The perfect narration for such a hauntingly beautiful book. With such rich description and so sensitive and intimate a psychology - reading Lolita is a must. My only regret was my inability to understand (or look up at the time, as I was on an airplane) the french phrases scattered throughout.
This selection by Stephen King includes four short stories, each with a different narrator.
"The Raft" is narrated by King himself, which is interesting. He does a good job, especially with the colloquialisms peppered throughout it. The story is pretty straightforward, but manages to also explore the characters' interactions while building up to the horror you're expecting from King.
In my opinion, "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" is the crown jewel of this collection. I won't risk spoiling any aspect of it, and it will have to suffice to say that Stephen King's genius, Dana Levy's excellent narration, and the audiobook's subtle and (surprisingly) effective use of background music combine to form a real treat.
Matthew Broderick's narration of "The Monkey" is skillful, making for a fluid and enjoyable listen. This one also forms an interesting combination of horror and an exploration of human relationships that engages a reader quite fully.
Finally, in "Gramma", the voice of a young boy is narrated by an elderly woman. I was skeptical of this choice at first. However, given time and an adequate chance, the narration actually grew on me and I realize now that Frances Sternhagen actually did an amazing job with it.
All in all, this is a great collection. I wish it were longer, but given the quality of the narrations, I can't really complain. I have since listened to "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" many times.
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