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Insomnia Audiobook

Insomnia

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Miss P. 04/10/2016
    Miss P. 04/10/2016
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    "Great story, great reading - dreadful music"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's a lengthy and enjoyable reading which in my opinion makes this purchase money well spent


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Insomnia?

    Sadly the memorable moments are the most frustrating (see comments below).


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When a certain character got his comeuppance.


    Could you see Insomnia being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Novello 26/07/2016
    Sarah Novello 26/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Music Spoils the Book"
    What did you like best about Insomnia? What did you like least?

    Music during the chapters drowned the narration and was pointless. A shame.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    Had to give up because of the music intervention.


    What didn’t you like about Eli Wallach’s performance?

    Eli was fab, music drowned him out.


    Did Insomnia inspire you to do anything?

    Write a petition not to use music on audiobooks.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this is not a new trend, as i will not be buying. Returned.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    John Burke 21/07/2016
    John Burke 21/07/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Stephen King Insomnia"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Puddytat purr Isle of Wight, UK 11/10/2016
    Puddytat purr Isle of Wight, UK 11/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Annoying music!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the story, but the music at start and end of each chapter was jarring and too loud; it drowned out the reader!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bobby 29/09/2016
    bobby 29/09/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "king"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    paffleck Hertfordshire 28/09/2016
    paffleck Hertfordshire 28/09/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "A great story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nicola 26/09/2016
    nicola 26/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Would have given 5 ⭐️ but...."

    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..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sarahmoose2000 15/08/2016
    sarahmoose2000 15/08/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "No Irn Bru after 6pm!"

    That put a stop to my insomnia, and I'll probably upset the King-philes, but I didn't enjoy this much. I will say that the last Dark Tower book now makes more sense as it referenced the wee boy who liked drawing.

    Plot wise a wee, old man gets insomnia after his wife dies. He really begins to suffer and sees auras and various townsfolk acting strangely. What has it all to do with an approaching abortion specialist rally and is this related to the Crimson King?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 18/10/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Really no need for the music"

    Loved the story, the ties to other works etc. But why the music? Totally over the top in places and just unnecessary everywhere else

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    steve barber 11/10/2017
    steve barber 11/10/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent story, very well read"

    Wonderful choice of storyteller. Eli Wallach made it come alive. A very enjoyable story to listen to

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  • Linda Thackeray
    26/06/17
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    "Great story and narration. God awful music."

    Great story, rivetting. Eli Wallach's voice is a joy to listen to. The only thing was the music, it was terrible and inappropriate. Marred an otherwise excellent read of a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • reg mountford
    10/03/17
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    "brilliant"

    really gripoing all the way through the kind of book i could listen to again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    08/08/16
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    "Too much music"
    What three words best describe Eli Wallach’s voice?

    Talented voice artist and very easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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