Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating -- and then terrifying -- journey.
Set on a remote key in Florida, "The Gingerbread Girl" is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable -- and resourceful -- as Audrey Hepburn's character in Wait Until Dark.
In "Ayana," a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand.
For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment. In one of the longer stories here, "N.", which recently broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient's irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countryside...or keep the world from falling victim to it.
Just After Sunset - call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.
©2008 Stephen King; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster
I thought this book was fantastic. I could not pick a favorite story. Each one had an element that made you grin, shake your head, or think "he's back". A few gave me chills, a couple made me think deeply. One brought tears to my eyes. Several made me laugh. All of these stories were so much like the good old Stephen King, and all the narrators were dead on. I recommend this to any one who thinks King has lost his touch. I hated to finish this book.
Long time retired, love to travel and spend time in motorhome. Audible allows me to enjoy top notch books while driving or relaxing.
Every story in Just after Sunset shared the same Stephen King excitement. Can always count on Mr. King to produce great fiction
Wow - this book is TERRIFIC!!! I can't stop listening in the car. It's reminiscent of the "old" King books and stories. VERY enjoyable; hope he writes more like this!!
There were a couple of the short stories that were worth the listen but overall there were more that just weren't that great. Ended up wishing I had used my credit for something else.
Be aware... a large portion of this book consists of The Gingerbread Girl and Stationary Bike. These are two short stories that I previously purchased and did not realize that they were being recycled. I did like the stories that were new however, thus the 3 rating.
I'm a long time SK printed page reader...he's the only writer who can actually scare me or gross me out on a page. These stories are OK, some decent, some decent but overly long and a couple downright boring. A couple gems but overall not particularly creepy or enthralling.
I love Stephen King's books, but this one was a HUGE disappointment. I agree with a previous reviewer who said that it seemed to have been written by a 12 year-old.
Artist/crafter and writer
Leave it to Stephen King to write these wonderfully chilling, creepy stories! Every story has a full cast of evil characters. Just the kind of book to curl up in a chair with... and a hot cup of ghoulish green tea...
I have just finished listening to the stories in this book (well I couldn't finshi the last story) and I am patting myself on my back celebrating my devoting to finish reading some 15 hours of (for the most part) really lousy stories. With the exception of the Stand, Salem's Lot & a handful of a few other short stories, I have always finish Stephen King's stories feeling disappointed; sometimes really good stories falling short of a terrific ending; the worst feeling that the story just seems to end abruptly and i wonder if i perhaps fell asleep (when I hadn't).
The two fairly decent stories (Willa and the one about a psycharitist working with a patient with severe OCD issues) were examples of how good Stephen King can be but the other stories were just too painful to be worth the time investment.
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Of course, I will read another Stephen King Book; the other contributors - I have absolutely no idea. I have always been an avid Stephen King reader. Always King or Koontz. However, this book of short stories led me to believe that my ADHD medication wasn't working anymore. There were a few good stories. However, on a whole, I kept having to rewind and listen again...I had gotten side tracked and could not keep up with the story line; frustrating to say the least.
My next listen will probably me a Koontz novel. I try to alternate. However, the story of Attwood Turner Brown? Was that his name? Was awesome!! I really wish King would write or publish another. I don't know if there is just the one short story - Involving the Boy on the Roof, bringing lunch and the entire "Missing Child" Novel; however, if there are more, with him as a bad guy - I'd love to read them!! My favorite, and in my opinion, Stephen King's most SUPERIOR read is "Under the Dome." It had me on a ??? hour Manic listening episode. My goodness. The characters, the narration, the subplots, the "utter desperation" of the story. That book was definitely my Stephen King Favorite to date! I also miss his "Richard Bachman" days of writing. Those are really when he stood out as a unique writer in the Genre! Regulators and Desperation were Classics!
The performance was fine....okay...Nothing that sticks out as bad nor good. I just was so jilted by the stories themselves; I don't even remember the performances.
The "Cat" story and the "Hitchhiker" were the redeemers of the book. Everything else is just a Jambalaya of stories in my mind; I am not sure which plot was part of the other. I have no idea, what the bike story was about. I listened to it twice. Oh, I can't forget the port-o-san man; of course. That was a classic twisted story - only King could come up with...considering I won't even step foot in one to urinate. Perhaps King cured me of my OCD phobia of them. After, the character's experience - I guess, urinating in one, can't be THAT bad. ;-)
This is not meant to be a bashing against Stephen King or his creative works. I think the primary reason is the old adage "You can't judge a book by its cover." I thought I was buying a sweet novel, not a compilation of short stories. (You must admit - It would make a good title, graphic artwork, etc... for a Stephen King Winner!) I was just dissapointed.
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