The battle against evil has begun in this "devishly entertaining" (Publishers Weekly) story of a suburban neighborhood in the grip of surreal terror - a number-one national best seller from Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman.
Peaceful suburbia on Poplar Street in Wentworth, Ohio, takes a turn for the ugly when four vans containing armed "regulators" terrorize the street's residents, cold-bloodedly killing anyone foolish enough to step outside their homes. Houses mysteriously transform into log cabins, and the street now ends in what looks like a child's hand-drawn Western landscape. Masterminding this sudden onslaught is the evil creature Tak, who has taken over the body of an autistic eight-year-old boy, Seth Garin.
"A rip-roaringly violent thriller whose main action takes place in little more than an hour and a half" (Booklist), The Regulators features an introduction by Stephen King on "The Importance of Being Bachman".
©1996 Richard Bachman. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.
I'm not sure which was published first but this book is the companion piece to King's novel Desperation. Personally I liked Desperation better in both story and character development but that's just me. The Regulators has many similarities to Desperation including the villain, the characters (sorta), and how the plot unfolds. The Regulators story takes place in about a 90 minute window with diary entries and flashbacks filling in the spaces, so there are several points where this book drags on and on. The saving grace to this audiobook is Frank Muller, who returns to read another King story after a severe motorcycle accident about a decade ago. Muller is perfect for the role of narrator and I wish he would have done Desperation as well. One last note is that this book has several, let's just say, scarring moments of violence, I'm not one to cringe a lot but the terror and mayhem inflicted on the poor neighborhood was shocking to say the least. Unfortunately that is one of its few redeemable qualities and the length is as well, coming in at only 12 hours, a rarity for King. Is it worth the credit/money? Only if you are interested in more Tak/mayhem, though don't expect anymore mythology about it then what was already told in Desperation.
I am a Stephen King fan and have read many of his books. I didn't really care for Regulators. The story was all over the place and hard to follow. Some of the confusion is the use of the same characters as in Desperation although they aren't truly linked.
king has done better. lots of times. but the narrator is fantastic! frank Mueller is exceptional here as he always is.
I understand why people like this story and I didn't hate it, but I had a few things that drove me crazy and these things are NOT indicative of Stephen King's writing... I felt that the characters were hard to connect or empathize with. I think there were too many Indians and not enough Chiefs in that hardly any of them were given much of an interesting background. They had titles like black guy, autistic kid, writer and so on. But you never really knew them. And because of that I spent the majority of the time trying to figure out who the hell is who.
The narrator "Frank Muller" was fantastic as always. But the story lacked emotion. Which is unusual for Stephen King as I've come to expect a good cry at the end of his books.
Wild, imaginative, crazily manic King/Bachman novel. I love this story and mirror novel Desperation. Great narration as well, esp great considering the novels constant mania and obsurdity at times. I'm on to desperation next and I have a feeling that I'll do this one again cuz its a hard novel to get thru an audio book. I feel like I missed alot. But even still I kno I loved this book, one of Kings best to me. This is about the eighth of his novels I've done recently, on my quest to do them all and so far this one is at the top with It and Insomnia.
Unfortunately, no. This book was, frankly, just tedious.
It's an extremely simple "fort under siege" story that drags on forever, moving from one arbitrary, uninteresting cardboard character death to the next with little flair or purpose. 'Desperation,' to which this is (weirdly and pointlessly) attached at the hip, is infinitely better.
The opening assault, if only because it's pretty shocking and weird. It's all downhill (slowly) after that.
I doubt it. There's just not enough meat here for a movie. And the interiority of much of the narrative would make it really difficult to adapt faithfully.
The one unequivocal plus here is reader Frank Muller. He was truly one of the all-time great readers. He performs wonders here even if it's a losing battle with a story that just doesn't work. He's the reason my rating is as high as it is. RIP, Frank.
By all means Mr Muller pulls you right into the story and keeps you hooked until the last drop of blood.
Trying to pick a favorite character is like trying to pick my favorite ice cream flavor; they all taste so good, and add to the plot so well.
Have not yet but will be looking for his name on my future audibles.
set to music (on the street where you die )
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