Get Your Free Audiobook

Gray Matter and Other Stories From Night Shift

And Other Stories from Night Shift
Narrated by: John Glover
Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
5.0 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

Non-member price: $23.11

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Consummate master of his craft, Stephen King has kept millions awake past midnight shivering at tales that probe the shadows and reveal the dark side. Now listeners can chill to this dramatic unabridged production of 6 short stories from his best-selling book, Night Shift. It brings Stephen King's demonic stories fully to life - and the terror even closer to home.

Lying on the couch in Dr. Harper's office, keeping a close watch on the closet door, Lester Billings relates the bizarre tale of "The Boogeyman" who has taken his children's lives. In "I Know What You Need," a pretty college co-ed finds the perfect lover while on a campus in Maine. A young man thrills to the eerie mists of a murderous "Strawberry Spring." A winter storm hits and a group of old codgers who regularly gather around the Reliable at Henry's Nite-Owl discover the gruesome fate of an old crony in the title story, "Gray Matter." A son, horrified by the grim indignity of death, struggles with his love for "The Woman in the Room," while a hit man, back from a successful assignment, finds himself besieged by a toy army that turns his New York penthouse into a deadly "Battleground."

©1976 Stephen King (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

What listeners say about Gray Matter and Other Stories From Night Shift

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for bonita
  • bonita
  • 09-07-2016

We need a complete and unabridged version

My advice to long time King fans and newcomers alike is to skip these three Nightshift samplings, and to wait for a complete anthology. This collection, along with two others available from audible, were released in the mid 90s. They sound as if they were ripped directly from the old cassettes in some places, and this distracted me at times. Yes, Audible has the three volumes making up the old Bantom Doubleday Dell audio Nightshift collection, but be warned. A few stories from the anthology have never been published on audio before. Even if an audible customer were to purchase Gray Matter and other stories, Lawnmower Man and other stories, and Graveyard Shift and other stories, they'd be missing a few.The unincluded tales are I am the Doorway, One for the Road, Children of The Corn, and Trucks. Hopefully, Simon and Schuster will choose to give audiobook readers Nightshift in its entirety soon, including the prefatory matterial. They've recently released the complete Skeleton Crew anthology three or so days before this review was written, so I prefer to be optimistic.

79 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jessica Henson
  • Jessica Henson
  • 28-01-2015

Loved it!

Great! Enjoyed from start to finish! Definitely recommend it! Good for relaxing at home or being on the go. Will listen again.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for J. Higgins
  • J. Higgins
  • 02-08-2016

Poor Sound Quality

Stories are fun, John Glover is great, but fuzzy sound quality detracts from the experience.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Bree Salyer
  • Bree Salyer
  • 11-10-2016

Why do I bother?

I'm not even sure why I bothered to use a credit. King is a masterful storyteller. His prose is engaging and vividly descriptive, his characters strongly developed. But somehow, even though time after I time I keep wishing his next short story will get better, sadly, they do not. His anthologies are full of boring tales in which do not hold my interest, but still, I read them all, in hopes of finding that one diamond in the rough. I know it's there somewhere. His full length novels are amazing. It's almost as if he's two different people. Or maybe its just that his strength lies in stories that are long and drawn out. I will say that even though the plots were severely lacking in substance and "I know what you need" was the only story I even remotely enjoyed, the narration was superb. A definite A+ performance. But, in my personal opinion, this was definitely not worth a credit.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jonathan Davis
  • Jonathan Davis
  • 20-09-2020

Good stories, nice voice, odd pauses.

This was very enjoyable overall. There are a few weird pauses and hiccup-like blips at times, but it doesn't hinder the storytelling. I wish more stories were included in this instead of having Night Shift broken up into three volumes. John Glover's narration is well done overall.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Danielle Bevil
  • Danielle Bevil
  • 26-07-2020

Missing audio

There are 3 to 4 second bursts of audio missing in chapters 4 through 6. In some places it sounds like its missing an entire paragraph. You might want to have a paper copy of the book to fill in the blanks.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for John Worth Moore IV
  • John Worth Moore IV
  • 21-07-2020

creepy stuff

John Glover is great, just wish all stories were in one book. King is best

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Wynston
  • Wynston
  • 08-07-2019

Audio quality poor.

John Glover brings Stephen King’s short stories to life. They are both fantastic, however the audio quality is a bit rough. Muffled

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Robert A. Raymond
  • Robert A. Raymond
  • 23-05-2017

Great stories, poor audio quality,

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or John Glover? Yes I would. Who was your favorite character and why? I think that Lester Billings from the boogie man is my favorite, because He is honest, but really gives you the hint that he is crazy. Have you listened to any of John Glover’s other performances before? How does this one compare? I have not heard any other of glover's narration. Do you think Gray Matter and Other Stories From Night Shift needs a follow-up book? Why or why not? I do, and there are. Graveyard shift and other stories from night shift, and the lawnmower man, and other stories from night shift. Any additional comments? If you don't mind a considerable difference in the audio quality, accept when listening using the cloud player, compared with the other two volumes of stories, This book is well worth it. All of the stories are great, and sometimes very funny as well as scary. I draw your attention to the scary, and funny battleground.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mandela B Doescher
  • Mandela B Doescher
  • 23-02-2017

worth a 2nd visit

SKy's short stories are always woreg a second visit. The prequel to the real Salem's Lot was incredible! I can't believe I didn't remember it!

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for ST
  • ST
  • 11-05-2015

Decent read but not his best work

These stories are OK, one or two are even pretty good. But they are not King's finest hour by any means. If you've read most of his other stuff they might be worth a look, but otherwise there's plenty of other more engaging books he's produced.
The stories are old-school in tone. They sound like (and probably were) written by King for publication in magazines to bring in some cash.
I understand they were some of the earliest material he wrote, so if you're interested in seeing where the great author started, you can see it here.

1 person found this helpful