Stephen King Audio Books – The Talisman Revisited

Recently I discovered that Stephen King and DreamWorks are working on a TV mini series of “The Talisman” for release in 2008. I had to reach back way into my memory to remember what this book was about. I was quickly reunited with this terrific story while listening to the audio book version.

The Talisman, as written by Stephen King and Peter Straub, takes us through the fantastic journey of Jack Sawyer. He is a young man that faces a momentous task of helping save his mother from the grips of cancer. A mysterious artifact known as The Talisman holds the power to help his mother, but it lies in a parallel universe on the opposite side of the United States. The Talisman chronicles Jack’s adventures through the dark, yet sensational alternate universe envisioned by King and Straub.

Although not a typical horror story in the traditional manner of Stephen King or Peter Straub, it is still a gripping tale of adventure and suspense. Much of the story takes place mostly within the “Territories” of Jack Sawyer’s alternate world. Troubles and triumphs are constantly found between both worlds, which keep this fantasy tale intriguing.

Although I enjoy them sometime, I am not big fan of movies made from novels. Partially this is due from the question of how do you condense a 400+ page book into a two hour show or three part mini series. Usually these watered down versions leave one disappointed or frustrated with the adaptation.

A perfect example of this is the adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand”. This mini series condensed a monstrous novel into a two or three night television story. Many of the characters were either combined or put in places or situations that they never were to begin with. Even though King himself wrote the television version, so many wonderful characters were not able to stand out and completely flesh the story.

Before you miss out on a large part of the story why not listen to The Talisman on audio? The great thing about audio books is that you can listen almost anywhere. The second best thing about audio books is that you can usually listen while doing other things like driving, exercising, or relaxing. With the great availability of audio books these days, you no longer have the excuse of not being able to read a great book.

A Song of Ice and Fire Audiobooks

A Song of Ice and Fire Audiobooks started out strong with the first three books in the series, due to Martin’s talent for prose and Dotrice’s gift of many voices. Martin successfully created a complex and intricate tale awash with secrets, intrigues, and shifting allegiances as noble families struggle for control of the Iron Throne in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Martin’s goal of creating a fantasy of epic proportions, coupled with his penchant for rich character development, has led to a cast of hundreds. Dotrice’s talent comes into play as he successfully provides a unique voice to each character, endearing him to the fans and leading to his Guinness World Record for largest number of characters voiced in an Audiobook.

The series hit its low point with the release of the fourth book, A Feast of Crows. Martin decided to concentrate on the inner portion of Westeros, leaving out fan favorites who were traversing the outskirts of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. Dotrice, who could not narrate the book due to time constraints, was replaced by John Lee, further aggravating the fans. Despite being a renowned narrator in his own right, Lee was unable to capture the same unique voice as Dotrice, and failed to follow his precedents for pronunciation.

In the fifth book, A Dance with Dragons, Martin’s powerful storytelling comes back in full force. The much-awaited fates of beloved characters such as Jon, Dani, and Tyrion after the events of Storm of Swords are finally revealed. While there is still little progress in terms of the overall story, it is clear that Martin has hit a turning point. The destinies of the main characters are more defined, setting up the stage for the final showdown. In addition, Random House Audio, the producer of A Song of Ice and Fire Audiobooks heeded the fans petitioning for the return of Dotrice.

The fate of the series was once again burning bright and the premiere of HBO’s A Game of Thrones only served to fan the flames. Suddenly Martin’s already giant fan base extended to the hearts of home viewers, including those who are not fond of the fantasy genre or even reading in general. For these new fans, A Song of Ice and Fire Audiobooks provide a more palatable means of immersing oneself in the world of Westeros without having to go through the pages of Martin’s mammoth sized tomes. The lengthy and gritty narrations proved to be an entertaining means of whiling away long commutes. The Audiobooks are also a welcome retreat for hardcore fans looking to refresh their memories of the story while waiting for the release of the next book.

How to Create High-Value Audio Products For Free!

Competition on the web is hotting up. It’s no longer enough to throw up a basic website and rely on passing traffic to turn up on your internet doorstep. And you’ve only got to look at the vast numbers of eBooks around to see that if you want to be noticed you are going to have to do something a little different.

Adding audio and video to websites, blogs and eBooks takes your posts and your products to a different level of professionalism. And now that non-tecchie average Joes and Janes are wanting to make their online business presence felt any eBook or training course has to be well constructed and well thought out.

Adding video to your site can be easy from a purely technical point of view if you use something like YouTube to convert your newly filmed video into a viable file type. YouTube will generate HTML code that you can paste into your site and Hey-Presto… there you are talking to your adoring fans. Except that looking at the usual run of you tube videos they seem to me to do more harm than good to the professional image of the video victim, sorry, I mean the poor sap facing the camera!

It’s difficult to come up with a decent video. The technology is not quite in everyone’s grasp and you can spend an entertaining afternoon trawling through some of the absolute unintentional howlers currently showing in the YouTube business section! I’m sure these words will come back to haunt me when you get to see the videos I’ve made!

So… video is tricky. What about Audio?

Adding audio to your website can really work well. It’ s a lot easier to do than video and, if you know where to go, you can do it for free! You can get a half decent microphone for a fifth of the price of a domestic camcorder. You should be prepared to spend some money on your microphone if you can because you get what you pay for, and if you want to present a professional image with your website, podcasts and audio products, the quality of your microphone will make all the difference to the sound quality of your recordings.

Not only can you now add audio to your website and your blog, it’s possible to add Mp3 files to Adobe Acrobat PDFs. There is a much higher perceived value to a podcast than to an ordinary blog and you may find it an effective way to build and keep your valuable subscriber list.

 Audio products like audiobooks or recorded interviews or seminar recordings have a much higher perceived value than standard PDF eBooks. If you’re looking for an easy way to create a digital downloadable product that can present information in a valuable easy-to-access way then creating Mp3 audio products are the way to go.

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