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Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories, and he was compelled to leave the police force when a happenstance event threatened to awaken those long suppressed and dangerous memories.

When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades earlier, Jack’s buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help find the killer. But are these new killings merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack’s inexplicable waking dreams - if that is what they are - of robins’ eggs and red feathers? As these cryptic messages becomes impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past.

©2001 Stephen King and Peter Straub. All rights reserved. (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

Ce que les critiques disent

“Intelligent…Suspenseful” ( Wall Street Journal)
“Overflows with dark wit…” ( New York Times Book Review)
“Two master craftsmen, each at the top of his game” ( Washington Post)

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Au global

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars

Great read!

Loved it, just wish there were more books in the series. Jack in the territories would be great.

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Great Sequel!!!

I loved this 2nd part of the Talisman book. King makes master pieces. Bravo King!!

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Fantastic!!

amazing story!! well narrated! Written by two incredible writers, and read by one of the best!

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loved it

I loved the talisman as well as black house. I really enjoyed the narrator Frank Muller. he also did a fantastic job of the green mile.

  • Au global
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Stephen King at is best.

Really good sequel for the talisman. Very well read from the same speaker. very good story.

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Fantastic!

Amazing story that that doesn't disappoint! Definitely one of my favourites that King has had a hand in writing. Muller is outstanding as always! #Audible1

  • Au global
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Jack Sawyer as an adult

I loved The Talisman, and have read it several times. I liked Black House but would have liked more about the fantastic Territories, and more about our friends from the first book. Regardless, the book was really good. It kept my interest, had parts that made me cry and parts that terrified me. Totally worth reading. #Audible1

  • Au global
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Wonderfully written book!

I was a huge fan of the prequel to this book, The Talisman, but this time King and Straub absolutely nailed it. It’s terrifying, it’s disgusting, and it makes you think. Also Frank Muller has the voice of an angel, and does an amazing job with all his character in this. A great book made even better by a great voice actor! #Audible1

  • Au global
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Great sequel to The Talisman.

Really enjoyed this, as it was a nice sequel to The Talisman, which I read years ago but was thrilled to discover and listen to on Audible. After losing my eyesight, I thought books were forever gone for me.
I LOVE the narrator, I’ll listen to everything he does, as he does an excellent job. The way he made the voices of different people come alive, how creepy he made “Bern Bern” and His otherworld companion, he does such a great job of giving these characters voices, making the books come alive. seriously a fan of the narrator, give him a good story like these books, and listen. 5 stars all around.

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Interesting Story, Long commitment.

I didn't look at how long the book actually was before purchasing so after I found out I knew I was in for a long one.
The narrator was good but there's so many details that there are times I was a bit lost on who is who. I hadn't read the first installation either but they did a good job at keeping you in the loop. There were times I was struggling to continue, I had to force myself through it.

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  • Au global
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  • Brian
  • Apple Valley, CA, United States
  • 2012-12-28

Jack Sawyer delivers

Maybe it was during the time that I fell out of love with Stephen King. Maybe there were things in my own life that kept me from this book. Maybe it was Ka. Who knows? I've waited 10 years to enjoy this book.

I read and loved The Talisman when it came out but when this came out, I shunned it for some unknown reason. I bought it and it sat on my shelf, mocking me for years until I gave it away in a frenzy of hardback reduction that I have come to regret for many reasons. Maybe it was The Black House itself hiding itself from me.

Anyway. This is a great continuation of the Talisman and I'm really glad that I finished the Dark Tower series in the intervening years (Nudge, wink).

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  • Au global
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  • Sandra
  • NH, United States
  • 2012-11-27

A great sequel

What did you love best about Black House?

I loved the fact that we follow up on our hero Jack Sawyer. He is grown into an adult, but he is still the sensitive boy/man that you came to love in the Talisman. Also, if you are a true King fan, it does not hurt that we see a bit of the Dark Tower story as well.

13 personnes sur 13 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
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  • Spidertrav
  • 2014-05-12

A Must-Read for Dark Tower Fans!

Would you listen to Black House again? Why?

This is an engaging story, with a reader whose voice perfectly fits the story. I would definitely read this again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Black House?

My favorite part was when I realized how this story fits into The Dark Tower story and how Jack Sawyer's quest was going to aid Roland in his.

Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

It's a toss-up. I loved his voice for the biker, Beezer, but his voice for the killer was spot on as well. The former was very creepy, as it should have been.

Any additional comments?

As a big fan of the Dark Tower, I was shocked to see how many Dark Tower references and tie-in plot points there were between the two stories. Why have I not heard of this book before?!? I would have read it a long time ago if I had known about all the tie-ins. Besides the Dark Tower points though, this was a great book all by itself. Excellent characters, extremely creepy villains, and an ending that leaves you wanting more. This just made it to the top of my non-Dark Tower Stephen King books. An excellent read!

