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!
I'm a huge SK fan. But damn, Steve! Throw us a bone, sometimes. I couldn't finish it.
First off, the two readers are quite good. Unfortunately the text doesn't equal their performances.
This collection of 4 or so short stories falls well short of Stephen King. I'm a huge fan of a lot of his work, my favorites being It and Stand By Me. He normally does a great job of creating compelling characters and filling his stories with thrilling tension.
These stories, however, are just disgusting. The first story starts with "a brutal murder so horrible I can't recount it" (paraphrase) and then proceeds to describe the death in horrible, nausea inducing detail. (I literally got sick to my stomach during this story.) There is no excitement, just pure over-the-top grossout.
The second story is one of brutal rape that only a sadist can enjoy. Seriously... unless you like hearing all the details of a horrible rape, this is a terrible story.
The remainder of the stories are dull and once again lack his normal genius. What they ARE full of us forced, dated references to 2008-2009. It seems like he's trying to hard to show that he's 'hip' to the new age... forcing in mentions of GPS, google, twitter, and other tech buzzwords that already feel dated just a year or so later.
If you love stephen king, you will be disappointed. If you don't know his work, this is a terrible place to start. Skip this book entirely and save yourself the disgust. There isn't a single redeeming story here.
I wanted to cut my own head off before the 1st story was over. Sooo boring, slow and dull.
I surely hope the remaining bits can salvage this one.
The female narration spoiled the 2nd and 4th stories for me. She sounded weak and pathetic, not the kind of person that could endure the situations presented in the stories. The narration in the last kept taking me out of the story because I found it so odd and unbelievable.
It was endlessly gruesome, just awful, weird, incomprehenibly evil, and disgusting. I can't imagine how anyone could like this book.
I have read every short story collection SK has and loved most of them. This pile of steaming, boring, worthless garbage made me so mad that I wasted a credit on this crap. First story is so boring you listen to it hoping something would happen!!
This is a depressing book, I have read nearly all of Stephen Kings book and I really did not like this one. I wish he had left his political views out of it, not all of us feel the way he does. This will be the last of his books I will buy or read.