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The Institute

A Novel
Lu par : Santino Fontana
Durée : 18 h et 59 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 notations)

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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.

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 Stephen King's gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don't always win.

©2019 Stephen King (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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"Stephen King's newest audiobook is compulsively entertaining and features a dazzling performance by narrator Santino Fontana.... Fontana does wonders with this diverse lineup of young characters who band together to fight their captors. Each of them sounds authentic and unique. Meanwhile, the adult characters, with a few exceptions, are a nightmarish bunch. Through them, Fontana shows that evil can have many different voices.... [King's] and Fontana's talents are a winning combination." (AudioFile magazine)

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Gripping story

Amazing and gripping story. It lives up to my expectations. As good as Doctor Sleep.
Even if those 2 books are not related, The Institute has a lot of similarities with this other Stephen King's novel in the way it is pieced together. That doesn't make it less effective though.
The pace and the characters are still very compelling.

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  • 187thelegend
  • 19/01/2020

Trump is bad Hilary is great

I just wanted to listen to a good story, not have politics shoved down my throat.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29/11/2019

Not number one, but still a really good read!

Spoiler Free Review:
This really was a good read and I don't think it was as incredibly predictable as some people claim. There were certainly aha moments, where you could piece together what was going on with the Institute and where things were going to go. In general though I wasn't predicting every little thing and waiting for things I knew would happen. the book still kept me guessing. Yes, this is not a terribly uncommon premise for a book, but I think King added enough of a unique twist to make it a nice addition to the collection of stories about kids getting kidnapped for experimental psychic testing.

It is a bit long and drags a tiny bit in some parts (any longer book will have this problem), so if a big book intimidates you, this might not be for you. Also, as the description for the book reveals, this is a book with quite a bit of unpleasant things happening to children, so if you're not a fan of child abuse, this probably isn't a book for you either.

I really enjoyed the narrator for this book. Like a lot of novels it is read in third person and the narrator has a "narrator voice" he uses. However, if the third person observation is the thoughts of a specific character, is describing what a specific character is doing, or is just about a certain character, he will use that character's voice instead of the narrator one. I thought this was a nice touch and I haven't heard it done like that before (although I will say I haven't read THAT many books on Audible yet so it could actually be very common). He did struggle a little bit with accents, but it wasn't the worst I've ever heard and personally didn't find it overly distracting.

The characters were all fairly interesting. There was strong development of our main characters throughout the book and I was able to connect and feel for them and their struggles. There were maybe a few too many side characters that didn't add as much to the story and could have been left out, but overall I enjoyed the main ones and understood their emotions, struggles, and growth in the story.

Overall, I would recommend the read. Although not an incredibly unique premise, it was still well written and brought some interesting ideas to the table. It has a dark atmosphere like any traditional King book, but still has that sliver of hope that everyone will get out okay. If you want to find out what happens to Luke and his friends and the secret of The Institute, you should dive in and find out!

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I did not expect the book to go the way it did. I expected it to be almost entirely about the main characters' time in the Institute and maybe the last section be an escape. Based on the fact so many people in the reviews described it as boring and incredibly predictable, I was actually really surprised that a basic story about children being tortured for their powers and a simple escape at the end was actually NOT what I got.

Instead we open with the story of Tim and how he ends up in a small town in South Carolina (which at the time was weird, but we soon learn why he's important to the story). It then shifts to the main story of Luke and his time in The Institute. For the first 2/3 of the book we follow Luke and the abuse him and his friends have to go through. The reader is left in the dark for a LONG time on what exactly is going on at the Institute. You're given bits and pieces and it is possible to guess and figure out (especially if you have seen movies/read other books with a similar premise). Since it's not a new story, figuring out Big Brother is real, is not incredibly hard to figure out.

2/3 of the way into the book, Luke actually escapes quite easily and the rest of the story is about his revenge, trying to stay safe, getting the other kids out, and finally learning all the details of what's happening at the Institute. This is also where Tim comes back into the story as he helps Luke on this journey of revenge and freeing his friends. A secret organization trying to protect the world from itself and abusing kids to do it (again, not an incredibly new story, but still has a unique way of telling it). At the end Luke and a few of his friends are able to escape after a pretty intense climax at the institute. We find out there are many like this one around the world and that they all came crashing down (literally) because of the children and their revolt.

The book finishes with the children escaping and going on to live their lives free, but with the remains of the institute still existing. Will the institutes come back? King leaves it open for the reader to guess if this world will once again see the secret kidnapping and abuse of children for the "good of the world". At least for now we know that a few children are free, including Luke, and they get to go to live "normal" lives.

