I loved the stories in this collection. Scary and mind bending. The Female reader though is horrible. She sounds like she's about to burst out in joyful laughter while she's reading these horror stories. It's just really off. I'm surprised because usually Stephen King's books are also my favorite audible books because the readers are so good. But she's awful for this genre.
I would say the title is a very Apt description , for the stories for me were completely dark with no hope or empathy or glimmer of the virtues of humanity. Always, no matter the character, the setting or the plot, no matter how dark and depression, all of King's stories and the characters in them had at least a small fraction of hope, whether it as hope of redemption, or forgiveness or hope for loved ones. Even the villans, were somehow sympathetic if only in a small way. I could see myself in the good guys, the bad guys and every guy in between. I just had a deep well of depression and hopelessness that just got bigger and bigger, deeper and deeper. I kept hoping for a measure of relief, but none ever came.
I didn't feel the King's writing ability was in full swing here. I'm not sure if these were early stories or quickly written ones, but I felt like they were hurried and some aspects skimmed over. Much of the emotions and introspections of characters from previous works, even his shorts and novelles, wasn't apparent to me in the works in this book. The prose was a little sloppier than is his usual and awkward at times, which in itself is not a deal breaker, but when taken with the dark, depressing, unredeemed quality to the stories, it dropped the whole experience for me.
I purchased the audio version from audible.com, and the narrator was terrible. Overdramatic, cheesy, just way over the top for everything. I felt like a toddler being read to by grandpa. And the baby talk used for some characters had me grinding my teeth. I kept thinking I'd get used to it, but after an hour, I had to stop for awhile, I was just SO irritated I couldn't listen anymore. Why couldn't the narrator have just read it instead of overacting it? It really ruined the experience for me.
The four short stories comprising “Last Dark, No Stars” are vintage Stephen King and, with one exception noted below, are excellent. My favorite was “1922” because of the mood it captures of rural 1920s Nebraska, with King’s gothic overlay. “Broken Marriage” was a spell-binder, while “Fair Extension” was a modern dramatic re-telling of the classic Faust tale, with King handling the supernatural just right. “Big Driver” was, frankly, ridiculous because of the unconvincing choices the protagonist, a highly intelligent author, made, and her imaginary conversations with animals were annoying. Still, three home runs out of four times at bat isn’t a bad record. The readers were just fair.
I am normally a big Stephen King fan and love his books. However, I could barely get past the first hour in this one. Something about a father coercing his 14 year old son to kill his mother is just too wrong for me.
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. I have loved Stephen King's books for many years. I do feel that there was a period of time that his books just did not hold my interest any longer. This book made me feel like he was back to his old writings. Any King fan of the early stuff will like this one.
This was a thrill because it has a fresh hard edge to it that I wasn't expecting. There are some callbacks to other King speckled through here but he tries some interesting twists and turns and it is dark and new. A nice refreshing punch in the face. A+ "and he wished for more"
I enjoyed all the stories that were told in this book. Good thrillers, that keep you thinking until the very end.
At his old tricks of writing a book that you keep on listening to right from the start. I have dropped so many books after 1/2 hr and never his and not this one either.
OOOH I loved this collection. This is much better than his other ones. The narration could have been better; Ms. Hecht's voice is a little "wheedly" and irritating like she has no brains at first in her narrations. But then she tends to turn out later sounding like a "ha-ha I caught you" sarcastic feel--which is more fitting for the plot--"Big Driver" was my favorite. King's newer full-novel audiobooks are too wordy,have stupid music and sound effects( and they go off-tangent) but most of his collections really keep me on my toes. Craig Wasson is good too, though I didn't care for "1922" too much--it was over-acted. But all that aside, once again, Steve, you are back with that virtual butcher knife, slicing right through to the hilt! Way to go!