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The Talisman: Talisman, Book 1 | [Stephen King]

The Talisman: Talisman, Book 1

In a terrifying trip across America, young Jack Sawyer is searching for the Talisman, the only thing that can save his dying mother. His quest takes him into the menacing Territories where violence, surprise, and the titanic struggle between good and evil reach across a mythic landscape.
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Publisher's Summary

In a terrifying trip across America, young Jack Sawyer is searching for the Talisman, the only thing that can save his dying mother. His quest takes him into the menacing Territories where violence, surprise, and the titanic struggle between good and evil reach across a mythic landscape.

©1984 Stephen King and Peter Straub; (P)2004 Simon and Schuster Inc.

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    Leisha AMAROO, Australia 02-29-12
    Leisha AMAROO, Australia 02-29-12 Member Since 2012

    Its an weird thing but my favourite genre to read is murder/mystery books but when it comes to audio books, I love ChicLit! Odd I know!

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    "King at his best"
    If you could sum up The Talisman in three words, what would they be?

    Magical, sweet and dark


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wolf was my favorite character. His innocence and loyalty made me want to jump into the book and cuddle him.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to a couple of his other audio books. I enjoy the way he presents a certain genre of story but if you are not use to his style, and with a long audio book, I can understand why some people find it difficult to listen to him for extended periods.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Talisman and why?

    Again, Wolf. His innocence was just so sweet and his genuine affection/love for Jack was beautiful. He was dragged into a world not his own by Jack, suffered from it, but was never resentful and stayed true to his


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the two world/twinner/time-travel concept - its Ying and Yang. The story shows the good and evil of humans and how destructive we can be.... BUT ... it also shows how a human boy can reverse that evil in the name of love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina Inverell , NSW, Australia 02-03-10
    Katrina Inverell , NSW, Australia 02-03-10
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    "The Talisman"

    This is the second book I have listened to on my Iphone and loved it. Being new to audible I found it slightly bizzare being read to at my age ( 27 plus GST)however I have loved both books and narrators. Frank has a deep voice and the further into the book you get the more engrossed you get :) This was a great book and Frank did it justice, especially playing Wolf. I am now about to download The Black House and am glad Frank is narrating again as this will blend very well. Job well done mate :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Blackheath, Australia 02-11-10
    Chris Blackheath, Australia 02-11-10
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"

    Gripping story read masterfully (as usual) by Frank Muller.

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    Zanee 06-29-14
    Zanee 06-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "terrible narration"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Frank Muller?

    couldn't get into the book at all as the narration was so irritating


    Has The Talisman turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    stop dragging out the end of each sentence


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    couldn't listen long enough to come to a conclusion


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    adam melbourne, Australia 12-06-11
    adam melbourne, Australia 12-06-11
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    "King an Muller both at the top of there games"

    Fantastic book...great story, great journey...amazingly read by Frank Muller (as usual) King is the King!

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    Rebecca Burwood East, MelbourneAustralia 04-30-08
    Rebecca Burwood East, MelbourneAustralia 04-30-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Listen to the sample first!!"

    I got so annoyed by the narrator's voice that I couldn't bring myself to listen pass the first 5 minutes. So I cannot comment on the book itself. I'm off to Borders to purchase a hardcopy so I can actually finish this novel. Listen to the sample before committing yourself to nearly 30 hours of the same annoying voice. The narrator places a breathy emphasis on the last word of nearly every sentence!! It distracts from the actual storyline!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Mrs
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    3/23/08
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    "Riveting Nightmare Trip"

    This really fast paced journey in and out of parallel worlds traces the journey of a boy anxious to save his mother from death. His terrifying experiences throughout pile up one on the other until you are left breathless. With the usual very nasty characters found in the Authors offerings plus Werewolves', Monsters and exceptionally clever trees to keep young Mr. Sawyer on his toes I began to think he is 'Superboy'. I challenge even the most unimaginative amongst us not to be able to picture all that is described in stark and vivid detail. A very good reading which made for a most exciting listen.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kate
    Helston, Cornwall, United Kingdom
    4/19/11
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    "Annoying narration"

    I bought this for a long journey, I love the book and have read it a couple of times & was looking forward to hearing it read to me. I managed about 5 minutes of the book before the narrators voice annoyed me to the point of turning it off. I listened to Under The Dome again, which is excellent and beautifully narrated. It's a great book, but horribly read.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • marc
    United Kingdom
    2/18/12
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    "One of his best. A mini Dark Tower"

    Frank Muller and Stephen King are a great pairing. The Talisman a great tale of a boy undertaking a great adventure in order to save the life of his mother.

