The Institute: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A 2020 Thriller/Suspense Audie Award winner!
A New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019 selection
From number one New York Times best-selling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It.
“This is King at his best” (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch).
In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis' parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there's no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents - telekinesis and telepathy - who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and 10-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, "like the roach motel," Kalisha says. "You check in, but you don't check out."
In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don't, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.
As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is “is another winner: creepy and touching and horrifyingly believable, all at once” (The Boston Globe).
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 59 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 10 2019|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #403 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2 in Genetic Engineering Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#3 in Supernatural Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#3 in Genetic Engineering Science Fiction (Books)
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I will say that I was in it from the start. I love the way the stories came together. I liked the kids, which I can’t always say about younger narrators. I was horrified, intrigued and could not put this one down.
I picked this one up because I thought I could push through it and have Marriage book club with my husband as I knew he would love it. First time in our almost 7 year long marriage that we actually both enjoyed the same book!
Je me suis dit : 'Retournons aux valeurs sûres' . J'ai fouillé le catalogue des oeuvres récentes de Stephen King, un de mes auteurs préférés et j'ai trouvé 'The Institute' qui semblait prometteur.
J'ai été conquis dès les premières pages; j'ai retrouvé le style et le rythme du maître : l'étranger solitaire qui arrive en ville et dont on ne sait pas grand chose mais qui finit par s'intégrer à la communauté...ange ou démon se demande-t-on...vivement le prochain chapitre qu'on en sache plus !!!
Mais..Ah surprise ! On se retrouve totalement ailleurs, dans la vie d'un enfant surdoué adoré de ses parents et sur le point d'entrer à l'université malgré son jeune âge. Mais King oblige, l'enfant a aussi le pouvoir de déplacer des choses très légères, comme un coup de vent : un pouvoir minime perçu comme un embarras plus qu'un avantage.
Puis, l'enfant est enlevé et il se retrouve dans un 'institut' peuplé d'autres enfants enlevés ,possédant eux aussi des pouvoirs limités.
Les enfants y sont maltraités, testés et utilisés dans un but que je vous laisse découvrir par vous-mêmes.
Rendus à ce point, on se demande : 'Mais c'était quoi l'histoire du gars au début ? ' On finit par le voir plus tard quand l'enfant réussit à s'échapper et que les dirigeants de l'institut essaient de le rattraper.
Ce que je n'ai pas aimé du roman, c'est
1-La répétitivité de ce qui se passe dans l'institut: les tests, les enfants qui se retrouvent à la cafétéria, les enfants qui dorment, les méchants préposés qui les maltraitent...
2-Les pages et les pages qui décrivent les suites de l'attaque pour rapatrier l'enfant : l'organisation d'un 'voyage' pour aller délivrer les autres : qui embarque avec qui et quand dans quel véhicule, les conversation inutiles.
3-L'explication qu'on donne à la fin du roman sur la raison pour laquelle les enfants étaient utilisés. L'idée aurait mérité d'être approfondie , mais çà sort de nulle part, comme un cheveu sur la soupe...un peu comme ces séries télé qui concluent en vitesse parce que le producteur viennent d'apprendre qu'il n'y aura pas de deuxième saison.
Bref, un Stephen King très tranquille à l'image du pouvoir très limité de ses 'créatures' dans ce roman.
Unbearably boring and long, I got about halfway through it and gave up. Not sure what happened here or what the actual plot was except that kids were snatched up yada yada yada ....
So one sided with no tension coming into play -- where were these kid's parents, why weren't they profiled, was no one looking for them. That would have made the story bearable.
This one is a non starter for me ....
Sorry SK, but you lost me on this one.
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There’s a very ordinary start. Something at which King excels, small towns with ordinary people just going about their business. In this case a disgraced former cop settles in Du Pray (he loves his word play! I enjoy finding his hidden references. Eliot’s The Love Song of Alfred J Prufrock is there in a passing conversation and there must be more!) The story shifts to the Institute of the title. A shadowy place which houses children with exceptional gifts. They’re ordinary kids with extraordinary abilities who have little idea why they’re there and are fearful of the director Mrs Sigsby, and Stackhouse, the security manager. There are doctors and other adults who all play a part in a tale of dark secrets and exploitation.
So much of King’s writing is understated. He hooks you in with banal detail about people, places and conversations. It’s ordinary and almost mundane, but bit by bit he’s spinning an intricate web and setting the reader up for one twist after another. As usual, King is exploring a number of wide ranging themes. Saving the human race or maybe the planet, child abuse, extra sensory abilities, the Trump administration, minorities...it’s all there, predominantly adult’s inhumane treatment of children and loss of moral compass. As usual, King creates an array of distinct and memorable characters to shape his tale. He’s a master storyteller and his power to influence and challenge remain as relevant now as when he first started. This is a gripping and horribly plausible tale. Chilling, thought provoking and extraordinary. Simply brilliant.
The child, Luke, is taken in the middle of the night. His folks are murdered. He wakes up at The Institute in Maine in a room that's just like his - almost. There's other kids there and he gets the skinny from a young girl in the hallway, seemingly smoking a cigarette. She tells him that they "do stuff" to the kids, injections-flickering lights-dunking, but at least they're in the Front Half. You don't want to go to the Back Half. No, that's like the roach motel. Kids go in and don't ever come out.
To say this is a character study of the people throughout history who have told themselves that the horrible, hideous, atrocious things they do are for a "higher good". This book is King at his best. It's tense and I found myself ill at ease throughout the 500 plus pages. But it's good. A good story, good writing, and yeah, sure, it's relevant in the America of today and about our choices.
The story is wonderful. My favourite part is always when the converging stories meet and merge together to deliver shock and awesomeness.
Thank you Mr King