"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.
In "Big Driver", a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself.
"Fair Extension", the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Dave Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.
When her husband of more than 20 years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It's a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.
Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.
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"[T]hese tales show how a skilled storyteller with a good tale to tell can make unsettling fiction compulsively readable." (Publishers Weekly)
"King has gone on record saying he believes that American readers should pay more attention to the virtues of short fiction... if anyone can get reluctant short-story and novella readers into the swing, he certainly can with this book." (Booklist)
loved it but then I love everything Stephen King writes almost he is most realistic writer I've ever read while some of his work is outlandish it's still spellbinding.
I RARELY write reviews. but I just had to warn others how Jessica Hecht ruins the stories with her narrations. First time I have ever put a Steven King down unfinished, but I just couldn't take it. Sounds like she is injecting humour in inappropriate places, and makes the characters she plays sound like bubble-headed simpletons. Wish she'd have just read the stories straight. Buy the paperback or ebook. Save your credit for something more worthy.
Loved these short stories. What can you say about Stephen King that hasn't already been said. Brilliant? Check. Dark? Check. Intriguing? Check. Ghoulish? Check. All the things I love. The narration was good, steady, but Jessica Hecht's wistful narration was cloying in parts. If not for that, five stars there as well. I listened twice to this book in rapid succession to pick up tid bits I might have missed. It was enjoyable both times. I wish I could write like this. Simply but powerfully. What a treat.
As usual Stephen King's four stories in Full Dark No Stars are excellent. Craig Wasson's performance was perfect, Jessica Hecht would be better suited reading children's books.
I enjoyed all 4 stories and loved the narration. I was sad to read reviews saying people do not like Jessica Hecht's narration. I absolutely loved it. Her cheerful voice made the dark stories that much darker for me - the contrast added a creepiness for me. I actually came to audible tonight to search for other things she has narrated and was disappointed that there is only one other book. Given the poor reviews of her narration, I doubt I'll find others by her soon. Very disappointing for me. I love Craig Wasson's narration too. He was spectacular on King's 11.22.63 and didn't disappoint here. My favorite story here was A Good Marriage, but all were chilling. 1922 was a little overwrought for my taste - payoff didn't match the time invested. Big Driver was very painful content but so well told. I liked Fair Extension though it felt like another take on the idea behind Thinner. All good - worth your time.
After reading Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight I had high hopes for this one. Both the narrators were great but the the stories felt lacking. I'm sure, for some, the topics covered in the stories might be considered a sensitive subject or a bit taboo but it felt like the subject matter was all the stories had to keep them moving forward and even then it felt like it still wasn't enough to keep my interest. The first story had was enough to think the rest would be just as good if not better but in my opinion this wasn't one of Stephen Kings better books.
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