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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams Audiobook

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

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Publisher's Summary

The short story 'Obits' won the 2016 Edgar for best short story. Featuring introductions to each story, read by Stephen King.

A thrilling collection of 21 stories - some brand new, some published in magazines, all entirely brilliant and assembled in one collection for the first time - with a wonderful bonus: in addition to his introduction to the whole collection, King gives listeners a fascinating introduction to each story with autobiographical comments on their origins and motivations.

The number one best-selling writer has dazzled listeners with his genius as a writer of novellas and short story fiction since his first collection Night Shift was published. He describes the nature of the form in his introduction to the work: 'There's something to be said for a shorter, more intense experience. It can be invigorating, sometimes even shocking, like...a beautiful curio for sale laid out on a cheap blanket at a street bazaar.'

In The Bazaar of Bad Dreams there is a curio for every reader - a man who keeps reliving the same life, repeating the same mistakes over and over again, a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries, a poignant tale about the end of the human race and a firework competition between neighbours which reaches an explosive climax. There are also intriguing connections between the stories; themes of morality, guilt, the afterlife and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. Effervescent yet poignant, juxtaposing the everyday against the unexpected, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant listener as well as to those fascinated by the autobiographical insights in his celebrated nonfiction title On Writing. 'I made them especially for you,' says King. 'Feel free to examine them, but please be carefuly. The best of them have teeth.'

  • 'Introduction' read by Stephen King
  • 'Mile 81' read by Thomas Sadoksi
  • 'Premium Harmony' read by Will Patton
  • 'Batman and Robin Have an Altercation' read by Santino Fontana
  • 'The Dune' read by Edward Herrmann
  • 'Bad Little Kid' read by Dylan Baker
  • 'A Death' read by Cotter Smith
  • 'The Bone Church' read by Cotter Smith
  • 'Morality' read by Mare Winningham
  • 'Afterlife' read by Dylan Baker
  • 'Ur' read by Holter Graham
  • 'Herman Wouk Is Still Alive' read by Brooke Bloom and Kathleen Chalfant
  • 'Under the Weather' read by Peter Friedman
  • 'Blockade Billy' read by Craig Wasson
  • 'Mister Yummy' read by Peter Friedman
  • 'Tommy' read by Stephen King
  • 'The Little Green God of Agony' read by Hope Davis
  • 'Cookie Jar' read by Santino Fontana
  • 'That Bus Is Another World' read by Fred Weller
  • 'Obits' read by Fred Weller
  • 'Drunken Fireworks' read by Tim Sample
  • 'Summer Thunder' read by Will Patton

©2015 Stephen King (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Kimberley Connery 23/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "An Interesting Compilation"

    An interesting assortment of stories. Some I enjoyed more than others, some got me thinking more than others, and I guess that's the case with any compilation of tales. Overall I enjoyed this book, but calling it a Bazaar was a wise choice - its an ecclectic mix which covers the full spectrum of topics and characters that King does so well. Recommended for fans of King's style, but don't expect stock standard horror a la The Shining or It.

    I really enjoyed that each tale was narrated by a different voice actor. It broke them up into individual entities and gave each story more character unto itself.

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    Lisa M Hayes 08/04/2016
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    "Awesome"

    Drunken Fireworks, what a superb story and brilliantly read, worth it just for that. A great insight into a legend author.

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    Allison 22/03/2016
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    "Great mix"

    Fantastic mix of stories and narrators with an introduction to each story by Stephen King.

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    Bianca-Renee 19/02/2016
    Bianca-Renee 19/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Riverting from go to woe"

    Every story is read to perfection, and each one as good as the last. Steven King is still the master and I loved hearing his voice in between each story giving us the story behind the story. I really like hearing him also read one of his own. A true literary Master.

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    Charlottedv Esperance Australia 12/02/2016
    Charlottedv Esperance Australia 12/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "a wonderful group of stories"

    I Love the final story...it was a great painted picture of the end of the world.

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    campbell 11/02/2016
    campbell 11/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    Definitely worth a read. Awesome stories and their accompanying anecdotes make them all the better

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    Tita 01/02/2016
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    "Ending"

    The audio ended mid-sentence?? Love the rest if the book. What happened? Guess I'll have to get the physical book! Loved the rest of it!

