Nightmares and Dreamscapes may not contain much of the truly grotesque amd terrifying short stories constant readers recall from Night Shift and Skeleton Crew, but like the truly great King collections it gives us a glimpse of the various kinds of stories King weaves with singular voice. For whatever reason, maybe to make more money, the book is split into three parts - not a major problem, but when most of the other collections are bigger files with a bigger price tag, it bothers me that I had to spend 3 credits on this instead of one. But that's a slight on Audible, not King. Collection 1 is full of great narrators - Tim Curry in top form on "Crouch End" - but Yeardley Smith was not a great choice for "Rainy Season". Aside from the poor sound quality of her recording, it's impossible to feel the real horror in this story when you can't divorce the mental image of Lisa Simpson reading it (she names the Maine accent, though). King fans and casual audiobook listeners won't be disappointed, just those of us who have memberships with Audible.
Perhaps the best in this Set Dolan's Cadillac and Umneys Last Case, the rest are good, but nothing special imo, well read and Narration was on point, overall, Worth the read.
Great Stories! Different then most of his other short story books, but if you know Stephen King, you then know that he's not just the Master of Horror. He's also the Master of having no need for a comfort zone or M.O. To rely on. He writes incredibly, exploring different genres and states of mind. The short stories in this collection are no different.
The readers are all fantastic! Whoopi Goldberg was a delightful surprise in that I never expected her to be such an amazing story teller. Everyone else was amazing as well.
Now... On to Volume 2!
I am determined to read King's entire collection in as close to the order of publishing as possible. In starting Nightmares and Dreamscapes I found I really enjoyed the short stories but didn't enjoy the baseball essay and poem at the end. It was nice to hear a real experience King had with his son, but let's be honest I really just want him to scare me.