I love Stephen King movies. This is only the 3rd book of his I've read, the first one I listened to. It was good, but I thought some of the stories were incomplete. I would buy it again though.
I have to agree with other comments...the female narrator was SO distracting I almost couldn't finish the stories she narrated. She narrated strong female characters and made them sound like whiny mousy kids. For that matter, she made the male characters sound like whiny mousy kids. I liked the stories and did not mind the commonality of the themes. Stephen King nice work...chose your readers better next time
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
Dark, dark, dark.
I loved it.
Be ready to wince, though – King is always disturbing, but some of the subjects he broaches here go beyond even his considerable boundaries.
I loved this book. I thought the narraters did a great job telling these tales. I have listened to a few books and I was really impressed with how they told their stories. I had a hard time turning this book off.
I was somewhat disappointed in this audiobook, mostly because of the voices chosen to narrate this novel. There was a huge disconnect for me between the readers and the characters they were portraying, and I probably would have been better off reading these stories instead.
That said, it was not King at his worst or his best. He excels at putting ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances (as the afterword states), and this collection was no exception! The pacing of each story was good for the most part, but sometimes the plot slowed, wandered off and got lost altogether. Out of the stories contained within this latest work, the ones that stood most out were "1922" and "A Good Marriage". Overall, worth a read, but maybe not a listen.
I took my first Stephen King book out from my small town local library in 1983. It was "Carrie" and I was hooked. I felt like I was drawn into the story as a participant rather than just a reader, kind of like peeking from the closet or behind the couch. It was my first such experience with a book and like so many firsts has been hard to repeat with such intensity. I remember being surprised that a story could be so good. I felt the same way with this new book "Full Dark, No Stars". The stories are enticing in their delicous darkness, I did find some things to cheer for, and the book made me think a little more about the stranger inside of myself who is only a stranger to others and not to me! Do yourself a favor and devote some of your time to this wonderful meaty dark delight!
As a 'Constant Reader' since 1978, I saw, felt, and heard SK in all these stories, but the title doesn't lie. There are no 'stars' here, no bright light to see by. These are not children's stories, not escapist fiction, nothing 'feel-good' here. This is the keen imagination of a story teller reading the horrible things that happen daily and looking behind the headlines. Disturbing is a mild word for these stories. They feel like Pet Sematary, without the magic. I can't say I enjoyed them, you'd be demented if you did. This is adult horror. Not the children's horror of monsters in the closet, but the adult monsters inside each of us. You are forced into the place in your mind that asks, "what would I do if that was me". Sometimes that's a place we don't want to look. Honest, sad, heart-rending, and too close to my own nightmares to be comfortable. I think I will remember these stories for a long time. I also think I will probably never read or listen to them again. Be prepared.
If you are new to Stephen King you will find out quickly that his work is bold, to the point of being angered while reading. "Full Dark, No Stars" is no different, shining where other authors tend to only pretend to touch surface. The four stories in this work are not so much scary as intense with realism. Each one touches you differently making you feel as if this has happened to you or someone you know. The dark feelings and hopeless thoughts are attributed to the craftsmanship of the story and sentence structure presented by Stephen King. Some may not enjoy it, however, in the end they will appreciate how it made them feel. Another set of great tales by Mr. King.
I would really love to give this book higher praise because the set of short stories had interesting plots. However, what nearly ruined the book for me (and I struggled to actually finish listening to it) was the voice interpretation of the female reader. Somehow she managed to make the women in the stories sound like whiny, weak and pathetic characters. Such a difference could have been made with just a slightly different voice! The situations that the women found themselves in, how they reacted and their dialog would have been the same, but they could have been much more likeable. As it was, I found myself wanting them to get killed just so they would shut up and I honestly don't believe that SK wrote these women to be snivelers! For a different book & weak characters the reader's voice would have been fine; but the women in the stories acted a lot smarter/tougher than they were interpreted by the voice. Too bad... in an audio book it's not just the story that makes/breaks the experience; having the reader project the appropriate personality is key.
Great collection of stories, the best being the first, 1922. The only weak link is "Fair Extension". I felt there should have been some sort of twist at the end. Stephen King is back in rare form!