Insomnia

Insomnia

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions." A madman with a knife is trying to kill him, he's sure. And on the night May Locher died, one of the two bald men coming out of her house had a pair of scissors in his hand. What does it all mean? Ralph doesn't quite know. But the bizarre visions he's been having keep getting more intense, the strange deaths in Derry have just begun, and Ralph knows he isn't hallucinating. Returning to the town of Derry, Maine, the setting of one of his most critically acclaimed novels, It, Stephen King combines bone-chilling realism with supernatural terror to create yet another masterpiece of suspense.
Publisher: [S.l.]: HighBridge Audio, 2008
ISBN: 9781598877656
Characteristics: 1online resource (1 sound file (25hr., 39min., 06sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: 3M Company

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Dakidd
Jun 08, 2018

Eli Wallach (You might be more familiar with him as "Tuco" AKA "The Ugly" from Sergio Leone's classic Clint Eastwood/Lee Van Cleef spaghetti-western "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly") does an excellent job of narrating a great Stephen King tale. That's the good news.

The bad news is that he does so not with the assistance of, but in spite of, some unknown idiot's decision to drop in always annoying, often distracting, thoroughly jarring, occasionally overwhelming (there are several places where Eli's narration is nearly, if not completely, buried), and almost always totally-out-of-place sound effects and pseudo-music as part of the production.

My rating for story and narration: 4.75 stars
Unfortunately, the mutilation caused by the FX/music knocks my overall rating down to 1.5 stars. In a nutshell, I'd be thrilled to find a remastered version that totally eliminates the music/FX, leaving Eli reading "naked".

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RedPone
Apr 02, 2017

Quite possibly the worst audio book I've ever heard. Story seemed ok, but there are random loud abstract sounds played throughout the book. It might be during chapter breaks, I don't know. The "music" is so loud it drowns out the narrator. Finally just gave up on the book.

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katdunnagan
Apr 01, 2012

another great book by Steven king! If you love him like i do you will love this.

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paisano
Nov 05, 2011

Your typical Stephen King novel..a bit of a convoluted plot, with a love story twist, a few side tracks that give the reader a break....overall quite enjoyable.

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