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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Eli Wallach

Date: January 2016

Duration: 25 hours 30 minutes


A #1 national bestseller—“A yarn so packed with suspense, romance, literary reference, fascinating miscellaneous knowledge, and heart that only Stephen King could have written it. Marvelous—that is, full of marvels” (Booklist).

Since his wife died, Ralph Roberts has been having trouble sleeping. Each night he wakes up a bit earlier, until he’s barely sleeping at all. During his late night walks, he observes some strange things going on in Derry, Maine. He sees colored ribbons streaming from people’s heads, two strange little men wandering around town after dark, and more. He begins to suspect that these visions are something more than hallucinations brought on by lack of sleep.

There’s a definite mean streak running through this small New England city; underneath its ordinary surface awesome and terrifying forces are at work. The dying has been going on in Derry for a long, long time. Now Ralph is part of it…and lack of sleep is the least of his worries.

Returning to the same Maine town where It took place, a town that has haunted Stephen King for decades, Insomnia blends King’s trademark bone-chilling realism with supernatural terror to create yet another masterpiece of suspense.


  • Anonymous

    This book spends half the time letting Mr King voice his personal pro abortion views through his fictional characters. Not interested! I listen to his books to be entertained with horror stories. The story itself wasn't very good to begin with but became unbearable because of his lame attempt to hop on a soap box. Also the music between chapters is a very bad idea. I don't listen for music either! Don't waste your time and money with this book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Tracey J.

    This was a good book, although it is a slow starter. I don’t like the way it paints the pro life people as insane maniacs, though. I almost stopped listening for that reason because it began to sound more like a political statement than a story meant to entertain. However, once I got past that, it was a good story. The characters are well developed and the imagery is strong, as is the case with other works by King that I’ve read. The narrator read very well, I thought. I didn’t mind the music because it helped to set the tone for the different happenings in the story, although I will say that it was too loud at times. I found myself adjusting the volume to hear the reader over the music.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Ben P

    Great story and well-written. I don't mind the slow start and character building. Whoever thought it was a good idea to put that obnoxious music between chapters should be slapped. It's completely distracting and unnecessary. I can't imagine who would think it was a good idea and for what purpose. however the story itself was very entertaining if you could get past the stupid music.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    This is an amazing book and I highly recommend it, especially to any Stephan King fans, although the narrator was very slow and didn't announce the section of the book or the chapter. These factors made the listening experience less enjoyable.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • April V.

    You must listen carefully so not miss a second of this narrative. I’m not sure I liked the narrator, hard to hear or understand at times. Loved the story I’m glad to hear truth to power on the abortion rights

  • Anonymous

    I was so confused by this book. not my favorite Stephen King book at all...very strange.

  • Matt P.

    This book is narrated by Winnie The Pooh...and I’m here for it.

  • Ken B

    I had read this book a long time ago, listened to it once a long time ago, this has to be one of the best books I have ever read. The Narrator does a great job with the voices of each person. 5 Stars for the Book. 5 Stars for the Narrator.

  • Anonymous

    could have done without the music

  • Debi A.

    of all the Stephen King books this is the one I wish they'd make into a movie. its the first hard cover I read by him and I just love it. ive read it many many times and now im so glad I can listen since my eyes are bad and listening is just so much better. and the narrator is great.


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