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The Tommyknockers Audiobook

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Read By: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 18.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 13.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781508217268

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

311

Longest Chapter Length:

55:42 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

05:20 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

121

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Publisher Description

Master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic, terrifying #1 New York Times bestseller about a terrifying otherworldly discovery and the effects it has a on a small town.

“Late last night and the night before, Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door…”

On a beautiful June day, while walking deep in the woods on her property in Haven, Maine, Bobbi Anderson quite literally stumbles over her own destiny and that of the entire town. For the dull gray metal protrusion she discovers in the ground is part of a mysterious and massive metal object, one that may have been buried there for millennia. Bobbi can’t help but become obsessed and try to dig it out…the consequences of which will affect and transmute every citizen of Haven, young and old. It means unleashing extraordinary powers beyond those of mere mortals—and certain death for any and all outsiders. An alien hell has now invaded this small New England town…an aggressive and violent malignancy devoid of any mercy or sanity…

“Wonderful creeping terror…a great storyteller!”—The New York Times Book Review

“Brilliant, riveting, marvelous.”—Boston Globe

“King at his best!” —San Francisco Chronicle

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"This is my second read of the novel and I am glad I gave it another chance. When I read it the first time I was young and impatient. This time after years of reading Sai King. I love the descriptions of the people and the town. I love Gard flawed as he is. I will never forget " argle bargle and maccargle bargle". Loved it. Though it is not my favorite King of all time I still loved it!"

— Valerie (4 out of 5 stars)

Quotes

  • “The Tommyknockers is wonderful. With his usual eerie effortlessness, Mr. King attaches us to Bobbi and Gard, taunting us with menace neither they nor we can define. When evil starts gobbling Haven with a vengeance, swollen prose and comic-book grue spurt out one authentic gem (a little boy’s magic show) and instill in us a creeping terror of good country folks.”

    — New York Times
  • “It’s hard to resist the sheer energy of the storytelling...Mr. King succeeds in dreaming up nearly endless variations of the horror and in making his town fairly teem with his grotesques...what The Tommyknockers proves is that Stephen King can do anything he wants to.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Plenty of blood and guts, macabre humor, and a well-wrought realization of the New England countryside...King’s legions of fans will demand it.”

    — Library Journal
  • “In true King fashion, there are a plethora of kooky characters who populate the small town of Haven, and Herrmann never ceases to provide intuitive interpretations of each…Ultimately, Herrmann’s wide-ranging vocal abilities serve to shrink this epic to a more user-friendly size.”

    — AudioFile

The Tommyknockers Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 3.21052631578947 out of 53.21052631578947 out of 53.21052631578947 out of 53.21052631578947 out of 53.21052631578947 out of 5 (3.21)
5 Stars: 8
4 Stars: 9
3 Stars: 11
2 Stars: 3
1 Stars: 7
Narration: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 (5.00)
5 Stars: 2
4 Stars: 0
3 Stars: 0
2 Stars: 0
1 Stars: 0
Story: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 (5.00)
5 Stars: 2
4 Stars: 0
3 Stars: 0
2 Stars: 0
1 Stars: 0
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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    — shayna westmoreland, 5/1/2021
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    — Evan Blahitka, 6/13/2019
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I enjoyed Edward Herrmann's narration of The Tommyknockers so much, that I zipped through this book in just a few days! I couldn't put it down. He has a great way of differentiating the characters through the tones of his voice. He was very easy to listen to, very smooth with a good rhythm. "

    — April, 6/24/2017
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Among the weakest of King's work. "

    — Cairnraiser, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " one of the books i liked the least. i find the movie bad as well "

    — Vlad, 2/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " At first it is slow and I almost gave up on reading it. However, right about the third chapter I couldn't put it down. I did not find it frieghtening but it was sometimes very intense. The story focuses on Roberta (Bobbie)Anderson who is a wild west writer of sorts in a town called Haven, Maine. She finds a metal spaceship in the woods behind her house and begins to try and unearth it. She feels it is communicating to her and telling her things. The book involves all sorts of chracters, plots and twists. Each character has its own quality that kept my interst. It does have some violence which didn't thrill me and I would not recommend to younger kids or teenagers but as an adult it did not horrify me to much since the plot involved aliens it was hard to really take it seriously. The story is mostly about the effects that the radiation has on the town people rather than the aliens themselves. Then there is Bobbi's friend, Jim Gardner who is a drunken poet sporting a metal plate in his head is never affected by the radiation. I dont remember the ending but I do remember how I felt, it was like going for vanilla ice cream and all they have is chocolate. "

