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Insomnia Audiobook

Insomnia

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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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    Katie Edmonton, Australia 11/08/2016
    Katie Edmonton, Australia 11/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "NARRATOR GREAT, "MUSIC" CRINGE-WORTHY"

    If you suffer from migraines, don't read this book. the "music" will induce them.
    Whoever decided to put that awful noise into this audio book should be fired. It was louder than the narrator and really hurts the head. it totally ruined the whole story for me.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dee McLaren Vale, Australia 03/09/2016
    Dee McLaren Vale, Australia 03/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't finish! Ruined by 'music'/spooky noise"

    Plays over audio at a volume high enough to drown out the narrator at times. Particularly jarring if you listen while going to sleep. Unlistenable.

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    Frank 09/12/2016
    Frank 09/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant narrator. Badly mixed music effects."

    I love revisiting Derry, Maine with Stephen King. My all time favourite King novel, "IT" took place there after all. Eli Wallach gives a masterful performance of what is definitely another brilliant story from the mind of Stephen King. Now I don't mind a bit of background dramatic music from time to time in an audio book but in this case the music was not only unecessary but also completely drowned out the narrator's voice in places because of its sound level compared to the sound level of the voice. Anyone who has ever actually read a Stephen King novel ought to know that he needs no background music to scare the pants off his readers. Add to that the fact that the music itself sometimes sounded like the noise a sick cat would make while being strangled and the end result was extremely annoying. However I managed to curb my annoyance and get through to the end but hey, all you audiobook producers out there listen up! You don't need dramatic background music to sell me a Stephen King audiobook. Lose it guys.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 08/02/2017
    Mark 08/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Story "

    I Love this book, I've read it a number of times and listening to it was amazing. Having an older man read it for it quite well, it's a shame about the musical scores in it though. Horrible jangling scores that hurt the ears and rarely fit into the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liam 21/12/2016
    Liam 21/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "audio work was horrible"

    didn't like the story as much as others of King's but I'm a huge fan so love his books no matter what but... the musical inserts between chapters was absolutely terrible. The narrators soft elderly voice was drowned out by extremely loud screeching instrumental pieces that really ruined this story for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Cleary UK 28/05/2017
    K. Cleary UK 28/05/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "Disappointing"

    This is my favourite Stephen King novel, one of the few books I have read more than once. I was so excited when I found the audio book. Imagine the disappointment and disbelief when the awful, loud, LSD inspired music and sound effects started cropping up. It actually drowned out the narrator at times. I would like a word with the rank amateur who ruined this experience for me. I persevered through the whole story because I love it so much, but whenever that noise came on I was close to tears. The sound engineers or whatever they're called ought to be ashamed of themselves for screwing this up in such a basic way.

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    Kimberley Connery 18/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable, but bizarre."

    To start, I'm a huge King fan. I love most everything he writes. In saying that, Insomnia was one weird novel. I spent the first half relatively bored, and slogged through on the notion that once I'd finished I'd never have to read it again. From about the halfway mark it turned into one of the strangest things he's written. I was captivated, and it was enjoyable, but I'm still not sure what I think of it overall now I'm done. I'd recommend it to fans of the author.

    A note on Audible's production values: I quite enjoyed the use of music to support the narrator, but at times the electric guitar was too blaring, and even made it hard to hear the narrator due to audio level imbalance between the music and the voice. It did not happen often, but was uncomfortable to my ears when it did.

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    Amazon Customer 03/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Not the best Stephen King audiobook"

    While I do love SK stories set in that creepy town of Derry, I struggled to stay engaged with this one. In particular, I found the narrator's volume fluctuating to much that there were frequently parts I missed. More distracting and irritating than that, the music between chapters was very shrill, loud and not at all pleasing to the ear. These instumental parts failed to ad suspense to the story, but only succeeded in drowning out the narrator's voice for sometimes lengthy periods of time. I may come back to this book in written format at some point - I felt that the audio format may have been it's downfall and I should give it a second chance.

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    Craig Grace 05/01/2017
    Craig Grace 05/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story - why music?"

    The story was great. King is an amazing author. But there was this weird music spliced in every so often. Very off putting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
    8/08/16
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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.

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  • Sarah Novello
    26/07/16
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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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • John Burke
    21/07/16
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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
  • Jonny D
    Kent, UK
    12/10/16
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    "Who, in their right mind, put music into this..."
    What about Eli Wallach’s performance did you like?

    Eli Wallach's performance was brilliant but the ridiculous musical dramatisation was awful...fortunately, it was only now and again.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Puddytat purr
    Isle of Wight, UK
    11/10/16
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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
  • Miss P.
    4/10/16
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • bobby
    29/09/16
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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
  • paffleck
    Hertfordshire
    28/09/16
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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
  • nicola
    26/09/16
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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
  • Chris
    26/06/17
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    "Reasonable story, AWFUL music!"

    A pretty good listen but not in my King top 3.
    loved the idea as a whole and there were indeed some brilliant sections while others felt oddly lacking...of course it's entirely plausible that the LUDICROUS!!! musical interruptions that constantly chimed in with raucous guitar or some odd synth note completely buggered whatever chapter I was listening to at the time.
    I guess it's testament to the story that I stuck with it rather that return it to audible for a refund.
    7/10 from me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    4/06/17
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    "background music far too loud"
    What did you like most about Insomnia?

    Great story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unusual plot


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Not any one in particular


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

    Greatest emotion was sympathy for the original insomniac and for the beaten wife. Also fascination as to the future development of the plot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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