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  • Dreamcatcher

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey DeMunn
  • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (635 ratings)

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Summary

Suspenseful, frightening, and sometimes howlingly funny, a story of invasion and battle, survival and heroism. It is a story of how men remember ... and how they love.

In Derry, Maine, four young boys once stood together and did a brave thing. Something that changed them in ways they hardly understand.

A quarter of a century later, the boys are men who have gone their separate ways. Though they still get together once a year, to go hunting in the north woods of Maine. But this time is different. This time a man comes stumbling into their camp, lost, disoriented and muttering about lights in the sky.

Before long, these old friends will be plunged into the most remarkable events of their lives as they struggle with a terrible creature from another world. Their only chance of survival is locked in their shared past - and in the Dreamcatcher.

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This is one of my favourite SK books. 4 friends do a brave, kind deed, defending a intellectually disabled boy being bullied. They become a tight group, complete with their own sayings and shared experiences. They grow up and it appears some bad s**t was coming their way and they need to deal with it. There's no religion in this one, some magic but not to the extent it can go in a SK novel. It's about a group of friends. It's about growing up together. It's about the possible end of the world. It's not too slow, no punches are pulled. The disabled guy is enabling and able - a nice change to many books if they even appear at all. Listen to it!

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Audio quality is poor.

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I'm not overly impressed with the sound quality of this audio book. It sound like an old cassette recording.

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A King Classic

No other author seems capable of merging horror, sci-fi and tales of ordinary folk as masterfully as Stephen King. If you have seen the film but not read the book (or listened to it) then I recomend that you do so today. You will not be dissapointed.

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Not his best

Would you try another book written by Stephen King or narrated by Jeffrey DeMunn?

Yes - i am an avid King fan and he has written many great stories. However, this left me bemused. Very poor - no direction and confusing non story. It started ok, we built the main characters and got to know the back story but as soon as the Aliens hit the story and Mr Gray appeared at their lodge it just fell apart.

What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

The lack of purpose and direction. After the first 1/3 of the book it just rambled on until i gave up out of sheer boredom

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Nothing - he was fine, Just left with a poor story to read.

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

The start and first 3rd was ok as the characters were developed but i just didnt get the aliens or the interaction with the army.

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Most of the time i was trying to work out was was going on and who was who etc. I am sorry but this did not read as well as the previous reviews seem to think it did.

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Poor Quality Recording

I'm sure the book is great as all Stephen Kings work is, but this one sounds like you're listening to an old record player! So hard to listen to, it's so muffled that it's distracting.

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Stephen's Sickening, Sentimental, Sci-fi Schlock

What made the experience of listening to Dreamcatcher the most enjoyable?

Once you get over how many words are devoted to vivid descriptions of bottoms and foul smells coming out of them, then you've got an interesting and entertaining story about aliens, psychic powers, car chases and the kind of characters that you would expect from a Stephen King story. The descriptions of what the aliens are (or, at least, what the characters think they are) and the escalation of events from "trip to a cabin" to "an alien virus could destroy the world" were both great, even if the plot does run out of the steam by the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Colonel Kurtz. He was too ridiculously evil to hate and I thought that he had all the best dialogue.

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey DeMunn’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I knew him as an actor in a couple of different things and he was a great narrator. He managed to handle some pretty ludicrous text and kept the story flowing really, really well. He also gave every character an identifiable voice, but didn't overdo any of the accents (which was a very good thing when it came to all of Duddits' dialogue).

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I'll admit that most of the parts with Duddits tugged at my heartstrings. A bit. A tiny bit. I also laughed far too much at how THE POWER OF BACON saves the day at one point.

Any additional comments?

I was disappointed by how predictable the last couple of chapters were. Once it got to a certain point in the story I guessed pretty much exactly what was going to happen and then it was just a matter of listening to the end (although, there was some interesting dialogue in the epilogue).

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Grossly underrated!

Don’t be put off by this book’s negative reputation - this is enormous fun and the voices of a memorable cast of characters are brought to life vividly in this reading.

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gripping well read story

narrator brings the gripping story to life, one of my favourite Stephen king books. I read the book years ago , this audio book was harder to turn off than putting the book down.

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Not an Alien story but a Friendship story

As always with King, what matters is not the subject but the characters and their relationships, he builds them up in so much detail that you end up feeling like they are real people, friends you know, you are part of them..
The story takes elements from all alien classics but he doesn't hide it, actually makes fun of himself about it, and it's like come on, it's an aliens story, what else different can I do.. Focus on the characters cause the aliens is an excuse, it's not an alien's book, but a book about Friendship!
Utterly enjoyable, though slightly slow in the mid section. The Narrator is a hell of a narrator, defining each character as much as the writer. Superb!
Good listen!

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excellent.

Jeffrey demunn did an amazing job, I've looked for more read by him, really enjoyed it

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  • Preeti
  • 10-09-15

Missing the zing!

Not the usual King's style. Narration could have been more intriguing. little disappointed with the experience.

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  • Jacqui
  • 15-08-12

This wasn't a book I enjoyed

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Jeffrey DeMunn?

Absolutely I have read many Stephen King books & listened to some to one he read 'Bag of Bones' & loved it, I listen to lots of books I have read & enjoyed over the years but I occasionally come across 1 I just can't get into. This was one of those

What do you think your next listen will be?

Ive already had lots since this & I'd love to listen to "The Stand" but for some reason I can't get it in Australia

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Mainly disappointment. This should have been a book I enjoyed

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  • Paul
  • 17-07-08

Engrossing

Typical Stephen King book in that it builds and builds the suspense. Very enjoyable.