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The Talisman Audiobook

The Talisman

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

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)

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    leighda 02-18-12
    leighda 02-18-12 Member Since 2011

    Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..

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    "5 stars..."

    What a great story of love, fear ,loss, greed and spirit.
    I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this story.. it is a wonderfully fun and exciting journey into a world of fantasy. If your looking for something to take you in and grab you then try this story.. just great.

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    Kimberly United States 02-14-12
    Kimberly United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book. King and Straub really gel well!"
    Would you listen to The Talisman again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book again the narrator Frank Muller is an awesome interpreter of the story. King and Straub tap into your imagination that takes you on a great journey with Jack Sawyer a young man on a quest to save his mother.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Talisman?

    I loved when Jack (the herd) meets Wolf


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    Dianne baldwinsville, NY, United States 02-08-12
    Dianne baldwinsville, NY, United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't even listen for 5 minutes"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King and Peter Straub again?

    yes, if it was a different narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frank Muller’s performances?

    NO!!!!!!!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I was so disappointed in the narrator's voice. I was so looking forward to a Stephen King novel. However, after 5 minutes of listening, I had to turn off my IPod. I have never heard such a horrible narrator in my life. I listen to audio books every day while taking care of my farm, and have NEVER had to stop listening due to poor narration.
    I can't rate the book because I did not even listen to it.

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    Julie 01-06-12
    Julie 01-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Too fast"

    Frank Muller was great as the narrator in the Dark Tower books, but I thought his narrative in The Talisman to be rapid fire and unsettling. Maybe he was told it had to be read under X amount of hours, and thus, it was read way too fast. I couldn't stay with it.

    I read the book years ago and really enjoyed it.

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    Kelley 12-08-11
    Kelley 12-08-11

    Just another book reader......but a book reader with style and panache!!!!

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    "SWEEEET"

    I have read the book multiple times........its one of my favorites. And the follow up BLACK HOUSE is right there too.

    This is a keeper....

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    Jessie Green Bay, WI, United States 12-02-11
    Jessie Green Bay, WI, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "My favorite Stephen King book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Talisman to be better than the print version?

    I bought this on CD years ago only to have my husband co-worker destroy one of the CDs. This was the main reason I joined audible to have a more cost effecient way to listen to this story again. I've also read the book multiple times. This is great for LONG car rides. Frank Muller is my favorite narrator too. Highly recommend this story. You will fall in love with Jack, Wolf, and really root them on to succeed in their quest. Enjoy!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    We love Wolf!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No pee on the popcorn please....Wolf!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An epic adventure unlike no other that has come before.


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    Alan Brownstown, Michigan, United States 11-12-11
    Alan Brownstown, Michigan, United States 11-12-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Irritating narration! It ruined the book"

    The story ended up being very good but don’t waste your money buy and read the book. Frank Muller’s narration was the worst performance I have listened too. I will never purchase another audio book that he performs. The performance was so bad this is one of the first reviews I have done.

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    Brenda 10-20-11
    Brenda 10-20-11

    I enjoy audio while I'm working at the house, in the garden or just driving the car.

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    "Great Story!"

    I had read this years ago and it was like going home - edge of your seat King.

    Enjoy!

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    anthony Danville, KY, United States 10-09-11
    anthony Danville, KY, United States 10-09-11 Member Since 2010

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    "GREAT BOOK"

    I loved this book! Not a scary book,more of an adventure/fantasy.Starts off slow but builds up.One of kings best.

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    Paul W Michigan 09-15-11
    Paul W Michigan 09-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Awesome"

    I read this book because I accidentally listened to "The Black House" which features Jack Sawyer (the young boy in this novel) as a grown up policeman.

    I enjoyed about 95% of this, but started to be able to predict what was going to happen in the last couple of chapters. That aside, its awesome King. This story has a lot to do with the different worlds that we encounter throughout the Dark Tower series. Very cool. I recommend this, and Black House (in either order).

    As usual Frank Muller makes this story come to life. When I dont have any particular book I am looking for, I search for books narrated by him and listen to one of those.

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