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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Not thrilled with Franco

The story is great. My only complaint is Franco's reading. most of the book it seemed as if he was whispering and I was unable to turn my volume up high enough.

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James Franco is a TERRIBLE narrator!

I just listened to Steven Weber read IT, a novel by Steven King. James Franco is flat, non-dynamic, really a disappointment. :(
Good thing the story is great.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Uggh

Struggled to even listen. Made me miss Guidall, Muller, Webber, etc...For me, Franco's monotonous reading reduced an otherwise gripping novel to work

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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.

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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!!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

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Great Read. 11/22/63 type of book.

Very reminiscent of King's "11/22/63", or vice versa. Well actually Stephen King had developed his book "11/22/63" over several decades, he just did not want to release it too "soon" after Kennedy's death, as he thought that it would be inappropriate. It is entirely possible that these two books, Dead Zone and 11/22/63 wete developed around the same time....in one book you have a character trying assassinate a politician and in the other the character is trying to prevent an assassination........Thought: Maybe Oswald also had the same curse as Johnny, and was had to assassinate Kennedy for the good of mankind?? It's possible.

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Don't emote so much James.

I love this story but Franco, a good film actor, fell into the habit of over emoting and getting quiet on serious moments and then turning around in the same sentence and screaming the character's rage. On film that's fine but when you have an earbud in it is more deafening than artsy.

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not bad

all of the story like most Stephen King stories was excellent I felt James Franco didn't speak clear enough through it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful