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.'
©2015 Stephen King (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio
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.
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.
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!
"for Stephen Kings fans only"
not breathtaking. you'll be better off leaving this one as your last selection in your Stephen King collection
"Well read work"
A varied and enjoyable collection. Well read stories, well cast narrators. Some gems in here.
"The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams review"
Skeleton crew, Because I think its similar
A great atmosphere
I found the book scary
The narrator is very easy to listen to.
"great tales,each one different to the next "
loved it and excellent narration plus really enjoyed the Stephen King intros before each one. excellent
"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.
"a rummage sale of poor dreams"
i have some others to listen to in my library
none come to mind
one decent story one decent idea.
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.
"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.
"Not just for horror/fantasy readers"
I have read a fair bit of Stephen King, but always prefer his more "mainstream" work; away from fantasy and horror. I also particularly enjoy his short stories; a form of which he is a master. I think this is some of his best stuff for a while, although much of it is not recent output.
Clearly there is a lot of supernatural in this collection, but by no means in all, and his gift for great story-telling and characterisation shines through much more than is the norm with most of his work. I really enjoyed these stories. OK, the baseball one left me completely cold because I had no idea what was going on, but apart from that, they are great tales, very well told.
some better than others. many ended abruptly. will only remember a few of them. not so much horror in these ones as unusual events in people's lives
"Stephen King . . . . ."
That 'bout says it. If you like Mr King then you'll like this.
One of the best popular fiction writers, well crafted, original stories with well constructed sympathetic (!) characters.
Always interesting and here a great diversity of style and genre in these short stories.
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