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The Dead Zone

Narrated by: James Franco
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Stephen King's fan-favourite thriller available in audio for the first time read by Acadamy Award nominee James Franco.

The two things that conjured up that horrible night, were his run of luck at the Wheel of Fortune, and the mask....

Meet Johnny Smith. A young man whose streak of luck ends dramatically in a major car crash. Followed by blackness. A long, long time in cold limbo.

When he wakes up life has been turned upside down. His fiancée has met someone else. And Johnny is cursed with the power to perceive evil in men's souls. He's had these hunches since he had an ice-skating accident as a child. Now he has an ability to see into the future. An ability which will bring him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and dangerous man....

James Franco is an actor, director, artist and writer. His film appearances include Milk, Pineapple Express, Spring Breakers, Howl, and 127 Hours, which earned him an Academy Award nomination.

He is the author of the novel Actors Anonymous, the collection Palo Alto, and the memoir A California Childhood. His writing has been published in Esquire, Vanity Fair, N+1, The Wall Street Journal, and McSweeney's; and his art has been exhibited throughout the world including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and MoMA PS1 in New York.

©1979 Stephen King (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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The Dead Zone

I enjoyed the majority of this book, at times the narrators voice was monotonous and annoying almost like he was bored with it. Yes I know he is an actor and in my opinion should keep at that and leave narrating alone.
The political element of the book was, at times, very boring. Not my favourite King book but as a crime/thriller/suspense book it was ok.
If you are looking for a great read/listen in this genre, do yourself a favour and buy The Dome, now that was a great book.

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If not for James Franco...

I found this book very slow and quite boring. definitely not a thriller by any means. If you're interested in politics you may enjoy it more, but the story is slow and there's not many peaks in the story. I found the relationship between Johnny and Sarah to be the best part of the book, but there wasn't much focus on it in the last half.

James Franco was absolutely brilliant as narrator, however, and got me to the end. His expressive voice brought so much to the story. I hope he continues narrating, he is just fantastic.

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James Franco is great

Good story, well performed by Franco and no dull points. Great listen and I will recommend this audiobook in the future.

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Not a fave

I don’t expect every SK book to be an exciting, action-packed thriller but this book was definitely on the boring side. Not much happening for most of the book and yet it wasn’t even building up suspense for the climax of the story - which only came in the last few pages of the book. Franco’s performance was solid though.

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There are no words

Sheer genius. What a story. What characters. And what an eerie precursor to where we find ourselves in 2019. This is King at his best - a thrilling plot, deep immersion into the psychology of the characters and dialogue that sometimes breaks your heart. Doing away with the supernatural horror we often see in King’s work, this book is all the more terrifying in that it is so full on, in your face real. A tough call, given how much there is to choose from, but this is my favourite Stephen King novel.

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loved this

james franco was a great choice of narrator . story brilliantly dark . was very hooked all the way

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Loved it. couldn't stop listening.

King is hands down the king of storytelling. Franco had the perfect voice for this story as well.

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Really engaging!

This book really sucked me in! Kind of scary, the idea that someone like that could become president of the United States (wink nudge)...!

After a book like "The Stand" though, I was caught off guard by the shorter length of this one. That isn't really a bad thing, of course. If every book he wrote was a doorstopper I'd never get through them all.

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  • 29-11-2018

Excellent job Franco!

My favourite King book so far. was a little hesitant with Franco as the reader but he nailed it.

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Nailed it.

Franco is stellar. So much range. Such a great story. I enjoyed this immensely. Would listen again.

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  • 11-09-2018

Wonderful narration to an outstanding book.

Eloquent narration of a truly fascinating story. James Franco surprised me on his ability to take me through this story so effortlessly, I'd love to hear more from him! As for the story, well, Stephen King has the gift of giving us seemingly ordinary characters immersed in extraordinary circumstances and fate. I love him for that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-2018

Loved it

James Franco's voice, talent and reading skills combined with Stephen King's ability with words is the best thing that ever happened to humanity. Thank you <3

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  • Estie
  • 12-06-2017

W.O.W. ! ! !

James Franco read this book suberbly! I enjoyed it tremendously and will be listening to it again very soon!!

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  • Simon
  • 28-04-2017

The Bright Light of a Master Story-Teller!

Stephen King is a master of his craft. For me he is at his very best when he is at his most epic so books like It and The Stand are my personal favourites. This is smaller in ambition and scope but still produces an ultimately satisfying read. King imbues his stories with incredible details and the everyday is often imbued with ominous portent. Themes and icons repeat, twist and develop gradually revealing their full relevance to the reader.

This plot is a relatively slow burn, King is in no hurry to bring his two main protagonists together. Their stories are built and gradually threaded into each other as a humble English teacher is propelled towards dangers and evils through unfortunate accidents and the psychic abilities they leave him with. This is writing as good as anything in the genre.

The narration by James Franco is a natural fit for the atmosphere of the book. Occasionally it feels languid and he doesn't have the greatest of ranges of voices but he delivers the most important scenes in excellent fashion.

While it may be seen as a slow burn it is also an incredibly bright one as it moves to what I thought was a fabulously handled conclusion.

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  • Winston
  • 04-05-2017

Possibly the greatest book on audible!!!

Wow what a fantastic book!! I urge you to read it!! The narration is fantastic, and the story is fantastic, it's well worth your time and money to buy this!!

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  • charles
  • 07-05-2018

Recommend 1.5 speed

Really good story, I got hooked and had to listen to it all in 2 days. Didn’t notice I had it on 1.5speed till half way, tried listening at normal speed after but it was too slow.

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  • vicky ross
  • 07-03-2018

awesome

what a great read excellent narration highly recommended absolutely fantastic king novel must must read

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  • mandy
  • 04-03-2018

brilliantly read

loved it. James Franco impressed me very much and I will look for others read by him.

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  • Greg Walker
  • 12-02-2018

excellent book

Vintage Stephen King! Alot of more recently visited ideas and elements explored in this story.

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  • J. B. Connor
  • 07-02-2018

Really enjoyed this

Not what i expected Mr King. Loved the characters and felt the storylines. Thank you.

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  • steve kay
  • 07-02-2018

Good

Narration by james franco was great.
The Story was good, it did drag a bit in places in my opinion and at times i did slightly lose interest. I am pleased I persued until the end and overall thought the book was worth a listen, helped by a superb narration I will mention again.

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  • Science geek
  • 02-02-2018

First King book for me and I loved it

An excellent listen, the great story had me hooked and well read by Franco. Think I'll being trying out some more King books

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  • Stuart Crooks
  • 08-01-2018

King could of done better. Franco the difference.

For King OK (Not his best) mid portion more climatic than the final chapters.

James Franco smashed this one out of the park! What a paring!

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