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.
...have read better SK stories. Not to say they are not well written. Most of them. except one, can be considered as supernatural. They are a good break for me after just finishing the Mr Mercedes trilogy.
I enjoyed most of the narrations other than the one for the last story. The manner that the narrator lingers on each word just annoys me; other listeners might not have an issue with it since it is really not such a big deal.
As a conclusion, I would recommend this book if you can get it at a discount. Don't waste a full credit on it though.
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.