6 personnes sur 6 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
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  • Kristina Moreno
  • Rancho Cordova, CA
  • 2016-09-12

Excellent reader

Stephen King is such a good storyteller. Frank Muller read so well I forgot the story was being narrated; he has a great range as to what voices he uses.

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  • Au global
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  • brian
  • 2013-07-25

Fantastically Intrancing

Would you listen to Black House again? Why?

That would have to be a yes, for this story is moving and deep and full of hidden treasures.

What other book might you compare Black House to and why?

The Talisman, Read to find out :)

Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

Jack Sawyer

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Jack Sawyer getting shot.

Any additional comments?

We all serve the beam in one way or another.

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  • Au global
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  • Kevin
  • SPRING, TX, United States
  • 2013-08-23

Better than Talisman, but not by much

Would you try another book from Stephen King and Peter Straub and/or Frank Muller?

I already did - The Talisman and Dark Tower Books

If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King and Peter Straub before, how does this one compare?

I listened to The Talisman and I thought Black House was a little better, but not by much. Only because with the main character being an adult rather than a child, I think King/Straub could utilize mature themes.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the hedge clipper scene at the retirement home.

Was Black House worth the listening time?

Barely.

Any additional comments?

“Black House” seemed to be a very different kind of story than “The Talisman”. In some ways I probably preferred BH over Talisman, but overall I was pretty underwhelmed by both stories. Obviously the only common denominator between the two was the main character – Jack Sawyer, only in BH Jack is an adult rather than a child which I think enabled the writers to bring mature elements into the story.

The supporting cast was better in BH, only because they didn’t seem like cartoon characters or even characterchures like in Talisman. I also like the fact that King & Straub steered clear of the animal-characters, which was something I didn’t care for in Talisman.

The plot of the book was enjoyable, taking more of a mystery approach rather than sci-fi; however once the sci-fi elements were introduced, the mystery vibe began to lose it’s appeal – almost surrendering the credibility of the overall story. I liked that BH had more gore and the subject matter was adult orientated.

My main complaint of BH was probably the narrative and delivery approach for how the story was told. I did not like to "float over here" and "let us drift away from there". I also found it hard to believe that a group of "hard core bikers" (one of which is a former surgeon, because there's so many surgeons that leave the medical field to pursue a life of biker-ing, right?) would immediately befriend an out-of-town cop to help solve a series of murders. The romance between Jack and Sophie seemed a little out-of-place as well, if not forced. Maybe it was an after thought that randomly made it's way into the story...who knows?

Altogether BH was worth reading if you’ve already read the Talisman; however I doubt I’d revisit either book again. I was not impressed or greatly entertained by BH; however it’s worth a read if you’re a fan of King’s Dark Tower books. There are a few bread crumbs in BH that DT fans will enjoy, but I’m not sure that it added a whole lot to the DT universe.

Pros: Dark Tower elements and a decent mystery story (less the sci-fi elements).
Cons: Clear motives for the killer would’ve been nice and the friendship between Henry & Jack should’ve been better organized and developed, as well as the romance between Jack & Sophie.
Bottom line: So-so story, not too bad but not too great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-26

Welcome back Jack

I enjoyed every moment of this story. Frank Muller did an excellent job. I am hoping to meet Jack and Speedy again

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  • Au global
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  • R. A. Frank
  • cali
  • 2012-11-28

Delightful detective story with a magical twist!

Would you consider the audio edition of Black House to be better than the print version?

I am an audio listener by trade.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack of course, he is the main man, super talented and powerful in ways that surprise the reader.

Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Frank Muller was spectacular in the Talisman and he brings the same energy here. His performance of the new characters such as the "Fisherman" and "Mr. Munshun" in a sort of a Red Skelton mumbling jumble made me laugh out loud.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are several funny parts that made me laugh especially when the Biker gang (Thunder Five) dudes made sharp cracks. Yes I did get misty there was a tremendous friendship between Jack Sawyer and Henry Leyden and some real sadness surrounding the murders of the children.

Any additional comments?

There was a very large character set here, but as most "constant readers" know it is handled with extreme expertise. The thing about this book that grabbed me the most was that it quickly became a fascinating murder-mystery novel. There was a the reluctant Jack Sawyer that had purportedly been a "superstar detective" but retired from the LAPD at the young age of 31. So for about 1/4 of the book the reader has no idea just how good he really is at it. Now throw in the element of the supernatural where King and Straub really get cranked up. And of course we know from the Talisman that Jack Sawyer has a little bit of experience in this area. This one will make you want to listen till the end!

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Steven
  • 2018-11-27

A Perfect Trio

King, Straub, and Muller.. If anything was meant to be, this is definitely it. ♥️

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Krista
  • 2018-11-05

King and Straub did it again.

Great story. Love the world they created and didn't want to leave. Thanks for a perfect escape.

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