Total creep out, king style. Not for the feint of heart or weak stomach person. Every once in awile, SK can really twist your guts around, and this collection left me slightly queezy. yet, being an avid SK fan since dirt was young, i expect the weird out-of-ordinary from him. It cracks me up when people complain about his stories by saying it wasnt "classic" King. What is classic King anyway? SK stories are not same-old, same-old like other authors (koontz, saul) thank goodness. Not knowing what you're going to read is as close to "classic" King as i think we're going to get.
Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.
I'm adding Jessica Hecht to my "no-listen" list. She managed t turn every female character into some whiny grating helpless lump, despite their actions. Half-way through "Big Driver", I switched back to my print version. I did the same thing about 1/4 way through "A Good Marriage".
Craig Wasson I enjoyed, and "1922" with "Fair Extension" made for very enjoyable reads.
These stories are dark and have the ice pick sting of pain and horror we've come to expect.
Stephen King is hit-or-miss for me. After listening to these I have decided that he is a much better short story writer than novelist. These were good stories that were a fun listen and renewed my faith that King can spin a good yarn.
Overall these stories were ok, but none made a lasting impression. One was memorable less for the storyline and more for the never ending gross-out factor. I've always loved the "voice" of Stephen King's characters and maybe it was the narrators in the stories, but the characters in these stories don't seem as well spoken.
Stephen King excels at the art of writing the short story and novella and this book does not disappoint. These stories are well crafted, creepy, disturbing and entertaining. In other words, typical King. This book is very well narrated as well. I highly recommend.
The first three stories were okay, if not a little "gory" in places. The narrator's voice in the final story really irritated me. I wanted to hit the female who was telling her story.
I love Stephen King movies. This is only the 3rd book of his I've read, the first one I listened to. It was good, but I thought some of the stories were incomplete. I would buy it again though.
I have to agree with other comments...the female narrator was SO distracting I almost couldn't finish the stories she narrated. She narrated strong female characters and made them sound like whiny mousy kids. For that matter, she made the male characters sound like whiny mousy kids. I liked the stories and did not mind the commonality of the themes. Stephen King nice work...chose your readers better next time
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
Dark, dark, dark.
I loved it.
Be ready to wince, though – King is always disturbing, but some of the subjects he broaches here go beyond even his considerable boundaries.