No, I never listen twice.
I loved this book. It is a collection of stories/short novels all with a common theme. The title of the book doesn't lie-- these are very, very, dark tales. The stories illustrate a concept that Mr. King and I tend to agree on: people aren't good bad but we all have within us the ability to do wonderful and horrible things. We are all capable of a dark side given the right (or i suppose, the wrong) circumstance.
The stories are about 4 ordinary people who are put into very extraordanry and unpleasant circumstances. They are stories about the character's fight within themselves as their sanity and their control slips away from them as they go through the worst possible situations. This book will make you extremely uncomfortable. You will want to stop reading but won't be able to - one of the best qualities a book can have.
I liked the male narrator but the female was pretty bad... That is half the book.... but, It is worth it to suffer through her sing-songy voice to hear the stories.
1922 is by far the best, by no means does that discount the other two stories. All 4 make you want to stay in the car "for just 5 more minutes" and finish the next chapter. Craig is my favorite "Everyman" narrator. His ability to emote, to convey, to reach through your ears and hug your soul is second to none. This man is the Tom Hanks of Audiobooks.
The first story had a few parts that were a little too gruesome for my taste. However, the story kept my attention and made me late to work a few times because I had to see what was going to happen next. All in all it was a good book that I would recommend to my fellow listeners.
really enjoyed listening to this one I like the different stories and I enjoyed real listening to the one about the wife who said husband was a murder
Performance for the text is very good.
It was very enjoyable overall. Didn't want to stop listening to get back to the 'real world'.
The first story was the reason for my overall rating. It's painfully boring. I first purchased the book, I just couldn't get into it, thought maybe the audio version ( on sale for $5 ) would give it something extra. It did not, however the remaining stories were entertaining.
I am a Stephen King fan and he can bring very strong emotions to the top. However, this is far too gruesome. The details and physical descriptions go beyond telling an authentic story. It is a bit too close to the ramblings of a true psychotic.
Unlike some of the other folks I found both actors to be outstanding. The chirping sing song voice of Miss Hecht was not jarring at all for me, it has added a lot to the tightness and stress that the stories deal with and inspire in the reader. I am a constant King reader and found the Audible productions to be proufandly good. This one is as good as the brilliant audible productions of the Dark Tower books or Bazar of Bad Dreams. You will not regret this title should you risk it.
I am not for sure why would bother writing a review of such an accomplished person, but for what it is worth these are probably the best collection of stories I have read of his.
Hearts of Atlantis and The Green Mile coming in 2nd and 3rd. The stories were close to the heart and were able to put you in the characters minds. It is a very rare tale that can do these things.
Liked the stories but could not deal with the character voives used by Jessica Hecht. Her own reading vouce was pleasant to listen to, but the voices she used for the female characters were whiney and annoying. The male voices were not much better as they all sounded as though they had a sore throat. Craig Wasson, on the otherhand, did a great job and I would gladly listen to him again