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The Tommyknockers | [Stephen King]

The Tommyknockers

Bobbi Anderson and the other good folks of Haven, Maine, have sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of Hell.
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Publisher's Summary

Bobbi Anderson and the other good folks of Haven, Maine, have sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of Hell.

©1988 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"Yet another mammoth horror novel from King, this dark tale depicts a small town's fatal encounter with creatures from outer space. Events start with Roberta Anderson, a writer of Old West novels, unearthing a flying saucer on her remote wooded property....While this is not one of King's more original novels, it does have plenty of blood and guts, macabre humor, and a well-wrought realization of the New England countryside." (Library Journal)

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    Grant S. Burroughs montana 05-30-10
    Grant S. Burroughs montana 05-30-10

    GB

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    "The old Stephen King"

    The Story: Good. I read the book when I was in High School, and it holds up well after so many years. Its nice that Audible is finally getting around to releasing King's early writings. Hint: What about The Stand?
    Reader: Excellent. Nothing ruins a good audible book more then a lousy reader. Edward Herman does a great job with the different accents that are common to the Northeast. Frank Mueller was the best, and he will be missed, but check out Jeffrey Demunn in "The Colorado Kid". Stephen King is also a very good reader, and I wish he would read more of his own stuff.
    Overall a great read, and more importantly a good story.
    Strong Hint: THE STAND!!!!! (King's best work)

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Denver, CO, United States 08-11-10
    Steve Denver, CO, United States 08-11-10
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    "The Best of Stephen King."

    Ever since I read this book almost 20 years ago it has been my favorite book by Stephen King. For the past 6 years I have wanted to re-read it but haven't made the time to. I was so thrilled to find the audiobook. Even after 20 years this is still his best work in my opinion. Edward Hermann did a fantastic job narrating this book. It was a joy to listen to and I know I will enjoy listening to it over and over. I highly recommend this audiobook.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Hilton Head Island, SC USA 09-19-10
    Hilton Head Island, SC USA 09-19-10 Member Since 2004

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    "Great book, amazing reader"

    I enjoy Stephen King, and this book I enjoyed more than most. But what I found most striking was the reader, Edward Hermann. Not only is his narration flawless, but it's not rushed like so many narrators are. He puts as much thought into the pacing and pauses as the words themselves. As a result the story is all the more enjoyable. I'm certainly going to look for other books he's narrated.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 08-14-10
    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 08-14-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Engaging"

    This is one of Stephen Kings older books and it's terrific. I love reading just about everything King has written, and this book is no exception. If you like some old Stephen King - you'll like The Tommyknockers

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Adventurewriter Northeastern United States 08-12-11
    Adventurewriter Northeastern United States 08-12-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Absolute Audible Gold!"

    I have never written a review of any book here on audible. No matter how much I might've enjoyed the author.... But this book is the exception. Obviously, I enjoy Stephen King's works, and look forward to an audible version of "THE STAND" unabridged... But in the meantime, having tried many other King titles here on audible... I gave this narrator a chance. And I'm very glad that I did! I absolutely could NOT stop listening to this story. In fact, thanks to the narrator, I downloaded Audible on my Iphone, and listened to the story while walking! Who knows how many car's I've almost been hit by while lost in another world? I would love to hear this narrator do "THE STAND"... and will join audible again just as soon as they have such titles available. Thanks you narrator (Mr. Edward Hermann)! For making this a most enjoyable 27 hours!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cage Tempe, AZ, United States 07-12-11
    Cage Tempe, AZ, United States 07-12-11 Member Since 2011

    I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!

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    "Late last night, and the night before..."

    This is the 2nd audiobook by King that I've downloaded (after Nightmares and Dreamscapes Vol. II), and I found it impossible to stop listening to! It kept me going during the wee hours of the night, AND on the road to and from work during the day.If you love Stephen King, and Sci-fi/ Horror, this one is for you.
    A note about the narrator: IMHO, Edward Hermann is a perfect narrator, great distinction between characters, no distracting accents at all.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Littleton, Colorado 12-08-11
    Erik Littleton, Colorado 12-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Pretty Good King Story, Phenominal Reader"
    Any additional comments?

    Being an avid King reader, I've always shied away from this title having seen the horrible TV mini-series version that aired in the early 90s. That movie made me stay away from this book, thinking it would be equally terrible and when I finally got around to listening, I was pleasantly surprised. The book was so much better than the mini-series in so many ways: interesting, flawed characters; a nearly concise history of the town of Haven; and a whole lot of really weird (and sometimes downright spooky) inventions and behaviors on behalf the residents of Haven. Overall, a pretty decent King work that deserves a chance for those of us that had been skittish after having seen the mini-series. While parts of this book may be a tad too long or contain a bit too much character development, the narrator makes the time fly by. Edward Hermann's narration is wonderful and he did an excellent job of pulling me into the story and taking me along for the ride. Would definitely check out more of Hermann's audiobook titles due to his reading ability alone.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Txjack Central Texas 07-28-11
    Txjack Central Texas 07-28-11 Member Since 2005

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    "Nice read"

    I enjoyed this book. It has a great mix of characters, horror and mysterious plot. Mr. Kings writing is excellent. For example, one of the main characters seems to get himself into bad situations, and it's Mr. King's expert writing that makes you feel very uncomfortable for the character as he seems so real. Edward Hermann's narration was enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Naperville, IL, United States 11-12-10
    Michael Naperville, IL, United States 11-12-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Suspenseful, and fun"

    While it's pretty dark and the sense that nearly all the townsfolk are damned, it's a fun ride with some laughs along the way. King kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see who would win in the end, and how the centerpiece of the story would up where it was, and who put it there!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Milford, CT, United States 06-18-10
    Peter Milford, CT, United States 06-18-10
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    "Top of His Form"

    If you have not read King and want to get a sense of what he's about, this book is up there at the top of the list. This book screams Stephen King. Well done by the narrator.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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