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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

    House painter who listens to books every day on site. 5-6 days a week. Like 2-3 books/ week. :-)

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    "Wow!"

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

    4 of 4 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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 02-24-16
    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 02-24-16 Member Since 2017

    An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.

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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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    Amazon Customer 03-27-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Mister C 06-26-17
    Mister C 06-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Desperation"

    I was a little aback by all the carnage. Tak was a bad dude, but I think his essential nature was better developed in the sister book of Desperation. I am a sucker for easy endings too!!! I hate when the protagonist gets assassinated!!!!

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    Ronald Madison, WI, United States 06-10-17
    Ronald Madison, WI, United States 06-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Worst King I've ever listened to"

    l'm a big King fan, but not of this one. I quit less than half way through. There is little plot, and what there is seems silly. Frank Muller's narration only seems to underscore this.

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    Amazon Customer 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome premise, half-baked delivery"
    What did you love best about The Regulators?

    I'm a diehard Stephen King fan, but this wasn't one of my favorite stories. Frank Muller's wonderful narration filled in some of the holes – the premise, itself, was great – but the ultimately story felt contrived and a bit messy.


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

    Absolutely. Stephen King is a phenomenal writer, one of my favorites, and this is purportedly one of his weakest entries.


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

    Yes – good as always


    Who was the most memorable character of The Regulators and why?

    TAK!


    Any additional comments?

    It's an interesting listen. Not the best, but worth your time if you have an extra credit lying around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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