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The Dead Zone Audiobook

The Dead Zone

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    4/28/17
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    "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.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Aidan Ellis
    5/4/17
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    "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!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Kate
    5/6/17
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    "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


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Belinda Norton
    Hampshire, UK
    5/25/17
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    "A great book done well"

    I have read this book many times and this audio version lives up to the reading in one's head

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deargman
    5/25/17
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    "Excellent"

    Reminded me of Prayer for Owen Meaney and that's no bad thing!
    Excellent performance by James Franco added to the atmosphere of a good story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • kdsshrub
    5/19/17
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    "High hopes....but boring!"

    Struggled listening to this, just kept waiting for something to happen or for it to become interesting but I was left disappointed!
    James Franco was ok but I've heard better.

    Listen to the sample before committing!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    5/15/17
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    "One of the best"

    I've listened to hundreds of books on Audible but this is one of the best. Stephen King at his best, and Franco was fantastic. Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    5/12/17
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    "Emotive - Powerful"

    This was my first Stephen King book, and I wasn't too sure if it was going to be something I'd be able to get on with. I was wrong. What an amazing listen. I throughly enjoyed it start to finish, in a dark sort of way, characters had depth and personality. I found the whole experience engaging + through provoking.

    I've always thought a narrater can make or break a book- I've absolutely fallen in love with James Franco. Wow what a performance. I think second only to Stephen Fry- maybe!

    Would definitely recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gary lawson
    5/8/17
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    "brilliant"

    great story and the narration was excellent. every thing you have come to expect from Stephen King

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • emma lane
    5/27/17
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    "Great story. narrator let it down."

    I enjoyed the story. James Franco's tone as narrator was just too monotonous. Fans of Kung will enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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