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In a terrifying trip across America, young Jack Sawyer is searching for the Talisman, the only thing that can save his dying mother. His quest takes him into the menacing Territories where violence, surprise, and the titanic struggle between good and evil reach across a mythic landscape.
©1984 Stephen King and Peter Straub (P)2004 Simon and Schuster Inc.

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King at his best

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

Magical, sweet and dark

Who was your favorite character and why?

Wolf was my favorite character. His innocence and loyalty made me want to jump into the book and cuddle him.

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

I've listened to a couple of his other audio books. I enjoy the way he presents a certain genre of story but if you are not use to his style, and with a long audio book, I can understand why some people find it difficult to listen to him for extended periods.

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

Again, Wolf. His innocence was just so sweet and his genuine affection/love for Jack was beautiful. He was dragged into a world not his own by Jack, suffered from it, but was never resentful and stayed true to his

Any additional comments?

I loved the two world/twinner/time-travel concept - its Ying and Yang. The story shows the good and evil of humans and how destructive we can be.... BUT ... it also shows how a human boy can reverse that evil in the name of love.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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terrible narration

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Frank Muller?

couldn't get into the book at all as the narration was so irritating

Has The Talisman turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

How could the performance have been better?

stop dragging out the end of each sentence

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

couldn't listen long enough to come to a conclusion

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Katrina
  • Inverell , NSW, Australia
  • 02-03-10

The Talisman

This is the second book I have listened to on my Iphone and loved it. Being new to audible I found it slightly bizzare being read to at my age ( 27 plus GST)however I have loved both books and narrators. Frank has a deep voice and the further into the book you get the more engrossed you get :) This was a great book and Frank did it justice, especially playing Wolf. I am now about to download The Black House and am glad Frank is narrating again as this will blend very well. Job well done mate :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Epic

Stephen King has always been one of my favourite writers. I am not at surprised that this book has also turned out to be a masterpiece.
A whole and fulfilling story, with an unusual hero.
The narrator was awesome!

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  • adam
  • melbourne, Australia
  • 12-06-11

King an Muller both at the top of there games

Fantastic book...great story, great journey...amazingly read by Frank Muller (as usual) King is the King!

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  • Chris
  • Blackheath, Australia
  • 02-11-10

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Gripping story read masterfully (as usual) by Frank Muller.

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  • Rebecca
  • Burwood East, MelbourneAustralia
  • 04-30-08

Listen to the sample first!!

I got so annoyed by the narrator's voice that I couldn't bring myself to listen pass the first 5 minutes. So I cannot comment on the book itself. I'm off to Borders to purchase a hardcopy so I can actually finish this novel. Listen to the sample before committing yourself to nearly 30 hours of the same annoying voice. The narrator places a breathy emphasis on the last word of nearly every sentence!! It distracts from the actual storyline!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs
  • 03-23-08

Riveting Nightmare Trip

This really fast paced journey in and out of parallel worlds traces the journey of a boy anxious to save his mother from death. His terrifying experiences throughout pile up one on the other until you are left breathless. With the usual very nasty characters found in the Authors offerings plus Werewolves', Monsters and exceptionally clever trees to keep young Mr. Sawyer on his toes I began to think he is 'Superboy'. I challenge even the most unimaginative amongst us not to be able to picture all that is described in stark and vivid detail. A very good reading which made for a most exciting listen.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Marc H
  • 02-18-12

One of his best. A mini Dark Tower

Frank Muller and Stephen King are a great pairing. The Talisman a great tale of a boy undertaking a great adventure in order to save the life of his mother.

Thoroughly recommend this one, especially if you like King's style of work.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ms. H. Morris
  • 09-25-12

Thoroughly enjoyable - 2nd Book Please!

I really enjoyed this audibook, I love Frank Muller as a narrator and he is well suited to Stephen King. Anyone who likes the Dark Tower will also like this however I was massively disappointed to find that I cannot get the second become because of a licensing restriction that affects the area I love (Yorkshire). Absolutely gutted about this and sadly audible haven't been much help. 5 stars for the story ZERO for the customer service.

