yes. Especially Big Driver. what a great story.
other Stephen king books
Both story tellers were able to bring the characters to life. they both have great voices.
These are the best short stories i've listened too/read in a long time. The understanding and realness of the characters thoughts are outstanding, and frightening. "Bid Driver" and "A Good Marriage" were my favorites (in that order), however all four were terrific. I've listened to quite a few Stephen King books and this has easily been my favorite.
Stephen King, does it again, has me thinking along one line and then takes me in a totally different direction. I've been a "Constance Reader" for almost 40 yrs. and have "never" been disappointed.
The narration was as good as it can be with lackluster material. Maybe I have read or listened to too much King, which makes this a disappointment. It seems he missed the mark and the stories aren't anything special. He tries to explain his reasons for writing and stated it wasn't for the money, but they seem churned out for the money. I also didn't like his leftist political statement at the end. Now his books seem tainted. Oh well. This is a book that it would be easy to pass on.
I love a good story. I am fond of well crafted prose. If the elements are there I will read any genre at any length.
You can decide to listen based on the reputation of the author. Or you can listen because you enjoy a compelling story that will last with you. Several years ago I suffered a brain injury, this makes reading books difficult. I love good stories, so going without is not an option. I recently fell back in love with short stories and long stories.
These stories are compelling, and last with you, they will monopolize your time.
After I would walk for miles on end to finish the next story, I would go home and chat up my husband. I would grill him on what he would do in such a scenario. Of course my husband's favorite part was for me to retell the story before bed and then make him listen to it.
I am not a fan of summing up the story for a potential listener. Stay until the very end to hear a special note from the author. It is nice to know that an author writes with real purpose and appreciates his readers.
Don't know. The Hecht reading makes me think yes, probably.
Revenge is always satisfying to read about.
Did Wasson read the first one: 1922? The venom in the man's voice -- that gritted-teeth thing -- was used almost randomly: even the commonplace lines sounded like they were dripping with a violent sarcasm. So that weakened 1922 for me: the protagonist was of course unsympathetic, but the reader made him more so. The other stories were read well. Some folks complained about the "smile" in Hecht's voice: I actually felt like she read really well: the faintly wry/grim tone of her voice went well with that particular story and certainly with the protagonist.
4 Excellent stories. The first 3 were new to me. Gruesome but what else would you expect? I usually don't go for short stories but this one was on sale for 4.99 so bought instead of using my credit. Well worth it even at full price.
As a peaceful, loving Papa-type, with no conscious thoughts of violence or gore, Stephen King easily transports me to places unknown and sometimes uncomfortable, and holds me captive for the entire journey.
Full Dark, No Stars is among his best collections. A very good read.
The stories are some of the best Stephen King has produced. His prose has become so beautifully clean, which allows his characters to shine through. These stories are horrific because he makes you sympathize with murderers and question what you might do if out in heir situations.
The performances, however, were perplexing. Craig Wasson breaks into a childish petulance frequently during his reading. It made some sense for the first story but none at all after that. It was distracting to say the least. Jessica Hecht had an utterly inexplicable smile in her voice throughout that would have been far more appropriate in "chick lit" or comedy than in a set of Stephen King stories. I love her work as an actress but could barely get through her bizarrely inappropriate performance here.
Over all, well worth listening to because of the virtuosity of King's story telling. Even inept performances could not spoil it.
Good stories, good writing, but the female narrator ruined it for me. The tales were dark and in some parts vicious, and the narration took away from that with a sing-song tone that didn't do the characters justice and took meaning away from the content.