The Tommyknockers Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Everything is familiar. But everything has changed.
Coming back to the little community is like walking into a nightmare for Jim Gardener, poet, drunk, potential suicide.
It all looks the same: the house; the furniture; Jim's friend, Bobbi; her beagle (though ageing); even the woods out at the back. But it was in the woods that Bobbi stumbled over the odd, part-buried object and felt a peculiar tingle as she brushed the soft earth away.
Everything is familiar. But everything is about to change.
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|Listening Length||27 hours and 43 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||14 July 2016|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 8,846 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1,280 in Thrillers & Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
4,756 in Thrillers & Suspense (Books)
5,549 in Teen & Young Adult (Books)
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Unfortunately, The Tommyknockers is disappointing for several reasons, but I think King sums it up best with his comment that somewhere within the 1,000 or so pages is a good novel struggling to get out. The opening chapters are genuinely intriguing and have all the hallmarks of a classic King creep-fest. Sadly, the opening chapters are the high point of the story. The two main protagonists are introduced with real depth - both are ostensibly fascinating and deeply flawed. This naturally engages the reader, who invests in both - something which I personally believe to be King's main strength as a writer of horror - I mean, who cares what happens to 2-dimensional characters?
However, after the first 200 - 300 pages it's pretty much all downhill. There are a few genuinely unsettling moments throughout the novel, but it just doesn't seem to gel as a convincing tale. There are a few nods to classic sci-fi B-movie's which don't really fit. Certain aspects of the story just seem stupid - even for a science fiction piece - and the end more or less descends into the absurd. That being said, the actual resolution is a stronger one for King... although that isn't saying a great deal.
So in summary, the intriguing opening only serves to highlight weaknesses in the story later on. In terms of the writing style, it is also apparent that The Tommyknockers was written under the influence of cocaine - lots of good ideas that are rarely developed adequately before another is fired out. I really wanted to like this one but at almost-1000 pages, it is too long to be enjoyed as a fun, stupid read. That being said, there are some good moments in it and it did keep me interested the whole way through, so perhaps two stars is a little harsh. However, compared to King's other works, I think The Tommyknockers is well below par.
Approx. 850 pages.
Similar in many respects to 'salem's lot. Sets the scene, characters and then spends a long time developing secondary characters from within the town and area.
Some will be distracted by this and feel the book is over long.
Others will enjoy the rich character development.
The book features weird and wonderful appliances repurposed for destruction.
Constant readers of the author will find nuggets of other novels E.G. Jake from the Dark Tower, references to The Shop from Firestarter, the town of Derry and a certain Clown, The Shining etc.
The book tends to rank low when compared against King's other works.
Well worth a read for King fans.
If you are a new King reader, suggest one of the shorter classics such as Carrie or Misery.