Insomnia

Insomnia

Audiobook CD - 2008
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Ralph Roberts can't sleep. A recent widower, dismayed at life, he cannot seem to close his eyes and rest. After a number of sleepless nights, he begins seeing things that are imperceptible to most people. He can see auras of light surrounding individuals which shift and change depending on their well-being, and terminate in a long balloon-like string. Most creepily, he can sometimes see three little bald men dressed like surgeons going around and cutting off these strings.
Publisher: [St. Paul, Minn.] : HighBridge Audio, p2008
ISBN: 9781598877632
1598877631
Branch Call Number: CD KING
Characteristics: 21 sound discs (25 3/4 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Wallach, Eli 1915-

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Dakidd
Jun 08, 2018

Eli Wallach (You might be more familiar with him as "Tuco" AKA "The Ugly" from Sergio Leone's classic Clint Eastwood/Lee Van Cleef spaghetti-western "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly") does an excellent job of narrating a great Stephen King tale. That's the good news.

The bad news is that he does so not with the assistance of, but in spite of, some unknown idiot's decision to drop in always annoying, often distracting, thoroughly jarring, occasionally overwhelming (there are several places where Eli's narration is nearly, if not completely, buried), and almost always totally-out-of-place sound effects and pseudo-music as part of the production.

My rating for story and narration: 4.75 stars
Unfortunately, the mutilation caused by the FX/music knocks my overall rating down to 1.5 stars. In a nutshell, I'd be thrilled to find a remastered version that totally eliminates the music/FX, leaving Eli reading "naked".

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RedPone
Apr 02, 2017

Quite possibly the worst audio book I've ever heard. Story seemed ok, but there are random loud abstract sounds played throughout the book. It might be during chapter breaks, I don't know. The "music" is so loud it drowns out the narrator. Finally just gave up on the book.

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katdunnagan
Apr 01, 2012

another great book by Steven king! If you love him like i do you will love this.

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paisano
Nov 05, 2011

Your typical Stephen King novel..a bit of a convoluted plot, with a love story twist, a few side tracks that give the reader a break....overall quite enjoyable.

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