I would be interested to see if there will be a sequel to this with Luke and his friends as adults coming back to defeat a reformed Institute, It Part 2 style. Or maybe even a prequel going into how the Institutes first started and the experiences of the different kids trapped there. I guess time will tell. It would also be cool to see King expand on the Institute and it's leading organization. This book goes through a lot about what the one location does and how it fits into the bigger whole, but I would have liked to see at least a little more about this secret Illuminati like organization that runs the operation. It was a great read and I enjoyed the journey. It's far from perfect and somehow still needed a little more despite it's length. There were some sections that could have been left out or at least tidied up a little bit, but that is usually the case with King books and for me is something I've grown to like with his style.

This was a great read and I recommend taking a look!

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  • Jackie Terry
  • 01/10/2019

Disappointed

I remained hopeful for the full 18 hours of listening, but alas the last hour held all the juice, and was crammed into such a fraction of what I felt like was a large investment of my time. This is not the King I know and love. There seemed to be multiple missed opportunities to expand and develop these characters and instead those voids were filled with snarky political jabs that didn’t contribute anything to the story. I was also disappointed that Tim and his SC crew were bookended instead of developed a little more. The entirety of the story just felt like something was...missing. I got a Nazi Germany vibe from The Institute the whole time, but throwing in the visit from the Lisping Man after the fact (that went nowhere) was the only link to that, and felt very much like an afterthought, a quick add-in to give it some background that definitely deserved a little more.

The narration was top notch and quite honestly the only thing that kept me listening until the end. Otherwise, I was rather disappointed.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11/01/2020

Excellent!!

I loved it. A very compelling story. Rose the hat would be pissed to know that all that steam was in one building for the taking. Thanks for another great story.

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  • Kimberly
  • 22/09/2019

Suffer The Children

First thing I want to say is great narration. Don’t let the narrator be the reason you don’t spend a precious credit on this book.

Stephen King has written a few novels and short stories about suffering children who come together to defeat evil throughout his career, so I am not surprised by his return to this genre. Two of the books he has written about suffering children banding together to defeat evil, have recently been released as Major Motion Pictures, so it’s probably not a coincidence that the release of this novel coincides with the release of these Movies.
I liked this book but I don’t think it is on par in with his other works. It’s not horrible, it just feels like it was rushed and the ending didn’t work well in my opinion.
When I finished this book I thought wow, this is missing a lot of information and details about the characters. Stephen King usually provides that extra layer of character development for the benefit of the reader and surprisingly this book is absolutely missing those details.
I hope that SK will write a sequel to The Institute. I want what the original is missing, details and a proper ending.
I am also curious to know if one of the characters in this book is related to a character from another book.
If a sequel does exist, I’m certain that it will be released at some advantageous opportunity for SK to capitalize on his brand.
My advice to you Constant Reader, do yourself a favor and skip this one unless or until SK releases a sequel.

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  • Wendi
  • 21/09/2019

I really wanted to like this novel.. but..

Sometimes Stephen keeps me glued to a story. I have called in sick to work because I had to read a new section of the 'Green Mile,' and I think I ran and hid at the library and neglected my family for a day when I read 11-22-63. There have been so many others that I have devoured voraciously, and I *really* wanted to like 'The Institute,' but alas I did not.

The story starts out with a drifter in New England who takes a job as a door knocker/security person. He seems interesting enough. Then we get into the kiddos who have found themselves at 'The Institute' where weird things happen. Seemingly gifted children are subjected to several movies, food, and testing- and we really don't know why. It seems that there is a government conspiracy to suck the smart out of children for a greater purpose.

The problem is, it's repetitive and boring. I couldn't quite get into it. I felt like I was skimming the surface of the story because there was just, well.. no point where I could bite into it.

King's books are often hit or miss for me, and this one wasn't terrible, but it wasn't anything to write home to mom about.. And, I am disappointed.

-Wendi

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  • Charles Elmore
  • 16/09/2019

Entertained But Disappointed

Ultimately, Stephen King’s “The Institute” left me disappointed, but I am not unhappy that I downloaded it. The narration is great, the characters and their motivations are portrayed clearly, and the plot, although one of King’s weakest in my opinion, is solid enough to keep my interest. In fact, I got through the audio (18 hours of it) very quickly and am sure I will go back for more. And yet, the book as a whole is unsatisfying: not bad but not one of his best.

Without revealing too much of the plot, I will say simply that it follows a “revenge” pattern, with the protagonist suffering horribly for two-thirds of the novel before getting anything like what might be called justice. After the brutal and (if I’m being honest) tiresome, torture sequences end, the action accelerates, story lines converge, and (some) mysteries are explained, all of it accompanied by a grand finale of the usual, imaginative depictions of The Big Good-vs-Evil Showdown.

Pardon me if my tone seems somewhat negative, but I was hoping for more. The world that King depicts in “The Institute” certainly seems to have more to it than what is presented here. It says a lot that if a sequel were offered, I would be back in line for more since even a mildly disappointing King novel is better than most of what is available, yet, I can’t help feeling disappointed. I was hoping for King to knock it out of the park with this one.

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  • Hjalmar Otto Fjøsne
  • 15/01/2020

Liked it very much.

