The writing team that delivered the bestselling Faithful, about the 2004 Red Sox championship season, takes listeners to the ballpark again, and to a world beyond.
Dean Evers, an elderly widower, sits in front of the television with nothing better to do than waste his leftover evenings watching baseball. It’s Rays/Mariners, and David Price is breezing through the line-up. Suddenly, in a seat a few rows up beyond the batter, Evers sees the face of someone from decades past, someone who shouldn’t be at the ballgame, shouldn’t be on the planet. And so begins a parade of people from Evers’s past, all of them occupying that seat behind home plate. Until one day Dean Evers sees someone even eerier….
©2012 Stephen King and Stewart Nan (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio
The baseball that was involved. You always see those people behind home plate and now I'll never look at those people the same way.
It would fit right in with any of his short story collections.
Watson does an excellent job. He has become one of my favorite narrators of King's work along with Frank Mueller.
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
I ran across Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan's "A Face in the Crowd" (2012) while I was looking for King's more recent release "Joyland" (2013).
King and O'Nan are true baseball fans (they collaborated on 2004's "Faithful", the story of the Red Sox 2004 season) and catch the nuances of baseball fandom perfectly. Not baseball itself, but the diehard park going fan who wears the annoying foam finger and drinks watery beer at the park - and the diehard tv watching fan that times dinner preparation to the start of a game, and drinks a six pack in front of the television.
What if one if those at-home viewers was a not-so-nice old retired man living in Florida, who watches a game on tv and sees a loathed person far from his past sitting behind home plate, looking like he hasn't aged in the 60+ years since the old man last saw him? What if the next game, the old man sees a hated business rival buried years ago - and the rival is wearing the same suit he was buried in?
I suppose there is an argument to made that "A Face in the Crowd" is a morality tale, but I'd hate to reduce it to the level of a lesson: "A Face in the Crowd" is, to me, the story of a well-deserved haunting.
The plot was a little too predictable, which is why my rating is a 3. The narration was serviceable and not too memorable.
At the time I wrote this review, the story was only available as an e-book or on Audible. I am glad I found it and listened.
it was only an hour and 4 chapters!! really--this was really considered a book?? it was a short story!!
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