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Blood and Smoke | [Stephen King]

Blood and Smoke

This collection of short stories from the master of modern fiction is available only as an audiobook. In Blood and Smoke, Stephen King takes us inside a world of yearning and paranoia, isolation and addiction. It is the world of the smoker. In this audio-only collection, the now politically incorrect habit plays a key role in the fates of three different men.
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Publisher's Summary

This collection of short stories from the master of modern fiction is available only as an audiobook. In Blood and Smoke, Stephen King takes us inside a world of yearning and paranoia, isolation and addiction. It is the world of the smoker. In this audio-only collection, the now politically incorrect habit plays a key role in the fates of three different men in three unabridged stories of unfiltered suspense. In Lunch at the Gotham Café, Steve Davis is suffering through intense withdrawal - from both nicotine and his wife. His desperation for a cigarette and for his ex are almost too much to bear, but that's nothing compared to the horrors that await him at a trendy Manhattan restaurant. In 1408, Mike Enslin, best selling author of "true" ghost stories, decides to spend the night in New York City's most haunted hotel room. But he must live to write about it without the help of his ex best-friends, his trusty smokes. And in In the Deathroom, a man named Fletcher is held captive in a Central American stronghold. His captors will use any torturous means necessary to extract the information they want from him. His only hope lies with his last request - one last cigarette, please.

Features the tale 1408, now a Dimension Films motion picture starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.

©2000 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Matthew New Orleans, LA, USA 02-28-03
    Matthew New Orleans, LA, USA 02-28-03
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    "Excellent!"

    Very cool to have the stories read to you by the author. The middle story, "1408", is creepy and intense - a great ghost story.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 01-13-03
    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 01-13-03 Member Since 2002

    I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.

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    "Smokers Beware"

    Stephen King always suprises you. If you enjoy reading something besides the standard "Scary Carrie" stories, try this collection which represents an amalgam of short works on the theme of smoking. Not only will you enjoy the stories, you'll probably find ample reason to quit smoking after doing so.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    James beverly hills, CA, USA 11-29-04
    James beverly hills, CA, USA 11-29-04
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    "Great"

    1408 is one of the best audio ghost stories you'll ever hear. Perfect for cross country drive at night.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Gilbert, AZ, United States 11-06-07
    Jason Gilbert, AZ, United States 11-06-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoying Stephen King again"

    I have no time to read. I have two kids and a full time job so this is perfect. Getting used to Stephen's voice takes a little time, but if you have seen him on tv or in person talking its much easier to get used to it. As for his reading, its just great. People have said that hes one tone or boring, well he is a professional writer and this is not his usual gig. I look at this as a gift of sorts and we could have done much worse than this.
    I've downloaded all of his books that he reads and I'm glad I did. You never know when a treasure like this will be gone for good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    brenty United States 10-26-13
    brenty United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great stories!"

    While not the best narrator, the author actually gives an admirable performance, so don't let that put you off.

    Suspenseful, well-written, and solid delivery. Classic King.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rukkia DURANGO, CO, United States 08-27-13
    Rukkia DURANGO, CO, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Eeeeee!"
    Any additional comments?

    Lol. Not my first round with this collection, but I still cannot get enough of Lunch at the Gothem Cafe. It always gets me rolling. Definately creepy, but totally enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 01-19-12
    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Old favorites"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a revist to stories that you have already read or heard if your a King fan. I was surprised to find that I knew all of these stories. I had thought this was a different collection.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It's a King book which makes it interesting as the majority of his stories are page turners. The least interesting is that this is again stories that I already have from previous books.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this was the first time I've had an audio book where Stephen King was the narrator. It was a very pleasant surprise.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither it was pleasant.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos Brunswick, ME, United States 10-21-13
    Carlos Brunswick, ME, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I love these short stories more than the novels."
    What made the experience of listening to Blood and Smoke the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed hearing Stephen reading the stories as he intended them to be heard. Especially the yells/etc.


    What other book might you compare Blood and Smoke to and why?

    They kind of stand out on their own in the short story category. I mean, it's Stephen King…


    Who was the most memorable character of Blood and Smoke and why?

    The crazy maître d' was pretty wild. As for why? Just listen. :)


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not an avid reader of King's novels because they are simply too long. These stories are condensed, to-the-point, and just as horrific and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    VICTOR 11-05-12
    VICTOR 11-05-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Smokers"

    I got this when it first came out and thought it was great. King should do another set of stories on smokers or non-smokers or sort-of-smokers, whatever that group is!

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    Kevin Tucson, AZ, USA 04-03-06
    Kevin Tucson, AZ, USA 04-03-06
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    "Not a stellar performance"

    I am a huge King fan. I was eager to hear these stories, but King is not a talented reader. I found it nearly impossible to pay attention. It was almost a monotone.

    If you are interested in the stories, get Everythings Eventual. They are all published in that work.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Masterful storyweaver, so-so narrator"

    I love Stephen King. I have been collecting his books for as long as I can remember. These stories all appear elsewhere and I have read them all previously, and enjoyed them. This is a collection of three excellent stories, my only slight negative comments are:
    1. I think that something King's character Paul Sheldon said in 'Misery' rings true - that you might be a good storywriter, but not necessarily a good storyteller! I was a little disappointed with Stephen King's narration. Found it somewhat bland.
    2. The topic this is supposedly based on, smoking, is rather a loose connection at best.
    But these are minor complaints really, the stories themselves are great and I enjoyed listening to them, after having read them before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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