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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  80,545 ratings  ·  1,575 reviews
Ralph sufre insomnio desde la muerte de su esposa y comienza a ver auras en las personas y las cosas. Cuando cree que se está volviendo loco su amiga Lois le confiesa que a ella también le ocurre. Dos seres se presentan ante los dos ancianos para proponerles una misión y un tercer ser intentará hacerles fracasar. Ed Deepneau se vuelve loco y golpea a su mujer, quien se ref ...more
Hardcover, 611 pages
Published February 2nd 1995 by Grijalbo (first published January 1st 1994)
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Bill Harrington
If you find yourself with an afternoon to kill...read a magazine. If, however, you need to occupy yourself on a voyage to Mars, pick up "Insomnia."

It's long.

It is, however, quite good.

"Insomnia" begins as Ralph Roberts, a pleasant, not-too-cantankerous gentleman in his 70s, watches his beloved wife taken from him by cancer. Shortly after her death, he begins to experience "early waking" insomnia. Each night, it seems, he wakes earlier than the one before. Soon, he is awake all night.

In the deep
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Rachael
Nov 24, 2007 Rachael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
This book is not for everyone. For one its over 700 pages long. Another reason is that it deals with what some people say is uncomfortable topics:abortion, mental illness, domestic abuse and the afterlife and possible alternate worlds.

Another reason why this book is unique and different from other books is that the hero is a regular joe who happens to be in his 70's!

I loved this book. It took my mind to a place where few books can take me. I was not here reading the book-I was in Derry, Maine w
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Steve
I saw somewhere that Insomnia is considered by some to be one of King's "problem" books. I'm not sure what's meant by that tag, though for me the "problem" eventually would become that I didn't think of the book as a horror novel. It started out strongly, with a likable 70 year old everyman, Ralph Roberts, adjusting to life without his beloved wife. King's focus on aging and loneliness is as good as anything I've read by him. And deftly slipped in, a hint of the supernatural and coming doom, as ...more
Emma
Jan 22, 2008 Emma rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has read, or is going to read, the Dark Tower novels
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Nikki
I liked Insomnia a lot. I was quite surprised by the older protagonists, although of course there are things which compensate for their age. It wasn't a bad surprise, either. I thought it might be harder to relate to Ralph and Lois because of it, but it ended up not really being a problem at all. The most fascinating character for me, though, was Ed Deepneau. It was interesting how he kept the photo with him until the very end.

I loved a lot of the imagery that ran throughout this -- the auras, t
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Jackie
Nov 05, 2008 Jackie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to anyone needed a doorstop
Shelves: horror
I HATED it. Extremely long-winded and convoluted. Horrible, absolutely horrible. Probably his most pointless story ever.
This is when I knew Stephen King had lost his awesome writing powers and I can't really bring myself to read him again. Bad enough I had to suffer through Black House, and then this.
He really should have quit while he ahead and still an icon in the writing world. As for me, I'd rather slit my own wrists than suffer through another one of his awful novels ever again.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
At first, I enjoyed this book. I hadn't tackled a Stephen King book before. He really writes well but I found myself tempted to skip to the end. I had enough suspense and build-up; I just wanted to know what would end up happening to the man who couldn't sleep at night. :)

I think I will wait to read Stephen King again until I'm on vacation or on a cruise, somewhere where I have nothing to do but read! (And I'd love to hear which book is his "best").
Christine
For anyone who has had a special 'grandfather' figure you may find the ending hard to accept... is it okay to admit that a King book got you teary at the end? ha!

Creepy small figures carrying siccors into peoples homes in the early pre-dawn hours visible to only a select few... Not including the dark tower series, this is one of my top 3 favorite books! If you enjoy the classic theme of good vs. evil, you'll enjoy this one.
HannahN
This is only the second Stephen King book I've ever read - the first was Pet Sematary, which I picked up on a whim. Pet Sematary was so good, it made me rabid for more Stephen King novels. I ran right out to the used bookstore and picked up Insomnia and The Stand - completely random choices, since I know nothing of Stephen King.

OH MY GOD THIS IS A BAD BOOK.

