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3.00008326084255 out of 53.00008326084255 out of 53.00008326084255 out of 53.00008326084255 out of 53.00008326084255 out of 5 3.00 (24,141 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King, Peter Straub Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Talisman Series Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781442359055
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Former Los Angeles homicide detective Jack Sawyer, now living in a small Wisconsin town, is called on by the local police chief: Can Jack help his inexperienced force solve a string of gruesome murders that has struck the region? Although Jack cannot recall the events twenty years ago that led him to a parallel universe to save his dying mother, he senses an otherworldly force behind the killings. Drawn back to the Territories and his hidden past, Jack must now encounter the ferocious evils sheltered inside a terrifying house at the end of a deserted tract of forest. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Two master craftsmen, each at the top of his game. Hugely pleasurable.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Bloody good…This partnership brings out both authors’ strengths—King’s down-and-dirty storytelling and Straub’s more sweeping literary style…What a ride it is.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Like fine tailors, King and Straub weave their distinct voices together to create an almost seamless…tale of suspense…Builds with a slow, seductive momentum that explodes like firecrackers in a beer can…A wild, fantastical romp.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “A brilliant and challenging dark fantasy…There’s so much to revel in, from expertly executed sequences of terror, awe, or passion—the novel is a deep reservoir of genuine emotion…A high point in both the King and Straub canons.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Muller’s finest gift to audio must be his uncanny ability to sense, develop, and portray dozens of complex human and inhuman personalities in a single production. Muller has fun with some, condemns others, and renders even the bit players unforgettable. All of them dance to the seductive music of his lyrical narrative, which invites us into the party as well.”

    AudioFile

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2001Bram Stoker Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 2/12/2014

    " A must read sequel to The Talisman "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derick | 2/3/2014

    " One of the best Antagonists in all of Kings works. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 wally | 2/2/2014

    " i wouldn't read anything this bigot writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christabel | 1/27/2014

    " This book made me look up that Albert Fish guy and I haven't been well since. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kyle | 1/27/2014

    " I had to stop this one about eighty pages in. I just couldn't get into it. Straub and King seem to have totally forgotten what made The Talisman so magical. There's no magic in Black House, at least not the small portion that I read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wayne | 1/20/2014

    " So far, it's a primer in how to write a run-on sentence "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Lesperance | 1/18/2014

    " Jack Sawyer is back as an adult cop with special powers he got from touching the talisman. Now he needs to solve a murder..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liana | 1/17/2014

    " Excellent sequel to The Talisman. The plot is as intricate and complex as its characters. I can't wait for the third book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikita | 1/13/2014

    " this one was a bit slow.... but nevertheless i could manage to get it finished .... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jhoana | 1/12/2014

    " Ughhhhhhh!!!!!!!! That says everthing about the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/7/2014

    " I was disappointed with this book. I found it hard to get into, and was possibly, expecting too much, after all, "The Talisman", it's predecessor, was such an amazing read. After about 1/2 way into "Black House" I began to enjoy the story, but in the end, I could've done without. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 12/27/2013

    " Jake has grown and life continues. a bit dreary at the beginning but keep at it if you enjoyed The Talisman "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin Moon | 12/19/2013

    " This is an impressive novel for two reasons: it is a sequel to a novel with great weight (The Talisman) and it explores themes present throughout King's works (especially The Dark Tower; Roland is mentioned in passing). When combined that it is also a good read, that's a win. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chichi | 12/12/2013

    " i totally enjoyed reading this. I won't compare this to The Talisman as that brings down the book but i loved this. and the end!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 12/10/2013

    " Very fun to read as I know some of the places described in this book. Peter Straub is from an area near where I grew up, and I recognised many of the locations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/27/2013

    " Parts of this book were very interesting. Other parts were off the wall and boring. I was very disappointed after I finished the entire book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Dow | 9/28/2013

    " Utterly magnificent - very different from The Talisman, but that's not a bad thing. A word of warning - this won't make a lot of sense without having a passing acquaintance with the first few Dark Tower books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shari | 9/16/2013

    " I loved Talisman and it was good to know that there is a sequel to it. This one is also a fun read. Jack has grown. The story becomes really interesting in the 3rd part. Great ending. No loose threads. Scenes are connected, leaving a sense of completion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber Ali | 9/7/2013

    " King and Straub have collaborated several times and it usually turns out pretty good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiesha Runion | 1/29/2013

    " just read this one, had issues with keepin entertained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aga | 9/4/2012

    " A little slow to start. Not a great fan of the "fly-on-the-wall" writing style. But half way through the book the pace picked up and it was great catching up with the hero of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Onur | 1/6/2012

    " First 200 pages was too boring that i can read that part in one week, but the rest part was exciting and i couldn't stop myself reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J | 9/19/2011

    " I tried reading The Talisman many years ago, as well as some of the Gunslinger series. After reading this book, I actually understand some of the connections and things make much more sense. This book inspired me to go back and attempt to read the other books again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Hill | 6/12/2011

    " Stephen is truly the master. I couldn't put this one down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 5/21/2011

    " This book was not what I expected in the least! It took me awhile to get into it, but once I got the hang of it, I was totally engrossed. It is like Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings meets Twilight and then all gets balled up into a more adult scary version of sci-fi. Great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 5/20/2011

    " One of my very favorites :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 5/16/2011

    " One I've been meaning to reread for a while. If you liked the Dark Tower series, you'll like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caidy | 5/11/2011

    " I loved this series as a kid. It was my favorite of Kings books. I am going to read it again to see if it is still as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alejandro | 5/2/2011

    " Muy buen libro, tiene un muy buen balance entre el terror (al final es de King), la aventura, y hasta acaba uno llorando. Al principio es un poco lento, pero en cuando la historia toma su camino, mejora y mejora y mejora =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 5/1/2011

    " This is my favorite book. I don't know if it was my age when I read it, or what makes it so, but I just love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonya | 4/26/2011

    " This was one of the hardest books to put down. I got totally lost in the story and could think of nothing else for days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 4/21/2011

    " This is good Sci-Fi/Fantasy at its best. Nothing really of horror in here that I remember. About a boy on a journey to save his mother. Lots of magic, etc. Read it as a teen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/20/2011

    " This book was great, there was a charachter in particular (wolf) who really got to me, and it choked me up for days even after I read the book, just going back and thinking about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 4/14/2011

    " Love it !! Have read it heaps of times and still love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 4/9/2011

    " One of my favourite books. The sequel the black house is also amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cierra | 4/7/2011

    " Absolutely love this book, I've read it twice. Such an epic journey and you absolutely fall in love with the characters. If I ever have a son I am naming him Jack Sawyer! "

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About the Author
Author 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.

About the Narrator

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie and Earphones Award–winning narrator. A classically trained actor, Frank appeared on both television and the stage. His credits include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Law & Order, All My Children, and many, many more. In 1999 Frank was awarded the AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor in the audiobook community.