- Audio CD
- Publisher: HighBridge Audio; Unabridged edition (September 16, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598877631
- ISBN-13: 978-1598877632
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.2 x 5.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 724 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,209,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To date, I do believe that I have read all of his earlier books, except those that are out of print. I first read this one, Insomnia, when I was either in 8th grade or 9th grade. I couldn't remember much about it except that it was about a lonely old man who see's auras. Now coming back to it some 15 years later, I've discovered that I really didn't forget much. That really was all there was to this book - a lonely old man see's auras.
Alright, so how is any of this remotely interesting, you might ask. Well, for me it wasn't the idea of seeing people's lifelines and emotions that made this story worth the time I read to complete all 905 pages. It was the underlying theme of a human being's mortality that had me interested. This book made me vividly aware of the "death clock" ticking in all of us, that as young people we all tend to think we're not going to get old. It's true. Sure, we all know sooner or later we're going to die, but for some of us it doesn't really sink in to us that we're going to become old and will soon be subjected to the same prejudices or stereotypes we stigmatize the older generation with.
What I got from this surprisingly flat story more so than anything else was that once your hair grays - you're still human. You still want the same things and feel the same desires you felt when you were young. You don't stop living and taking life as far as it will go just because there's a shuffle in your walk or lean in your step.
Now, if I'm through being philosphical, story wise - like I said, it wasn't incredible. Ralph Roberts is a widower suffering from insomnia and soon begins to see the auras of the life going on all around him. These auras come in bright vivid colors - generally, the brighter they are, the more healthy and positive the individual blanketed in it and the darker, it's just the opposite with some being a little in between. In the meantime, Ralph learns that he is a part of something bigger than what he can see with his own two eyes and soon learns that his ability lends him this out of body quality that allows him to travel to a higher dimension of reality. All of this is associated with a plot to stop a controversial feminist speaker from speaking at a pro-choice rally, who on the other side is being heckled by the overwhelming majority of Derry's pro-life supporters.
The main antagonist in this story mentions a prominent evil that becomes the force in another one of Mr. King's popular novels, The Dark Tower series, and it is here all of the puzzles are first coming together for the hero in that series to start his journey, which brings me to my next point.
I really like how Stephen King's books always tend to relate to others on one level or another. Having read all of the books that came before this one, I like the allusions to past characters in his other books. For example, he mentioned Ben Hanscom having been the architect who created a very prominent building in the area (if you don't know, he was one of the seven youths terrified in the very popular book, IT).
One of the things that keep me coming back to Stephen King (and that's even if he does get damn carried away with details) is the way he always takes average people - or some even below average; he's given people with mental handicaps very extraordinary abilities - and makes them do extraordinary things. People who are weak, people who are underprivileged, people other people ignore - these are the heroes of many of his novels and I find it very refreshing because I like to read about everyday people getting over or getting the upperhand. I don't want to read about people with money and power using it to do what they do best - screw other people over. I want to see the screwed, doing the screwing - if you catch my point.
So, this wasn't a bad read. It was okay. I do think Ralph could have did without the whiny sidekick (his friend, Lois - I just didn't like her; Like I said - I thought she was too whiny), but it was still okay.