Jessica's read is better but I guess so are her stories. Not really a good collection by King either.
They need to put some effort in choosing readers. Craig's voices of characters is just god aweful and distracting. I gave the book two stars for Jessica and partially interesting stories.
I am a big fan of short stories and SK's tells them extremely well in this collection of four. The first short story, "1922", was my favorite. A man experiences hardship on a level not seen since "Very Bad Things" after murdering his wife with the aid of his ignorant son. You can't stop listening to it, I might listen it twice :) The other 3 stories are excellent as well, a great listen.
Which is scarier? Stephen King's supernatural books or his psychological freak out books? Hard to say! I listened to this book while I was driving back and forth to work and I was freaked out! I would tell friends about the story I was listening to and they would just shake their heads at me. His characters are so normal, just like someone you would work with or live next store to. Turns out they're the ones we need to be leery of! Great listen!
I am wondering if Mr. King is having problems with his women. A story of a man who murders his wife, which isn't anything but gross and corrupts his son into helping him do it, which is sad and sick. The next one a detailed story of a woman getting raped and beaten. Oh yeah that is what women want to read. I quit. Nothing spooky, nothing that goes bump in the night or makes you wonder what is happening. The third story is about a man who wants to transfer his cancer to his best friend. Why? Because he is jealous. After doing a deal with the devil his friend's wife gets it instead and dies. It then goes on to tell how the friends entire family gets destroyed, while the man watches and enjoys. No moral here, no story here. The last story is about a woman with a dark side... what a surprise.
Interesting and will keep you thinking, but when I buy S.K. I expect suspense through my bones and this lacked this all together...ok story lines but nothing that jumps out. Save your money.
I enjoyed this book, but is it my favorite SK collection of short stories? No. It's def. worth a listen though, I enjoy Craig Wasson's narration of the first story. I say if you're a big SK fan then you have to listen, if not you're not missing THAT much...but give it a shot if you're in the mood for some darkness in your day.
I was a little disappointed with the first short story and the second seemed to end abruptly, however, the third story more than made up for it.
I read this book before I came on Audibles and bought it to put on my ipod. I must say that the narrators in my opinion are just horrible. I found myself being so irritated by their reading style that I could not pay attention to what they were saying. I would recommend reading the book over listening to it.
I generally enjoy King’s novels but this collection of short stories was very mediocre. Fair Extension is probably the best of the bunch. King needs an editor who asks him if the scene he is writing advances the narrative. There is a lot of exposition that doesn’t advance the narrative or build suspense. It just plods along. I understand that he is trying to examine the mundane and everyday nature of evil that lurks in the world. I just think the subject matter could be examined in a better and more interesting way.