"The Raft" is the unforgettable tale of an idyllic autumn swim suddenly transformed into an ordeal of unbridled horror. Read by Stephen King.
"Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" is a story in which a middle-aged woman in a Mercedes roadster finds a terrifying pathway to paradise. Read by Dana Ivey.
"The Monkey" is it merely a child's wind-up toy, or an incarnation of the purest evil? Read by Matthew Broderick.
"Gramma" is the story of a little boy left in charge of his sick grandmother, who's dying to give him a hug. Read by Frances Sternhagen.
©1980 Moncalm Publishing Company; (P)1994 Penguin-HighBridge Audio
Easily the most popular book in the house. I find myself re-reading these fantastic stories over and over. Stephen King at his BEST!
This is worth the purchase price for the short story "Gramma." I had read it back in the 90's and was poo-pooed by my mother for reading yet another, Stephen King book. I told her to read it for herself , and if she hated every single word of it, I promised to never read another King book. My mother fell in love with King's work and I started loaning her my copies (that she never returned.) Gramma reminds me of the deliciously wicked short story by Saki (Hector Munro) called Sredni Vashtar. If you enjoy King's short story, I don't think he would mind if readers discover the talent of the English Victorian Saki and the audible of it read by Stephen Fry.
A better narrator
I couldn't stand the narrator for the very first story. It sounded like he tried to use accents for some of the characters at times and not at others. I wasn't sure who he was talking about. He had a very dull storytelling voice. I didn't listen to the rest of the audiobook, which was a first for me.
Since the book was abridged, I was disappointed the names of the short stories were not cited ahead of time. I was looking for a specific title, which ended up not being on the audiotape.
The Raft will keep me from swimming for a while for sure. Mrs Todd's Shortcut are roads I wish I could find. The Monkey was liked by my Grandson "kind of". And Gramma rocked us both to sleep!ZZZZZZ!Overall the first two made it worth the money.
Wow i think I am going to take a king break for a bit. Each one of those stories sucked and had less shock value than Barney, Do not was your time or money on this quain little collection of crap.
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