You'll lose a lot of sleep.... Ralph does. At first he starts waking up earlier. And earlier. Then the hallucinations start - the colours, shapes and strange auras. Not to mention the bald doctors who always turn up at the scene of a death.
That's when Ralph begins to lose a lot more than sleep. When he begins to understand why his hitherto mild-mannered friend, Ed, is getting out of control - dangerously so. And why his hometown is about to become the new Armageddon....
©1994 Stephen King (P)1994 Penguin Highbridge
Music during the chapters drowned the narration and was pointless. A shame.
Had to give up because of the music intervention.
Eli was fab, music drowned him out.
Write a petition not to use music on audiobooks.
I hope this is not a new trend, as i will not be buying. Returned.
Read wonderfully by Eli Wallach, for me he gives the character of Ralph Roberts his heart and soul. I was keen to check in each day to find out the mysteries that Ralph discovers regrading the little bald doctors and there midnight forays around the comunity. Also what is Ed Depneau's obsession with the eponimous Crimson King and his total rage over Susan Day's visit regarding pro choice for women.
At the heart of the story is Ralph friendships and his coming to terms with his insomnia and new abilities which lead him ever closer each night to the envitable confrontation with the scissor wielding creatures and there true intentions.
Eli Wallach's performance was brilliant but the ridiculous musical dramatisation was awful...fortunately, it was only now and again.
This is a great audio book and a great Stephen King story but the some idiot decided to put interludes of music into the performance, I imagine in an effort to add drama - they have the totally opposite effect. Whoever did it, 'You Sir/Madam, are an imbecile'. The book is brilliantly read by Eli Wallach but the performance is almost ruined because of this terrible music. What on earth possessed them? Fortunately, it is only now and again but even so, it's difficult not to give up on it because of it.
Thoroughly enjoyed the story, but the music at start and end of each chapter was jarring and too loud; it drowned out the reader!
It's a lengthy and enjoyable reading which in my opinion makes this purchase money well spent
Sadly the memorable moments are the most frustrating (see comments below).
When a certain character got his comeuppance.
Definitely, as with a gazillion other Stephen King books. All the actors that spring to mind for Ralph are too old (or dead) - Jimmy Stewart would have been super.
Insomnia is a favourite of mine and I've read it a couple of times. Finding it here and read by Eli Wallach - a 'proper' Hollywood actor of a classic era - made its purchase a no brainer. And it's just as enjoyable to listen to as to read ... except for the incredibly intrusive incidental music that cruelly punctuates the reading at far too frequent and inopportune moments. It's discordant and unnecessarily loud and it's driving me up the wall. And yes, I realise that's the point - the lead character is functioning on increasingly fewer and fewer hours' sleep, the music is no doubt meant to mirror his frazzled nerves - but whoever thought this ear drum-jangling cacophony was a good idea and would compliment the actor's reading - it damn well doesn't!
good book well read let down only by the music. so annoying when your trying to listen to the story to have that irritating little off tune fading in over the narration at the end of each chapter
A good story read brilliantly by Eli Wallach who was unfortunately drowned out occasionally by completely unnecessary, ghastly, discordant music. Please, please don't put that horrible row into any more books.
Loved this story and the performance was amazing BUT at times I had to turn it up so loud because the narrators voice seems to meld into the same sound and words were quite indistinguishable.. don't get me wrong.. a great narrative but just trying to hear individual words if you had any kind of noise in the background was difficult.. loved it but could do with a different narrator..
Stephen king writes a great story. period.
Eli Wallachia reads it really well, BUT, every so often, with no rhyme or reason, an awful cacophony will arrive from the background, overshadowing the story. it doesn't come at a set point, it just arrived. not even the same sound for the same situation
this almost ruined the presentation for me.
Death has morals
It holds up well. The story is good but I found the main character, Ralph Roberts, to be a little unlikable. It doesn't bode well when you know he's trying to do good but you secretly want him to fail!
Lois is a lovely lady. She certainly brought out the best in Ralph in more ways than one!
No. It was hard to listen at times. No reflection on the author or the reader, it just was.
The story and concept are good and very interesting. I wish Ralph was a little more likable but it may be that King was characterising to account for someone suffering with insomnia and getting crotchety.
really gripoing all the way through the kind of book i could listen to again
"Too much music"
Talented voice artist and very easy to listen to.
There is terrible music all through the performance. I assume it is between chapters. It is distracting, detracts from the performance and ruins it. It is also far too loud for the voice of Eli Wallach to be heard clearly. There should be a warning that there is music introduced to the book.
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