Retired Clergy. PhD in Comparative Religion. Enjoying retirement of golf, motorcycling, model railroading, gardening, and reading.
Stephen King at his very best. I can't remember being any more captured by this storyteller engaged in his articulate craft. Don't enter into the world(s) of these stories unless you are ready to be completely caught up in the narrative(s). I will listen to them again, I think, but not until I'm once more willing to face myself wholly for one (like the characters in each tale) who may very well be possessed of two (at least) people. For the moment I'm just going to let these morality tales ferment someplace deep within me. Wonderful. Engulfing. Stephen King at his best.
These are all great stories, well told. The first one is so dark it was very uncomfortable to listen.
My only criticism is the trend of actors "over-performing" the books they read. There's a fine line between telling a good story and imposing one's interpretation on it. Wasson was over the top in the first story but much more even in his second. Hecht goes way too far in both her stories and her voices are distractingly similar in each even though the characters are completely different. If I were running the zoo I'd stop hiring actors to do these reading and enlist storytellers instead.
Stephen King has spent years perfecting female characters. In the early days someone made the remark that he couldn't write a strong female character between the ages of 7 and 107. Happily, that has changed in recent years and he has produced some good female characters. The reading of the two female leads in this book did a huge disservice to the stories. Frankly, I thought the character of Darcy sounded like some little housewife straight out of the 50s without a brain in her head. Unfortunate, as it was a very good story.
It was so nice to have short stories that take me back to Four Past Midnight and Bachman days. The narrators are fantastic and add a great deal to the story. I hope King's following books keep up this energy.
I am what you'd call a "constant reader". I've been reading and listening to SK for close to 20 years. I really enjoyed this book. I usually don't care for SK's short stories/novellas, but these were all very, very good. I very much enjoyed the second story, but it is quite disturbing and a bit more graphic than I am used to with SK. Some reviewers had a problem with the readers, I really didn't mind them, they weren’t the best performance’s, but it was still ok. I also appreciated SK’s afterword. I would recommend it to everyone who likes SK. All in all, it's a great read!
I'm not sure about the first reader in this series, but if it's Craig Wasson reading "Inside Every Man ...." then he is doing a really strict impersonation of Tom Leykis. And that story is perfect for Tom Leykis to be reading, all things considered!
Craig Wasson and Jessica Hecht are outstanding readers also. All three of these short audiobooks are outstanding. The stories are very dark (well, it is Stephen King, after all!) and if Tom Leykis did read the first story, then it added to the performance to have him read that particular story.
Delighted with these stories and the performers.
Mr. King did not disappoint my desire to scare myself to death! Keep it up, Mr. King, and I will keep on listening! What is wrong with me? :-D
A good, no great story can be undone by a poor narator. The stories were in some cases gruesome but highly entertaining and true King. The narrators, however, almost ruined the enjoyment. The narrators provided unconvincing performances. Oh to have had Mare Winningham, the fabulous narrator from Lisey's story and The Gingerbread Girl, back!
This was a creepy bunch of tales that were hard to listen to, but hard to put down. I liked the narrators in each story, and I felt that each portrayed the characters well throughout the story. I also liked Stephen King's notes about the how he wants his stories to have a visceral effect on a reader. These certainly did. Horror is not my favorite genre. And I think horror for horror's sake is not worth my time. Finishing this book left me with some things to think about and I think that makes a quality story. It also made the commute to work fly by!
Loved the multiple stories, each different than the other, very well crafted. I can honestly say that there was not a slow passage, dull moment, etc. and I couldn't wait to get into my car and listen as the stories progressed. Are the themes dark? Yes. However, they are so beautifully crafted that your appreciation of his ability to write such dramatic stories overcomes any hesitation you might have to listen to them.