Full Dark, No Stars is surprisingly different from the King books I've enjoyed till now. The first story is told first person, which is very different and quite engaging. And the feminine voice in the second rings true and terrifying. I hesitated to order a collection of short stories having loved the big works...loved every minute of it.
I love all of the stories, especially Big Driver. I actually read the novel before buying the audible version. I would have loved to have heard Kathy Bates perform the two stories from the women's perspectives and I am still trying to decide if I like Wasson's narration. Having said that, I still highly recommend this book!
Nobody tells a story like Stephen King. This is my first audio King book, normally I read and actually haven't read one in a while. I used to wait for his books to come out. This took me back to when I was a constant reader and made me realize how much I miss it. Just don't seem to have as much time now. Anyway....I loved this.
I have recently begun enjoying King's books on a regular basis. I have read his books on and off but never found myself really anxious to get my hands on another one until recently. This collection of stories was easy to listen to. I particularly enjoyed Jessica Hecht's narration in two of the four stories. I found it easy to transition from one story to the other. Each of the stories has, as King himself says, an overall theme: exploring what people might do in dire situations. Without spoiling the stories, I will say that I knew immediately his inspiration for "A Good Marriage," and it was confirmed for me in his afterword. There were many parts of these stories that were hard to listen to, mostly because it is the stuff of real life. But, overall a great collection of stories.
Gritty, horrifying, and achingly insightful. Those who are faint of heart beware. Full Dark, No Stars is a look at people at their worst. King takes you inside the minds and hearts of the villains of these stories and shows you just how human they really are. How different from us they really aren't. How honest can you be with yourself and what you might or might not do after reading this set of chilling short stories. Enjoy!
I consider myself a Stephen King junkey, having read and loved dozens of his books. This compilation of shorter stories lacks the Stephen King magic I loved in the past. In the author's epilogue, Mr. King seeks to justify the disturbing nature of these stories, and they are disturbing, by describing them as ordinary people in extraordinary situations. However, sheer criminal violence by one person against another is not an extraordinary situation - at least not the kind I have come to expect from a Stephen King story. Perhaps it is a lack of supernatural elements or the infusion of a political point of view, something I noticed creeping in to this author's work in recent books (see Insomnia and Under the Dome) and something the author discusses in the epilogue to this book, but I was just a little disappointed.
Thoroughly enjoyed this Stephen King.... particularly the last three of the four stories. Jessica Hecht reads beautifully.
Am giving this four stars because I had a little trouble with Craig Wasson's interpretation... just a little over the top.
As for the stories I thought they were just okay. While I understand King's intention was to put ordinary people in horrible situations but they were kind of boring and predictable. I did not find they the least bit scary. As for the narrators, I thought they were both pretty bad. Craig Wasson sounds like Casey Kasem which was distracting and Jessica Hecht makes all the female characters sound a bit whiney. This book gets three stars for the stories and zero for the narration.
I listen to audiobooks on my commute. I am often slow to get one started...I might listen on my way home in the afternoon, but not in the morning. I RARELY listen in my house from my IPOD or at the computer. But I did with this one. Stephen King cannot really think up anything TOO awfully original at this point, but he is a consummate storyteller. He weaves the cloth of a story so that you are in the action, feeling like you not only know the character, but you ARE the character at some points. The first two short stories are the best. The ending to the third one (Extensions) seemed premature and disappointed me, but I do think about possible endings for the main character alot, so maybe that was what King was trying for there. Either that or he could not think of how to end it. Last story was an interesting story, but the way the main character deals with her new knowledge doesn't seem plausible. But people do strange things...that I know. Obviously, you can tell from this review, that they were entertaining (albeit graphically gross and violent, as per usual with King) and thought-provoking. Very suspenseful at times. I listened to this one much faster than about any audiobook I've ever bought.... Worth your while if you like King.
I am a King fan, but not always. The Dark Tower, at the end, let me down. I skipped a few books in that time where even King thought about retiring.
Perhaps it was a fog that a good truck upside the head had to clear. Regardless, both Duma Key and Full Dark NO Stars are great -though sometimes spooky - books. Though all stories in the book are pretty good. . .it is funny I find the two "guy" stories the least interesting of the bunch. The two stories that take place fro a girl's point of view are pretty damn interesting. . .