I haven’t read/heard much Stephen king until now, this book made me want more!

I don’t mind character voice acting when quoting characters, but it was somewhat annoying to hear the narrator read whole sections (“fly on the wall”) with voice acting for the character in focus. Besides that I enjoyed the narration and the voices applied to the characters.

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  • DT
  • 19/09/2019

Did the King Really Write This?

I wanted so badly to like this book. A fan of King since around 1981, I've seen the grail, the great, the good and the not-so-good. I had hoped for a bit of the King of old, where character development was not something you noticed happening. Where laugh out loud moments were commonplace, not because something was necessarily funny, but because you were hit with just how TRUE something was. And really really mean and nasty bad guys. I mean, Mean.
Now, the bad guys in The Institute are mean, don't get me wrong. But they're mean like you're reading a textbook about mean people written by a person who normally writes math problems. Does that make sense?
Maybe the narration gets in the way a bit, as it has a habit of doing. It takes a very special type of person to do justice to an SK novel (Frank Muller, may he rest in peace).
Also, and I'm not sure if this is something that's always been present in King's novels...I don't think it is, but what's with the political jabs? Nothing stops your roller coaster with a brick wall like an ill-placed, almost non-sequitur of a political statement. I have to be honest, I did almost stop listening at one point.
All that being said, this book is better than most of those in the thriller and horror genres out there today, in my opinion.
Please keep them coming, Constant Writer.

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  • Sherry Wyatt
  • 21/01/2020

Disappointment

Was this written by the REAL Stephen King???
It dragged on forever and I only stuck with it to see if it would get better. It didn’t. No disrespect, Mr King. I am a huge fan, but I will be returning this one


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  • daniel goebel
  • 01/10/2019

Sadly just a so so, once more

Well, it’s still King; meaning it’s entertaining enough. However, I really have issues with the character development. As example a kid, who is introduced as a very powerful telepath but at the same time immature even for his age of 10.
Suddenly however, this one is behaving in a overly mature way - more or less just out of the blue.
All in all, the book seems rushed (despite its length) and somehow fragmented. Don’t really know how to put it otherwise.
If you like King and have no issues with let’s say The Arena (which I found really weak), you may well enjoy this one, too.
If you are looking for another classic by SK you might be disappointed.

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  • Apeman
  • 23/09/2019

An almost familiar story

Kind of get the feeling that Stephen King spent most of his time preparing to write this book by watching Stranger Things.
The story of the institute itself had a very familiar feel too it.
Not the best narrations ever, some listeners will find him annoying.

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  • Max
  • 19/09/2019

Großartig!

Sehr gutes King Buch. Erinnerte mich sehr an "Firestarter". Nur der Vorleser könnte etwas besser sein.

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  • CologneCarter
  • 27/09/2019

No Stephen King fan should miss this one

Once upon a time it was Dinky Earnshaw who killed people remotely he was pointed to by a man who hired him. And that short story came to mind listening to this book. Then there was The Firestarter created by secret ecperiments and unleashed by the short sighted attempt to contain that secret. Stehpen King took those elements to the next level and made this book one of his finest stories in my opinion. The monsters in this story are far too real and who is to say there aren't any Institutes like it somewhere?

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  • Diaconescu Nicusor
  • 10/05/2020

Great book

Very good book , great plot , very well constructed characters , well narrated timeline and fine structured. Reccomend!!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 19/02/2020

Spannende Idee, gibt interessante Anreize

Das Buch hat sehr gut gefallen, allerdings gab es einige Stellen die etwas langwierig waren oder besser hören beschrieben werden können.
Die Idee hinter dem Buch ist sehr spannend.

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  • Annika S.
  • 07/12/2019

Couldn't stop listening, love it

I couldn't stop listening. Stephen King created another absolutly perfect story and tells it really well.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 20/11/2019

Dark but exciting

This is the first Stephen King book I have ever read and I have to be honest, it was very different from what I expected. There was way less creepy/horror than I though there would be. However, I can't say I was dissapointed! This book is great for anyone who like the kid adventure kind but with a dark twist. The antagonists characters are particularly interesting and the parts of the story told from their point of view add to the story and the mystery of the institute.

The speaker did a great job changing his voice when reading dialogue and I really enjoyed how he also changes it slightly when reading from different characters points of view. The only criticism I have is that some characters had very similar voices and therefore would be hard to distinguish.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 01/11/2019

Der Meister seines Fachs

Was soll man sagen, Stephen King beherrscht sein Fach eben wie kein zweiter. Ein rundum gelungenes Werk, hervorragend gelesen.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 28/10/2019

Gripping story, incredible narrator

The story is basically vintage King: if you like his other books, you'll like this one. But I cannot say enough praise to the narrator, who with his voice and acting has elevated the experience of listening to this book to a whole new level. The voices for each character were distinct and it was always obvious who the lines belonged to without any further explanation.