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
"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)
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)
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
I'm just a dumb troglodyte who like reading. Me feel good after I read book.
In 1987, at the height of Stephen King's cocaine and alcohol addiction, he wrote the Tommyknockers (TK). A quick unscientific online search reveals that many King fans rank the “TK” toward the very bottom of his 62 published works. In 1999 in an editorial for the Onion, King reported that he had almost no recollection of this novel about an alien spacecraft that slowly takes over the minds and bodies of the citizenry of Haven, Maine. Although “TK” cannot compare to The Stand, Salem’s Lot, or The Dome, it's surprisingly entertaining.
The TK has a strong start which allows for the development of the main characters: a writer, Bobbie Anderson, and poet, Jim Gardner. These recluses have the unique ability to tolerate each other. One day when running in the woods, Bobbie trips over a piece of metal protruding slightly from the ground. This seemingly inconsequential event starts off a series of changes that lead us through the “TK”. I love that King is willing and unafraid to uncover the world's greatest discovery in such a happenstance manner. It reminds me of King's time travel concept in “11-22-63”, where the time travel vehicle is a dirty cleaning closet at a local dinner. Only Stephen King can get away with this level of ludicrousness. With any other author most readers would throw down the book saying, “You expect me to buy this malarkey”.
If you can make the leap and accept the ridiculous manner in which the spacecraft is discovered, you can lock in and go on an exciting ride. It's amazing that King writes so clearly and fluidly for a man at the height of addiction. His writing is always clear and he vividly brings horrific scenes to the reader's consciousness. Overall, there are many King books better than the “TK”. A much better book about alien invasion mind control is “The Cell.” However, if you are a rabid King fan, like me, and want to study all the works, the “TK” is fun and revealing. Of the 87 books I have read over the last two years, TK is ranked 41.
It's a pretty good book, but it contains a lot of the old stuff that made King seem like an immature writer in the past. He's too enamored with gross-out scenes, especially involving bodily functions, and he randomly tosses out improbable and unbelievable details and numbers. Whole busloads of people die casually in wrecks, and no one seems to have any sense when it comes to seeing the obvious developments around them. Characters aren't very sophisticated or overly original, but they are still interesting and reflect regional idiosyncrasies well--that may be King's greatest strength. His earlier works were better at creating characters from the outside, whereas his later works paid more attention to their inner workings, too.
Still, this is a good, imaginative tale of something that seems like a cross between aliens and supernatural beings, and there are lots of creepy moments and sustained suspense to keep you listening well after bedtime. The narrator is good, too. Overall, a good, long listen. If you like the early King, you'll love this one. If you don't like that King, you may still like this one a lot.
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.
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