©1993 Stephen King; (P)2009 Simon and Schuster
Well, for whatever reason, there is no list of stories on any of the three Nightmares and Dreamscapes downloads. Anyway, I downloaded this one, Vol I, and to help future shoppers, here is the story list, in order, for this volume.
SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN, read by Whoopie Goldberg.
CROUCH END, read by Tim Curry.
RAINY SEASON, read by Yeardley Smith. (If you are a Simpson's fan, you will recognize the voice of this reader. For me, a horror story read to me by Lisa Simpson isn't a horror story. I laughed more than anything! Don't get me wrong, I adore Yeardley Smith, however, this was not a story for her talents.)
DOLAN'S CADILLAC, read by Rob Lowe. (This one is my favorite story of the lot.)
THE HOUSE ON MAPLE STREET, read by Tabitha King.
UMNEY'S LAST CASE, read by ???
HEAD DOWN, read by Stephen King.
BROOKLYN AUGUST, read by ???
As with any collection of short stories, everyone's tastes will be different. Dolan's Cadillac is the reason I downloaded this volume. I remember reading this one YEARS ago and thought is was one of Mr. Kings best non-horror stories he had written to date. The other stories are very good as well, but for me, a couple of them are quite forgettable. Bottom line; if you are a Stephen King fan, you will enjoy this download.
I'm not a "BIG" book reader. Short stories are my cup of tea. This collection is awesome. Although I'm not a long story reader, I find myself reading 4,5 and sometime 6 stories at a pop. The second most popular book in the house!
I originally bought these books on tape years ago and used to listen to them on my commutes, but I've since lost them and none of my cars accept tapes anymore anyway! I was thrilled to see them on audible.com and plan to download all three volumes -- some of the best short stories ever written.
Have to disagree with the reviewer who said that "Head Down" was boring and didn't belong in this anthology. It was exciting, uplifting, and extremely well-written. The first time I heard it I was skeptical to see if King's exceptional horror writing abilities would translate well in a non-fiction story about baseball, but I was not disappointed. King could have written for Sports Illustrated....I don't know why I ever doubted him.
Some of my other favorites include: Night Flier (great story with a great narrator who really brings out the cynicism of the protagonist), Umney's Last Case (outstanding narrator you really believe is a private eye during The Great Depression), Popsy (evil story that actually makes you root for the vampire, Joe M does a great job with it too), Dedication (Weird and almost lewd story, but well told. I love that woman's voice; she's so versatile), and It Grows On You (King's voice took some getting used to, but the descriptions in his adjectives and his allusions really make you feel like you're in Castle Rock.)
I thoroughly enjoyed all these stories and if you stumbled upon them in your search here, I'm sure you will too. Nightmares and Dreamscapes is a MUST HAVE for any Stephen King fan!
I loved all of the stories except for Head Down and Brooklyn August. My favorite was Dolan's Cadillac and Suffer the Little Children . I enjoyed this audiobook so much that I plan on watching the miniseries Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King.
I'm a big fan of Stephen King, but overall this volume of his short stories was rather disappointing.
Of the small collection that this volume holds (inexplicably the collection is split into three volumes), there are only a few I can remember that much about to discuss with a friend. Some were really great, but not enough to make it on the top of any of my Stephen King lists.
And as though that wasn't enough, some of the narrators do a horrible, horrible job! I don't think I've ever heard some narrators that performed so amateurishly (with heavy breathing, monotone dull delivery) and some professionals were really miscast.
And the death nail was the ending essay on youth baseball training. I just skipped it. I bought this audiobook for horror and thriller, not sportscasting. Again, I'm a fan of Stephen King. However, I'll never miss this audiobook.
It's a fair collection of fair Stephen King short stories. And that's the best thing you can say about it. The stories are good. They are Stephen King. But difficult to listen to.
I liked Robinson the school teacher in "Dolan's Cadillac".
Multiple narrators, multiple styles. It ranged from the exceptional with Tim Curry to the downright horrible with Robert Parker. Overall there were more bad orators than good ones, and the bad ones were so exceptionally bad as to make you want to stop listening.
I had a visceral reaction to the PISS POOR addition of cheesy 1980's equalizer sound effect music to the reading. Even if the music was good (which it wasn't) the ham handed way that it was overdubbed in the most inappropriate places had the sickening effect of someone hand drawing tits on the Mona Lisa. How could you possibly ruin a story by Stephen King? Overlay a sound track that sounded like 1970's porn and hire actors as voice talent who should have stayed on TV. If it's true that some stars have a face for radio, these stars have a voice for still photography.
Yes. Don't buy this as an audio. Buy the book, hell, read it outloud to yourself. But the experience of listening to this was painful. And I only waded through the stories to get to the end because they were King. A few glimmering moments from Tim Curry and King himself barely hold this book above the vomit level.
I owned these three volumes on tape, and I am thrilled to see them on audible. The narration is engaging, and the story telling is excellent.
I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
The stories might be all right but it hardly matters because the comically horrible musical track that plays at random intervals drowning out the speaker. The separate volumes of this book are overpriced considering how short they are. Adding insult to injury, the last few hours of the first volume are taken up by a boring baseball essay. That last bit brought me right back to my childhood, standing in the outfield ripping the grass out of the ground, waiting for hours for the torture to end.
Nightmares and Dreamscapes may not contain much of the truly grotesque amd terrifying short stories constant readers recall from Night Shift and Skeleton Crew, but like the truly great King collections it gives us a glimpse of the various kinds of stories King weaves with singular voice. For whatever reason, maybe to make more money, the book is split into three parts - not a major problem, but when most of the other collections are bigger files with a bigger price tag, it bothers me that I had to spend 3 credits on this instead of one. But that's a slight on Audible, not King. Collection 1 is full of great narrators - Tim Curry in top form on "Crouch End" - but Yeardley Smith was not a great choice for "Rainy Season". Aside from the poor sound quality of her recording, it's impossible to feel the real horror in this story when you can't divorce the mental image of Lisa Simpson reading it (she names the Maine accent, though). King fans and casual audiobook listeners won't be disappointed, just those of us who have memberships with Audible.
Perhaps the best in this Set Dolan's Cadillac and Umneys Last Case, the rest are good, but nothing special imo, well read and Narration was on point, overall, Worth the read.
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