1996 Stephen King – The Regulators Audiobook read by Frank Muller
The Regulators can not hold a candle to either of those predecessors, and therefore it warms up feeling even thinner than it already is.
For quite a very long time. The Regulators was more than a name on a sheet of paper stuck into the side of King’s printer, while he had been operating on Desperation he had the idea of re-using the very same characters from that book in a different story. The last piece of the puzzle clicked into place when he chose to resurrect his Richard Bachman pencil title for those Regulators, giving the book a completely different voice than a King books. Thinking this jumble of ideas somehow added up to over the sum of its parts, the day after King ended writing Desperation he got started on The Regulators. Stephen King – The Regulators Audiobook Free.
Reg7Like a Roger Corman movie, things begin with a great deal of potential prior to quickly heading downhill. The residents of a quiet neighborhood in Wentworth, Ohio have a peaceful summer morning when a large red van melts their street, rolls down its own window, along with shotguns that the paperboy. Other strange-looking vans appear, some driven by aliens, some driven by cowboys, and they start shooting up the place. Only when you feel like the book might get interesting, all the neighbors conceal in a few homes, and learn that they’ve been cut off from the world by unnatural means (colors of King’s Under the Dome or The Mist, or his incomplete book, The Cannibals), the type of mystical hand-waving that tends to diminish, instead of increase, the tension. Stephen King The Regulators Audiobook Download. Adding more supernatural elements to the mix, we learn the trucks are being driven by personalities from a popular kid’s show named MotoKops 2200, along with an ersatz Western surroundings complete with horse hitches and cacti begins to superimpose itself over the area.
Turns out that Tak, the extradimensional entity from Desperation is back and now he’s possessed an autistic eight-year-old named Seth and is utilizing Seth’s love of MotoKops along with a B-Western called The Regulators to warp reality in his bid to escape, yet again, from the China Pit mine. Not since Christine has a Stephen King book felt so sparse.
Reg3The characters are the same characters that appeared in Desperation, and a few details–such as Tak himself, and an attack by a mountain lion–are lifted right out of the preceding book, but it never amounts to much. King said he wished to demonstrate the characters in different lights, “It would be, I believed, like the members of a repertory company acting in two distinct plays.” But there is nothing to be learned here. As an example, there are just two Collie Entragians. In Desperation he is a giant cop that goes mad and kills a great deal of people. In The Regulators he’s a disgraced cop who has been fired for corruption. The 2 depictions do not signify, echo, illuminate, or play from each other in any meaningful manner. It’s merely a cunning trick. Stephen King – The Regulators Audiobook.
The biggest difficulty is that Bachman is at the driver’s seat. King has always been besotted with his Richard Bachman alter self, using him to write thrillers and science fiction stories and to publish back novels that he didn’t want under his own name, and he sees Bachman as a meaner, more hardboiled novelist than himself. But while King’s Bachman books are fine, Bachman isn’t quite as great a writer as King believes he’s.
Reg2What King sees as his alter ego’s sadistic, soul profound cynicism, only comes across like teenager flipness on the page. Sentences like “Put aside by Jim Reed, whose solicitude had been superseded by his excitement in the impending assignment” and “The hand went down slowly and jerkily, like a cargo lift,” are not hardboiled, they are overbaked. Stephen King The Regulators Audiobook Free. Bachman’s dialog has always been square (“He’s your kin!” Someone yells in a particularly tense moment), but here he admits far too much on awkward exposition delivered as dialogue (“It’s a vampire, is not it?” Johnny said. “Just what it draws off is psychic energy instead of blood.”) . And some sentences sound like they were launched by a single writer and finished by another (“In the sound of the voice, Susi forgets all about how fine it’s to possess Dave Reed touching her breast, and the way she’d like to keep him forget the death of his brother by carrying him upstairs and balling him before his liver explodes.”) . The Regulators sports all the writerly elegance of a clumsy puppy knocking over a sack of aluminum cans. After a time, it becomes apparent that nearly every single on of those characters outside Seth and his adoptive aunt, Audrey, contribute almost nothing to the story, and that’s when fatigue sets in. Unfortunately, there is another few hundred pages left to go, and that means you slog on, dragging your eyeballs out of line to line, begging for this to be over. From the time the huge plot twist reveals itself, and you realize that it entails feeding an autistic eight-year-old laxatives so that he poops himself over and over again, you’re undone. Stephen King – The Regulators Audiobook. You would not entirely be incorrect.