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Needful Things Audiobook

Needful Things

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Publisher's Summary

Stephen King's number-one national best seller about a store where Leland Gaunt can sell you whatever your heart desires - sexual pleasure, wealth, power, or even more precious things - but not without exacting some price in return.

Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires: a prized baseball card, a healing amulet. In addition to a token payment, Gaunt requests that each person perform a little "deed", usually a seemingly innocent prank played on someone else from town. These practical jokes cascade out of control, and soon the entire town is doing battle with itself. Only Sheriff Alan Pangborn suspects that Gaunt is behind the population's increasingly violent behavior.

Praised as "tremendous...wonderful...one of King's best" (Kirkus Reviews).

©1991 Stephen King (P)1991 Penguin Highbridge Audio

What the Critics Say

"A read in the tradition of The Stand." (Booklist)

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    Kylie Vermont, USA 02-16-16
    Kylie Vermont, USA 02-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, not so good recording"

    Gets scratchy at about 20h 8m left. Sounds echoey throughout. The story is good but the recording is of poorer quality.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ramirez's 01-25-16
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    "very good book"

    I have read the book,seen both the theater and TV movie several times and now listened to the book. It was very well read! I love Steven King's voice. Seeing how he wrote the book, he knew how it was to be read. I couldn't wait to continue listening to it, but now that its over, I miss listening to it! I would recommend this book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea 04-23-16
    Andrea 04-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Please! No Distracting Keyboard Music"

    I am a die hard Stephen King fan. I hang in every word in every book. That is why I was annoyed during this reading to hear really primitive synthesizer music playing during pivotal parts of this book.

    The most annoying instance was during a part in which a character was in a fugue/dream state imaging herself at an Elvis Presley concert. The music almost drowns out the narrator (a very capable Stephen King himself reads) and is so silly that there is no way to take the passage seriously.

    Please get rid of this insipid unnecessary distraction.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew S. Hill 01-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Little town life. Sweet and quaint or sinister and dastardly?"

    I loved the story and the reading by the author himself was excellent. He was able to express the characters exactly the way they were intended to come across and it shows.
    Stephen King, master story teller... Literally.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B. Butler G.R. Mi. 08-22-16
    B. Butler G.R. Mi. 08-22-16

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    "Stephen King - Please don't read your own books!!"

    The reading was horrendous and ruined an otherwise great story. Stephen King, while you are a great author, having to listen to your nasally Maine accent for 20+ hours was torture on the scale of being hobbled.

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    chk Ohio 05-10-16
    chk Ohio 05-10-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Cheesy recording"

    The story was good enough, though a bit contrived. The recording was subpar: the sound effects seemed dated and a little cheesy, and the reading was only ok.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristel Knaus 04-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of King's best!"

    If you, like me, read a lot, after a while you can tell what kind of plot it will be, what each character will do, and what limits on action the story will allow. all this is not the case here! King masterfully weaves a horror story whose villain is an embodiment of our very selves, descriptive and soul moving, stirring most every emotion you have.

    This is my third time through this novel, read at all different ages of my life, and it still reads fresh. Characters are used from several other of his famous novels, something here for fans and King newcomers.

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    dori 03-09-16
    dori 03-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow Start but Good Finish"

    Too many characters to get my mind into in the beginning, for me, at least but the story ends up interesting, once I quit whining "I don't remember who that is" and went with the flow. I listen in the car so lots of distractions. The ending satisfied. I liked that King read it. It makes it more authentic with the vocal parts he wanted highlighted done exactly as he meant to do when he wrote it. Wonder if some folks I know have been to visit Needful Things. It would explain a lot. 🤔

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Bronson 01-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good book"
    Where does Needful Things rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank it as a number 8.5. The book is much better than the movie.


    What other book might you compare Needful Things to and why?

    Salems Lot another Steven King book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to say since I enjoyed several


    If you could rename Needful Things, what would you call it?

    Trade your soul


    Any additional comments?

    If you have seen the movie then you should really listen to the book. The book is different than the movie and much better. I also enjoyed the movie but I loved the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cori 09-29-16
    Cori 09-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Sound effects"

    I absolutely loved the voice actor he did an amazing job. However the sound effects I hated and the music bits didn't match or please me at all. Amazing book though. Long live the king

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