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The Regulators Audiobook

The Regulators

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Publisher's Summary

The battle against evil has begun in this "devishly entertaining" (Publishers Weekly) story of a suburban neighborhood in the grip of surreal terror - a number-one national best seller from Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman.

Peaceful suburbia on Poplar Street in Wentworth, Ohio, takes a turn for the ugly when four vans containing armed "regulators" terrorize the street's residents, cold-bloodedly killing anyone foolish enough to step outside their homes. Houses mysteriously transform into log cabins, and the street now ends in what looks like a child's hand-drawn Western landscape. Masterminding this sudden onslaught is the evil creature Tak, who has taken over the body of an autistic eight-year-old boy, Seth Garin.

"A rip-roaringly violent thriller whose main action takes place in little more than an hour and a half" (Booklist), The Regulators features an introduction by Stephen King on "The Importance of Being Bachman".

©1996 Richard Bachman. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    daniel atlanta, GA, United States 03-06-17
    daniel atlanta, GA, United States 03-06-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow!"

    Stephen King and Frank Muller. Do I need to say more? It's like spooky poetry...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Omaha, NE, United States 03-16-16
    Terry Omaha, NE, United States 03-16-16
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    "so so king....more Koontz than king."

    king has done better. lots of times. but the narrator is fantastic! frank Mueller is exceptional here as he always is.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 02-24-16
    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 02-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Tak Part 2???"

    I'm not sure which was published first but this book is the companion piece to King's novel Desperation. Personally I liked Desperation better in both story and character development but that's just me. The Regulators has many similarities to Desperation including the villain, the characters (sorta), and how the plot unfolds. The Regulators story takes place in about a 90 minute window with diary entries and flashbacks filling in the spaces, so there are several points where this book drags on and on. The saving grace to this audiobook is Frank Muller, who returns to read another King story after a severe motorcycle accident about a decade ago. Muller is perfect for the role of narrator and I wish he would have done Desperation as well. One last note is that this book has several, let's just say, scarring moments of violence, I'm not one to cringe a lot but the terror and mayhem inflicted on the poor neighborhood was shocking to say the least. Unfortunately that is one of its few redeemable qualities and the length is as well, coming in at only 12 hours, a rarity for King. Is it worth the credit/money? Only if you are interested in more Tak/mayhem, though don't expect anymore mythology about it then what was already told in Desperation.

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    constantly reading 03-27-16
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    "Frank Muller was the best"

    Classic Stephen King, and no one read him better than Frank Muller. Black House will always be my favorite, but this was very good.

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    LEN LANGFORD OCEAN SPRINGS, MS, US 04-26-16
    LEN LANGFORD OCEAN SPRINGS, MS, US 04-26-16
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    "Regulators"

    I am a Stephen King fan and have read many of his books. I didn't really care for Regulators. The story was all over the place and hard to follow. Some of the confusion is the use of the same characters as in Desperation although they aren't truly linked.

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    Jeanne Guthmiller 03-15-16
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    "Frank Muller makes this story come alive and dead!"

    What else can I say? This is another GREAT story by Stephen King. Gives you the creeps with Frank Muller's narration.

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    "the regulators"

    Wild, imaginative, crazily manic King/Bachman novel. I love this story and mirror novel Desperation. Great narration as well, esp great considering the novels constant mania and obsurdity at times. I'm on to desperation next and I have a feeling that I'll do this one again cuz its a hard novel to get thru an audio book. I feel like I missed alot. But even still I kno I loved this book, one of Kings best to me. This is about the eighth of his novels I've done recently, on my quest to do them all and so far this one is at the top with It and Insomnia.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DarkSerendipity 10-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Love This Book!!"

    This is easy to get through, easy to listen to in a single day, if you're feeling daring. It will push your imagination into creepy places, as most Stephen King works will do.

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    Dave A. 10-17-17
    Dave A. 10-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing narrator and story!"

    This is the twin novel to Desperation. The story shares elements from it, but does its own thing. The narrator is great with emotion, and it helps that, coupled with King's up-in-your-face style of writing, helps keep the story exciting. The peaceful opening quickly de-escalates into suspense, which carries through the rest of the story.

    Desperation offers more time to get to know these characters, but The Regulators doesn't drag out longer than necessary.

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    Jenny Mills Kerrville, TX 10-03-17
    Jenny Mills Kerrville, TX 10-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    Really enjoyed this audio book. Intriguing premise, dimensional characters, Stephen King's irreverent humor (which I find hilarious). The narrator was wonderful, with excellent pacing and the ability to convey exactly what the author intended. He was the best narrator I've ever heard.

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