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The Dead Zone Audiobook

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Read By: James Franco Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 8.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781508217862

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Longest Chapter Length:

33:25 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

07 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

07:08 minutes

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Publisher Description

Winner of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine

A #1 New York Times bestseller about a man who wakes up from a five-year coma able to see people’s futures and the terrible fate awaiting mankind—a “compulsive page-turner” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people’s futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiancée married another man during his coma and people clamor for him to solve their problems.

When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future. With “powerful tension that holds the reader to the story like a pin to a magnet” (The Houston Post), The Dead Zone is a “faultlessly paced…continuously engrossing” (Los Angeles Times) novel of second sight.

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“In the audiobook debut of King’s classic 1979 thriller…actor Franco performs at full thespian force, telling the story in a naturalistic, almost mesmerizing manner with distinctive voices for all of the book’s many characters: Johnny’s highlights his affability, integrity, pain, and inner turmoil. The villainous Stillson sounds smarmy, aggressive, and insane…Franco’s interpretation of the final section of the novel, consisting of letters and excerpts from committee meetings, is moving enough to bring tears to listeners’ eyes.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred audio review) 


  • “Franco’s impressive acting talent is on full display. As the troubled Johnny, he narrates with restraint and melancholy. As Stillson—an amoral businessman who cons his way towards the presidency—Franco oozes menace. Listeners will yearn for Stillson’s comeuppance yet sympathize with Johnny’s reluctance to act on his uncertain vision of a terrible future.”

    — AudioFile
  • “Faultlessly paced…continuously engrossing.”

    — Los Angeles Times
  • “A spellbinder, a compulsive page-turner.”

    — Atlanta Journal
  • “Powerful tension holds the reader to the story like a pin to a magnet.”

    — Houston Post


  • #1 New York Times bestselling author

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About Stephen King

Stephen King has written more than sixty books, many hitting the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. 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, and in 2007 he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures.

About James Franco

James Franco is an acclaimed actor, director, artist, writer, and narrator. His film appearances include 127 Hours, Milk, Pineapple Express, Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, and the Spider-Man trilogy. He has written and directed several films, and his visual art has been featured in solo shows in Los Angeles and New York. His writing has appeared in Esquire, the Wall Street Journal, McSweeney’s, and other publications. He has an MFA degree in creative writing from Brooklyn College.