On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm.
One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother's life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin....
©2001 Stephen King and Peter Straub; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc., Recorded with the Permission of The Ballantine Publishing Group, a Division of Random House, Inc.; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
Audie Award Winner, Fiction (unabridged), 2002
"A classic...rare and dazzling...a journey to rival the greatest adventure stories ever told." (New York Daily News)
"Extraordinary...makes your hair stand on end." (The Washington Post)
I don't mind long books, but this one just seems to drag in sections and it gets so bad at times that you think they will never move past this part of the story. Overall though, it is a good book and I highly recommend it.
I never thought that I would find an adventure as well written as Swan Song which is my all-time favorite book, but I have found one that finally makes the grade.
I have read lots of Stephen King's novels but this one is definitely the best of the lot. It is written so well that from the very first I found myself emersed and actually walking along beside Jack on his travels and wondering what was around the next bend. Truly a classic and I recommend it highly.
And Frank Muller did an excellent job telling the story. He doesn't just read, but his voice actually changes and takes on the personality of each character that he is reading.
I think I'll give this book a rest for about a year and then "read" it again.
An amazing journey through multiple worlds told with word pictures as only Stephen King can paint. You experience the life a boy battling demons, inside and out, in his quest to save his mother becomes a man?
Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.
Every once in a while, a reader comes along that makes your breath catch in your throat, your eyes fix on nothing but your imagination, and entire world ceases to spin - just for you.
Frank Muller is one of those readers, and once you hear him tell the tale of Jack Sawyer and his journey through the Territories to save the life of his mother, Queen of the B-movies, and the life of her alternate, Queen of the Territories, from there on out, whenever you read the book itself, you can't think of anyone else's narration by Frank's. His style may take some getting used to, but it is magic in the ears.
This is an epic, which means it's long but that's the beauty of it - nothing gets left out, everything is understood. You can easily lose a weekend just getting lost in Jack's story.
There are parts that make you laugh, drop your mouth in amazement, and cry like a baby. There is a point in the story, and listeners know of which I speak, that I had to pull the car over to cry, even though I've read this book 20 times if I've read it once.
This book of course ties loosely into The Dark Tower Series, and after listening to this one, grab The Black House, which is the sequel, also read by Frank, to complete Jack's tale.
I found this book to be very bizarre. It didn't take long to get my interest because I had to know if the main character was crazy or what. It's filled with adventure, suspense, and mystery. I thought the narrator did a great job. Give this book a listen and flip your mind into a different reality.
I agree with a few other reviews of this title. The story is great but the guy reading it has some kind of Clint Eastwood fetish. Gets annoying at some points. Other than that, great story.
I could not agree more with "Prefect." Parts of this book are totally engaging and enjoyable, but for far too many sections, it simply drags. I don't think I would have finished the 29 hour endeavor but for the "faster" feature of the latest iPods.
What a remarkable concept. the thought of a parallel world or many worlds is intriguing. This book is a great listen. I listen on my way to and from work each day, this book was easy to pick up and start again after the day was done or on the way in. It is a bit long, but I think that the length is necessary to understand the story.
Highly recommend it to the readers who enjoy King and are able to turn off the "Logical mind" in order to explore another reality.
I found the naration of this novel to be a bit breathy for the first hour or so. Every sentence ended with a whimper which I found to be very anoying and almost made me quit listening. Hang in there - the naration gets much better.
This is a great journey with wonderfuly diverse characters. Some are a bit stereotipical while others are fresh and original. I found Richard Sloat to be very anoying. Enjoy the journey because the ending leaves a little to be desired. Many of my questions went unanswered - once again - just enjoy the journey.
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