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Dreamcatcher

Narrated by: Jeffrey DeMunn
Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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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.

©2001 Stephen King (P)2001 Simon and Schuster Inc.

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Loved it

One of King’s better 21st century books that echoes much of his earlier writing style.

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Very slow story.

Very slow story. Couldn’t get through the whole book. Wasn’t a fan of narrator either.

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Not bad

The narration was pretty ordinary and the story is far from Kings best work ........................

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needs more voices

I really liked the story, but the narration wasn't all that great. I've found that it makes it easier to listen to when the narrator does different voices for different characters and that didn't really happen with this book.

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  • Katie
  • Edmonton, Australia
  • 06-03-2016

great story

this is one of my favourite Stephen King novels. but if they can't get a narrator to pronounce words correctly the novel shouldn't be put onto audio. wanted to kill myself everything the narrator said "kurtz" instead of "curtis".....

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Another Stephen King classic very well read

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

This was very easy to listen to and had just the right amount of tension and thrill for a Stephen King classic.

What other book might you compare Dreamcatcher to, and why?

Dreamcatcher is a mix of Alien and Predator and Stand by Me and Rain man. Not sure if they're all books but if you've seen the movies you'll know what I mean. Oh, and maybe some independence day too!

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

No,but will now.

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

Both. You get very caught up in this book.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended book.

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Better than the movie

The narrator is excellent I will be looking for more audio that he has vocalised well done worth reading all

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  • Preeti
  • 10-09-2015

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
  • 15-08-2012

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-07-2008

Engrossing

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

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  • MsRanPan
  • 29-12-2012

Listen up

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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  • Glen
  • 24-03-2009

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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  • Paula A Nolan
  • 02-05-2017

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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  • M. C. Wilcock
  • 06-12-2017

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.

Any additional comments?

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-05-2017

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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  • David S
  • 06-06-2016

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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  • russ
  • 25-11-2019

brilliant!

brilliant book, loved every bit of it. good performance as well from the narrator. 5 stars all round

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  • Richard Smith
  • 08-11-2019

good book, awful recording

Not one of King's best but entertaining and creepy. An interesting take on the alien invasion genre with nicely formed characters. Act three drags a bit with an interminable chase scene through the snowy American roadscape.
The recording is poor though, muffled and quiet. Needs a re-record, as it sounds like a cassette tape.

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  • Misty Mississippi
  • 03-11-2019

Outstanding!!!

I actually read this book a few times years ago and I have also listened to this particular recording a couple of times in the past. Today I finished listening to it again. I simply adore Stephen King's books. I love most of the narrators of SK's books equally but I have to say that the combination of this particulsr narrator's voice and this particular novel never fails to blow me away! Utterly outstanding! All the characters and the narration are beyond perfect. Intensely fabulous story brought vividly to life by the narrator! Wow!

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  • Elizabeth
  • 11-10-2019

good but not best

Wonderful storytelling as always, but didn't fully captivate me as, for example, Hearts of Atlantis or The Stand did, but absolutely worth listening to anyway. Felt a little contrived.