The Talisman

By Stephen King and Peter Straub
Read by Frank Muller

The Talisman Series: Book 1

28.00 Hours 11/06/2012 unabridged
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On a brisk autumn day, a twelve-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: his father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America—and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother’s life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2002 Audie Award Finalist

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

A 1985 Locus Award Nominee

A 1985 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel

On a brisk autumn day, a twelve-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: his father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America—and into another realm.

One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother’s life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more.

Let the quest begin.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Extraordinary…Makes your hair stand on end.” Washington Post
“Rare and dazzling…A journey to rival the greatest adventure stories ever told.” New York Daily News
“Award-winning reader Frank Muller continues his long string of superlative performances…A must for current fiction collections.” Library Journal (audio review)

Reviews

Reviews

by CourtneyKay 9/13/2017
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Great book for a committed listener

I read The Talisman when I was younger, maybe in middle school or early high school, and I remembered liking it, so I thought I'd give it a listen. The narrator is perfect. He gives voice to the characters in just the way I imagine they would sound. Sometimes I hate the fact that I can listen to a book in one or two days, which is why i tend to enjoy a good series over a single novel. This is much longer, so you have time to really get invested in the characters.

As far as story goes, I disagree with the previous reviewer on his opinion that it's too descriptive. When I think “really descriptive to the point of boring," I think of something like Tale of Two Cities, in which Dickens spends two pages describing a bookcase (a bad memory from high school English class, and that's coming from someone who was to become an English major). This is no Tale of Two Cities. I have been reading Stephen King since I could read, as my mother is an avid fan and that's what we had around the house, and while it definitely departs in ways from his typical style, there are still many signature moments, supernatural elements, and unique characters fans expect from his work. Very enjoyable.
by GIJoeHole 9/13/2017
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If you can get through the first 20 hours it's not bad

If you revere Stephen King please stop reading here.

This book was really descriptive, really descriptive to the point of boring the crap out of me. The first 20 hours are overly descriptive making fairly interesting interactions tedious and unnecessary. [Edited for content.]

Finally with 7 hours left it gets into the fun and exciting portion which is still overly descriptive but much more enjoyable. Overall its a long investment, but if you can trudge through the first two thirds of the book it's decent enough.

I expected better though.

Author

Author Bio: Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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Author Bio: Peter Straub

Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. He has won the Bram Stoker Award for his two of his novels and a short story collection, 5 Stories; he has also won a World Fantasy Award and an International Horror Guild Award. He received a BA in English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MA from Columbia University.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 28.00
Audience: Adult
Language: English