The Talisman Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

1 Square2 Squares3 Squares4 Squares5 Squares (69 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

The Talisman

The readers can download The Talisman Audiobook for free via Audible Free Trial.


Now available on audio-completely unabridged-on MP3 CD for only $19.9, Stephen King and Peter Straub's epic thriller about a young boy's quest to save his mother's life. Jack Sawyer, twelve years old, is about to begin a most fantastic journey, an exalting, terrifying quest for the mystical Talisman-the only thing that can save Jack's dying mother. But to reach his goal, Jack must make his way not only across the breadth of the United States but also through the wondrous and menacing parallel world of the Territories. In the Territories, Jack finds another realm, where the air is so sweet and clear a man can smell a radish being pulled from the ground a mile away-and a life can be snuffed out instantly in the continuing struggle between good and evil. Here Jack discovers "Twinners," reflections of the people he knows on earth-most notably Queen Laura, the "Twinner" of Jack's own imperiled mother. As Jack "flips" between worlds, making his way westward toward the redemptive Talisman, a sequence of heart-stopping encounters challenges him at every step. An unforgettable epic of adventure and resounding triumph, The Talisman is one of the most influential and highly praised works of fantasy ever written.



  • I tried to get into the story, but the narrator ruined the experience for me. Every sentence he utters feels like the end of a thought, with his tone dropping consistently. It was too annoying to endure for the full 26 hours of the audiobook.
  • I've been attempting to give this book a listen for months, yet I simply can't bring myself to complete it. The descriptions of the scenes are agonizingly thorough, and the narrator delivers each line as if it's the most intense moment in the story. It's difficult for me, as a fan of Stephen King, to admit, but this audiobook is just not up to par.
  • The narration is really difficult to handle. It's like every sentence ends with a weird breathy emphasis. I can't be the only one who finds this super annoying. I mean, seriously, didn't the producers notice this during the recording session and tell the narrator to cut it out? And here's a heads up: if you're slogging through this and hoping for a better story or some kind of payoff at the end, you're out of luck. There's nothing. And trust me, I'm a big fan of King. If you're looking for something to cleanse your palate after this, I highly recommend Anansi Boys by Gaiman. It's everything that The Talisman isn't: fast-paced, funny, and with incredible narration.
  • I couldn't help but express my frustration while writing this review. This audiobook is brimming with clichéd characters portrayed in an overly theatrical manner, accompanied by excessive pauses and exaggerated sentence endings. In the limited amount of time I spent listening (as far as I could bear), I encountered at least three unnecessary instances where homosexuality was depicted in a derogatory manner, using offensive stereotypes such as effeminate behavior, shrill screams, and deranged individuals wearing powdered wigs. Furthermore, the only non-white character in the story is consistently labeled as "the black man," emphasizing his skin color or ethnicity as the primary defining factor. It seems these authors could benefit from expanding their perspectives. Needless to say, I promptly disposed of my copy.
  • I absolutely love this story, it's hands down my favorite of all time. I've read the book multiple times and was beyond excited to experience it through an audiobook. It was my first time delving into the world of audiostories and let me tell you, I highly recommend it to everyone.
  • I'm really let down - it's unbelievable that one of my all-time favorite books turned out to be such a struggle to listen to. I decided to take a risk and use my monthly credit on this audiobook after going through a series of disappointments. I was desperately craving something that would truly resonate with me. I recognized the narrator from another book I had downloaded, and I had a hard time keeping up with him in that one. However, his performance in this book is even worse. His husky whisper and awkward timing are so unappealing that I'm tempted to delete it right now, even though I've only reached chapter 4. Stephen King's writing is like comfort food for my brain - I've never regretted reading or rereading his work. I sincerely hope that my harsh words don't reach the narrator because I understand that what he does is challenging. Nevertheless, I would be extremely hesitant to use another credit on anything he narrates in the future.
  • I gotta say, I know Frank Muller has a big reputation. The New York Times says he's a genius and even Stephen King is a fan. But man, oh man, I had some serious trouble listening to this audiobook because of his monotonous delivery and raspy, breathy voice. Seriously, every single sentence ends with the same hissed exhale, like Jack Nicholson trying to do his best Jack Palance impersonation. It could've been entertaining if it wasn't used for EVERY single sentence. I mean, literally, every sentence sounds ominous and heavy because the reader doesn't seem to know which ideas or events should have more emphasis. But here's the thing, despite my struggles with the narration, the story and the writing itself were so damn good that I managed to stick with it till the end. I highly recommend the book, but I really hope they don't let Frank Muller narrate any more of Stephen King's work.
  • This book is absolutely fantastic! I had the chance to read it back when I was 16 and I was totally hooked. And now, at 40 years old, I decided to give the Audiobook a go, and let me tell you, it still blew me away!
  • I agree with a couple of points that others have mentioned: 1) The book might be a tad longer than necessary. However, it managed to hold my interest and I never found myself losing focus. 2) Initially, the reader's style was quite distracting. The way he elongated the last word in almost every sentence nearly drove me insane. There were a couple of instances where I almost gave up on the book solely because of this reason. However, I noticed that around 180 minutes into the book, I became accustomed to his voice and, in fact, found the rhythm of his style rather pleasing. If you're into adventure stories with a touch of fantasy, this book will be right up your alley.