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The Regulators

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  59,606 Ratings  ·  1,020 Reviews
The peaceful suburban life on Poplar Street in Wentworth, Ohio is shattered one fine day when four vans containing shotgun-wielding "regulators" terrorize the street's residents, cold-bloodedly killing anyone foolish enough to venture outdoors. Houses mysteriously transform into log cabins and the street now ends in what looks like a child's hand-drawn western landscape. M ...more
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Published February 19th 2009 by Penguin Audio (first published September 24th 1996)
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Jim Bowen It's sort of a "parallel universe" story. The characters are similar, just in a different situation.
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Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, king
هل الاستحواذ على جسد طفل يعني بالضرورة. .السيطرة على عقله بالكامل؟ ؟
إلى كل محبي الافلام الأمريكية.. و انا منهم....اذا رغبتم حقا في
معرفة خبايا المجتمع الامريكي واسراره فقراءة اعمال كينج ضرورة اساسية.
.في هذه الرواية" المنظمون" نجد بانوراما لحياة متكاملة لسكان ضاحية باوهايو..
في المنظمون.. نجد خلط غريب بين الاشباح والمخلوقات الفضائية وقصص الغرب الامريكي..شخصيات اكثر مما يجب حقا ..يجمع بينهم الشر الماوراءي المسلط على رقاب الجميع..الشر الخام ..البكر..الغيرمبرر. .
مع المنظمون ..هناك جو من السخرية من مح
3.5 Stars.

"It's a summer afternoon in Wentworth, Ohio, and on Poplar Street everything's normal. The paperboy is making his rounds; the Carver kids are bickering at the corner convenience store; a Frisbee is flying on the Reed's lawn; Gary Soderson is firing up the backyard barbeque. The only thing that doesn't quite fit is the red van idling just up the hill."

Oh boy, what a perfect book cover....and shocking beginning. There is much to like and fear in THE REGULATORS....the summertime atmosph

Wentworth, Ohio. Desperation, Nevada. 2000 miles between. (I Googled it. Sort of, cause these two places don’t really exist – until you open the pages of this book, where the weird becomes scary, the scary gets weird, and an ancient evil entity by the name of Tak takes over a once ordinary residential street.)

But what I like most about reading Stephen King is the thing that was semi-missing here - my complete investment in the characters he creates ---- by the way (and I think most know this), R
Thomas Strömquist
In the end this book picked up and is worth three stars I think. This and the "companion" piece; Desperation is not among the King's more triumphant achievements though. First, I'm having real troubles understanding the idea with a Bachman tie-in to a King book at this late date. Even if even the late Bachman must be allowed to write out of usual style, "The Regulators" is a very far cry (yes, even considering Thinner) from his other stuff. More to the point, the mythos presented herein was prob ...more
Wayne Barrett

Actual 3.5

Maybe if I had read this before I read Desperation I would have liked it more? That seems to be the consensus from many of the other reviews I read.

Anyway, having read Desperation prior to The Regulators, I was not able to enjoy this book nearly as much. We're pretty much dealing with the same bad-guy, and the same characters, only told from a different place and from a different perspective.

It's not that I don't like cross-overs or stories that tie in together; I actually love it, a
It's been a while since I read this book. I had some pretty fond memories of it, and it's always been my favorite of two companion books that King/Bachman published together. They are alternate realities, kind of mirror images, of each other... But The Regulators is also a link to the Dark Tower universe as well.

We have the same characters (plus some new), but in different roles and with different perspectives and personas than we saw in Desperation. We have a different setting, suburban Ohio r
May 07, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It feels unusual to give this thing such a high rating. I remember the beginnings of almost all of his novels surpassing the endings as far as my interest in King's writing goes. Maybe I just prefer open-ended scenarios a lot more, whether it be with film or literature, and he tends to try to wrap the plot up at seemingly arbitrary points in the story. His endings are hyperbolically ridiculous too. Anyway, what I remember so vividly about this story was the insane suburban slaughter at the begin ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I read more than 150 novels each year and have read most of King's stuff. Obviously, with so much output from one writer, there are bound to be hits and misses. This one was a miss, in my opinion but there is still enough here to make it worth the read.

