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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Libellula
Jul 08, 2017

This book is strange, even for King. It focuses on an often ignored sector of the world, senior citizens. Sometimes the plot veers off in such bizarre directions, it's almost as if came from a party storytelling game where you go around the room and each person adds a sentence to the tale. But there are some very touching themes on aging, loss, facing your own mortality, finding love at an older age, and of course, insomnia. This is certainly not for the impatient reader. To give you an idea of how bizarre and metaphysical this book is, the Greek Fates (Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos) are featured as characters in the book (not the Fates themselves but characters who represent them). I listened to the audiobook, and while Eli Wallach seems to be the perfect voice for it, it's a very raspy voice which can make it hard to hear on my morning bus commute. He tends to trail off a bit, speaking quieter at ends of sentences. And others mentioned the music played in the background, even while the narrator is still speaking--it is often *very* shrill and kind of distracting. I enjoyed the overall experience of listening to this audiobook.

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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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lpreston214
Jan 31, 2011

After losing interest in Stephen King after the Dark Half (1989) I've been going back and reading some I missed. This is a good one. I loved the characters. They are brave, smart, strong and (drum roll) senior citizens! The story is interesting though not exactly scary. However, the dissonent, jangly music that comes on sometimes during the audio book almost made me jump out of my skin.

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