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 would have loved this book if the narrator hadn't been so horrible. I see he is narrating the sequel as well. What a drag!
His voice drops on the last word of EVERY SENTENCE!
Plus he always sounds like he is sneering. Like he is doing a poor imitation of Jack Nicholson.
He can't do voices, and with his sneering dropped tone at the end of everything, it was really hard to tell what was actually being said and what was a thought in the mind of the character.
In the future, I will avoid making a commitment to anything Frank Muller narrates.
I have read this book twice and listened to it twice. I love it!!! I also thing Frank Muller is an excellent narrator. When I see his name along with Scott Brick and George Guidall I know it will be a great listen. Jack is a unique individual and he is determined.
The story was often funny, interesting and intriguing. However, the overkill on the constant droning narrative of evil beings was a turnoff after a while. I just wanted to get to the end.
Story was way too long. Narrator has an annoying habit of drawing out his word at the end of sentences.
Narrator has an annoying habit of drawing out his word at the end of sentences. But he's able to change the various voices well.
I am a long-time Stephen King fan and generally love his longer books (I would have been very happy if The Stand, It, and even the Dark Tower series could have all been longer). I hate abridged books and only ever get them if I really want to "read" the book and there isn't an unabridged alternative. Despite both points, this book really could have been 40% shorter and not have lost anything in the translation. It seems much longer than it needs to because the descriptive passages drag on until they seem more like creative writing exercises than adding to the tapestry of the narrative, and, as other reviewers have noted, characters seem to say the same point over and over again - we get it after the 3rd or 4th time!
Ironically, even with the dragging out of most scenes, I was still left wanting to learn more about other areas of the book that didn't seem sufficiently explored - e.g. more background on the "Territories" and how it really did intersect with our world.
Even though I thought about stopping 5 or 6 times, I finished it and was rewarded with a thoroughly predictable ending. It wasn't bad, necessarily, just about average, which is OK but not what I look for in Stephen King (maybe it was Peter Straub's influence? No idea)
One of the saving graces to me was the narration of Frank Muller. I know other reviewers have knocked the narration but I really liked it and his ability to have distinct voices for all the characters kept the book going for me.
So if you are a Stephen King fan and want to experience all his works, then go ahead by all means - it is still better than most books out there today. Just don't compare it to King's top books and you will be just fine.
The only reason I didn't give this story 5 out of 5 stars, is because I'm still not over how much I LOVED 11-22-63. I'm not a big fan oif books with kids as the main character, but this was pretty good. I could actually relate:-) I recommend. Great story about good and evil and faith.
Stephen King - YES!
Frank Muller - NO!
The Stand. Another cross country adventure that is not so much horror as much as downright good entertainment.
Too much breathing and strange phrasing. I just finished 11-22-63 and the narration was awesome.
I really like this one as a book. A good bed time tale to read over and over again.
Love Stephen King, was looking forward to listening to this book. The narrator was so bad, so overly dramatic - over pronounced almost every word, hisses his esses. Awful. Wish I could get my money back and I cannot continue to listen.
This is one of my ALL TIME favorite books- I have read it many times. I love Jack and Wolf and it is so easy to
The narrator reminds me of the guy who does the big action movie trailers-he has the breathless emphasis on the words at the end of his sentences. It drives me crazy. Will not download any more books he does no matter how much I love the story, it is just too hard to listen to.
Yes, I would love to have a follow up in the Territories.
The Talisman has been my favorite book since I was in middle school. It's an amazing story I've read multiple times. I can't recommend it enough. If you're a Stephen King fan, then it's a MUST read.
This is classic Stephen King. Though Peter Straub was a co-writer, it's much more like King's older stories than anything I've read by Straub.
I really didn't care for the narrator. I felt he was announcing a horse race rather than reading a story. I kept thinking
yes, but it's impossible because it's too long. I turned it on at every opportunity.
I love this story. Even with a narrator I didn't love, I still loved the story.
Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..
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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