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    Peter 31/01/2016
    Peter 31/01/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "An interesting collection"

    When I used to have time to read 'real books', and this was often on flights, I loved reading Stephen King short stories. This audio book brought back all those memories, and I enjoyed almost all the stories. The narration between stories, giving background to the next was a nice touch. The only story I didn't get in to was based around baseball, and I think you needed to fully understand American baseball to really appreciate it. Overall, well done Stephen, and for the record, I'm not going any where near abandoned cars on the side of the freeway!

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    Pauline 31/01/2016
    Pauline 31/01/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "disappointing"

    not up to scratch. Very disappointing. If you're after a collection of short scary stories, keep looking

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    Josephine 31/12/2015
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    "Perfect for walking the dogs"

    Loved the stories and the variety. Interesting how they came about and why he wrote certain ones. More please.

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    Kildonan
    6/11/15
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    "Monsters are real and ghosts are real too"

    they live inside us and sometimes they win.”
    ― Stephen King

    A collection of twenty stories, and a and explanation of their genesis by the master, most of them have been published earlier in a variety of publication, so this saves you the time and some money of finding this stories in anthologies or ebook singles. most of them are inspired by the style of other writers or in the style of a writer Mr King will explain this and other reasons at the start of every story. These are all short stories and there is certainly no novelas, which is where Stephen King excels, but there is plenty of variety from horror to humor and some mixed flavoured ones. I found this collection to have an edge bitterness and nihilism that is usually or not so prevalent on other of his books. The americana and the sweet remembrances of childhood are not present in this volume.
    A good read with a little bit for every taste, some interesting stylistic exercises and plenty of dread to go around.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    WIRRAL, United Kingdom
    6/12/15
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    "His greatest short story collection in a long time"

    His greatest short story collection in a long time. The intorduction from the author at the begining of every story brings added depth to each tale. Highly recommended.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
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    3/12/15
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    "A new entry in my personal top 5"

    I'm averse to horror films and novels as a rule. The world can be a nasty enough place as it is, without injecting any other reasons to lose sleep! However, I had heard that Steven King is a great storyteller so I decided to give this a try, and I'm so very glad I did. For me, he tends to write fantasy rather than horror, just not the "sword and sorcery" kind. Good and innocence have a way of winning out over evil, and I love a happy ending, but none of it is trite. The use of different a different narrator for each story is very effective and the performances have, so far, been uniformly excellent (I'm about halfway through). Lastly, and importantly for me, he treats faith, God and religion with respect. I'm a Christian and shy away from the glorification of "the dark side" which is why, I guess, I have left King unread until now, but I am absolutely delighted by my "discovery" of this superstar author and am now going to be spending my credits on one of his offerings every month. It's going to take a very long time to get them all, but i think I'm going to love every minute.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • SnapWriter
    London, UK
    6/11/15
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    "The best collection he's produced"

    The best collection since Nightmares and Dreamscapes. Brilliantly read, with additional introduction by the Author. Highly recommended-- for King fans and short story fans alike. Definitely a regular listen. Excellent.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom
    1/12/15
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    "Faulty ending"
    Would you listen to The Bazaar of Bad Dreams again? Why?

    The book itself is a brilliant King masterpiece. A wonderful collection of short stories. It is slightly marred by Audible who clip the ending. Almost before the narrator has finished what I hope and is the last sentence of the last story you get thank you for listening to Audible. Not the usual Audible polish.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/09/16
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    "The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams review"
    If you could sum up The Bazaar of Bad Dreams in three words, what would they be?

    Scary,
    Gripping,
    Entertaining


    What other book might you compare The Bazaar of Bad Dreams to, and why?

    Skeleton crew, Because I think its similar


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A great atmosphere


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found the book scary


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is very easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david
    5/09/16
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    "great tales,each one different to the next "

    loved it and excellent narration plus really enjoyed the Stephen King intros before each one. excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • john91919
    20/08/16
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    "A few gems but not many"

    I'm a big Steven King fan but this is not his best work. A couple of good stories but not many.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • john forsyth
    2/08/16
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    "a rummage sale of poor dreams"
    Would you try another book written by Stephen King or narrated by the narrators?

    i have some others to listen to in my library


    What will your next listen be?

    dr sleep


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    none come to mind


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    one decent story one decent idea.


    Any additional comments?

    this was a ragbag of king trying to be something he is not,.a literary writer.he is a decent writer but of horror not pastiches of Raymond carver or Melville.ordinary stories are written by your updikes not your Stephen kings.these stories were poor poor POOR.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leonilde Van Munster
    South Africa
    28/07/16
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    "Best of all"

    Stephen King at his best. I loved that he introduced the stories in his own voice. The book also gives insight into his life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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