Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: James Franco

Date: April 2017

Duration: 17 hours 0 minutes


Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine

A #1 New York Times bestseller about a man who wakes up from a five-year coma able to see people’s futures and the terrible fate awaiting mankind—a “compulsive page-turner” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people’s futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiancée married another man during his coma and people clamor for him to solve their problems.

When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future. With “powerful tension that holds the reader to the story like a pin to a magnet” (The Houston Post), The Dead Zone is a “faultlessly paced…continuously engrossing” (Los Angeles Times) novel of second sight.


  • Greg S.

    Definitely one of the most underrated King novels in my opinion. Really enjoyed the story and felt more and more connected with John (main character) as it went along. Franco does a wonderful job with the narration. Side note: Christopher Walker plays John Smith in the film adaptation. As most King TV/film adaptations it’s pretty cheesy, but who doesn’t love a young psychic Walken. Worth a listen, then a watch.

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  • Christine P.

    Loved James Franco as the narrator! He did an awesome job!! I was putting off this book because reviewers commented on how political it was. It definitely was filled with political opinions but I’m Canadian and it was more interesting to me than annoying! The storyline is tragic.. poor guy living with this ‘condition’. I shed a tear for him and his soul mate. It’s worth the read!

  • John M.

    Great book... In some ways the movie, just doesn't do the story justice! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Christopher Walken and Martin Sheen, but King's ability to weave a story in my mind is hard to top. I also like James Franco as the narrator. Not spectacular by any stretch but I didnt put it down!

  • Johnathan D.

    It was ok but kind of fizzled out at the end

  • Debi A.

    very good book. ive always enjoyed it. glad its out on audio. narrator did a good job as always. not a scary kind of book but still creepy so if that's what you like then its all there but either way you won't be disappointed.

  • Tatia A. H.

    I love it.

  • Marcus Johnson

    I like the first half of the book but the second half seemed like a sequel rather than the same book. Overall, a fun story and has a great concept but the book didn't lost it's grip going into the second act. James Franco as the narrator took some getting used to as he has a unique voice but once you get used to it, it works well with the story.

  • Tom S.

    Great book. Franco covers all the characters . Really enjoyed the audio book.

  • Nick B.

    It had it's moments, but overall a disappointment.

  • Matti N.

    The story is good, but.. James Franco, the worst reader in human history. He mumbles, he lisps. He's polish doctor (who came to america as a kid and don't speak polish) speaks with same accent as Franco's Tommy Wiseau in Disaster artist. That is when Franco can keep the accent.

  • Anonymous

    Different. Have read a couple of S. Kings books. The ending seem to drag out forever, guess just anxious to hear how it ended. Narrator very good. Whispers were really low turned up volume so i could hear what he said

  • Sally M

    Classic Stephen King. I read this book many years ago, but didn't remember much of the detail. It was great to listen to it after all these years. It keeps up a good pace and avoids unrelated side stories.

  • Bill N

    Book is great and I am a big James Franco fan as a narrator overall, but I do have one small issue. I will warn any future listeners that the voice Franco uses for one of the characters is the same accent he ended up using in his recent film "The Disaster Artist." It isn't a dealbreaker, but now I can only see the character as Tommy Wiseau and giggle every time he starts talking.

  • kelly b

    Love this book and with James Franco narrating, I didn’t want to stop listening!!

  • Daniel S

    This is the first listen and probably my fifth read of this great book.

  • Lynne E

    Excellent book and Excellent narrator. James Franco was great as expected!

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