I pushed through and read the whole thing, because I kept thinking of Pet Sematary and how it haunted me after I finished reading it. I thoug
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Katie pratt
Jul 29, 2008 Katie pratt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a challange. not an easy read by far.
Stephen king... what can i say. You can not prepare yourself for what this book delivers. I love the way he combines semi disturbing story lines with metaphysical themes. this book discusses abortion, fate, choice, engergy, auras.... and i could go on. although its a hefty book if your looking for an adventure that truely picks at your brain, give it a try. I fully enjoyed it and even happier to be done with all my unanswered questions finally wrapped up. If your looking for a fast and easy read ...more
Aaron
Dec 10, 2007 Aaron rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any King fan

This is a long one folks. And it starts a little slow. So if you need to be entranced from page 1, don't pick up this book. You might need more like 130 pages to become committed. But the one thing I did like about this novel is the fact that all the main characters are older than 60. It's a great change of pace from the standard character set. And once King gets going with the story, it gets pretty interesting. I'll also say that if any of you are Dark Tower fanatics, then you should read this
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Debbie
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME ON YHIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is about an old man that has Insomnia and weird things are happening in his small town. He has insomnia for so long in this book half way through...I couldn't care less! It is not scary at all!

Once Stephen finally gets to the plot in this book....I couldn't care less! He goes off into "weird supernatural" stuff. I think he may have been medicated when he wrote this book. I swore I would finish it thogh because it was a huge book and Stephen King
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Lea
Yikes, this thing was a brick!

I think I missed this one when it was originally published due to a personal King boycott right around that time -- I'd just gotten so very very tired of getting sooooo excited there was a new King book out, only to wade through yet another bloated, overwritten doorstop.

Having tried a few newer books by King lately, I decided to give some of those older books a try. Sadly, this one is pretty much what I feared it would be -- so many terrific ideas bogged down with
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Celine
You can say a lot of things about Stephen King, but not that he cannot tell one hell of a story. After reading It (over 1000 pages) I had to take a break from his work, but when I saw this title, I was interested enough to pick up another of his large tomes.

It is hard to describe what Insomnia is about without giving away major plot points. Basically, this is the story of seventy-something Ralph Roberts, who through his insomnia enters a world that is hidden from the human eye most of the time.


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Jane Stewart
My least favorite King book.

I could not finish. I read the first half and the epilogue. It was so boring. Too much description, ramblings, dreams, visions. The guy sees auras and things other people don’t see. The epilogue explained some major events. That was somewhat interesting, but not enough to make me want to read more. One of the things I love about King is his characters. I didn’t care about these characters. My favorite King books are Carrie, The Stand, and Rose Madder.

The narrator Eli
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★ Jess
Feb 28, 2011 ★ Jess rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephan King fans
If anyone ever tells you they read this in less then a fortnight, they're most likely bullshitting you.
This is almost impossibly long, and I can *easily* see why some people hate and/or have given up less then half way through.
It reads like a TV drama show, that seems to go on forever, yet having nothing of much importance happen until the final few, jaw dropping, cliff-hanging, edge-of-your seat episodes.
That said, it is enjoyable for the duration of the book.
Even the crazy, weird, no-idea-w
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Zeo
Somewhere within about a year before or after A God in Ruins and (bafflingly) thinking it was amazing (it is, but not the good sort of amazing), I finally followed a friend's repeated recommendations of King and read Nightmares and Dreamscapes. After hating that and wondering if it was that he was better at novels or if I just didn't like short stories enough, I gave It a shot and gave up a third of the way through. As a jaded, bitter teenage goth it was really easy to dislike King as popular, ...more
Becky
Nov 22, 2008 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dark Tower Devotees
I first read this book several years ago, and loved it. I loved the characters, the story line, the slow build-up, and the ending.

