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A dark and sweeping adventure, Dreamcatcher is set in the haunted city of Derry - the site of Stephen King's It and Insomnia. In it, four young boys stand together and do a brave, good thing, an act that changes them in ways that they hardly understand.

A quarter-century later, as grown men who have gone their separate ways, these friends come together once a year to hunt in the woods of Maine. This particular year, a stranger stumbles into their campsite, and before long, the friends are plunged into the most remarkable adventure of their lives. They wind up in a life and death struggle, their only hope for survival locked in their shared past... and in the dreamcatcher.

©2001 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved. (P)2001 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"May be the best alien invasion story since War of the Worlds." (Booklist)
"A thriller that shows [King] remains a force in fiction." (Internet Bookwatch)
"The X-Files comes to Maine." (AudioFile)

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Great as usual

If u like King u will like this. Great narration. This is much better than the movie. Standard top notch King

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He warned us!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Stephen King was quoted as saying, "“I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud. ”
Enough said.

Would you recommend Dreamcatcher to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Well, maybe. I know some who would like this book. I certainly would not discourage anyone from trying it. It just was not for me.

What does Jeffrey DeMunn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Very good narrator. I would enjoy listening to other performances by him. Listening is never the same as reading, and for me it is not ever as good. I listen, because it is hard to read a book while you are driving, washing dishes or mowing the lawn.

Did Dreamcatcher inspire you to do anything?

Search Audible for another book. Maybe even another King or maybe something else. I know his work well enough to know I may absolutely love the next one.

Any additional comments?

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy reading King, but I expect to enjoy some more than others. I am not his only audience. One of his great talents is that he can successfully write novels in a way that no one can really say about a book, "That is a typical Stephen King novel". There is no such thing.

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The Movie Is Better

Where does Dreamcatcher rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's not one of my favorites. I actually think the movie told the story better.

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

I love Stephen King! I've read every book he has had published. And now thanks to Audible, I am collecting them to listen to.

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

I don't believe I have.

Who was the most memorable character of Dreamcatcher and why?

I like Henry the best. I kind of get where he's coming from. He is able to put his problems aside, to do what's right.

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Great story with fizzled ending

What did you love best about Dreamcatcher?

I loved the whole idea and execution of the aliens and their gross effects on the humans. A well-told story that kept me involved and disgusted in the best way. However, the ending seemed to fizzle into an eye-roll. But overall it was still really worth the adventure!

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  • chris
  • clinton, UT, United States
  • 06-08-12

Gold for a story, Poo for an ending

Where does Dreamcatcher rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

above the middle. The story and narration were great. plenty of humor, adventure, and suspense. A goo balance of suspense and payoff, until the end. I like most Stephen King books, but once again he can't seem to give it a good finish...ala dark tower series. It is great while it's going, but leaves you dissapointed at the ending, no big payoff for hours and hours of dedicated listening, detective like fact finding, and paying close attention etc.

What other book might you compare Dreamcatcher to and why?

The Dome, Also very long and interesting, with a less than stellar ending.

Which scene was your favorite?

All of the flatulence scenes. deep down inside, stephen king is still a thirteen year old, but I guess fart jokes just never go out of style. His elaboration reminds me of the "Barf-o-Rama" in The Body, or Stand by Me if you prefer.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Winter Heart of Darkness? I don't know.

Any additional comments?

I wish Stephen King would end his books as good as he did with his books under psuedonyms like running man and the four seasons, etc

Jeffery DeMunn does an excellent job as the narrator. His voice is clear with good pronunciation. And he does a good New England accent without sounding cheesy or fake.He may or may not be from northeast america, but you'd neve know from listening. I will definitely look for more books narrated by him.

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  • Paul
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 04-07-12

Catch the time to read this!

I am a HUGE fan of Jeffrey DeMunn. I love his voice - he has a sad, contemplative quality that makes him a joy to listen to. This is an excellent quality to have while reading Stephen King. If you've only ever seen the movie - remedy this disservice to yourself and listen to this book. Jeffrey DeMunn is an excellent narrator who delivers an extremely strong performance and brings each characters' individual pain and melancholy to life.

Make no mistake - this is a very melancholy book. Of course, much of Mr. King's work strikes me as melancholy. The story focuses on a group of friends - now 4, once upon a time 5 - struggling to find their way through their own lives when they encounter a malevolent extraterrestrial force. The story is compelling and SO much better than the movie, which is a shame considering the strength of the source material. This is not Stephen King's best work by any means, but it is a strong read and well worth the time.

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  • anne
  • RICHMOND, CA, United States
  • 09-07-11

Engrossing characters great narration

King to me is like a comfy pillow. Though the story is long and drones bit in the middle, it's got a heart, engrossing characters that you fall in love with and a decent story. The story is grosser [is that a word?] than I was prepared for but it didn't envelope the plot and it did work.

I'd look for other books narrated by Jeffrey DeMunn simply because I love his style. Hits every note perfectly giving each character believability without being hammy. That says a lot considering the characters in this story contained so many different accents and a handicapped boy as well. A disaster in the hands of the wrong narrator.

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Classic Stephen King

A very classic Stephen King book, it got me through the long nights on 3rd shift. You certainly have to be open to the paranormal here with this one but again when don't you with SK? He does have some better ones out there but please do not interpret this as a put-down to this book. There are hints here and there of it tying in with other SK works which is always a nice surprise.

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If You Liked the Movie!!

If you've seen the movie, you must listen to the book. I must admit that I accidentally downloaded this book, but I am glad I did. The book really takes you into the minds of the characters. I can see now that the movie tried to, but it just could not capture it. This book really kept me listening.

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  • Laura
  • EVERETT, WA, United States
  • 02-21-11

Really good

I like most of King's books. Really like. Especially his earlier stuff. I felt that in more recent years, his books have changed, becoming more mainstream, less gripping and intense and just not as entertaining for me. Dreamcatchers, I felt, was a return to an earlier time. I thought the characters were gritty and real,just ordinary guys who save the worls, as only King can portray them. I have always found alien's to be really creepy, and this book gave me chills. It was great. I liked the bad guys, and the good guys, and the aliens. Really a great read. The only thing I didn't care for was the long flash abcks of their childhood and Duddits. I know it was essential to understanding the current story and the resolution of it, but I honestly fast forwarded through most of the flashbacks, and I was able to figure out the rest just fine without them. Pages upon pages of flashback, sometimes in the middle of a converstation, was really annoying.

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