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The Tommyknockers [Audiobook] [MP3 CD]

Stephen King , Edward Herrmann
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May 2010
Set in Maine, this story concerns Bobbi who has developed telepathic powers. A spaceship landed at the bottom of her garden and when it is uncovered, the citizens of Haven metamorphose into increasingly bizarre and dangerous creatures.
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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441738819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441738813
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 779,745 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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An incredibly gifted writer, whose writing, like Truman Capote's, is so fluid that you often forget that you're reading (Guardian)

A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel...brilliantly done (The Sunday Times)

Splendid entertainment...Stephen King is one of those natural storytellers...getting hooked is easy (Frances Fyfield, Express) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Reissue of the international bestseller in dramatic new graphic cover style. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The start of Stephen King's 1987 novel "The Tommyknockers" has always reminded me of the set up of one of my all-time favorite science fiction-horror films, "5 Million Years to Earth" (a.k.a. "Quatermass and the Pit" in the U.K.). A writer named Roberta Anderson, living on the outskirts of the small town of Haven, Maine, is out looking for firewood in the forest behind her house when she stumbles over three inches of metal. She assumes that she has stumbled over a beer can left behind by a logger, but instead she discovers the metal was solid. What she has found is a space ship, buried in the earth for millions of years, but still vibrating faintly. So, Bobbi begins to dig the giant craft out of the earth by herself, soon to be joined by her friend and former lover Jim Gardener, and by the strange advanced technology that they are suddenly inspired to create. But as they uncover more of the ship Bobbi and Jim, as well as the rest of the citizens of Haven, all start to change.
Up to that point "The Tommyknockers" is pretty good and I have to admit that I thought the idea of alien technology working into the ancient rubric that there are some things human beings were not meant to tamper with was enough to sustain the story. But instead we are treated to a malevolent presence that has evil designs on the citizen of Haven and that seemed to me like overkill. Add to that the fact the two main characters are writers (King dedicates the novel to his wife Tabitha, who is also a novelist), and "The Tommyknockers" becomes a bit too self referential for me as does the whole subplot about Gardener’s writer’s block.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic 3 April 2008
By John
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is simply amazing. Yes, it may be overly long and slightly tedious in places (particularly near the end), but it does have some fantastic moments including every one of the character sub-stories, particularly the introduction of the middle-aged, gold-toothed, foul mouthed, drug-snorting Sissy which breathes new life into the book in its later stages. The references to other King books (It, Firestarter) are a nice touch too. Obviously people who knock this book don't have very long attention spans and are not aware that it takes great skill to keep a reader entertained over such a long story. A King classic, only the Stand is better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This truly is one of the greatest books I have ever read. It encompasses humour with violence, horror and a GREAT storyline. I especially like the layout of the book; every chapter makes a different story that all comes together at the end. His people are realistic, his action full-on. He also ends it in true Shakespeare way, but with less tragedy and more humour. But DON'T see the film. Read this instead. One of my favorites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic, engrossing read... 30 Aug 2007
I bought this book many years ago, but have read it at least six times, and have to say it never bores me... It is easily one of Stephen King's best novels; it is very long, but is so good, time passes easily, and you just want to carry on reading... I rate this book up there with The Shining and Salem's Lot... If you are a fan of Stephen King (as i am) buy it!!..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 18 Dec 2003
i was bought this book when i was eleven, and if i have read this once, i've read it a million times. and it just gets better each time.
buy it - you won't regret it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of King's best 30 May 2001
Before reading this book I was told by many people that it was not one of Stephen King's better books. However, I read the book within a week and I simply could not put it down. I mean what's not to like about it, ok, the plot may concern an alien space craft, but it is still an excellent read. The stories two main characters are easy to identify with and right from the start they are very likable and throughout the book you can really emphathise with the feelings they have and the suffering they are going through. If you are looking for a horror story or a tale of the macabre, you are better going with IT, Pet Sematery or The Stand. Overall though this book ranks up top amongst King's best alongwith books, such as Salem's Lot and The Shining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Picking Up Stephen King after 15 years 2 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I used to read a lot of Stephen King in my teens and I enjoyed most of them (Needful Things and the Stand stick in my mind) decided to pick up a new book on my Kindle.

