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Welcome to Desperation.

Once a thriving copper-mining town in the middle of the Nevada desert, Desperation is now eerily abandoned. It's the last place that travellers like the Carver family, bound for vacation, and writer Johnny Marinville, astride his Harley, would expect to be stopped and charged. But Desperation still has a local cop - a unique regulator who patrols the wilderness highway.

The secrets buried in Desperation are as terrifying as the forces summoned to encounter them. A terrifying transformation is taking place, and the travellers will soon discover the true meaning of desperation....

©1996 Stephen King (P)2016 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Enjoyed but wished it was read by another talent

I really enjoyed the story in this book but really wished it was performed by someone other than King. So many hours of his nasal, non expressive tone would have been exhausting were in not for the great story. With all of the highly talented audiobook readers available I have no idea why he would have read it himself

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a great story which would benefit from a re-record

I think I've been spoilt by Frank Muller, George Guidall and Steve Weber. I love your writing Mr King, but please for the love of all that is, stop trying to do Texas accents and leave it to the professionals 😀 xoxo

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Desperation By Stephen King

I enjoyed this book Remind me to never visit Desperation
I want to thank Mr King As I really love having his read to me it's like I'm with you why you write Desperation. Thank you for that experiance

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Ok 👍

Interesting story. King makes a crack that sometimes writers need to have a little fu which I think it was what he did here. Interested to see how The Regulators compares.

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classic Stephen King.

in the tradition of The Stand and The Shining. The story grabs in the first Chapter and hangs on right through the ride to the very end . Kings characters are painted in there by a master artist and once again featured a young boy. He does children so well like The Body (Stand by me), The Tower series and The Shining. Loved every minute of this audio book, and was impressed by Mr kings reading of his own story. not just a great writer, but also a great campfire story - teller. I recommend you listen to the audio book for the complete Stephen King experience.

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Warped take on a Western

This was a little middle of the road for me. It is an interesting read and one of the goriest kings I have read in some time. The more interesting parts for me were how he tackles religion vs cultism. Free will vs servitude. In true King fashion there are a a lot of characters and a lot of story lines to me this one just wasn’t as strong. I would be interested in seeing if my opinion changes after reading “the regulators’ which is a so called a un identical pair with this novel.

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the best

There's nothing better than having Stephen King reading you a bedtime story . The story comes alive.

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Worth reading

Bit to religious but over all a good story... looking forward to reading regulators shortly

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disturbing and unforgettable

I finished this book in record time, the characters are very well thought out and the story has no slow parts

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  • Dean
  • 03-03-2021

STEEEEPPHHHEEEENNNNNN !!!

Dear Stephen,
I am a lifelong fan of your fantastic writing .
I'll say this : Apart from your 'On Writing' ( which is also excellent ) , you should NEVER narrate one of your own books EVER AGAIN .
Thanks , the world .

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  • Gareth
  • 27-10-2016

Great read by the horror and supernatural master!

Great Stephen King novel. Sometimes predictable but enough suspense and twists to keep you listening. I've been a King fan since I picked up my first, and this did not disappoint. Really enjoyed listening to it narrated by the author himself as it seems to add another aspect to the book. You really get the impression that the author has enjoyed reading his work as much as writing it.

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  • Glen
  • 21-07-2017

AMAZING

such an amazing book by an amazing author.
He reads it with such passion and really paints the picture in your mind.
I have listens to this 3 times now and it still hasn't got boring. pick up extra bits of emotion every listen

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  • Kevin Wood
  • 06-09-2017

Chilling and grizzly

Beautifully read by the author. A twisting, turning tale that will keep you totally riveted.

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  • Jo
  • 15-02-2018

I usually love anything by Stephen King.....

Desperation was a struggle. I couldn't really get into it at all which is unusual for me.

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  • T Smart
  • 28-01-2018

Blood soaked joy

Loved every second of this brutal classic. Read it when I was a teenager and it's as powerful now as it was then.
Only problem I had with reading are SK's glottal 'Ls'!. There's a glot of times that gletter is used. Gloved it tho!

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  • Sharon
  • 19-01-2018

Awesome!!!

I love King! He always takes me with him and I never fail to understand.

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  • Gregory Sutherland
  • 11-03-2017

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Usually love Stephen King novels, this one was a snooze feature. Narration added nothing to experience.

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  • Enid
  • 10-02-2017

a rare treat up to his usual excellent standard

a dream or should I say nightmare !!...told by
the man himself .The gory ,supernatural and shocking storyline chills you with unexpected twists and turns.what a delight

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  • Moons
  • 02-12-2016

gripping tale

intriguing story of an epic struggle between good and evil..... the familiar foundation of many a good yarn. Very enjoyable listen.

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  • ButterflyBaby
  • 29-08-2016

Stephen King at his best

This is my favourite type of King story. Supernatural elements forming the basis for an evolving mystery but also a character drama where relationships shift and change under pressure!

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  • Andrew Spencer
  • 29-08-2016

Just a gentle road trip!!?

What a fantastic tale. The interwoven spiritual theme intertwined with the violence that unfolds is absolutely brilliant. It makes you shudder but unable to resist the next passage.

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