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 love books. I love being read to and I love to read.
I haven't read this in print.
I really like the characterization of the hero. He is written very realistically and isn't so much of a hero he doesn't have flaws or moments of weakness.
Frank Muller has been one of my favorite readers for a very long time. His pacing in this performance is impeccable without distracting from the work.
Great book , a bit long winded, but if you hang in there you will be rewarded in the end.
Avid Reader of Non-Fiction, cant get away from words on a page. Fiction, this is a whole new ballgame. Please tell me a story. Audio
Great Story - Listening to this guy tell it was awful.
Story takes fun and unexpected twists into fantasy....
This guy's habit of dragging out the last syllable of words was too much to take. I couldn't even finish the audio book.. Very disappointing.
No - Way too much to cram into 2 or 3 hours.
Kept me on my toes. Loved it. Listening to the Black House now.
Reader very good too.
I don't know who could enjoy a book that goes on and on...and on in an overload of needless detail.
I don't like his accent and the way he screeches some characters.
Disappointment. I've always been a fan of Stephen King but this book has so many unredeemable characters. Mr. King, what happened to you in your childhood that makes you write about so many bad people?
I'm sure I reviewed this when purchased , but I will again.
I have been following the Dart Tower series and everything related to it and this is just another piece in that huge puzzle. A must listen to if you have not yet listened to Black House.
The best in the biz.
Interesting twist to adventure story.
The relationship between Jack and Wolf was at times amusing, and others touching.
The narrator was good during dialogue, but took some getting used to in the passages with no dialogue.
I did enjoy this listen and it is obvious (to me at least) that this book is definitely a collaboration. Some of King's usual hard edges are chipped away a bit and there was a hint of softness spread throughout. The bad guys weren't as bad as they could of been and the good guys weren't as tough as some of the heroes we have seen in a number of King's other stories. A few of the characters are under developed especially Jack's "chum" and that is really my only complaint. I think if they would of spent 10 pages each on a few characters (Rich, Jack's father, Wolf) and established a stronger back story into their character it would of enhanced the overall story line.
Jack's travel across the country was filled with unexpected twists and situations.
I always end up enjoying Muller's performances after the first 1/2 hour. He has a real tendency to draw out the last word of every sentence. At first it is very annoying but after a while I get used to it and it seems to add to the overall enjoyment.
I thought the Talisman itself was an interesting idea. Its self awareness and dependance on others was an approach I did not see coming
Their use of Mark Twain at the end of the book was perfect.
I loved this book. I dont know how he does it, but Stephen King creates such strong, interesting characters. He really makes you want to know more and more about them. Plus, if you are a frequent King reader, you will start to see his little easter eggs that he drops into his stories that crisscross into other books. I love that part of his personality. It just shows how much fun he has creating his wonderful stories for all of us to love. Frank Muller, as always, is such a great narrator. He always hits the nail on the head with his accents and character differences. It really makes a difference when first starting a King book, especially those with many characters thrown at you so early.
I love Stephen King, of course I would read another one of his books. But I think he and Peter Straub might do well to stop working together. I have never read anything by Stephen King that I didn't like, but this book was bad enough that I won't be reading any other King/Straub books. The story sucked, I didn't give a crap about the characters, and I found myself daydreaming during the book. Also, I would like very much never to have to listen to another book narrated by Frank Muller. Who hires him and why? He's awful.
I have actually gone to my wish list and deleted any books narrated by Frank Muller.
Frank Muller's narration.
Anyone; no really, anyone.
I am disappointed and angry that I can't get my money back.
I've never been picky about my narrators; I didn't think it mattered, I just blissfully listened to the stories that were read to me, and then I started the Talisman. I cannot stand the narration of Frank Muller. I hate it, it's awful. I'm not even going to take time to describe it because others have done so well; read the other reviews about his narration, they all describe the same thing and they're all right. I tried to get past it, I really did. I keep listening because I paid for the book, but the narration is so annoying that it's getting in the way. The worst part is that I downloaded several of the Dark Tower books at the same time without having ever heard Frank Muller's narration. Now I am stuck with Frank Muller for two more books and I don't think I can do it; I deleted them from my device. That's a fair chunk of money I have tossed away; yup, it's that bad. Someone please re-do these audiobooks with another narrator and tell Frank Muller that he's not allowed to read out loud ever again.
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