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  • Tenzin
  • 11-23-11

Mixed

The book is a really great story as i have read the book so i wanted it on audiobook. like i say the story is really good but the narrater just spoiled it, he was just so bad i never made it far in the book at all. i have not got a clue what he was trying to achieve but it was like he was trying to turn every sentence into a thriller, i dont know how else to explain it. it only gets 3 stars because the author spoiled it

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Kate
  • 04-19-11

Annoying narration

I bought this for a long journey, I love the book and have read it a couple of times & was looking forward to hearing it read to me. I managed about 5 minutes of the book before the narrators voice annoyed me to the point of turning it off. I listened to Under The Dome again, which is excellent and beautifully narrated. It's a great book, but horribly read.

12 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Michelle
  • 12-24-11

Poor choice of narrator

I listened to the first few minutes and also read the reviews before purchasing, normally I like to think that all is not lost but this is BAD the narrator is awful not only does he whisper the last word of practically every sentence but his voice is monotonous. Dreadfully appalling I am a Steven King fan but I can't get into the story because the narrators voice is hilarious. I find myself giggling inappropriately and loosing the thread of the story - not a good thing. So here I am an hour into this novel and I'm sorry to say whoever employed Frank Muller needs to read the reviews I rate it a miss totally through choice of narrator. I will however continue listening because I am a Steven King fan. My advise to Frank Muller 'don't give up your day job'.

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  • NevilleHenderson
  • 09-10-13

Prepare to be disappointed!

Would you listen to The Talisman again? Why?

Yes enjoyed the book but want to know what happens....

Any additional comments?

The next book is as far as I can see unavailable on audiobook in the UK???

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • 09-08-12

Awesome... why didn't I read this sooner

I have tried on several occasions to read this book and couldn't get into it. Having listened to the audiobook I can safely say that it is great book and cannot for the life of me understand why I struggled to actually read the damn thing.
Highly recommended!
Just need the audiobook of the sort of sequel - the Black House.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Zylpha E Reynolds-Wright
  • 08-27-14

narrator spoils this book

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Ive read the book twice and was looking forward to having it read to me - but narrator style spoilt this for me. I didnt even get to the 2nd chapter - gave up.

How could the performance have been better?

yes yes yes

Any additional comments?

I loved the idea that we might not just look like - but we also smell like our parents.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • batrayoo
  • 06-25-14

voice over guy

Is there anything you would change about this book?

the narrator

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

yes

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Frank Muller?

anyone

Do you think The Talisman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no

Any additional comments?

The narrator Frank Muller said every line of this book like he was doing a voice over for an action film trailer & I mean every line.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Chrissie
  • 05-20-16

Slow to pick up....

But omg...once I fell into it's trance I was well and truly hooked.

Absolutely awesome

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  • Sean
  • 01-04-16

Epic

I first read the book in 1988. It was my instant Stephen King novel. Audible had given it to me again with a great narrator. I love how he reads this fantastic book.

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  • Mick Fleay
  • 04-24-18

Epic (looooooong) fantasy

This took a long time to digest and I needed a break part way. The story is multi-directional and by the time I got to the end I had forgotten sort of the beginning of the story. Well written but different from your usual King fare. I haven’t read any of Straub’s works but I will keep an eye out. Character development is good. I would have liked to learn more about Morgan Sloat / Slote and his motivations. A sequel has been written and it is on my list.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-18

narrator

a rather annoying emphasis of tone on sentemce endings.
made listening to an excellent story quite difficult

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  • Aiden
  • 03-14-18

Awesome book!

Frank Muller is the perfect fit for any King book. If you are a fan of Kings Dark Tower series, I highly recommend this one.

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  • rebekah
  • 03-19-16

loved it

love the story, loved the narrator. felt like the story was a smidgen too long between the badlands and jack getting the talisman. otherwise, awesome :)

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  • Leigh
  • 01-15-15

Love Frank Muller performing Talisman

Loved this audio book - the stories fantastic and Frank Muller brings it to life. I'm just wondering if/when Audible will make The Black House available as I'm finding it hard to get in audiobook format in Aus.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful