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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (25,940 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Kate Nelligan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781101029541
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It’s a summer afternoon in Wentworth, Ohio, and on Poplar Street everything’s normal. The paper boy is making his rounds; the Carver kids are bickering at the corner convenience store; a Frisbee is flying on the Reeds’ lawn; Gary Soderson is firing up the backyard barbecue. The only thing that doesn’t quite fit is the red van idling just up the hill. Soon it will begin to roll, and the killing will begin. A quiet slice of American suburbia is about to turn to toast.

The mayhem rages around a seemingly still point, a darkened house lit fitfully from within by a flickering television screen. Inside, where things haven’t been normal for a long time, are Audrey Wyler and the autistic nephew she cares for, eight-year-old Seth Garin. They’re fighting their own battle, and its intensity has turned 247 Poplar Street into a prison house.

By the time night falls on Poplar Street, the surviving residents will find themselves in another world, one where anything, no matter how terrible, is possible … and where the regulators are on their way. By what power they have come, how far they will go, and how they can be stopped—these are the desperate questions. The answers are absolutely terrifying.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian Hodges | 2/18/2014

    " This was released as a companion book to Desperation. But there is no comparison between the two. Desperation is creepy and thought provoking on many levels. Regulators is about an autistic kid who, while possessed by the same demon from Desperation, conjures up a fantasy world of evil characters who proceed to kill everyone in his neighborhood. It's really just a bunch of nonsensical violence and supernatural happenings with no real explanation or payoff in the end. I really only read it because I heard it tied in with "The Dark Tower" (which is only does barely). Very unsatisfying. There are far better Stephen King books out there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jimmy | 2/11/2014

    " It feels unusual to give this thing such a high rating. I remember the beginnings of almost all of his novels surpassing the endings as far as my interest in King's writing goes. Maybe I just prefer open-ended scenarios a lot more, whether it be with film or literature, and he tends to try to wrap the plot up at seemingly arbitrary points in the story. His endings are hyperbolically ridiculous too. Anyway, what I remember so vividly about this story was the insane suburban slaughter at the beginning. One second two children are in a convenient store, and the little kid is looking a magazine with Ethan Hawke on the cover, thinking about sex, then him and his sister return to their neighborhood. Lazy summer day, etc. Suddenly a barrage of several brightly covered cars rip through unleashing a storm of bullets on the houses, killing most of the neighborhood. I know, most of the appeal of it lies in the cheap shock value inherent in the juxtaposition of the tranquil American suburb with the violent tumult of an inner city shootout. Naturally, there are the handful of survivors (so typical of the whole King oeuvre) that join together, find strength in numbers, and attempt to battle the sudden mysterious evil that is terrorizing them. I'd have to read it again, which probably will not happen for some time. If I had to admit it, I'd say that everything that King had written under the Bachman pseudonym was by far more interesting than his more popular books. Especially, the earlier stories which, from what I recall, he wrote in his drug addled college days. Out of all of his books (and there are just fucking way too many), this is the material that comes closest to experimental fiction. Of course, many of his rambling epics could be seen in the same light. Or it could also be because he has a tendency to especially not omit anything inessential. I don't know why I'm writing about this right now. Unfortunately, I spent a majority of my grade school days reading only Stephen King. I'm thankful to my mother in many ways because when I would see her with one of this things in her hand, my curiosity usually got the best of me. I wasn't exactly precocious as far as literary, or even book related taste was concerned, but reading King was the germination of my relationship with books. More importantly, watching my mother read was. I would like to thank both of them for that. I suddenly feel nostalgic for those days in the suburbs of northern Illinois, and the sweltering, humid heat. Going to the library in the summer when I was younger was the closest was the closest thing to a religious experience for me. I sometimes wish that I would never have become distracted by all of the sex, drugs, and rollerblading that I loved in my youth. Sooner or later I knew that these things would take me out of my sleepy, sun-filled bedroom. That the peacefulness of reading alone in my room would be interrupted by all of that fun-sounding adolescent life to be had. Not everyone does this. If I had to, then I might blame it on a hyperactive short attention span. (What's with the fucking double adjectives, Cline?) And what was that parenthetical thing you just did? Maybe I'm just trying to say that distraction is very ephemeral company in life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 1/25/2014

    " I'm not going to spend a lot of time re-hashing my feelings about this book. Dare I say, as I get to the bottom 3 or 4 King books I have never read, I am finding them more and more bland. Don't waste your time with this unless you're a Constant Reader and have little better to do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/14/2014

