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Just After Sunset Audiobook

Just After Sunset: Stories

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Publisher's Summary

Stephen King - who has written more than 50 books, dozens of number-one New York Times best sellers, and many unforgettable movies - delivers an astonishing collection of short stories. The stories in this collection have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, Esquire, and other publications.

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

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    janice 10-04-15
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    What did you love best about Just After Sunset?

    im enjoying having a variety of King to listen to with it being short stories. this will make it easy to listen to one genre, take a break, and come back to it later if I want. great to have a variety of readers too. so far im up to Mare Winingham's story (sp?), she has a great voice for reading.


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    will fill in more later after I hear more stories

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    Daniel Cervantes 09-21-15
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    "Great stories"

    man most of these stories deserve a feature-length film with a good director. really great by an iconic horror author

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    KRAMER New York, NY USA 01-29-15
    KRAMER New York, NY USA 01-29-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Overall enjoyable"

    Not all stories were great but the narration and writing made them entertaining. The story about the stationary bike was particularly bad. Overall Worth a listen.

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    Mary Alberta, Canada 09-01-12
    Mary Alberta, Canada 09-01-12
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    "Really not up to par - so sad"

    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.
    Thank you for reading my review.

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    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 04-26-12
    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2002

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    "Wow.....what a crazy bunch of stories...."

    ....being a huge fan of Stephen King I always get excited to read his collections of short stories....this collection was great!!! I really loved 'N.' which totally creeped me out and had me thinking about my small OCD issues and trying to rationalize it all....'The New York Times At A Discount Price' is probably my favorite.....it is a very short story but it really has a touching side to it and it just really got to my heart. The last story 'A Very Tight Place' just basically GROSSED ME OUT!!!!....I have read so many of Stephen's books so I'm very used to his gross-out style.....BUT...this one made me so sick I was on the verge of pucking thru the whole story.....OMG....just sooooooo nasty!!!.......all in all I felt it was a great book with a bit of yuck in it!!!....

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    Andrew Warsaw, IN, USA 06-07-10
    Andrew Warsaw, IN, USA 06-07-10
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    "Great Short Storys"

    Love the stories in this book

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    Jaylene Greenwood, AR, USA 01-23-09
    Jaylene Greenwood, AR, USA 01-23-09
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    "Attention Holding for sure"

    This is my first audible book ever, love Stephen King, never thought I would like someone reading to me. The stories definitely hold your attention but not all of them are as twisted as I expected or usually enjoy of his writing. I would certainly recommend this to friends and family.

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    Christina Kingwood, TX, USA 01-09-09
    Christina Kingwood, TX, USA 01-09-09
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    "Typical Stephen King"

    Mr. King did not disappoint. I enjoy his stories anyway but REALLY enjoyed the narrators in this book. I did not like listening to the story about a rest stop just before stopping in a rest stop for the night. Mission accomplished, Mr. King!

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    Jerome 12-06-08
    Jerome 12-06-08 Member Since 2016
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    "I enjoyed it for the most part"

    This book was interesting. It had some good stories but the 2 that really stood out were N as well as a very tight place. Another story that was reasonable was the Gingerbread girl. The opener which was called Willa wasn't bad either. All and all not a bad audio book, enjoy

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    G. boulder creek, ca 03-01-09
    G. boulder creek, ca 03-01-09 Member Since 2016
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    I was pretty disappointed here, although my expectations were already low. I began reading SK when I was a teenager and have re-read many of his books. I'm going to say that I thought this book was a total throw away, not worth the credit for any of the stories. I wish I had liked even one! Even the gross out story was a recycled idea from "IT"... pathetic.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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