I had already read Desperation, the companion book to this volume, and came away with the feeling that I had just experienced a pretty good King novel. It also was far from his best but I enjoyed it nonetheless. So, naturally, I turned to this boo
Description: There's a place in Wentworth, Ohio, where summer is in full swing. It's called Poplar Street. Up until now it's been a nice place to live. The idling red van around the corner is about to change all that. Let the battle against evil begin.

Read by Frank Muller

Muller gives this so much energy.

I remember when we all used to go camping, torches under the chin, we would take a turn at telling a story under chiaroscuro canvas - it didn't matter if the subject was weak, if it was told r
Excellent. While this was the third time I've read The Regulators, it's the first time I read it immediately after Desperation.

It's fun to compare the two while reading, to see what scenes are similar and what characters change roles.

But this book is more enjoyable to me than Desperation, as it has a much quicker edge-of-your-seat pace.
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
There's no Stalky Little Boy. Never was. There's a THING inside of Seth--not an id, not another manifestation of his personality, not a hitchhiker, but something like a tapeworm. It can think. And talk. It talked to me today--it calls itself Tak.

This novel is a companion novel to Desperation which I read earlier this year, and I have to say, I enjoyed this one so much more. The story in this one was more linear and easier to follow, and the characters are all more real, less caricatured vers
Leo .
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Regulators and Desperation are also quite deep but, excellent read from the master Stephen King.🐯👍
Mariana Salazar
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disfrute mucho este libro de King y aunque no es lo mejor de este autor es delirante, sangriento y muy muy entretenido. Libro espejo de Desesperación el cual leí hace mucho tiempo pero estoy segura que me gusto mucho menos que este, donde no dire mucho para no hacer spoilers pero es imposible imaginar algo más extraño y quizás por lo mismo aterrador.
Aug 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most frightening and horrible books I've ever read. Oh God, this story unfolds with a kind of unnatural speed and a huge amount of horror. As I was reading, I almost wished i could stop because it was just too scary. I'm really scared of being in a situation where it doesn't seem like there's a way out.

What Stephen King/ Richard Bachman does in this book is explore the unnatural beings in the Dark Tower universe and the imagination of a child. He brings together two polar opposites: T
Jennifer Lynn Harrison
I read this in just a few hours- a very fast read, with fast paced action and writing to match. VERY cool to read upon finishing the companion book, 'Desperation'; although this one is not quite as...deep or as layered as 'Desperation', which, frankly, had much more story and better character development. I think that of these 2 novels, 'Regulators' is the weaker book, and maybe this is why Stephen King relegated *this* title to his pseudonym instead of to 'himself'!

The entire sequence of event
Franco  Santos
Buen libro de King. Sinceramente es una novela que está muy simplemente escrita. No tiene una narración compleja y de calidad sino más bien pobre y con carácter aficionado. Con esto quiero decir que no se esperen la misma calidad literaria de otros libros de este autor, porque de eso mismo carece.

Con respecto a la historia tengo que decir que es muy buena. Desde la primera página te atrapa de manera rápida y profunda. De hecho es un libro que lo empecé a las 21 y me lo terminé a la 1. Avanzás c
Loucho B. ⚓
Leggi la mia....
Metti mi piace e aggiungimi se ti fa piacere!

Come prima lettura di questo Halloween come non buttarsi sul re? Avendo già letto in tenera età l’attualissimo IT ho deciso di scoprire la famosa duologia che mi ero lasciato indietro da tempo. Tuttavia non credo che leggerò Desperation in tempi brevi.
Non mi ha certo deluso ma questo libro è un accozzaglia di caos frenetico e violenza gratuita che mi ha fatto ripiombare nel cinema horror di serie B degli anni 80.
Ruth Turner
Nov 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve tried a half a dozen times to re-read this book and I just can’t get into it. Even the audio, narrated by Frank Muller (one of my favorite narrators), couldn't hold my attention.

