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The Talisman

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Peter Straub, Stephen King

Narrated By: Frank Muller

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: November 2012

Duration: 18 hours 9 minutes


Now available on audio—completely unabridged—on MP3 CD for only $19.9, Stephen King and Peter Straub’s 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.


  • Anonymous

    It was really 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.

  • 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.

  • Wendy B.

    This is my favorite Stephen King novel. He always manages to capture the thoughts and feelings of children in a believable manner and give them far more presence of mind than adults think they have. Not obly do we have a coming of age heroic quest, we have unforgettable characters, from Jack to Lily to Sloat and, above all, Wolf, perhaps the most heroic of them all. Read by Frank Muller, who read many of King's books, the story comes to life. Muller had a gift for voice acting that is rarely found today, and his death leftca big hole in the audiobook acting world. This is one of his best. (For another example of Frank's work, check out The Body, also by King.)

  • Doreen B

    This is my absolute favorite book. Have read and reread it many times. I was thrilled to give it a listen. I think I just enjoy the idea of two worlds coexisting and having a “twiner”. And I love poor Wolf, he stole my heart. That being said, the narrator killed it for me. The way he continuously dropped the last word in every sentence was so distracting, I just couldn’t get lost in that the story the way I wanted.

  • Anita M

    This an amazing story, unfortunately the narrator was not one I enjoyed at all. The breath he has to blow out after every sentence is very annoying and distracting. I did not enjoy listening to one of my favorite stories with this narrator reading it, I do not recommend this story being read by this narrator:(

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • Brenda Bowman

    I had read this book years ago and enjoyed it again. I was amazed at how much I had forgotten. Steven King still remains my favorite author. However Frank Muller was not very good. He reminded me of an old news comentator. Ending almost every sentence as a line he is reading from a news report.

  • Lori Rich

    Read the book ages ago, was happy to hear it read to me. A true coming of age book, descriptive and dramatic. Many parts are reminiscent of The Dark Tower however, which in truth dragged my mind from concentration on this story to Jake and that other world. Still, a fantastically woven tale by both authors.


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