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The Talisman Audiobook

The Talisman

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Publisher's Summary

On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm.

One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother's life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin....

©2001 Stephen King and Peter Straub; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc., Recorded with the Permission of The Ballantine Publishing Group, a Division of Random House, Inc.; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

Audie Award Winner, Fiction (unabridged), 2002

"A classic...rare and dazzling...a journey to rival the greatest adventure stories ever told." (New York Daily News)

"Extraordinary...makes your hair stand on end." (The Washington Post)

What Members Say

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    BigDan 07-23-14
    BigDan 07-23-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Great horror story....."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A great book to read in the dark. King is the master. just add Straub and you've got one hell of a story. The story line is tight and the plot is remarkable. Can't wait to start the sequel "The Black House".


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    Denise 07-21-14
    Denise 07-21-14

    It has been a long time since I've actually picked up a book and read. I enjoy horror, mysteries, fiction, sci-fi, and good cop drama books.

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    "Memorable Characters"
    Would you listen to The Talisman again? Why?

    Yes. This is my second time. I read it once when I was a kid in grade school and this time listened to this story and the characters are still as I imaged them then. I liked it because it played with the imagination of a child's daydreaming, and the endlessness of summer. It relates you to a turning point in a child's life, the pre-teens, that rights of passage from childhood to young adult.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the coming together of people to help this child through this struggle. The struggle of life, death, growing up in a single parent household and trying to find someplace to fit in.


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gives these characters the voices! He brings them into their personas.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Wolf dies saving Jack. And again when Jack meets Wolf's litter brother.


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    Anita H. Buffalo, New York 07-13-14
    Anita H. Buffalo, New York 07-13-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A wonderful story"
    Would you listen to The Talisman again? Why?

    I absolutely will listen again. It's a great story!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Talisman?

    All scenes with Wolf


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it

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    ChipOwood Arkansas 06-18-14
    ChipOwood Arkansas 06-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "a suprising duo"
    Would you listen to The Talisman again? Why?

    I would give this audiobook another listen one day. Frank Muller is the perfect person to narrate a stephen king novel. He adds another level of creepy to the King franchise


    What did you like best about this story?

    the suprise dark tower connections


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    what is there not to love about this guy? he takes it slow when it needs to be and speeds it up when it may be a lull in the plot line.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If you could listen to this long novel in one sitting, I worry about you :)


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    Martin Jefferson 05-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant book ruined by terrible narrator"
    How could the performance have been better?

    Frank Muller cannot decide if he is channelling Jimmy Cagney, Jack Nicholson or Tom Waits. He rushes through some sentences as though they have no punctuation and others, he tries, a more melodramatic delivery. Either way, there is no way I can sit through this for 28 hours. Great book - I read it when it was published.


    Any additional comments?

    These people presumably get paid for their work. I cannot believe that Stephen King would have listened to this and said "that's exactly how I imagined it would sound". King is not a great narrator, but I would much rather hear him read this one. Very disappointed.

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    Jenn 05-19-14
    Jenn 05-19-14 Member Since 2017
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    "One of my favorites"

    Have read and listened to this story several times since I was a teenager. It is well written and performed.

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    Michael Ypsilanti, MI, United States 03-22-14
    Michael Ypsilanti, MI, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2016
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    "great book"
    What did you love best about The Talisman?

    Hands down I think this was one of Peter Straub and Stephen King's best books


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    Sharon United States 03-22-14
    Sharon United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "SNORE FEST!"

    I really wanted to like this book. I listened to over 10 hours and refused to torture myself any longer. So disappointed. I would have given it 0 stars if I could have. I'll get my credit back but I can't do anything about the time I wasted!

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    Sarah BELLE VERNON, PA, United States 03-12-14
    Sarah BELLE VERNON, PA, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Can't Quite Get Into the Book"
    Any additional comments?

    I have a hard time getting into the book due to the narrators tone of voice. His voice does not due this book justice.

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    Eric LENOIR, NC, United States 02-26-14
    Eric LENOIR, NC, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Bogs down at the end."

    I am a fan of King and Straub both. The story is good overall but sometimes gets lost in it's own descriptions. The end in particular dragged on to the point where I got so bored with all the adjectives that I chose to stop listening.

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