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Stephen King's fan-favourite thriller available in audio for the first time read by Acadamy Award nominee James Franco.

The two things that conjured up that horrible night, were his run of luck at the Wheel of Fortune, and the mask....

Meet Johnny Smith. A young man whose streak of luck ends dramatically in a major car crash. Followed by blackness. A long, long time in cold limbo.

When he wakes up life has been turned upside down. His fiancée has met someone else. And Johnny is cursed with the power to perceive evil in men's souls. He's had these hunches since he had an ice-skating accident as a child. Now he has an ability to see into the future. An ability which will bring him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and dangerous man....

James Franco is an actor, director, artist and writer. His film appearances include Milk, Pineapple Express, Spring Breakers, Howl, and 127 Hours, which earned him an Academy Award nomination.

He is the author of the novel Actors Anonymous, the collection Palo Alto, and the memoir A California Childhood. His writing has been published in Esquire, Vanity Fair, N+1, The Wall Street Journal, and McSweeney's; and his art has been exhibited throughout the world including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and MoMA PS1 in New York.

©1979 Stephen King (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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  • Estie
  • South Africa
  • 06-12-17

W.O.W. ! ! !

James Franco read this book suberbly! I enjoyed it tremendously and will be listening to it again very soon!!

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  • Simon
  • 04-28-17

The Bright Light of a Master Story-Teller!

Stephen King is a master of his craft. For me he is at his very best when he is at his most epic so books like It and The Stand are my personal favourites. This is smaller in ambition and scope but still produces an ultimately satisfying read. King imbues his stories with incredible details and the everyday is often imbued with ominous portent. Themes and icons repeat, twist and develop gradually revealing their full relevance to the reader.

This plot is a relatively slow burn, King is in no hurry to bring his two main protagonists together. Their stories are built and gradually threaded into each other as a humble English teacher is propelled towards dangers and evils through unfortunate accidents and the psychic abilities they leave him with. This is writing as good as anything in the genre.

The narration by James Franco is a natural fit for the atmosphere of the book. Occasionally it feels languid and he doesn't have the greatest of ranges of voices but he delivers the most important scenes in excellent fashion.

While it may be seen as a slow burn it is also an incredibly bright one as it moves to what I thought was a fabulously handled conclusion.

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  • Aidan Ellis
  • 05-04-17

Possibly the greatest book on audible!!!

Wow what a fantastic book!! I urge you to read it!! The narration is fantastic, and the story is fantastic, it's well worth your time and money to buy this!!

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • nicky
  • 10-05-17

The trump senecio

Did Stephen king know we actually were going to have a president as worrying as the character in the book ? Where is our present day Jonny smith !!

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  • I J MacLeod
  • 08-12-17

Fabulous story. Amazing performance.

Hooked from start to finish. Relentless momentum built and a thoughtful finish. I recommend this if you know the plot. I'm jealous if you don't because this is a great way to hear the story.

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  • Robbie
  • 08-11-17

Fantastic book..so well read

Beautifully written story and equally well read by James Franco. You really care for the character Johnny Smith and those around him. I never felt the story was rushed or forced in any way and really is a true Stephen King classic. I can see why he is such a revered author. Thoroughly recommended. James Franco is so good and really conveyed the spirit of the story. Hats off to him for what should be an award-winning performance.

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  • 08-14-17

A strange feeling of Deja Vu.

I read this book many years ago and found this second chance irresistible, what I did not expect was the feeling that King had foreseen the existence of a Trump like monster, it is truly a more scary book now than it was then.
Very entertaining and well developed, perhaps one of Stephen Kings best books, the main character is one of his most rounded and likeable.


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  • Trevell
  • 07-03-17

How on earth did King know about Trump?

I chose this King story totally at random- I had read some years ago, but not this one.I was utterly chilled and amazed to find not only the usual completely absorbing story but that King had somehow foreseen in amazing detail the rise of Trump. As I loathe everything about the horrible Trump this is both fascinating and deeply uncanny.

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  • Kindle Kate
  • 05-06-17

Masterful performance of a fabulous book

Where does The Dead Zone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very nearly the best audiobook I've listened to with superb narration. Always loved this story, but hearing it adds a whole new dimension

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-17

loved it

real King without the gory bits. remained spellbound throughout. sadly makes me think of Trump

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  • IrishGaijin
  • 11-25-17

Laid back

Every character's speech appears to be afflicted by a long drawl/slur! Appreciate he's a big name to have associated with an audiobook, but unfortunately James wasn't the most engaging of narrators.

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  • Justine
  • 07-12-17

If not for James Franco...

I found this book very slow and quite boring. definitely not a thriller by any means. If you're interested in politics you may enjoy it more, but the story is slow and there's not many peaks in the story. I found the relationship between Johnny and Sarah to be the best part of the book, but there wasn't much focus on it in the last half.

James Franco was absolutely brilliant as narrator, however, and got me to the end. His expressive voice brought so much to the story. I hope he continues narrating, he is just fantastic.

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  • Vicky Kendall
  • 05-24-17

the best

the best audio book i have listened to. it will be a hard act to follow

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  • Orca
  • 05-04-17

Especially creepy in this brave new world

Funny how the crazy politics of this fine old school King text resonate with the current climate. James Franco's narration is perfect.

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  • Andrew
  • 05-02-17

James Franco is great

Good story, well performed by Franco and no dull points. Great listen and I will recommend this audiobook in the future.

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  • Emily
  • 04-30-17

One of King's best.

Adore this book and will be listening again and again. Franco read as well as any other narrator, though his tone/timbre is not as rich or deep.

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  • Sean Clayton
  • 07-27-17

bang bang!

bang bang! bang bang! bang bang! bang bang! bang bang! bang bang! bang bang! bang bang! bang bang! it was de lightful! bangady bang!

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