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.
Again Stephen King knocks it out of the park. I almost didn't buy this as I thought it was short stories. But each tale is a book. I thought each one was wonderful. I also loved his recap at the end.
unlike some of the other reviewers, I liked the narration. I thought the women were portrayed as normal people in bad situations, but in no way weak. it's a subjective judgement so if the stories interest you give the book a try.
I'm just an old southern boy that has always loved to listen to a good story. At Audible I've been lucky to find and enjoy a few.
I'm not a big fan of serial books that King has been into lately. Finding this treasure of short stories then just fits my sweet spot. I especially enjoyed King's postlude about how get came up with these dark but most interesting treats. They're worth multiple listens.
My gosh, how long are you going to stretch a single scene? It never ends, imagine a well traveled road becoming a deserted road and a woman walking half dead. How long are we going endure listening this scene? Iknow, it's me I'm too old for this drama anymore.
But back in days I recall reading good stuff from Stephen; "Tommykonckers"
creepy thought provoking
Not horror - but horrific to consider what you might do in these stories.
and a penny for your thoughts
I almost don't need to say anything about Stephen King. You either like him or you don't. I even enjoy that he's not always consistent. These stories are entertaining, well written, odd and everything else you hope for from Stephen King.
That said, a reader can make or break the best of books. This one is tough because Craig Wasson is fantastic. He brings the two stories he reads to life in the best way. His ability to convey kings sense of humor is top notch. On the other hand, Jessica Hecht call but ruins the two stories she reads. Her whiny, helpless tone does not reflect the characters in the stories. I have to believe that's her own spin and it's not a good one. Her voice becomes annoying and morphs at times into the little girlish tone many women adopt when they think they are being cute. It doesn't work.
All in all, King's stories are good enough to survive a bad reader and Wasson is so good that it's worth your money even if you only listen to his two.
I read and listen to learn, enjoy and discover.
I found this book too dark for my liking. The first story nearly got me to stop. A story told by the villain invoking sympathy yet murdering horribly his wife for no big reason.
I liked most the third story and liked Craig's performance better.
Although stories were dark yet they were well written to invoke thoughts on how people can easily drift far.
I enjoyed last note by the author.
Great group of 4 dark short stories. Each compelling, thought provoking and unique. He gets you to explore life and always answer the question that inevitably pops into your head...Why would he write this??