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Summary

Wentworth, Ohio: a small, friendly town where the Carver children bicker over sweets in the E-Z shop and writer Johnny Marinville is the only resident who minds his own business. On Poplar Street, apart from the impending storm, it's just a normal summer's day - with Frisbees flying, lawn mowers humming and barbeques grilling.

As the paperboy makes his round, he is unaware of the chrome-red van idling up the hill....

Soon the residents will be caught up in a game of wills as the regulators arrive in force to face a child whose powers of expression are just awakening.

If you like The Regulators, don't miss Desperation, written as an unidentical pair.

©1996 Richard Bachman (P)2016 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Listen to this book but get Desperation first.

Brilliantly narrated by Frank, as always. I'd urge you to listen to Desperation first, the "twin" to this book. Great story, plenty of action, real horror, who could ask for more. 5 stars.

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loved it

loved it really great story and read really well Mr king is and always will be the best.

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  • ben
  • Greater manchester, United Kingdom
  • 22-05-17

it was okay.

I read desperation before this and much preferred that. the narration was absolutely fine can't fault that but the story itself just felt forced and asked more questions than it answered.

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  • Steve
  • Swansea, United Kingdom
  • 17-03-17

Desperation on a different level of the tower

Would you consider the audio edition of The Regulators to be better than the print version?

Frank Muller is an excellent audiobook reader so makes the story come alive a little more than just from reading it yourself.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't think I had a particular favourite character due to the way the story flows from character to character without a main focal point. Maybe poor Seth if anyone.

What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

Frank Muller was excellent (as usual) backing up his performances of the Dark Tower novels.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really. The story doesn't really push you to read non stop although you do feel you want to know more. More a page turner than a marathon really.

Any additional comments?

The characters and location are the same as Desperation but they are changed. e.g. Kirsten is a 6 year old girl in Desperation, in The Regulators, she's in her 30s and married.

In Desperation, Tak posesses people, chews them up and moves on to his next victim. In The Regulators, Tak has set up home for the last 2 years in an 8 year old autistic boy called Seth. Seth loves a TV show called MotoKops 2200 and thus Tak loves it too. They also love reruns of Bonanza. Tak unleashes characters and scenery on the unsuspecting town of Desperation to devastating effect.

An interesting idea of writing two novels with related characters and locations but different stories in themselves. I feel it doesn't quite come off as well as Mr King would have liked. Desperation is a better story than The Regulators but that's not to say that either are bad. If you have to choose one, I'd go for Desperation but do try and read both. It's interesting to see how the writing experiment goes.

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Not one of his best

Stephen King stories seem to me to work best when there's something credible about them. There's not a lot in this one - well whacky is my summary. The reader Frank Muller is good, but there's just too much incredible in this story for my taste!

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soooo good

the last chapter was brilliant, as usual Mr king manages to make my stomach go over. good narrative and characters. I think there's love in it....

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so bad

long time King fan so dont want to bash this book too hard but I was dissatisfied to say the least. Desperation was a good read but this was so so boring I barely paid attention. oh well onto the next!!!

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  • Mr
  • 06-11-16

Terrific book and performance

Where does The Regulators rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best SK books behind Cell, Duma Key and Under the Dome.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Seth

What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Not much. He reads it well but others he has read (Talisman) has fallen short but credit where due for this one.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.....too long and needed to absorb.

Any additional comments?

Great book. Going to try book I think is linked "Desparation".

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Below par Stephen King

What disappointed you about The Regulators?

Good idea for a plot but story line was disappointing. Carnage over described, story was disjointed

What will your next listen be?

Something a bit more based in the real world

What three words best describe Frank Muller’s voice?

Average, average, average.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Just didn't enjoy it.

Any additional comments?

This story was too much in the same vein as other Stephen King stories, just seemed a bit stale

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Desperation part two, Tak is back


If you liked Desperation this will be familiar territory, but with the added twist that Tak can bring horror to life in very real ways for a few residents of a very unlucky block in fictional town of Wentworth, Ohio, where some of the characters of the previous novel share a different reality in what is a related universe of horror, but do not fret about this unusual complication just take the ride into Stephen King’s world and enjoy all the evil from the safety of your reality.

A fun turn on the vampire theme, here the entity requires fear and pain to grow its power and delivers in buckets of blood and other bodily fluids. Not Stephen King’s best but fast and full of his usual americana and period description.

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