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If It Bleeds

Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Publisher's Summary

A collection of four uniquely wonderful long stories, including a stand-alone sequel to the number-one best seller The Outsider

News people have a saying: 'If it bleeds, it leads'. And a bomb at Albert Macready Middle School is guaranteed to lead any bulletin.

Holly Gibney of the Finders Keepers detective agency is working on the case of a missing dog - and on her own need to be more assertive - when she sees the footage on TV. But when she tunes in again, to the late-night report, she realises there is something not quite right about the correspondent who was first on the scene. So begins If It Bleeds, featuring the incomparable Holly on her first solo case - and also the riveting title story in Stephen King's brilliant new collection.

Dancing alongside are three more wonderful long stories from this 'formidably versatile author' (Sunday Times) - 'Mr Harrigan's Phone', 'The Life of Chuck' and 'Rat'. All four display the richness of King's storytelling with grace, humour, horror and breathtaking suspense. A fascinating author's note gives us a wonderful insight into the origin of each story and the writer's unparalleled imagination.

©2020 Stephen King (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Classic King

Enjoyed all the short stories. There were links to other novels so I suppose that is why they made more sense to me that others that have rated it lower.

These short stories were old school Stephen King which I prefer.

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Love love love Stephen king

What a wonderful writer he is although I can’t really review any story except the outsider. Which is a contusion of the book of the same name. I loved it. I will read anything by this fabulous man.

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Stephen, you never dissapoint.

Great read. Great characters. Loved it. when is the next one. I always feel a bit sad cause I don't want to finish it....don't want it to end.

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If there's a storyline here, I can't find it..

Like somebody else said, maybe I'll try it again and figure out what the book is about..

I've been listening for a few hours now and honest to god cannot determine any overriding plot whatsoever: just characters talking pointless dialog that never seems to lead anywhere or even pique your interest.. the narrators are fine, the book though ..

I actually was looking for the 'Swap for a better book' option but couldn't find that and figured I may as well exorcise my opinion while I'm here.

It's as if the author has just filled a book with any and all random thoughts as and when they've occurred without, well *anything* that binds any of it together at all.

God... there's still another 10 *HOURS* of it.. wow, no come-on.. seriously..

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Another great listen from Stephen King

Would have given it 5 if not because of the story "Chuck", honestly, I did not get it. However, I enjoyed the other two stories, King brings out my goosebumps when I listen to his stories. Not as brilliant as Duma Key and some others, but entertaining and engaging enough for a 4 star.

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Disappointing.

I normally love everything Stephen King writes but this one left me feeling the I just hadn’t ‘grasped’ the story..... I did start the book again as I felt I must’ve missed something important.... maybe I will leave it for a bit and then try again.

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  • Len
  • 30-04-2020

Truly outstanding

All four stories are typical Stephen King at his outstanding best. I was not that enthralled with The Outsider and Mr Mercedes as audiobooks but when I purchased both miniseries for viewing, I loved them both, and the continuation of Holly's battle with an outsider in this book is excellent. . I also listened to both the above audiobooks again and got so much more from them after viewing the series. Stephen is Stephen, the whole world will have listened to his books by now, and you get what you paid for. Brilliant. The reader is also fantastic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-2020

Great little book(s)

Loved the first one, could see this being creepier branching into something else later. Enjoyed hearing another adventure with Holly.
Thankyou Mr King :)

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  • Edith Soosaar
  • 24-04-2020

Modeller and dark dark dark

Is Stephen King a reincarnation of Cassandra or very sceptical person? Who cares. It's brilliant.

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  • Abrar
  • 30-04-2020

Good story, shame I couldn't continue

*** SPOILER ALERT ***
I wasn’t sure if I should write this review but wanted to share my thoughts. I’ve read King’s works when I was younger and have recently been rediscovering them. I quite liked this story, having listened to The Outsider audio book. I then came across something that I found offensive. There’s a part where a character in a vulnerable position is described as ‘Muslim woman about to begin Isha’. I think it’s bad taste to draw such a parallel.

I still have a lot of respect for this author. In his writing, you get a sense of the kinds of evil corrupt people justify with religion. I’m glad that he does this. But a Muslim woman who chooses to pray is not the same as a terrified woman who has soiled herself cowering on the floor.

P.S. Isha is the last prayer of the day for Muslims. From the description, she could crudely be described as prostrating. The Arabic word for that is Sujud.

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  • papapownall
  • 25-04-2020

Four great stories from Stephen King

I have to admit first of all that it is a long time since I have read anything by Stephen King. I have watched a few of the film adaptations of some of his famous books though. Having a spare credit this month and seeing this new release I thought I would give it a go. And I am glad that I did as this is a collection of four shortish stories all of which are great. No spoilers but here is an overview of each

1, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone in which a young boy introduces an old man to the joys of an early edition iPhone resulting in mysterious events
2. The LIfe of Chuck which is set in the near future and reminds me of a Black Mirror episode
3. If it Bleeds which is, apparently, a sequel to an earlier work Outsiders and tells the story of links between certain mass casualties over a 60 year period
4. Rat, my favourite of all in which a struggling author is haunted by a talking rat (Norwegian Brown)

These are all unique and compelling and I will certainly go back and explore more of Stephen King's back catalogue on the strength of these stories.

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  • Ulla
  • 13-05-2020

Good story but terrible narrator.

As usual, Stephen King writes a really good story, but I had to give up halfway through because I cannot stand listening to Will Patton.
I must remember not to buy books that he narrates.
Nobody but nobody speaks the way he does when he narrates.

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  • Rayed
  • 09-05-2020

A narrating dream team

I don't need to go into detail about how good this book is I mean Stephen king wrote it. What really added to the book value is the dream team narrator cast. Each narrator was smartly selected to each story and it was a very entertaining listen.

Thank you for everyone who worked in the production.

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  • Simon
  • 07-05-2020

Lovely

Fantastic collection of stories that really took me back to his earlier pieces. I recommend to anyone really, especially those who have followed Mr Mercedes trilogy an outsider.

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  • steven booth
  • 04-05-2020

Superb

Love Mr Kings lastest output. And this is up there with the outsider.
Will patton narration kept me hooked.
Best thing about lock down I could listen to this till the early hours. 10/10

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-05-2020

great

love Stephen kings short stories can wait for more this was a wonderful book

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  • Lemonypie
  • 24-05-2020

He's still on great form

Another compelling listen from Mr King... particularly loved the appearance of Holly Gibney, and superb narration

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  • Nick
  • 23-05-2020

More Holly please..

I really do hope we have more Holly standalone stories in the future. loved hers so much.

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  • gemma_marie
  • 22-05-2020

Wonderful stories but...

The man who reads for Holly Gibney sounds like Winnie the Pooh which irritates me