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The Tommyknockers

Written by: Stephen King
Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
Length: 27 hrs and 43 mins
4 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Stephen King never stops giving us his all" (Chicago Tribune) in this number-one national best seller about the idyllic small town of Haven, Maine, and its encounter with a deadly evil out for a diabolical invasion of body, soul - and mind.

Writer Bobbi Anderson becomes obsessed with digging up something she's found buried in the woods near her home. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, she uncovers an alien spaceship. Though exposure to the Tommyknockers, who piloted the alien ship, has harmful effects on residents' health, the people of Haven develop a talent for creating innovative devices under their increasingly malignant influence.

In this riveting, nightmarish story, Stephen King has given us a "brilliant, riveting, marvelous" (The Boston Globe) novel. "You will not be able to put this down" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). And the next time someone raps at your door, you may want to keep the chain on. It just might be the Tommyknocker Man.

©1987 Stephen King, Tabitha King, and Arthur B. Greene (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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The endless Nuclear Energy rant

The narration is fantastic, adding a lot to the story's delivery.
Without getting into correctness of it, as online forums have, the fact it is so long that it takes 30 minutes to narrate (which feels like an hour), along with 10 minutes of stupid, drunken mischief afterwards is absurd and painful. The initial story is enticing, and I will give this another try for that, but I am quite disappointed this was recommended as the first Stephen King novel I should read.

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Narrator elevates a so-so book

Tommyknockers is one of King’s book I got more appreciation for as the years went by & I revisited it. Edward Herrmann is a big part of that. Great voice & the right cadence. The book takes a while to get going but it picks up. A good one to listen to in the summer.

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Another great King novel

Excellent narration. Story dragged at times, but another great Stephen King story. This one has his sci-fi/supernatural feel to it which isn't always for everyone.

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Great read, some issues with editing

I really enjoyed the novel itself and I especially enjoyed the narration. It is clear and read with heart. Edward Hermann has a resonant deep voice and you could tell that he really put a lot of effort into giving the listener a good experience. That being said, there are issues with the editing, like other reviewers have mentioned. Words do cut short. That does not take away from the content and narration, but does take you out of the story. It was not a major issue for me however, the narration made up for it a lot.

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such a good book

I've read it twice and will definitely read it again one day. right on man

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good good bad

performance amazing!!! story amazing!! editing not so amazing. Ima chop it up to it maybe one of the first books on here so editing wasn't perfected, all in all was still damn good.

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  • Christopher Griffis
  • 2016-02-15

spooky and enthralling

The narrator does a great job with this Stephen King signature. Tommyknockers knocking on your door... I love how King fills the space between the book covers with a story about 1 person and the situations they face. There are very few characters you get to know but don't care, it's all about the one, unlike any other. Edward Herrmann, I hope you sought some psychiatric help after embodying Gard for this book. Great all around, excellent to listen to.

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  • Robert
  • 2017-07-26

Did they listen to it before publishing?!?

The overall book is good,and the narrator did his job very well. It's just the editing of the audio book is driving me crazy, they cut words short and even a few words out of the end of every chapter 😒

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  • Archerfish
  • 2016-08-07

Not Stephen Kings best

Edward Hermann's narration made this worth listening to. Had this been a book likely I wouldn't have finished. Some parts are brilliant; others left me wondering where is this going? I like Kings oldest novels best (e.g. The Stand, The Dead Zone) but also love 11.23.63 which also great for comparison.

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  • John Scott
  • 2016-11-13

Incredible and interminable.

This book haunts as much as any book I've ever read. Originally I read it shortly after it was released and I have never forgotten disturbing sections of it, particularly the chilling rhyme about Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers (knocking at my door.) This time, through, it felt like an eerie old friend, sitting in partial darkness, only revealing himself a part at a time, as the sun rose. Although it seems to go on forever, there is not a single unnecessary word. King has a mystic ability to weave phenomenally complex stories into a tome you want to put on your shelf and rest easy, knowing it is there whenever you need it. Typically, King has taken innocuous objects or people and slowly colored them with increasingly dark tones and colors. After reading "It," can you ever look at a clown the same way? It is clearly time for me to reconnect with this man's work - before it reconnects with me.

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  • Reg V.
  • 2018-03-31

Meh

One of my least favourite Stephen King books. The story starts off decent but sort of drops off in my opinion as it goes on. Good performance however.

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  • Rodger P. Paxton
  • 2018-01-31

Top notch!

One of my all-time favorite Stephen King novels from many years ago. It was great to listen to after reading it several times in the past. Hermann did a magnificent narration.

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  • Jeremy
  • 2019-06-17

One of King’s Worst

Stephen King himself called this an “awful book.” It’s all over the place with only one interesting character. There are more questions than answers by the end. Some of the imagery is more ridiculous than believable. It conjures no feelings of discomfort let alone horror.

The narration, however, was well done. Herrmann does his best with the material given.

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  • Scott M
  • 2016-05-24

awsome

awsome awsome reading writing and storyline
thanks king another amazing story. keep rm coming. and thanks

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  • Mary Mo
  • 2016-02-22

enjoyed

really enjoyed listening to Tommyknockers while doing work in my garage. highly recommend it everyone

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-03

Beyond Excellent!!

Stephen King at his best!!! Also, Edward Herrmann’s narrative was superb! I highly encourage you to listen to this audio version, even if, like me, you have previously already read the book. It has been many years since I read the hardcover, so the story kept my full attention throughout.

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  • Carlos Breddels
  • 2019-03-23

better believe it happy crappy!

Si tu, tout comme moi as été interpellé un moment où autre par l'origine de toute cette technologie, qu'on comprend à peine et on est très loin de maîtriser...n'écartes pas tout de suite l'explication des tommyknockers.