I enjoy this book on a lot of levels: the characters, the real-world issues such as women's rights, specifically focusing on abortion rights, but without taking a side. I enjoy the ties to the Dark Tower series and King's universe, as well as the mythical tidbits (the weird sisters Clothos, Lachesis, and Atropos, but in a new incarnation) thrown in with the supernatu
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Jay Smolka
A book that I noticed mainly because I myself am plagued by insomnia, it surprised and delighted...I mean, pleased, me. The story flowed quite well, and I loved the references to other stephen king books (if you read pet sematary, you will mutter, "heyyyy..." when the character notices a childs cap filled with blood). It really isnt much of a horror, more of a sci fi thriller, but it does have its "scary parts" (I like to think I have been desenseitized to horror due to my early and prolonged e ...more
Jason
Ralph Roberts, a retired widower, begins to suffer from insomnia. As his condition worsens, Ralph begins to see things that are invisible and intangible to others: colorful manifestations of life-force surrounding people (auras), and diminutive white-coated beings he calls "little bald doctors", based on their appearance. Roberts perceives other planes of reality and their influence upon the "real" world. He finds that his sweetheart, Lois Chasse, is also a sufferer. They eventually discover tha ...more
Zeezo
Reading this book was like going through a very remarkable , Bizarre journey, Or like falling in the rabbit hole like Alice.
It was completely filled with creativity, skilful writing, Exciting events, and very interesting topics.. To me the whole book from the beginning was interesting, but I never could�'ve expected what was going to happen, it was unpredictable. All of the events were linked together, you begin with simplicity and go further into a very complicated Amazing world created by King
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christa
There is only one thing to do while your boyfriend is part of a world-wide online project devoted to reading the book "Infinite Jest" over the course of three months: Pick up your own big fat book so you can sympathize with him when he mentions how his David Foster Wallace weighs down his backpack, and how he has 600 plus pages to go, and my-God he has barely made a dent.

Okay, okay ... Stephen Kings' Insomnia has nothing to do with Infinite Jest, beyond the fact that they both weigh as much as
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Laura Lynch
I am generally not a big fan of horror but variety is the spice of life. When it comes to the spooky, King is supreme. There are two key story lines in "Insomnia". The first revolves around Ralph an elderly man who losses his wife to brain cancer. He starts having problems sleeping and is seeing auroras, evil alien like creatures and observing his neighbors strange behavior. The neighbor (who use to be nice and normal) is a wife beating, pro life advocate who is becoming more crazed. Surprising ...more
Elena
As the Latin said, sometimes "Nomen Omen" (i.e. In one's name, you can find his/her destiny). The protagonist sleeps less and less every day, till he starts to see strange things around him... And we start to feel a bit sleepy instead. I mean, the story is interesting as it deals with domestic violence, controversy on abortion, lives of old people etc... But, it's often too (and uselessly) verbose and repetitive, so that the readers at times might lose his/her attention indeed.
Josh Woodin
Insomnia by Steven King starts off slow, but it really takes off around page 200 when Ralph Roberts starts to see the hidden, unseen psychic/spirit world just below the surface. I couldn't put it down after that!

The characters were well fleshed out, and I really felt for Ralph, and especially Rosalie (that part of the book actually almost made me cry, and books rarely do that to me). I loved how the how this book ties in to the Dark Tower Series and also the way Mr. King creates a fascinati
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Emanuel
"Insónia" é um livro extremamente equilibrado, por norma King apresenta um problema recorrente que tem que ver com a dificuldade de terminar bem as suas histórias. Aqui apesar de ser exigida uma certa abertura mental (para quem nada ou pouco sabe do enredo quando parte para a leitura), depois de ultrapassada essa barreira é uma obra boa, que entretém e agarra facilmente o leitor. O final apresentou-se assim bastante coeso e acabou por suportar muito bem toda a narrativa decorrida até então.
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Anne Francia Chavez
halfway through the book, and so far not so good. its boring, i have to PUSH myself to read it.
Maragad
Kniha se mi líbila propracovaností postav, kdy autor dokázal výborně a do detailů vystihnout chování i přemýšlení seniorů a také skvěle popsal radosti i strasti tohoto období lidského života. Rozhodně si mě získal i dalším tématem, kterým byla interrupce a domácí násilí páchané na ženách a dětech. Ovšem kniha má i svá proti a těmi jsou zbytečné popisky, klidně by mohla být o spousty stran kratší. Ale i když je zde popisků někde až příliš, stále je kniha psaná velmi čtivou formou, kdy nám autor p ...more
Sonia
Ralph Roberts is a good man, but who knew that he was a studly hero too? As the duration of his insomnia stretches, Ralph finds himself in a colorful world of auras and little bald doctors. He is called upon to alter the course of humanity and does so creatively and inventively. And although it is always clear to the reader that Ralph is an elderly gentleman, I love that his adventure (particularly under the tree battling Atropos and once again in the plane with Deepneau) reads like a lot of Kin ...more
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