I am wondering if Mr. King is having problems with his women. A story of a man who murders his wife, which isn't anything but gross and corrupts his son into helping him do it, which is sad and sick. The next one a detailed story of a woman getting raped and beaten. Oh yeah that is what women want to read. I quit. Nothing spooky, nothing that goes bump in the night or makes you wonder what is happening. The third story is about a man who wants to transfer his cancer to his best friend. Why? Because he is jealous. After doing a deal with the devil his friend's wife gets it instead and dies. It then goes on to tell how the friends entire family gets destroyed, while the man watches and enjoys. No moral here, no story here. The last story is about a woman with a dark side... what a surprise.
Interesting and will keep you thinking, but when I buy S.K. I expect suspense through my bones and this lacked this all together...ok story lines but nothing that jumps out. Save your money.
I enjoyed this book, but is it my favorite SK collection of short stories? No. It's def. worth a listen though, I enjoy Craig Wasson's narration of the first story. I say if you're a big SK fan then you have to listen, if not you're not missing THAT much...but give it a shot if you're in the mood for some darkness in your day.
I was a little disappointed with the first short story and the second seemed to end abruptly, however, the third story more than made up for it.
I read this book before I came on Audibles and bought it to put on my ipod. I must say that the narrators in my opinion are just horrible. I found myself being so irritated by their reading style that I could not pay attention to what they were saying. I would recommend reading the book over listening to it.
I generally enjoy King’s novels but this collection of short stories was very mediocre. Fair Extension is probably the best of the bunch. King needs an editor who asks him if the scene he is writing advances the narrative. There is a lot of exposition that doesn’t advance the narrative or build suspense. It just plods along. I understand that he is trying to examine the mundane and everyday nature of evil that lurks in the world. I just think the subject matter could be examined in a better and more interesting way.
The only thing scary about this book is the level of misogyny. The tales are not creative, they are revolting...think "Last House on the Left" or "I Spit on Your Grave."
The best way I can describe this is, "meh."
The 4 stories did keep my interest. I wanted to know how each would turn out, but all but the first story left me disappointed.
In each story, you are taken into the mind of the protagonist in an attempt to experience the drama from their perspective. But Big Driver is experienced every week by fans of cop shows. The Darcy Anderson story is over before it gets good. And Fair Extension, well, I can't think of a way to express my feelings without spoiling it.