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The Institute: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Santino Fontana

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2019

Duration: 19 hours 0 minutes


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It—publishing just as the second part of It, the movie, lands in theaters.

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.


  • Doreen B.

    The King is dead. I found this book boring and contrived.More a vehicle to push his political angst.... I get enough of that from the news. I will not purchase another book from Mr. Stephen King, unless he wants to go back to being a horror writer and not a political analyst.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Nikki L.

    I absolutely loved this book. I would love to see a movie or netflix adaptation. The narrator was wonderful. Kept my attention through the whole book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Tobias B.

    As always, King doesn’t disappoint. This is a good book and I found it hard to put down. The narrator did an excellent job and it took about five minutes to wheel me in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • craig specht

    this was a fascinating book! Stephen King as usual did it again. The narrator did a great job

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Diana D.

    I found this book great ,I didn't want it to end, it was full of just the right stuff for me . I laughed at times, I was scared at times, and I cried at times. I know I will re-listen to this book again in a few months. Can't wait until Stephen King comes out with his next book.

  • Donnie M.

    I found myself just wishing it would hurry up and end. This was one on the more boring novels I’ve listened to in a while. It could’ve been about 1/3 as long as it was.

  • Joseph P.

    Another excellent story by Stephen. And actually completely feasible. I hope someone picks this up and makes a series out of it. On the level of stranger things.

  • Gord L.

    excellent narrator and book, highly recommend !

  • Anonymous

    I'm a pretty big SK fan, but agree with some of the other reviews, this one doesn't rank. Not to say there weren't intriguing moments, but overall predictable and missing the creativity and originality I expect from him. Rather disappointed. Narration was as well ho hum, nowhere near as good as Chris Wasson or Frank Muller readings of King's work.

  • Nicolas V.

    I just love King. Narrator is superb. Have a feeling there’s a sequel in the works.

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