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The Dead Zone Audiobook

The Dead Zone

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Publisher's Summary

Stephen King's fan-favourite thriller, available in audio for the first time, read by Acadamy Award nominee James Franco.

The two things that conjured up that horrible night were his run of luck at the Wheel of Fortune and the mask....

Meet Johnny Smith. A young man whose streak of luck ends dramatically in a major car crash. Followed by blackness. A long, long time in cold limbo.

When he wakes up, life has been turned upside down. His fiancée has met someone else. And Johnny is cursed with the power to perceive evil in men's souls. He's had these hunches since he had an ice-skating accident as a child. Now he has an ability to see into the future. An ability which will bring him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and dangerous man....

James Franco is an actor, a director, an artist and a writer. His film appearances include Milk, Pineapple Express, Spring Breakers, Howl, and 127 Hours, which earned him an Academy Award nomination.

He is the author of the novel Actors Anonymous, the collection Palo Alto, and the memoir A California Childhood. His writing has been published in Esquire, Vanity Fair, N+1, The Wall Street Journal and McSweeney's, and his art has been exhibited throughout the world, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and MoMA PS1 in New York.

©1979 Stephen King (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 28/04/2017
    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 28/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "The Bright Light of a Master Story-Teller!"

    Stephen King is a master of his craft. For me he is at his very best when he is at his most epic so books like It and The Stand are my personal favourites. This is smaller in ambition and scope but still produces an ultimately satisfying read. King imbues his stories with incredible details and the everyday is often imbued with ominous portent. Themes and icons repeat, twist and develop gradually revealing their full relevance to the reader.

    This plot is a relatively slow burn, King is in no hurry to bring his two main protagonists together. Their stories are built and gradually threaded into each other as a humble English teacher is propelled towards dangers and evils through unfortunate accidents and the psychic abilities they leave him with. This is writing as good as anything in the genre.

    The narration by James Franco is a natural fit for the atmosphere of the book. Occasionally it feels languid and he doesn't have the greatest of ranges of voices but he delivers the most important scenes in excellent fashion.

    While it may be seen as a slow burn it is also an incredibly bright one as it moves to what I thought was a fabulously handled conclusion.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Wras 14/08/2017
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    "A strange feeling of Deja Vu."

    I read this book many years ago and found this second chance irresistible, what I did not expect was the feeling that King had foreseen the existence of a Trump like monster, it is truly a more scary book now than it was then.
    Very entertaining and well developed, perhaps one of Stephen Kings best books, the main character is one of his most rounded and likeable.


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    Aidan Ellis 04/05/2017
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    "Possibly the greatest book on audible!!!"

    Wow what a fantastic book!! I urge you to read it!! The narration is fantastic, and the story is fantastic, it's well worth your time and money to buy this!!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    I J MacLeod 12/08/2017
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    "Fabulous story. Amazing performance."

    Hooked from start to finish. Relentless momentum built and a thoughtful finish. I recommend this if you know the plot. I'm jealous if you don't because this is a great way to hear the story.

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    Robbie 11/08/2017
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    "Fantastic book..so well read "

    Beautifully written story and equally well read by James Franco. You really care for the character Johnny Smith and those around him. I never felt the story was rushed or forced in any way and really is a true Stephen King classic. I can see why he is such a revered author. Thoroughly recommended. James Franco is so good and really conveyed the spirit of the story. Hats off to him for what should be an award-winning performance.

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    Trevell 03/07/2017
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    "How on earth did King know about Trump?"

    I chose this King story totally at random- I had read some years ago, but not this one.I was utterly chilled and amazed to find not only the usual completely absorbing story but that King had somehow foreseen in amazing detail the rise of Trump. As I loathe everything about the horrible Trump this is both fascinating and deeply uncanny.

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    Kindle Kate 06/05/2017
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    "Masterful performance of a fabulous book"
    Where does The Dead Zone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very nearly the best audiobook I've listened to with superb narration. Always loved this story, but hearing it adds a whole new dimension


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    Kamal 20/10/2017
    Kamal 20/10/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn’t finish it. Terrible is an understatement"

    Firstly, James Franco, brilliant actor. I have paid money to see his films and have thoroughly enjoyed them. However, his narration is awful. He adds nothing and at times, his mono tone voice makes the story even more boring.
    Awful narration.

    Story: meh. Could have blossomed but I wasn’t willing to waste my time.

    Would not recommend.

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    Amazon Customer 09/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "The Dead Zone - gripping"

    Totally absorbed by this story & James Franco's brilliant narration. Stephen King! Wow. For me it's rare to find a story on Audible where I can become completely lost. I listen to plenty of pleasant & interesting books but rarely feel bereft when they end. Stephen King chooses his narrators carefully and it shows. Thank you!

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    nicky 05/10/2017
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    "The trump senecio"

    Did Stephen king know we actually were going to have a president as worrying as the character in the book ? Where is our present day Jonny smith !!

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    "W.O.W. ! ! !"

    James Franco read this book suberbly! I enjoyed it tremendously and will be listening to it again very soon!!

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