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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

Other narrators include: Cotter Smith, Will Patton, Edward Herrmann, Holter Graham, Frederick Weller, Mare Winningham, Craig Wasson, Thomas Sadoski, and Tim Sample.

A master storyteller at his best - the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.

Since his first collection, Nightshift, published 35 years ago, Stephen King has dazzled listeners with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.

There are thrilling connections between stories, including themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. "Afterlife" is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers he has supernatural powers: the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in "Obits"; the old judge in "The Dune", who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw written in the sand the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In "Morality", King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil's pact they can win.

Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan. "I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."

©2015 Stephen King (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"Each narrator is a perfect fit for the stories he or she reads--it's rare to find such a collection with no misses, but it's not unusual for King. Narrating the stories' introductions himself, King makes the listener feel like his confidant every time. Cotter Smith steals the show, masterfully performing several pieces, including the poem 'The Bone Church,' the best performance of the collection." (AudioFile)

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    D corona, ca United States 11-05-15
    D corona, ca United States 11-05-15 Member Since 2015

    I read, I write; I listen

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    "A Little Supernatural, Horror, and Insight"

    Stephen King likens himself to a midnight street vendor peddling his tales, and if nightmares are what you seek than his short story collection “Bazaar of Bad Dreams,” delivers. This is an eclectic collection of some old favorites and new consisting of some real-life horrors, amazing supernatural fantasy, and even poetry Stephen King style. What makes these stories even more interesting, especially the Audio version, is each story is preceded by a few words of insight and inspiration from the author himself.
    The ensemble cast of narrators does a great job bringing each story to life; which may or may not be a good thing since they are from Stephen King..

    53 of 63 people found this review helpful
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    DecemberRain Utah 11-10-15
    DecemberRain Utah 11-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    A breakdown of the book story by story:

    Mile 81- Strange things can happen on a deserted stretch of road. 5 stars

    Premium Harmony- One minute they are fighting, the next she is gone. 5 stars

    Batman and Robin have an Altercation- Love is thicker than dementia. 5 stars

    The Dune- your fate is written in the sand. 3 stars

    Bad little kid- A "bad little kid" is sabotaging his life. Is he crazy?

    A Death- I cant remember this one.

    The Bone Church. - A poem. 2 stars

    Morality- Such a little act for so much money! Is it worth it? 5 stars

    Afterlife- an investment banker confronts his life after death. 4 stars

    Ur- He discovers his kindle can tell him the future. 5 stars

    Herman Wouk is Still Alive- depression is serious business! 5 stars

    Under the Weather- Brad is a busy advertising rep. His wife is under the weather, but that's ok she is going to be better any day now. 5 stars

    Blockade Billy - About Baseball. Meh.

    Mister Yummy- Who will come for you when its your time? 4 stars

    Tommy- A poem. Meh again.

    The Little Green God of Agony- what if Agony was a living breathing thing living inside you? 5 stars

    That Bus is another world- How responsible are we for the things that happen to a stranger? 4 stars

    Obits- He writes the obit, and the person dies. 5 stars

    Drunken Fireworks- a fireworks competition gets bit out of control. 4 stars.

    Summer Thunder- its the end of the world. 4 stars.

    Overall a fantastic read with some amazing narrators, and a book I would definitely recommend to a friend. 5 stars!



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    Joseph Dutra Sacramento, CA 11-13-15
    Joseph Dutra Sacramento, CA 11-13-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Amazing"

    The voice work is so good, so much talent, bringing the stories to life. Stephen King is a master and I love hearing him describe how and why he wrote these. Wonderful little literary gems of fantasy and horror.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Norman, OK, United States 11-11-15
    Thomas Norman, OK, United States 11-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Doesn't Belong in the Horror Genre"

    This is a really nice collection, but it doesn't belong in the Horror Genre. I realize that it is almost automatic to assume that "because it was written by THE ONE AND ONLY Stephen King", that it must be horror. Well I disagree. I've read quite a bit of King's work over the last 30 years, and what I've noticed is that the older he gets, the more his stories revolve around the issue of mortality. These stories range from "it was okay" to "wow, that was amazing". but the one thing that I believe holds true, is that these are not the type of stories the man used to write. While listening to this book, I found myself hoping that the next one would send chills down my spine. Well I'm almost through the book and "no such luck". I don't want to take anything away from this collection, as the stories are truly heart-warming. I also know that horror is somewhat relative to the perceptions of the reader. So I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions. But to me, this is not Horror. Thanks for reading my review.

    50 of 63 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 11-12-15
    Sandra 11-12-15 Member Since 2016

    Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule

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    "Captivating Storytelling"

    What a wonderful display of range and skill... King is an absolute master of the medium... There are stories for all here - the traditionally creepy King tales accompanied by many that show what a diversely capable storyteller he is... Sad, depressing, the uncomfortably real, the everyday dark and creepy, the horrifyingly fantastic, and so much more, and all w/ the trademark black humor... Niches and genres for everyone...Many of the stories had me thinking back on past loved reads and their authors, like rediscovering old friends... The narration was overall very good, although a couple of stories were negatively impacted by poor voices, but not enough to skip the story... I usually read collections slowly, coming back for a story everyday or so, but read this one through w/ only a couple of interludes... Spend the credit and enjoy

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Unapologetic Colorado 11-30-15
    Unapologetic Colorado 11-30-15 Member Since 2014

    Man

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    "Few stories are a real gem, rest are ok at best!"

    All the stories deal with mortality in some way. King has a gift for writing short stories which don't necessarily fall in a specific genre. I appreciate that fact about King that he doesn't pigeonhole himself to horror. However, some stories have the typical dumb, selfish, white guy bit.,,which gets old fast. Also, a few stories seemed to have abrupt endings which could be a real let down.

    Overall I recommend borrowing this one from the local library instead of wasting a credit through Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jesse 11-18-15
    jesse 11-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "a good look to the past."

    Stephen King absolutely killed it in this collection of short stories. it felt like his older stories but with a newer theme. King focused on death and old age a lot when he wrote these, but his overall talent is completely apparent and the whole book feels like night shift, even, or better maybe, you decide.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sterling California 11-13-15
    Sterling California 11-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "The best Stephen King short stories ever"

    I have always enjoyed the short stories of Stephen King and this group of stories is the best set of stories I have ever read. I loved every story, sure some are better than others but over all there isn't a bad story in the batch. Mr. King is the master of horror no question, but he is also the master of the short story as well. Not many authors can write a great short story as well as perfect novels. Stephen King is one of the very best at both. What a talent.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Perkasie, PA, United States 11-12-15
    Tracy Perkasie, PA, United States 11-12-15 Member Since 2016

    I have always been a reader, until my 3-hr a day round trip commute. