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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144470785X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444707854
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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Popular fiction at its best. (The Times)

A supreme page turner . . . and a plot that will keep you awake at night. (GQ)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tishwebb@hotmail.com on 26 April 2001
Format: Paperback
unlike other people who have read this book and thought it rubbish, i have to disagree. some of kings books have to be read right the way through before you start to appreciate them (dreamcatcher for one), i thought this was an enjoyable read and the plot had a good number of twists in it. As with every Stephen King book, i was there with the characters and experianced everything that they went through and thought the story was fabulous and although some parts were slow going i kept with it and was glad i had. i have read the book twice and found it just as enjoyable the second time round.i loved it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D R. Weedon on 16 Aug 2011
Format: Audio CD
Insomnia

Audio read by Eli Wallach.
Like many great novels, starting is like unwrapping a christmas present. You anticipate what's inside and it takes a few moments to unwrap and reveal what's there. 'INSOMNIA' is like that; but I admit it takes a wee bit longer than unwraping a present to perhaps capture King's intentions in the novel. I read a comment about the novel saying the main character, Ralph Roberts wasn't believable because he came across too young and energetic for 70 year old man; ignore this; it soon becomes evident how he becomes 'young & energetic'. The 'real life' parts of the novel give you a clear view of retired people in American Derry and their interaction with others. The fantasy parts are complex but intriguingly interesting. Lots of great characters, both real and of the fantasy world.
ELI WALLACH IS RALPH ROBERTS, he reads it perfectly and you believe! This is fantasy supernatural; there's no scary ghosts or ghouls jumping out at you but some very creepy strange characters in both the fantasy and real world will make you think twice about death; is it set in stone when, how we die or is there a force at work whose intent is to bring a sense of random to death. Read/listen to Insomnia, it's thirty odd hours of shear entertainment.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sue Lewendon VINE VOICE on 22 Feb 2004
Format: Paperback
This was the first book I read by Stephen King and it got me hooked. I received it as a birthday gift and I must admit that I was a little disappointed. I thought it wasn't my kind of book. How wrong I was!
I started reading it eventually out of sheer boredom and quickly forgot all my preconceptions. It is a brilliant tale of Ralph, an elderly gent who has a little trouble sleeping after his wife dies. As he sits at his window in the dark of night, he sees things that aren't quite right. Little bald headed men in white doctors coats. He also begins seeing auras around people, or balloon strings as he refers to them.
This is a story of magnific proportions. Ralph and his loyal friend Lois begin a journey of discovery and terror. The Crimson King shows his ugly face once again too. Along the way there is tragedy and romance. This is the first book to ever have made me cry and it's a horror by King!!!
I recommend this to any true King fan and to anyone else who fancies something a bit different. I mean there aren't that many books where the hero is an old guy is there?! Point made I think!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "ncfewer" on 6 Mar 2003
Format: Paperback
I read 'Bag of Bones' before 'Insomnia' and I noted a character named Ralph Roberts who informs Mike Noonan (central character in Bones)that he looks tired, perhaps he's suffering from insomnia, and Ralph Roberts knows all about that.
Much as I expected, Ralph Roberts turns out to be the hero of 'Insomnia', surely one of King's most unusual and unpredicatble novels.
King himself admits (in the forward to 'The Green Mile') that he experiences bouts of insomnia, thereby explaining the incredible insight he shows into the nature of the condition; any erstwhile insomniac will be able to relate to Ralph's experiences in the early part of 'Insomnia' in the same way that it's easier to understand the nature of a pain once you have experienced it yourself.
In some ways Ralph Roberts isn't a typical Stephen King character; for one thing he's much older than King's usual lead characters and he's neither a writer or a teacher. In some ways this is a welcome break from the pattern, although King does manage to retain other patterns which his 'constant readers' will find both pleasing and gratifying.
The story is set in Derry, surely the strangest town this side of Castle Rock and there are plently of references to other events in the history of that troubled place which should be familiar to those who have read 'It' (Mike Hanlon is still the librarian), 'Bag of Bones' or 'Dreamcatcher'. There's also a nod to the Dark Towers and intelligent suggestions concerning the layering of reality.
This is a surprising, compelling and somehow inspiring book. Ralph's insomnia is a key to far, far stranger things. It is scary in the right places, amusing in the right places and thought provoking in the right places.
Incidentally, if you do read it, and I ernestly suggest you do, it adds an extra dimension to the proceedings if you reflect afterwards that, in mythology, Atropos (one of the three fates)was considered 'The Inevitable'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Harris on 11 May 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was my third attempt at reading Insomnia. Having recently purchased a Kindle Touch and loaded it up with a few books, I read 11.22.63 and the new Dark Tower novel Wind Through The Keyhole. These books renewed my interest in King as an author, so decided to once again try and read Insomnia. On my previous attempts I have got no further than approx 100 pages. This time I gave the book my full attention and I am glad that I did. I read this inside 10 days.

Granted it is not an easy read. But it is a rewarding read. Unlike many King books. But a worthwhile exercise. The main character Ralph is great and you really lose yourself in his journey. The key events and people all drop into place and with the now what seems obligatory references to the Dark Tower.

It is by no means one of his better books but I did enjoy it once I got into it. If you like me had problems getting into it persevere it is well worth the time and effort.
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