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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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Still one of my favourite books

Well narrated. My favourite author never fails to transport me to a different world when I read his books

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Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

it was grate to read Dreamcatcher again ..Its been quite a few years. And I love Duddits ..he reminds me of my clients as I worked in a mental asylum ..we had clients just like Duddits ..whome I loved dearly ..Thank you Stephen. &Jeffrey Demunn

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Didn't finish

I enjoyed this book for a short while then I found I really struggled to listen to it. the story was just weird. the narrator is good though. I am a King fan but dreamcatchers just didn't capture my imagination at all.

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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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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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  • Paul
  • 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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  • Paula Beaumont
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Agnieszka Sieron
  • 25-01-2021

great story

combining horror with extraterrestrial touch feel connected to all persons in the story and you can't put it back not to know what happens later

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  • Waylander101
  • 26-11-2020

So Much Better Than The Movie

Why did no-one inform me this was so good? Honestly King's best sci-fi to date.

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  • Judith Kerry
  • 26-08-2020

Confusing

Well narrated, love Steven Kings books but found this one quite confusing it seemed to jump around a lot and the significant of Dudits wasn't really clear for some time, well written, as always but not as enjoyable as most.

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  • Brendon
  • 13-07-2020

Disappointment, Disappointment, Disappointment..

This book should have been perfect for me. Stephen King, Greys, Fungus, + things ripping their way out from the inside. For me I've had phobias of all of the above, especially greys, since I was a kid. But somehow the unrivalled master of horror managed to completely fail at making a scary story from those elements, instead wanting to describe farts and dandruff. Though I did find the friend group endearing for taking in the boy with I believe Down Syndrome, outside of that I couldn't tell one apart from the other besides "Oh right this is the suicidal guy" etc. I skimmed the last four/five chapters as the chapter lengths were just unbearable and I was glad to be done with it. Unless you're trying to read ALL of S.K's work, skip this.

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