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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Too much music"
Talented voice artist and very easy to listen to.
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.
"Music Spoils the Book"
Music during the chapters drowned the narration and was pointless. A shame.
Had to give up because of the music intervention.
Eli was fab, music drowned him out.
Write a petition not to use music on audiobooks.
I hope this is not a new trend, as i will not be buying. Returned.
"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.
"Who, in their right mind, put music into this..."
Eli Wallach's performance was brilliant but the ridiculous musical dramatisation was awful...fortunately, it was only now and again.
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.
Thoroughly enjoyed the story, but the music at start and end of each chapter was jarring and too loud; it drowned out the reader!
"Great story, great reading - dreadful music"
It's a lengthy and enjoyable reading which in my opinion makes this purchase money well spent
Sadly the memorable moments are the most frustrating (see comments below).
When a certain character got his comeuppance.
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.
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!
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
"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.
"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..
"the music is extremely irritating "
while this is a good story, and ties in slightly to the dark tower series it is not King's best work. the largest draw back of this book in audio form is the "music" which when listening with earphones can sound like there is a truck inside your head. sometimes it even obsures the words, making it impossible to hear what's being said.
I am also not a fan of the way that King dealt with conversations between the parties later in the book (I don't want to put any spoilers) but it's laid out like the reading of a play/script.
overall, not King's best work- definitely worth a read- but I wouldn't recommend in audio form, which is a shame because the person reading does an excellent job.
"Agree with all comments re: music"
I have just about all the Stephen King audiobooks.
I've heard music used to great effect in other audiobooks (try Bag of Bones, if you're looking for a good example) but it is RUINING my enjoyment of Insomnia and I'm only a couple of hours into it. Will see it through to the end, of course, but I have to keep adjusting the volume so that poor old Eli isn't drowned out each time there is a CLWANNNNNGGGGGG from the music track. Extremely annoying!
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