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
"Some good yarns"
I enjoyed several of these stories, though I really prefer full-length stories from Stephen King. The music and sound effects really added to a few of the stories: so if you like a set of 20 or 30 minute tales, this may we'll be for you.
"Some great stories, some forgettable"
Narration was brilliant - very poor sound clips in the background detract from stories and drown out narrator in some instances which wasn't great
Some king classics in here - some not so classics in between
"Some Cracking Tales"
I found that there were very few of these stories that I didn't enjoy. Some highlights for me were The Ledge, Sometimes They Come Back and The Boogeyman.
I was worried that John Glover reading every story would get boring, I didn't need to worry, he was superb! Truly showed off his acting skills, he even does a decent job of voicing ladies.
My only main crumble was the atmospheric music, I understand what they were trying to do and if they had turned down the volume whilst editing it together, it would have worked perfectly but it drowned John's narration out at times.
All in all though a great listen and Stephen King and horror fans will enjoy it.
"All Hail John Glover!!"
Night Shift is by far King's finest short story collection and closest to pure horror rather than the sci-fi influenced selection of 'Skeleton Crew' or the Ray Bradbury flavours of 'Nightmares and Dreamscapes'. Here we have some of his best stories including 'Strawberry Spring', 'The Ledge', 'Graveyard Shift ' and 'I know what you need'. Presiding over them all is 'Jerusalem's Lot' which is as good as some of his full length works and cries out still for a movie adaptation.
Its fitting then that such a broad spectrum of chills is given a fine voice in the form of John Glover, who effortlessly gives life to the stories and characters with such ease that this title immediately deserves a second listen. Glover is an immensely talented actor, able to give dignity to even the most hoary old lines as anyone who has seen Smallville will testify. Fear, wonder, scorn and longing are all here and it's a shame that one of the most famous stories - Children of the Corn - is not included. It would have been given the perfect narrator. Also missing are 'Trucks' and 'One for the Road' so be warned this is not the full collection.
For newcomers to King its worth noting that ten of the original twenty stories have been adapted for film or television (Children of the Corn runs to eight films thus far) and with good reason - they are great tales and extremely well told. For fans, this should be first on your list and easily worth a credit.
With the caveat of the missing stories, heartily recommended.
Great narrator - I've read a lot of Stephen King books in my time but Glover really brought the stories to life.
Great stories, great narration, classic Stephen King.
"Good performance and a couple of good stories. "
Bit some also equally bad stories. Like bad bad. As in not good. (last sentence was just to get the minimum word count.)
"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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