The first collection of stories Stephen King has published since Nightmares & Dreamscapes nine years ago, Everything's Eventual includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by The New Yorker, and "Riding the Bullet," King's original e-book, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade.
"Riding the Bullet" is the story of Alan Parker, who's hitchhiking to see his dying mother but takes the wrong ride, farther than he ever intended. In "Lunch at the Gotham Café", a sparring couple's contentious lunch turns very, very bloody when the maître d' gets out of sorts. "1408" is about a successful writer whose specialty is "Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Graveyards" or "Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Houses", and though Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel doesn't kill him, he won't be writing about ghosts anymore. And in "That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is In French", terror is déjà vu at 16,000 feet.
Whether writing about encounters with the dead, the near dead, or about the mundane dreads of life, from quitting smoking to yard sales, Stephen King is at the top of his form in the 14 dark tales assembled in Everything's Eventual. Intense, eerie, and instantly compelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of our time.
The complete list of narrators includes Becky Ann Baker, John Collum, Boyd Gaines, Peter Gerety, Josh Hamilton, Arliss Howard, Judith Ivey, Stephen King, Justin Long, Oliver Platt, and Jay O. Sanders.
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I bought this audio book because I enjoy listening to Stephen King narrate his work. I've listened to all the novels he has narrated so far, and now I'm on to the short stories, starting with this one. I was not disappointed. LT's Theory of Pets was a live reading, and it was enjoyable, though it was a little strange hearing this live recording sandwiched in between studio performances which had better sound quality. Justin Long was the perfect narrator for Everything's Eventual, which ended up being my favorite tale.
The sheer variety of these great stories - which range from gruesome horror tales to hardboiled crime narrative to literary poignancy - should be enough to recommend this title, but on top of that each story has a different reader (all recognizable voices of famous actors), and each reader seems somehow especially suited to the story in question.
If "Autopsy in Room 4" doesn't grab you right away and hold you spellbound in horrified fascination, then I don't know what will!
Stephen King is by far one of the greatest writers of our time. I don't believe he is just a horror writer either. His characters are often complexly human in a way that most writers struggle to articulate. That being said, most of the stories in this book are just average. However, average at Stephen King standards it's still worth a listen if you're a fan. There are a few great short stories in this collection. Only, far fewer than I had hoped.
It has been a long time since I've actually picked up a book and read. I enjoy horror, mysteries, fiction, sci-fi, and good cop drama books.
I like King's novella's they display some of his best work. He doesn't go overboard with detail or setting a scene. He actually lets you end his stories yourself through lack of full disclosure and information.
Most memorable character was the crazy matrè'd in the story regarding the divorce.
There are many narrators but I do not like King as a narrator. It's his voice it doesn't seem to have the ability for convincing me he is no more than a reader of a story so it takes longer to figure out characters. His voice doesn't give enough of a differentiation between characters.
My new title would be, "IT COULD HAPPEN".
This is Ezekiel my Service Dog. We Listen to books and go on walks, work in the Garden and Lawn together. We Like Thrillers / Mystery
Some are GREAT 1408, The Killing Room, Gotham Cafe, and maybe a few others. But for 10 or so duds is not a reason to keep this book. I just have not had any luck with Stephen Kings short stories. I was not a fans of Dreamscapes either.
Most of the Stories were Bland and I can see why these never made it to full novels.
I Like almost all of the readers, I feel that the stories had more to do with how well I enjoyed the Book, more than the Reader doing the reading.
Disappointment that more were not better stories.
I will be asking for a Refund of my credit.
Looking for the next best horror, ghost, paranormal, apocalyptic book out there. Especially if it has a full cast.
My thoughts on Stephen King are conflicting. Ever since I picked up Cell and read it in its entirety in the span of two days I have had this hope that all of his other books would affect me the same way. I believe he is a truly amazing writer. His descriptions flow from the first paragraph all the way to the very last sentence. But at the same time, I find most of his stories boring and drawn out. And as far as being labeled the Master of Horror, more often than not, his tales do nothing to inflict even the smallest hint of fear in me. However, I thought for sure there would be at least one tale in this anthology that would make it worth the listen. Boy, was I disappointed. The only reading that sparked my interest was Mr. King's own reading of LT's Theory of Pets.... and that wasn't even due to the story itself, but the author's comedic introduction. The narration was decent, but none of the stories did anything for me personally.
Every story in this collection is entertaining, all of the narrators give good-to-great readings, and the stories are varied and well-written. Loved it ! Stephen King deserves a special seat at the round table of great writers. He has a special genius.
my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....
i walk several miles a day and this book of short stories was just perfect to listen to...especially the story read by king about the couple and their pets they bought for each other.....just a great collection of short stories from the master of story telling.....
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