    " Again I like almost all of Stephan Kings novels, but this and its partner Desperation are among my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 1/10/2014

    " I read this first and then 'Desperation' (Stephen King) immediately after. Both are excellent. I would read them both, but the order doesn't matter. Two different ways to expand on the same concept. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 1/5/2014

    " Frank Muller is my absolute favorite narrator. This man make Stephen King stories come to life. If your a fan of audio books, I highly recommend anything Frank Muller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cierra | 12/16/2013

    " Really unique and suspenseful concept. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony | 12/3/2013

    " I've read a LOT of Stephen King. For me, this one lacked that magical "King feeling" and many a times I was wandering why has he written this? Didn't find that spark of motivation. Ok read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Koz | 11/12/2013

    " Really written by King's scarier pseudonym, Richard Bachman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert White | 10/20/2013

    " quite interesting. well written and holds your attention. good for younger readers. i, myself, read this book in high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 10/19/2013

    " Throughout my life I've gone back and forth between which is better: The Regulators or Desperation? Also, Bachman or King? Read both, join me in my dilemma. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 angrykitty | 9/19/2013

    " again, done almost concurrently with desperation. not bad. i think that when i read this, since i read desperation at the same time, i was pretty stephen kinged out. too bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 7/19/2013

    " The counter part to Desperation. I liked Desperation better, but this is still a solid story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa Williams | 7/2/2013

    " You will never look at a red van the same... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peachy | 6/5/2013

    " I'll have to read this one again. I remember it being really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/2/2013

    " Loved it! Definitely has its comedy, along with its emotional moments. Bachman obeyed no boundaries! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Uwdave | 1/4/2013

    " Stephen King's take on that episode of the Twilight Zone. You know the one. but seriously the book is really good. Not the most original story but it's told very well this time around. It has a companion book, Desparation, that I picked up and plan to read soon. A good read for any King fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 12/1/2012

    " I feel like I'm probably one of the few people who actually liked the Regulators much more than Desperation. There was a lot more 'weirdness' in this book, which Stephen King is famous for. I found it to be a generally good read. He's an excellent writer all in all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meen | 11/12/2012

    " I like his stories less the more they incorporate sci-fi and/or fantasy elements... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Holum | 7/9/2012

    " I really love this story and have read it twice. (Plus the Mark Ryden artwork I love). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reva | 8/1/2011

    " this is a "mirror novel" to stephen king's desperation book. both stories are horribly thrilling and disturbing. ron pearlman i believe was in the desperation tv movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronald | 6/19/2011

    " This book really scared the shit outta me!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Comedian999 | 5/18/2011

    " It was better than Desperation. That's about all I can give it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 3/24/2011

    " Sometimes Stephen King is gross just for the sake of being gross. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 3/9/2011

    " I read this first and then 'Desperation' (Stephen King) immediately after. Both are excellent. I would read them both, but the order doesn't matter. Two different ways to expand on the same concept. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jean | 3/5/2011

    " Not really my type of book, too gory and too violent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xtoph | 2/26/2011

    " I have always wanted this book to be made into a movie...While reading it, i could just see it so clearly...I used to be a counselor at a summer camp and I read it to my boys every night...They all loved it too... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MOG | 2/24/2011

    " Better than Desperation, but not much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 2/22/2011

    " S. King review checklist

    1. Good Idea X
    2. Good Characters X
    3. Creepy X
    4. Just OK ending X
    5. Ends with something burning or blowing up X This time a persons head explodes.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 2/17/2011

    " I'm a sucker for the King. But my copy, thankfully, is written under Bachman, which I prefer. It's outlandish and weird, but never fails at being wonderful and somehow grounded.

    The man can write, that's for sure. Brilliant stuff. "

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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

Kate Nelligan has had a successful acting career in her native Canada, in Britain and in the United States. Nelligan studied at Toronto’s Glendon College, but left to attend the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She quickly established herself in the UK on stage and on television. As a member of the National Theatre, she gave a much lauded performance in Tales from the Vienna Woods and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for David Hare’s Plenty. She moved to Manhattan in the early ‘80s, dropped the English accent, and won stardom on the Broadway boards, racking up four Tony Award nominations for best actress. On the screen, both big and small, she established herself as a top-notch and in-demand supporting player and character actress. Nelligan was Oscar-nominated as Best Supporting Actress for The Prince of Tides, and her performances in movies and television in her native Canada have brought her five Gemini Award nominations.