The Institute Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Combining the suspense of The Outsider with the childhood camaraderie in It, The Institute is a powerful new novel from Stephen King which is destined to become the number one blockbuster of autumn 2019.
Deep in the woods of Maine, there is a dark state facility where kids, abducted from across the United States, are incarcerated. In the Institute they are subjected to a series of tests and procedures meant to combine their exceptional gifts - telepathy, telekinesis - for concentrated effect.
Luke Ellis is the latest recruit. He's just a regular 12-year-old, except he's not just smart, he's super-smart. And he has another gift which the Institute wants to use....
Far away in a small town in South Carolina, former cop Tim Jamieson has taken a job working for the local Sheriff. He's basically just walking the beat. But he's about to take on the biggest case of his career.
Back in the Institute's downtrodden playground and corridors where posters advertise 'just another day in paradise', Luke, his friend Kalisha and the other kids are in no doubt that they are prisoners, not guests. And there is no hope of escape.
But great events can turn on small hinges, and Luke is about to team up with a new, even younger recruit, Avery Dixon, whose ability to read minds is off the scale. While the Institute may want to harness their powers for covert ends, the combined intelligence of Luke and Avery is beyond anything that even those who run the experiments - even the infamous Mrs Sigsby - suspect.
Thrilling, suspenseful, heartbreaking, The Institute is a stunning novel of childhood betrayed and hope regained.
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 59 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||10 September 2019|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 559 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
2 in Supernatural Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
10 in Supernatural Thrillers (Books)
22 in Adventure Science Fiction
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The characters are great and you love the hero's with a few laughs al a king.
A great yarn of a decent length that is a bit horror a bit sci-fi and overall a Damn good heart-string pulling story.
King hasn't lost his touch.
I ripped through this book in just about one sitting and I hope someone snaps up the rights for a TV show because I would binge it.
The horror of the premise hooked me but, as always, it’s the small details he builds into these worlds that really suck you in.
Top reviews from other countries
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