    Thoroughly recommend this one, especially if you like King's style of work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    London, United Kingdom
    12/24/11
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    "Poor choice of narrator"

    I listened to the first few minutes and also read the reviews before purchasing, normally I like to think that all is not lost but this is BAD the narrator is awful not only does he whisper the last word of practically every sentence but his voice is monotonous. Dreadfully appalling I am a Steven King fan but I can't get into the story because the narrators voice is hilarious. I find myself giggling inappropriately and loosing the thread of the story - not a good thing. So here I am an hour into this novel and I'm sorry to say whoever employed Frank Muller needs to read the reviews I rate it a miss totally through choice of narrator. I will however continue listening because I am a Steven King fan. My advise to Frank Muller 'don't give up your day job'.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tenzin
    Berwick-upon-tweed, United Kingdom
    11/23/11
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    "Great book irritating narator"

    This is a great book and I was looking forward to lying back relaxing listening to this, unfortunately this is not possible. The narators voice is the most irritating I have ever heard, every third/fourth word for some stupid reason he lengthens the word and tails it off into a whisper/breath. To be honest, if he stopped doing this its a voice you could listen to easily but this thing he does is so irritating I lasted 15 minutes before I had to swith it off. I thought I'd try again the next night and give it longer and lasted half an hour I couldnt take anymore. I wouldnt mind as much if there was reason to do so like for suspense but he does it regardless of the situation in the book.

    I'm SO glad this was my free audiobook

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • batrayoo
    6/25/14
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    "voice over guy"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the narrator


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    yes


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Frank Muller?

    anyone


    Do you think The Talisman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator Frank Muller said every line of this book like he was doing a voice over for an action film trailer & I mean every line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr R D Morton
    4/23/14
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    "Unbearable narration"
    Would you try another book written by Stephen King or narrated by Frank Muller?

    Will never listen to this narrator again.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator


    What character would you cut from The Talisman?

    Couldn't bear listening for long enough to learn characters


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is unbearable. I'm sure this is a good book, but the narration is just too irritating to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • susie
    hailsham, United Kingdom
    2/6/14
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    "Poor narration"
    What disappointed you about The Talisman?

    I was really looking forward to enjoying another SK novel with Audible I love being read to and usually the narration on these audiobooks is very good to excellent. However I wish I'd listened to the sample before commiting to buy as the narration on this book is just terrible ! The sound is low quality and airy, and the speakers voice is so monotone and lacks any substance or enthisiasm that I gave up at chapter 5. Story seema good itself but cant rate it as I barely got started


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stephen King doesnt need to change anything at all


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrators reading out was boring, sorry no offence but such lack of emphasism or interest in the story doesnt make a good narrator im afraid. Sorry hes probably a very nice guy


    Any additional comments?

    Whats going on with the sound quality ??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joy
    St. Albans, United Kingdom
    10/2/13
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    "Let down by the Narrator!!"

    Fortunately I have read this book before and know that it's a fantastic story, well told. I was so fond of the book that I bought it on audio to listen to while I do my chores. *sigh* What a let down when the narrator kept going and making me think that he would be better suited to commentating at the horse races ... I felt like I was listening to a race!
    I'm not sure if I will persevere and listen to the end, but if you can stand the breathless rush of the narrator you'll find it's an unforgettable story! Good Luck :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    York, United Kingdom
    9/10/13
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    "Prepare to be disappointed!"
    Would you listen to The Talisman again? Why?

    Yes enjoyed the book but want to know what happens....


    Any additional comments?

    The next book is as far as I can see unavailable on audiobook in the UK???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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