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Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story | [Stephen King]

Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story

A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires...if you're willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless. Presented unabridged and read by the author.
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A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires...if you're willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless. Presented unabridged and read by the author.

©1991 Viking Penguin; (P)1991 Penguin HighBridge Audio

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    B. Heldstab 07-11-12
    B. Heldstab 07-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "We are all needful things"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Needful Things to be better than the print version?

    Nothing will ever compare to the written word. but this is an excelent performance.


    Who was the most memorable character of Needful Things and why?

    Leland Gaunt is by far one of the most memorable characters.


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    Jm Arcata, CA, United States 06-18-12
    Jm Arcata, CA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2002

    Professional Escapist and Self-Help Junkie. I have a background in the classics, but a love for fantasy, horror and science fiction

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    "Creepy as all-git-out!"

    Uncle Stevie was weaving his manic magic this one! This is a special treat to the lovers of Ka and all it's little connections in time and place. The performance was top notch and kept the headphones glued to my ears!

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    Thomas YORKTOWN, VA, United States 05-11-12
    Thomas YORKTOWN, VA, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The music is not that bad!"

    Lots of the reviews bash the music this story has. I must say it is a little weird, but isn't that what we love about King. Its odd, but it actually enhances the creepy feel of the story at times. If the reviews about the music are keeping you from getting this, go ahead and buy it... it does not take anything away from the story. It actually adds to it. Also, king has an unusual voice but it grows on you very quickly. I wish he narrated all of his stories, he is much better than the pretentious over-acted narrators of many audio books.

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    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 05-08-12
    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Tale, Fun to Hear King Narrate!"

    I think this is a great story and enjoyed hearing King tell his own tale. I find it to be such a treat to listen to the author, the emphasis and cadence as a life long Main resident gives his Castle Rock characters added depth. Is King an actor? No! Is he a professional narrator? No... but he does a great job at bringing the voices to his own characters. Look forward to hearing King read more of his books.

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    wendla United States 05-03-12
    wendla United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2011

    Physician and busy mom of three in Northern California.

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    "I cannot even listen to this."
    What disappointed you about Needful Things?

    I love Stephen King's books but honestly his narration is so awful I cannot even listen to this. I can't fairly evaluate the story or give an overall because I have not listened to the whole thing. I am guessing that is great. will read the book in paper form or ebook and get back on that.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Change the narrator!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Unfortunately a good narration requires a beautiful voice and lots of acting, neither of which are talents of King's. He remains, however, one of my favorite writers.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Please please please do it again with a new narrator.

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    Elyse FAYETTEVILLE, NC, US 05-03-12
    Elyse FAYETTEVILLE, NC, US 05-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love King's work - even better when he narrates!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, I would recommend this audiobook. I've read the print version, but I enjoy listening to the story. It puts a different light on the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book in dark and twisty - just the way it should be.


    What does Stephen King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved hearing what he probably heard in his head as he wrote the book.


    Who was the most memorable character of Needful Things and why?

    For me it's a three-way tie for Brian, Polly, and Mr. Gaunt. All the characters in this book are wonderfully formed, but they just stick in my brain. It's been months and it's almost like they are real people I used to know.


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    "Wonderful story..."
    Would you listen to Needful Things again? Why?

    I love Mr King's stories and this is no exception. I've listened to them all more than once, and that was after reading the paper books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've lived in the Oregon versions of his small towns and feel right at home, right down to the town names. I recognize the people and the attitudes.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely love the musical components. They fit so very well.

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    Liz Raeford, NC, United States 04-21-12
    Liz Raeford, NC, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2011

    I love to listen to books but I don't like short little books so anything under 10 hours thumbs down :)

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    "Classic"

    This book has a very interesting concept for a story. The reason I like reading Stephen King you never get bored by some mundane plot.

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    Paul Las Vegas, NV, United States 04-07-12
    Paul Las Vegas, NV, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2011

    I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!

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    "You NEED to read this!"

    Needful Things is a strong read - performed by the author himself! As with many of his other books, Mr. King presents a melancholy story in which he showcases exactly how far people will go to claim something they feel should be theirs. Mr. King is not necessarily an excellent narrator - but he does a passable job (at least he's not Simon Vance). The story itself revolves around the enigmatic Leland Gaunt and his shop Needful Things. As this is "the last Castle Rock story" (though there was an epilogue of sorts later) expect bad things to happen, but the journey itself is an interesting one.

    Overall, this is a good read and well worth the time investment. There is also a nifty little shout-out to fans of the Cthulhu mythos included in the book. See if you can find it!

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    Jon Covey Torrance, CA USA 03-28-12
    Jon Covey Torrance, CA USA 03-28-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Killing sweet dog bad idea"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Incipient Psychopaths


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something that didn't include irrational killing of innocent animals


    What aspect of Stephen King’s performance would you have changed?

    King's performance is never as good as those of professional readers. He lacks the depth needed. Great writer, but lousy reader.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    King is a fascinating writer, but sometimes he steps over boundaries for readers who don't want to deal with murder, especially killing of innocent animals that serve only to paint a darker picture of a story..


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