I'm not a fan of sci-fi to be honest and this is all about a spaceship, so I supposed I was doomed from the outset with this book, hence the reason for giving it three stars. It is a bit of a tomb too but I have yet to give up on a book and finished this one too although I found that it drags on at times.

I did enjoy defamiliarising myself with Stephen Kings style of writing. He can definitely write there is no denying that. It's also funny to read a book written in the eighties where a lot of the technology we now take for granted is absent which makes a story line possible which no longer would be.

If you like sic-fi and Stephen King, I'm sure you'll enjoy this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't knock it. 11 Aug 2010
Tommyknockers was a troubled book from a troubled author. At the time of writing, Stephen King's drink and drug problems were spiralling out of control; the result is this disjointed and dawdling text. Still, even King's worst works are extremely readable.

It's a book written in the vein of The Body Snatchers (S.F. Masterworks). But - more so - it's about compulsion, addiction and dependency. It's about Stephen King manifesting his demons to exorcise them. The Sci-fi element is basic b-movie fare with some nice added touches - the main storyline is a little drawn out over the length of the book, though.

The central characters are Jim Gardner - a poet, and Bobby Anderson - an author. Both of them are addicts (surprise, surprise): Jim is a hopeless alcoholic and Bobby, well, she's addicted to the thing she found buried in the woods. As usual, King's characterization is very good. Jim Gardner is well fleshed out and worthy of empathy. Alas, he becomes quite infuriating and contradictory after the first few chapters. Bobby Anderson, however, is a bit of damp squib from the start.

In many places the prose is overly descriptive and repetitive, typical of a story with characters facing inner turmoil or an enemy within type scenario. Also, there are too many lazy adverbs, too much exposition and superfluous plotting. At times the narrative loses its sense of immediacy: King will needlessly add little observations like "but he never did see his wife again..." or "little did she know this would be her last day alive..." This is a pet hate of mine - totally unnecessary if you go on to show that character's demise later on. Knowing the outcome of scenes is boring.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Overly long and a hard read for a SK novel
I am a Stephen king fan and like his work, but I found this slow and at times hard going. It's for a start long and a bit disjointed, while the characters are a bit flat and to a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Garfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Legacy!
This is probably the first Stephen King book I picked up, having seen my father read it.

There are many who would criticize King for his writing style. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M Sockel
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN
This was one of the best Stephen Kings I have read for.a while. I was gripped from beginning to end.
Just incredible :)
Published 6 months ago by Eloise kinshott-Acklan
5.0 out of 5 stars Last night and the night before, Tommyknockers Tommyknockers knocking...
Stephen King writing Sci-fi. So good. Fabulous characterisation again. Really horrible bits including Bobbi Andersons pet Beagle(absolutely horrific), her sis Anne, and what... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. Lh Tarry
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow build Up - Great Finish
Bobbi Anderson trips over on object in her woods and become obsessed about it with big consequence for her and her Maine village of Haven. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Hagrid's Umbrella
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous blend of sci-fi and horror
Yet another corker of a book from Stephen King. He sure puts his anti-heroes through the wringer in this one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr Gordon Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
I've heard mostly negative opinions of The Tommyknockers, at least when it was published in 1988 and I was a teenager who read books like this. So I skipped it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MarkusG
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!!
Loved it! I read it in a couple of days. If you love to feel stressed, scared and intrigued by reading a book, buy this one!
Published 10 months ago by MicroB
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
If your a Stephen king fan like I am, you will know he is not one to disappoint, this is another one of his masterpieces. Highly recommend.
Published 10 months ago by Debby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great reading, this was a real page turner, i recommend it for any avid readers of suspense/thrill novels guarantee you will want more!
Published 12 months ago by jane
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