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Full Dark, No Stars | [Stephen King]

Full Dark, No Stars

"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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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.

©2010 Stephen King. All rights reserved. (P)2010 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Stephen arlington, texas, United States 02-12-13
    Stephen arlington, texas, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "If your happy with 50% then buy it"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, only half of the narration and stories were Stephen King quality


    What didn’t you like about Craig Wasson and Jessica Hecht ’s performance?

    I love to listen to Craig Wesson his performance made the first story full, colorful and intriguing. His voice is like a fine wine with a good meal. Jessica Hecht's voice is way to sweet to be palatable.


    Any additional comments?

    I miss Roland, the Gun Slinger series

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, United States 02-05-13
    Andrea Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, mediocre performance"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Stephen King always writes strong, capable women. This is something I really appreciate about King. However, the female narrator portrays the women in these stories as weak, high voiced ninnies. It is disconcerting and draws away from the intended characters.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debra STRAFFORD, MO, United States 03-24-11
    Debra STRAFFORD, MO, United States 03-24-11
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    "Did not like the female narrator."

    Stephen King has spent years perfecting female characters. In the early days someone made the remark that he couldn't write a strong female character between the ages of 7 and 107. Happily, that has changed in recent years and he has produced some good female characters. The reading of the two female leads in this book did a huge disservice to the stories. Frankly, I thought the character of Darcy sounded like some little housewife straight out of the 50s without a brain in her head. Unfortunate, as it was a very good story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Cary, NC, United States 11-29-10
    Kimberly Cary, NC, United States 11-29-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Compelling narratives, but a good talk spoiled"

    Many of Stephen King's stories scare me, but few horrify me the way these stories did. I found myself stopping my iPod a few minutes into two of the stories, and it was a couple days before I could bear to go back to them ... but the phobic attraction of King's well-shaped narrative drove me back as surely as the subject matter drove me away.

    However, I found Jessica Hecht's narration to sharply undercut the two stories she performed. Although she developed distinctive voices for the characters, her tone was so chirpy that I swear I could HEAR her smiling as she read, and more than once I imagined bluebirds of happiness flitting around my earbuds as I listened. Her tone was much like the one you'd use to read the narration of Lemony Snicket books to children under the age of 8. It was so grating when placed up against very stark and dark prose.

    But you'll note that not even a cheerful, chirpy reading of murderous and grisly scenes could tear me away from the stories. King's knack for turning off the lights on the everyday world to show the glow of monsters from within our otherwise familiar surroundings and people kept me "turning the page" and looking forward to every spare minute I had to let the stories unfold a little more, a little more, a little more.

    I'm eyeing my neighbors a little more suspiciously this week. I wonder why ...

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Alexandria, KY, United States 01-20-14
    Jeff Alexandria, KY, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2012

    "something about yourself"

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    "Craig Wasson=great! Jessica Hecht=not so much."
    Any additional comments?

    All four of the stories in this book are worth the read. Some are better than others. Both stories read by Jessica Hecht were good stories but her narration is very poor in my opinion. Her voice is just plain weird. When she speaks as the character, her voice is lilting and it makes her character sound stupid and flighty.
    This is the first book I have listened to with a woman a narrator. I thought at first that perhaps I just needed to get used to it but in the end, I realized it was her, not me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    matthew payette, ID, United States 01-29-13
    matthew payette, ID, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The first story alone is worth the credit!!!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Each story was worth a credit. They were very gripping and very dark. These stories are not for the faint hearted, but some of Kings best work.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. A. Frank cali 05-23-12
    R. A. Frank cali 05-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved the Narration"

    Craig Wasson is the reason I bought this book. He was so good in 11-22-63 I wanted more! I was not disappointed with his performance in 2 of these Novellas. The other Narrator, Jessica Hecht was different for sure but the stories were perfect for her. I was thrilled with both "Big Driver" and "A Good Marriage". It was appropriate since the lead character was female, and compelling with her distinctive style and character development. I find myself missing her now that I am on to "From a Buick 8" and the female voice is someone else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Titusville, FL, United States 12-15-10
    Kathy Titusville, FL, United States 12-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow!!!!"

    A few times I was actually scared out of my pants!!!!! I love King and he does his readers well. I would suggest to anyone who is a fan of his.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rod San Diego, CA, United States 05-23-12
    Rod San Diego, CA, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2014

    As a Letter Carrier with 6 hrs free each day I began with talk radio and podcasts, and now I have found my salvation with Audible!

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    Craig Wasson is the reason I bought this book. He was so good in 11-22-63 I wanted more! I was not disappointed with his performance in 2 of these Novellas. The other Narrator, Jessica Hecht was different for sure but the stories were perfect for her. I was thrilled with both "Big Driver" and "A Good Marriage". It was appropriate since the lead character was female, and compelling with her distinctive style and character development. I find myself missing her now that I am on to "From a Buick 8" and the female voice is someone else.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Spooner Loveland, OH 11-25-11
    Andy Spooner Loveland, OH 11-25-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Craig Wasson is incredible!"

    All 4 stories are enjoyable, but Craig Wasson's rendition of "1922" blew me away. I've never heard a reader handle a tale in quite that way. He has an unusual, but gripping emotional emphasis that would probably keep you engaged if he were reading the phone book aloud. Add this vocal talent to a good thriller, and it's amazing!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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