    — Robbie, 2/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Scared the heck out of me. Kind really knows how to paint a picture to get into your head. "

    — Seriphim, 1/31/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I remember it being scary and a pretty good read - the space alien aspect didn't interest me as much as teh story lines in some of his other long books. "

    — Courtney, 1/23/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was one of my first Stephen King reads. Had me up all night reading it under the covers of my blanket with a flashlight to shine my way from word to word. "

    — Elizabeth, 1/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " so much better than the movie "

    — Tobyann, 1/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Never got past the second chapter "

    — Shelby, 1/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Ho-lee crap do I never want to hear about nuclear power ever again. "

    — Sean, 1/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Had to go back to a good old Stephen King book to remind me of my teenage years. This was kind of long in the middle - but still good. "

    — Allison, 12/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " To date, this is the only King novel I really don't care for. To be fair, though, my 2nd least favorite is Dreamcatcher, so maybe I just don't like King writing about aliens. "

    — Tanya, 12/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A book that's just crying out for a remake - it would make a tremendous miniseries. "

    — AmbushPredator, 12/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Fantastic, I assumed Stephen King's writing would be dry. I'm going to have a lot of catching up to do on his novels! "

    — Sheena, 11/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " While I enjoyed most of the Stephen King novels I have read, I did not like this one at all. This one just seemed to bizzare. I didn't even finish it. "

    — Fudgywoo, 11/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I needed to finish it, and it was good. "

    — Opskar01, 10/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Entertaining, and this is one of the King titles that has stuck out more in my head over the years. Still, it seemed a bit mediocre, although I did enjoy it. "

    — Caroline, 10/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I read this a long time ago ... And I remember being very creeped out. I vowed never to read another Stephen King book again. "

    — Catherine, 7/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " This is the only King book that I have never finished. I have started this book two or three times but just cannot make myself keep reading it. In my opinion this is one of the worst books he has ever written. "

    — Jody, 5/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I've read this book a couple times and enjoy the movie also. I love a great alien story, haha. "

    — Carol, 4/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very amusing except for the end didn't like the ending again. "

    — Elvis, 6/29/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I am still afraid of the Tommyknocker man and here the poemish thing in my head sometimes when I'm scared. "

    — Jenna, 6/3/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I must have read this book 15 years ago and i still have dreams my teeth are falling out! "

    — Stacey, 4/10/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This book was very scary and I felt bad for the people in the story. "

    — Heather, 4/4/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I liked this, but I totally see why he got sober IMMEDIATELY AFTER this one. "

    — Trace, 5/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It's been a long time but if I remember I thought the end was weak. I'd like to have time to read it again someday and see how I feel about it now. "

    — Laura, 5/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great book - the movie was absolutely dreadful. "

    — Stephanie, 5/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Long and hard to get through at some points nevertheless a great piece of literature that I had a good time reading. "

    — Brad, 4/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved this book. Found it to be as exciting, weird and compelling as The Shining. I have quite literally not been able to put it down for the last several days. I already look forward to revisiting it in a couple of years. "

    — Mike, 4/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The movie messed me up because I wasn't finished and I said this ending is terrible but again I watched the movie before I finished the book will not make the same mistake againSalem's lot is better "

    — John, 4/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " So much better than the shitball miniseries.. Did that shit have Jimmy Smits in it for christ sake? "

    — Kevin, 4/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Favorite book since I was a child, have read it many times. "

    — Tiffany, 3/29/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I forgave SK for this by the numbers thriller when I read he was hooked on something (believe it was Robitussin) and didn't really remember writing it or Cujo. "

    — Kristina, 3/28/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of the scariest books I'd ever read at the age of 14. I'd say this book introduced me to true terror. Looking back, it's not nearly as disturbing as it was then. It's still a fantastic plotline, and King's writing can always hold my interest. "

    — Adrien, 3/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I don't think Stephen King can write a bad book. Definitely a must read (even though some of his other works are better). I wouldn't miss reading this one. "

    — SJuhl4, 3/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Worst book I've ever read, hands down. "

    — Shay, 3/9/2011

About Stephen King

Stephen King has written more than fifty 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.

About Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.