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.
I wish I was able to actually read this one because the frickin music is so awful and distracting there were times I had to stop listening for a while !!! Hideous!! Just hideous!!
Story is good! Notice I didn’t say great. As much as I love SK, even I found myself saying “c’mon already!” But in all fairness it may have been the horrid music. Because I actually read this book many years ago and I don’t remember feeling as if it dragged. And I remember it being a lot scarier. But again it may have just been the music irritating me so bad!!
Anyway, good stand alone story, however very much tied to the Dark Tower and should be read before starting the book The Wolves of Calla.
A rather bland story brought down further by horrible and intrusive music
This is easily my least favorite Stephen King novel. It moves at a pace fitting of the septuagenarian protagonist, like riding a tricycle in deep mud. The whole story drags along with little to no real excitement or danger throughout, including the big “battle” and the ending, which felt unfulfilling.
The audio itself was quite distracting. There are random moments of “music” which are just loud and out of place horror sounds that add nothing to the atmosphere of the reading, and on most occasions drown out the narrator completely.
Extremely annoying music
It’s inconceivable how the producers thought the background music was a good addition. It’s like they are actually trying to get the listener to stop listening. It’s terrible, distracting and extremely annoying. PLEASE stop doing that with audio books.