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The Talisman

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen King, Peter Straub

Narrated By: Frank Muller

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Date: November 2012

Duration: 28 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

The iconic, “extraordinary” (The Washington Post) collaboration between bestselling authors Stephen King and Peter Straub—an epic thriller about a young boy’s quest to save his mother’s life.

Jack Sawyer, twelve years old, is about to begin a most fantastic journey, an exalting, terrifying quest for the mystical Talisman—the only thing that can save Jack’s dying mother. But to reach his goal, Jack must make his way not only across the breadth of the United States but also through the wondrous and menacing parallel world of the Territories.

In the Territories, Jack finds another realm, where the air is so sweet and clear a man can smell a radish being pulled from the ground a mile away—and a life can be snuffed out instantly in the continuing struggle between good and evil. Here Jack discovers “Twinners,” reflections of the people he knows on earth—most notably Queen Laura, the Twinner of Jack’s own imperiled mother. As Jack “flips” between worlds, making his way westward toward the redemptive Talisman, a sequence of heart-stopping encounters challenges him at every step.

An unforgettable epic of adventure and resounding triumph, The Talisman is one of the most influential and highly praised works of fantasy ever written.

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  • Anonymous

    It was really BORING....it just did not work for me. I like stephen king, so maybe its just not for me, but it was long, boring and way too desrciptive when it did not need to be. sorry Uncle Steve

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Monica I.

    I loved The Talisman - the narrator was wonderful - he has done a lot of Stephen King books for audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • JRileyL82

    I love this book. Carries many of the traditions in King's Dark Tower novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Bianca C

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's one of the few Stephen King books that I hadn't read yet and it was excellent. The narrator Frank Muller was really fantastic, he was a Shakespearean theater actor before his untimely death and he truly brought the characters alive. I will certainly look for more books that he narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Donna Burns

    I love this book. I read it when I was younger and had to listen to it. The story teller did a wonderful job. The book is still as good as it was when I first read it. I will be listening to it again!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jennifer Burmistrzak

    This is not the Stephen King book I'm used to listening to... The story is good, but not as good as I'm used to them being. This is the first time I purchased an audiobook where Stephen King partnered with Peter Straub. The narration by Frank Muller is his usual perfection. RIP Frank.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I love Stephen King's books. After hearing only the first CD I know I would've loved this one. But the narrator just killed it for me. I kept trying to put his voice out of my head and listen only to the plot. But it was no use. Every sentence had the same pattern--the same annoying pattern. I just had to give up. This wasn't one I could listen to. I look forward to reading it though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    couldn't get past the first 10 min, the reader was so awful, dont they interview these guys before they let them read their books! he sounds asthmatic, drawing out, and whispering the last word in each sentence, and in other places he would race through a couple of sentences, not even pausing for a comma or a period. I tried to get past his awful reading style, if thats what you want to call it. Couldn't do it, i found myself trying to imitate his voice just to try to make sense of why he was talking that way-- very annoying.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • larry

    Worth the read/listen if you are a true King fan. The worlds crossover once again and the parallels to the Dark Tower series scream out at you. Can't wait until Black House makes it onto CD so I can finish it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Jennifer L.

    I love Stephen King. He's an amazing author. However, I couldn't quite get into the rhythm of this book. Normally I get enraptured with his stories. Unfortunately, I found it sorta boring. The narrator also contributed to my low score. His voice was pretty annoying. There were some intense scenes, but not enough to keep me wanting to turn the page.

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