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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

Wow!

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

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Terry
  • Omaha, NE, United States
  • 03-16-16

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.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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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.

19 of 25 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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King at his best

The master of storytelling does it again! I have never read an author that can draw such a vivid picture of life in a moment in words. It just amazes me when I get one of these books from King. They're not all like this (graphically detailed,) but this one is awesome. Frank mueller does an awesome job of reading as well. He translates the words into sound beautifully. It makes the pictures even more graphic. Just listen it's a fantastic read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Frank Muller was the best!

I could listen to him all day. The book reminds me of the twilight zone,

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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.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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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awesome<br />

I simply love the characters in this book I love how the book is tied in with desperation such a great book great characters great story really fun Nonstop Action all the way