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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 Simon & Schuster; 2001 Stephen King and Peter Straub

Critic Reviews

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)

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GREAT READ

If you could sum up The Talisman in three words, what would they be?

EXCITING THRILL RIDE

What did you like best about this story?

the overall story and the author's imagination

Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

Speedy

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

Jack Sawyer, everything heroes & mentors can be and then some. Close to Roland, Susanna and Eddie.

Any additional comments?

I have read the book several times because I enjoy the story so much!! I couldn't wait to hear it and re-live the telling of the adventures of brave and noble young Jack Sawyer as he embarks on his journey through the blasted lands to save his mother/the Queen.

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A superb performance by the late great Muller.

Fans of Stephen King lost something special with the death of Frank Muller. A narrator who not only understood captivating storytelling but had a brilliant grasp of character and wrought every ounce of emotion out of them. Even if you're familiar with The Talisman already, don't miss a chance to experience it anew - this version is too good to miss.

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Love, love, love

I cry every time I listen to this one. I love the story, love the narrator.

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I've always loved this story

I have read this book at least 15 times over the course of 25 years. Have always loved it. In some spots it is slow, and in some spots it is smarmy as hell, but overall it is a story that makes you care about the characters and it is a story that will stick in your memory. Well read by the voice actor.

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A boy living his nightmare to save his mother(s)

It wasn't long into this book before the "flavor" of the "Dark Tower" series was felt. There is no (direct) connection to the Dark Tower series, but this book certainly has the mouth feel of the tower. It was hard to stop listening, but I had to ration myself so I could actually get some work done.

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Started a Journey for me

Loved the narrator and story. This story really grabbed me and I could not wait for its sequel.

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Not my kind of reading

Totally desperate in this kind of Alice in the wonder land. Heard that was good but it was not my kind.

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great book ready to listen to second one<br />

love it best book ready to start to start second one..king is great long winded but great!

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What a great story and great narrarater!

Where does The Talisman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of my favorite Stephen King novels

What did you like best about this story?

I can't narrow it down to one thing, the boy and wolf becoming best friends, the way the story goes back and forth from this world and the other world. What a great story!

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

Frank Muller is the best narrarater! the way his voice changes to describe the scene or the terror or the joy!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had lots of reactions, which is what makes this such a great book. It's all there, joy, anger sorrow, relief, the book has it all.

Any additional comments?

If you're a Stephen King fan or a fan of Frank Muller, this book is the best of both. I highly recommend this book and the sequel. Enjoy!

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great book

this is one of my favorite books by king. Muller does a nice job bringing the characters to life