A collection of tales to invade and paralyse the mind as the safe light of day is infiltrated by the shadows of the night. As you listen, the clutching fingers of terror brush lightly across the nape of the neck, reach round from behind to clutch and lock themselves, white-knuckled, around the throat.
This is the horror of ordinary people and everyday objects that become strangely altered; a world where nothing is ever quite what it seems, where the familiar and the friendly lure and deceive. A world where madness and blind panic become the only reality.
©1976 Stephen King (P)1995 Random House Audio, A Division of Random House Inc.
Stephen King has said before that he has no control over the stories that emerge after he places his hands on a keyboard. He has an idea, he writes. Perhaps this is why some of his tales in this collection of short stories seem a little lacklustre. As I have found with previous collections of King's stories, there are usually a couple of standout pieces of writing, with the rest being so so.
That being said, "Night Shift" is still a very enjoyable listen. The stories are diverse and well written. I found the addition of eerie music and sound effects on some of the stories gave them a more intense feel than if the extras hadn't been included.
In regards to the narration, I was a little skeptical about one person narrating all of the stories. However John Glover gives a good account of himself. I can't complain about his performance.
"Battleground"', "Quitters inc." and "The Mangler" are worth the price of the credit on their own. The others are decent fillers to pass the time. I also particularly enjoyed the semi-prequel to "Salem's Lot".
John Glover is a great narrator, and suits King's style very well. Occasional sound effects seem a little out of place and old fashioned, just plain narration would be been adequate.
My favorite story in the book is probably The Lawnmower Man - nothing to do with the movie - it's so absurd and almost hilarious instead of scary. The scariest story is Sometimes They Come Back, the horror of bullies always touches me.
It's to be noted that this audiobook does not contain all the stories in the paperback. Chapters are not named which is very unfortunate. The stories included are: The Boogeyman, I know what you did, Strawberry spring, Gray matter, The woman in the room, Battleground, Graveyard shift, The man who loves flowers, The last rung on the ladder, Night surf, Jerusalem's Lot, The Mangler, Sometimes they come back, The ledge, The Lawnmower Man, Quitters Inc and One for the Road.
Stories missing are: Children of the Corn, I Am the Doorway, Trucks and One for the Road.
I loved this book of short stories so much that I listened to them all in one day. I couldn't stop listening. Some of the stories are mediocre, but most are brilliant. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors and he is just as good at writing short stories like these as he is at full-length novels. Well worth the read.
The narrator was fantastic, he really helped to set the story at times, he has a great voice and is easy to listen to.
"Good collection of stories"
Good collection of stories, listens like a tales from the crypt comic book. There are some seriously spooky offerings. Warning! I’m sure that this audiobook is missing some stories that appear in the published book. The only one I could remember not being on the audio book was Children of the Corn but i’m sure there are more missing. 3/5
"Great for bed time story's!"
Well read and varied :)
I would recommend this title
Give it a go
You might just survive it! Ha ha
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