to put interludes of music into the performance, I imagine in an effort to add drama - they have the totally opposite effect. Whoever did it, 'You Sir/Madam, are an imbecile'. The book is brilliantly read by Eli Wallach but the performance is almost ruined because of this terrible music. What on earth possessed them? Fortunately, it is only now and again but even so, it's difficult not to give up on it because of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Puddytat purr
    Isle of Wight, UK
    10/11/16
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    "Annoying music!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the story, but the music at start and end of each chapter was jarring and too loud; it drowned out the reader!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss P.
    10/4/16
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    "Great story, great reading - dreadful music"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's a lengthy and enjoyable reading which in my opinion makes this purchase money well spent


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Insomnia?

    Sadly the memorable moments are the most frustrating (see comments below).


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When a certain character got his comeuppance.


    Could you see Insomnia being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Definitely, as with a gazillion other Stephen King books. All the actors that spring to mind for Ralph are too old (or dead) - Jimmy Stewart would have been super.


    Any additional comments?

    Insomnia is a favourite of mine and I've read it a couple of times. Finding it here and read by Eli Wallach - a 'proper' Hollywood actor of a classic era - made its purchase a no brainer. And it's just as enjoyable to listen to as to read ... except for the incredibly intrusive incidental music that cruelly punctuates the reading at far too frequent and inopportune moments. It's discordant and unnecessarily loud and it's driving me up the wall. And yes, I realise that's the point - the lead character is functioning on increasingly fewer and fewer hours' sleep, the music is no doubt meant to mirror his frazzled nerves - but whoever thought this ear drum-jangling cacophony was a good idea and would compliment the actor's reading - it damn well doesn't!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • bobby
    9/29/16
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    "king"

    good book well read let down only by the music. so annoying when your trying to listen to the story to have that irritating little off tune fading in over the narration at the end of each chapter

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • paffleck
    Hertfordshire
    9/28/16
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    "A great story"

    A good story read brilliantly by Eli Wallach who was unfortunately drowned out occasionally by completely unnecessary, ghastly, discordant music. Please, please don't put that horrible row into any more books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • nicola
    9/26/16
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    "Would have given 5 ⭐️ but...."

    Loved this story and the performance was amazing BUT at times I had to turn it up so loud because the narrators voice seems to meld into the same sound and words were quite indistinguishable.. don't get me wrong.. a great narrative but just trying to hear individual words if you had any kind of noise in the background was difficult.. loved it but could do with a different narrator..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    11/21/16
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    "Great narration but music interludes dreadful"

    Got to say I enjoyed the narration and the story but the whole thing was spoiled by the music interludes that at times are equivalent to someone screaming in your ear. I can't think why anyone considered that a good idea.

    But Eli Wallach was great and as always a King novel excellent as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duane
    Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
    11/17/16
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    "Really annoying music ruins story"

    i'm a die hard Stephen King fan and enjoyed the story but the "mood music" really detracts from the pleasure, if it had been another author I may have asked for a refund, such a pity. Enjoyed the story though so if you have less sensitive hearing you'll probably still enjoy it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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