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The Dead Zone Audiobook

The Dead Zone

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Publisher's Summary

Never before on audio! A number-one national best seller about a man who wakes up from a five-year coma able to see people's futures and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in The Dead Zone - a "compulsive page-turner" (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people's futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiancée married another man during his coma, and people clamor for him to solve their problems.

When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future. The Dead Zone is a "faultlessly paced...continuously engrossing" (Los Angeles Times) novel of second sight.

©1979 Stephen King (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Originally published in 1979, this title is finally available for the first time as an audiobook, with actor James Franco narrating... Franco's impressive acting talent is on full display. As the troubled Johnny, he narrates with restraint and melancholy. As Stillson - an amoral businessman who cons his way towards the presidency - Franco oozes menace." (AudioFile)

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    Matthew S. Drinkwine 05-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Franco NAILED it."

    This is one of my favorite King stories. James Franco just made it one of my favorite King audiobooks to boot. Great performance!!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    karinzart hawaii 04-29-17
    karinzart hawaii 04-29-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Another Great Listen!"

    Through the years I have read everything by Stephen King and now I am re-reading everything, but audibly. The Dead Zone was almost totally forgotten (since I'd read it so long ago) until I listened to it. Couldn't stop listening! King has the ability to make the characters into my dear friends, or just people I know. Incredible ability.

    My favorite audible book EVER has always been Frank Muller's reading of The Green Mile, but the Dead Zone is right up there at the top of the list and James Franco does a wonderful job of reading it. Thank you for keeping me enthralled and it's a pleasure to be re-reading all of Stephen King's books............on to Duma Key.

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    Adrienne 05-08-17
    Adrienne 05-08-17
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    "Chilling"

    I read this years ago, and couldn't resist the release of the audiobook. Though he became famous for his early horror tales like Carrie, this one is more similar to Mr. King's later works, where that feeling is more implied or psychological.

    Playing around with the semi ethical question, "if you could go back in time and kill Hitler, would you?" Mr. King weaves a tale of a good man searching for his own life, in spite of extraordinary gifts. Although originally published in 1979, the feeling of unease is multiplied as memories from last year's election season come to mind, as though foretold.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Avery Wade 07-08-17
    Avery Wade 07-08-17
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    "Okay, but probably better with different narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dead Zone to be better than the print version?

    The audio version was easier to get into than the written, which is ponderous, slow, a little dated. The biggest problem, though, is James Franco. The guy might be a decent actor, but he can't narrate worth beans. Most of the time he sounds as if he's talking through a mouthful of marbles, and has absolutely no ability to differentiate character voices other than getting slightly breathy for women. The voice he uses for a character is also quite indefinite and will actually switch several times over, so Herb's voice winds up perilously close to the very odd voice Franco chooses for Weizak. (I think Franco *thinks* what he comes up with is Polish, but having many Polish friends . . . he ain't even close.)So while the audio version allowed me to finally cross this off my Stephen King bucket list...this could have been so much better.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A weed-whacker. This story, like THE STAND and IT and many of King's earlier works after CARRIE and SALEM'S LOT, needs some serious editing. Another problem: this is so firmly rooted in its time--the 1970s--nothing about the plot seems all that urgent. This is a slow burn of a very hushed and quiet novel. To be fair, I've not finished it yet; I just got so fed up listening to Franco that I had to write this review. So this might pick up some speed and momentum. Right now, though, neither the structure nor the plot--really four plots in one and none all that compelling--work well. I'm pretty sure I'll never revisit this the way I have so many of King's other books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Franco?

    Campbell Scott or Steven Weber. Both have done superb jobs with books by King.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd been looking forward to this audiobook for quite some time, hopeful I'd be able to read/listen to a novel about which I've never been all that keen. So, this has been worth the wait from that standpoint. Overall, though, this is only ... okay. King's written better.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    De Plume 06-15-17
    De Plume 06-15-17
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    "Franco hit the mark, but it still didn't resonate"

    The title says it all. James Franco was spot on with his performance and I hope we'll have the chance to hear him again. But overall the story didn't really stand out at King's best work. It felt like a mix of Doctor Sleep and 11/22/63, at least in parts. And it never held my attention like Joyland or the Mr. Mercedes series. I will say that it doesn't feel dated. It's set in the 70's but doesn't feel 40 years old.
    Worth a listen, but I wouldn't put it top of the list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LaserTron 06-05-17
    LaserTron 06-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Meh."

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Nobody's fault I don't guess. I just found myself switching to different books because listening to The Dead Zone felt like work.

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    carl pevehouse 06-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "audio James Franco should take more brakes"

    it is an art I've learned that these guys that do the narration on the stories
    James Franco shoulda took more brakes because his voice becomes monotone

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Neal 06-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Could not finish"

    Fea co may be a fairly good actor but he is a very dry narrator. Could not listen to his voice.

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    Amazon Customer 05-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Still an amazing book."

    I had read The Dead Zone when the book originally came out, as I have done with all Stephen King's books. In the past year or so, I have been listening to them all on audio books, and the experience is like running into an old friend after many years apart. It had been so many years since I read the book originally that I had forgotten quite a bit of the story, thus it was almost as if I was being introduced to the story for the first time. I still found the characters vividly drawn, the tale expertly woven, and the journey through the book enhanced by James Franco 's inspired narration. I have NEVER been disappointed by one of King's stories, and The Dead Zone is no exception. If anything, it was better the second time around.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ACV 04-28-17
    ACV 04-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Really good narration!! Loved the listening experience"

    if you're looking for a review on the story then read some on amazon...it's King which means great writing and engaging characters.
    I more importantly wanted to rate James Franco's performance since the narrators make the biggest impact when we choose through audible. He was fantastic. Franco had a great range of characters and his lazy easy style was so pleasant to listen to. Some narrators scream or get too into portraying some intense emotion and it puts me on edge (the narrator for "It" for example) but Franco was just right.

    I recommend this! We need more talented actors who know how to tell a story reading for audible, it's such a treat!

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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