I generally enjoy King’s novels but this collection of short stories was very mediocre. Fair Extension is probably the best of the bunch. King needs an editor who asks him if the scene he is writing advances the narrative. There is a lot of exposition that doesn’t advance the narrative or build suspense. It just plods along. I understand that he is trying to examine the mundane and everyday nature of evil that lurks in the world. I just think the subject matter could be examined in a better and more interesting way.
The only thing scary about this book is the level of misogyny. The tales are not creative, they are revolting...think "Last House on the Left" or "I Spit on Your Grave."
The best way I can describe this is, "meh."
The 4 stories did keep my interest. I wanted to know how each would turn out, but all but the first story left me disappointed.
In each story, you are taken into the mind of the protagonist in an attempt to experience the drama from their perspective. But Big Driver is experienced every week by fans of cop shows. The Darcy Anderson story is over before it gets good. And Fair Extension, well, I can't think of a way to express my feelings without spoiling it.
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.