A star-studded cast of readers presents unabridged tales of horror and suspense from master storyteller Stephen King.
The Stephen King Amusement Park - an unnerving experience, with rides every which way to hell...and a few to glory.
A solitary finger pokes out of a drain. Novelty teeth turn predatory. The Nevada desert swallows a Cadillac. Meanwhile, the legend of Castle Rock returns...and grows on you. What does it all mean? What else could it mean? Stephen King is here with a powerful collection of stories - a vast, many-chambered cave of a volume.
The long reach of Stephen King's imagination will take you on a roller coaster to places you've never been before. You will lose sleep. But Stephen King, writing to beat the devil, will do your dreaming for you.
This edition includes an introduction read by Stephen King plus 'Suffer the Children' read by Whoopi Goldberg, 'Crouch End' read by Tim Curry, 'Rainy Season' read by Rob Lowe and more.
The full list of stories and narrators:
©1993 Stephen King (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
A trusted friend advised me that this is one of King's best collections. I was looking forward to it, but the overall quality was disappointing. There are a few good stories, but the majority range from average to downright terrible. I can name at least three that are practically about NOTHING. They go nowhere and have no plot. Just people sitting around talking.
The narrators equally run the spectrum. Some are great, others are barely tolerable. I'm personally not a fan of King himself narrating. Good narrators draw you into the story, King just feels like a guy reading off the page. No range at all.
"Stories fantastic, music terrible,"
great writing and performance, but no idea why the incidental music was put in. Unnecessary, even if it had been good music, but seems to seep in at pointless moments, adding nothing except mild irritation.
"Could not finish"
The audio froze about half way through the collection, and about half way through a story. I could not get it to continue past this point. The ones I was able to listen to were more fun than scares, but on the whole quite entertaining.
"Like a box of chocolates..."
At the risk of quoting a famous movie line, a book of short stories is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your going to get until you listen to them, in this box there are some delicious and tasty morsels, and equally some which may turn your stomach.
But go ahead and try and if you take a bite and don't like it, you can always put it back in the box!
"Some good stories, others not so much"
Some stories & performances (Rob Lowe) stand out as memorable but many were dire - I even found myself doing the unthinkable and skipped to the end of one after just 20 minutes, so disengaged had I become.
"Essential for novice listeners"
The numerous contextually different stories give insight into personal preferences. This audiobook helped me decide on the next category.
"Good overall, but a mixed bag"
Some of the narrators are just great, and Stephen King himself crops up more than once to add his own contributions, which is a great touch. In fact, so does his wife, Tabitha King. Rob Lowe stood out as a particularly good narrator, and overall the contributions from such as Whoopi Goldberg and Matthew Broderick added a really nostalgic 80s touch that I really enjoy. The stories weren't all as tight as, say, The Night Shift, but it's definitely worth a listen. Recommended - with reservations.
"Ehhhhhh not great."
I wanted to like this book, I like Stephen king's style of writing. He has a certain way of writing his stories that is generally enjoyable but for a lot of these stories I found that they failed to captivate and hold my attention. A lot of them felt unresolved or unfinished almost. I didn't feel excitement, suspense or fear, which is the primary reason why I purchased this audio book. There were a few stories that were really good and did entertain and would probably entertain most people. But for me there were too many stories which left me feeling disappointed and like my time was wasted. I wouldn't recommend this book.
Waste of money in my opinion, not my cup of tea. I suppose short stories has its place but not in my library.
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