I am a huge Stephen King fan. I have read everything he's ever written, and own them all in hardcover. Even though I already read this one a long while ago, I wanted to listen to it in audio. I was not disappointed. Excellent performance, and I enjoyed the stories all over again!
This is a book of four short stories. 1922 is the first and it is classic King. While all the stories are well written I enjoyed 1922 most. Well worth a credit.
The male narrator was superb. The female reader reminded of those women with condescending voices. But she was bearable.
The writing is excellent, as is Craig Wasson's reading. Jessica Hecht is not quite as good. She has an odd way of speaking that sounds like she's smiling really largely all the time. It's not quite an accent; it sounds like an affectation. It's distracting.
I have not read the print version.
I enjoy Craig Wasson as a reader. I loved his narration of 11/22/63. The 2 stories read by Jessica Hecht were great stories. However, I found it difficult to listen to her voice. I do not want to be critical of a persons vocal characteristics, but she does have a whiny quality to her voice. It almost sounds as if she will break out crying and sobbing at any time. I will most likely try to sidestep future audio books read by her as it was distracting to the story.
I read the other reviews and thought 'the woman's performance cannot possibly be that bad!' So I gave this a shot. After all, it's Stephen King. I was wrong. I am actively making a note to never, ever, in my life listen to another book narrated by Jessica Hecht. Craig Wasson, on the other hand, did a wonderful job.
Unfortunately the most disappointing part of this book was not being able to find the missing 5th story, "The case of the wasted credit"
This book consisted of four mediocre stories, none of which would have me checking the bedroom closet before going to sleep.
The first story started off very good but then lost its way and my interest quickly. Disappointing, there were so many directions this story could have taken and then..... it didn't!
2nd story, Big driver was very predictable! Rape, revenge, yawn!
Third story, Elvid, aka "Bargin with the devil" seemed to be written for the childrens goosebumps series.
The last story, about a wife finding out about her husbands "secret life" had a few decent spots but alas, she should have stuffed this one back into that old "hidey hole"
The biggest turnoff seemed to be a common theme, throughout all four stories, how to insert the curse word "GD" into every story for a cheap shock value!
Newsflash! Did not work!
The stories were as well written as anything from King. They were way too graphic in my opinion. In fact I skipped major pieces in the first two stories. While they were interesting, I'm not sure that they added much to my life in reading them. Unless you are a huge king fan, be warned. There be way graphic detail here.