I remember not liking it the first time I read it in the nineties, but at least I managed to finish it. Not this time. It goes against the grain to give up on a King novel but honestly, it's just aggravating the crap out of me and giving me a headache.

Although I've marked it DNF I hope to come back to it at a later
Rebecca McNutt
Not a bad story, but not very memorable, either. The Regulators is typical Stephen King, with a small town setting and things that aren't always as they seem.
This is the companion book to Desperation, and although it's listed here as being written by Stephen King, it was actually Richard Bachman. Ha ha, for those of you that know they are one and the same. King/Bachman uses the same character names in both books which makes for an exercise in memory if they are read close together. For the first 100 or so pages I would think of the character from Desperation as the name was recycled in The Regulators. As a testament to his skill, after that point, I ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
My brain is practically shot. I've been studying all damn day and believe me The Regulators and Food Sanitation doesn't mix well. At some point I will try to give this a more proper review. Until then this will be just fine. If not, sue me.
Anyway, The Regulators is a slight step away from its mirror, Desperation. I'm not going to compare the two, you can do that yourself but I will say, they are both good in their own rights. Maybe to long or scattered or the ending didn't work like it should or
Andrew Fourn
Likely my least favorite King book. Weak all around.

Writing: 2
Typical King fare. Decent writing, but nothing to go nuts about.

Story: 1
I...I have no idea what this book was about. A demon-possessed kid who could project his imagination onto the real world...? Ummm...yea, I have no idea what the heck was going on.

Characters: 2
Surprisingly weak for a King story. No one I could relate to. Too many cookie cutter suburbanites who weren't fleshed out enough for me to remember who was who.

Other Factors:
Rick Slane
This was my first Stephen King and he hooked me.
Lisa Litberg
Sep 09, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans
I don't know how I missed this book over the years. I've read most of the Stephen King library. The Regulators is good, solid King--not, perhaps, one of my favorites, but a captivating (and chilling) read. As is common in his novels, the characters are strong, and the constant "Where does he come UP with this stuff?" question runs through the reader's mind. It starts off strong--action happens almost immediately--and feeds the reader enough information in the beginning to hook them but not enoug ...more
Adictos Libros
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chrissa Vasileiou
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Στους "Ρυθμιστές" βρίσκουμε αυτό το ιδιαίτερο μοτίβο που έχουμε συνηθίσει στα βιβλία του King και που αγαπάμε να συναντάμε κάθε φορά: όμορφη πόλη/γειτονιά, καθημερινοί άνθρωποι, μια συνηθισμένη μέρα, της κολάσεως μέσα σε λίγα λεπτά! Ποτέ δεν θα μπορέσω να υποκλιθώ αρκετά στον Βασιλιά για το ότι σκοτώνει έτσι, τσακ μπαμ, ντουζίνες ηρώων του σαν να μην τρέχει τίποτα!
Η ιστορία είναι όσο.... εξωπραγματικά κουλή πρέπει. Οι ήρωες μιας παιδικής σειράς και μερικά παιδικά παιχνίδια μετατρέπονται σε φονι
Spider the Doof Warrior
I actually finished this ages ago. I don't know how to feel about it because Stephen King like so many other writers do not know BEANS about autism.

Currently reading this again. Autism isn't the same thing as being catatonic. Just because someone autistic doesn't seem like they are in the world doesn't mean they aren't! If anything, autistic people are OVER stimulated by the world.


Guh. Stephen King like so many others does NOT understand autism. It's really frustrating.
Jan 23, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I stuck through this until the bitter end and didn't like it.
Pam Baddeley
This is apparently a companion volume to a Stephen King novel, Desperation which I have not read. It is a fast paced action packed read - basically about a bloodbath which takes place in a suburban street which is highjacked into the Twilight Zone - the mass shootings being carried out by brought to life characters from a) old Western TV and films and b) a made up cartoon series of the Power Rangers/Masters of the Universe type. Because a malevolent entity has possessed a young autistic boy and ...more
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