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Publisher's Summary

"Stephen King never stops giving us his all" (Chicago Tribune) in this number-one national best seller about the idyllic small town of Haven, Maine, and its encounter with a deadly evil out for a diabolical invasion of body, soul - and mind.

Writer Bobbi Anderson becomes obsessed with digging up something she's found buried in the woods near her home. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, she uncovers an alien spaceship. Though exposure to the Tommyknockers, who piloted the alien ship, has harmful effects on residents' health, the people of Haven develop a talent for creating innovative devices under their increasingly malignant influence.

In this riveting, nightmarish story, Stephen King has given us a "brilliant, riveting, marvelous" (The Boston Globe) novel. "You will not be able to put this down" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). And the next time someone raps at your door, you may want to keep the chain on. It just might be the Tommyknocker Man.

©1987 Stephen King, Tabitha King, and Arthur B. Greene (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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terrible editing

The proofreader should be fired, every chapter cut out early. Basically, the last two to ten seconds was cut out.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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The editing drove me bonkers!

While I have always been a fan of Stephen King and I will attest that this is indeed a pretty good book, I would have to advise you to pass this one by. Edward Herrmann is a very good narrator. The problem with this rendition of the story is THE EDITING IS AWFUL!!! You can clearly hear where the editing cuts were made and this is quite distracting. Often times parts of the narrators words are cut short, particularly toward the front of the book. Very disappointing!

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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spooky and enthralling

The narrator does a great job with this Stephen King signature. Tommyknockers knocking on your door... I love how King fills the space between the book covers with a story about 1 person and the situations they face. There are very few characters you get to know but don't care, it's all about the one, unlike any other. Edward Herrmann, I hope you sought some psychiatric help after embodying Gard for this book. Great all around, excellent to listen to.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Did they listen to it before publishing?!?

The overall book is good,and the narrator did his job very well. It's just the editing of the audio book is driving me crazy, they cut words short and even a few words out of the end of every chapter 😒

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • 06-30-17

Just ok but...

Other reviewers have commented on the poor editing of this book. They were wrong; it was terrible editing. At first I sort of overlooked it but by the end I was super annoyed. Sentences cut off and the end of many chapters poorly spaced.

The story was good and it's worth a listen if you like classic king. If you expect perfect production from your audio books skip this one. Narrator was very good.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great Story and Narration, but....

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

Idiot Savant Invaders

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

The entering of the ship.

Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

Everett Hillman

Any additional comments?

The ends of some words kept getting cutoff, sometimes mid-word. Bad editing perhaps?

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great story with recording issues

This was another awesome Stephen King story. My only complaint is, it seemed like the recording got cut off at several points. Sentences would get cut short and words would be missed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Incredible and interminable.

This book haunts as much as any book I've ever read. Originally I read it shortly after it was released and I have never forgotten disturbing sections of it, particularly the chilling rhyme about Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers (knocking at my door.) This time, through, it felt like an eerie old friend, sitting in partial darkness, only revealing himself a part at a time, as the sun rose. Although it seems to go on forever, there is not a single unnecessary word. King has a mystic ability to weave phenomenally complex stories into a tome you want to put on your shelf and rest easy, knowing it is there whenever you need it. Typically, King has taken innocuous objects or people and slowly colored them with increasingly dark tones and colors. After reading "It," can you ever look at a clown the same way? It is clearly time for me to reconnect with this man's work - before it reconnects with me.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not Stephen Kings best

Edward Hermann's narration made this worth listening to. Had this been a book likely I wouldn't have finished. Some parts are brilliant; others left me wondering where is this going? I like Kings oldest novels best (e.g. The Stand, The Dead Zone) but also love 11.23.63 which also great for comparison.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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awsome

awsome awsome reading writing and storyline
thanks king another amazing story. keep rm coming. and thanks

1 of 1 people found this review helpful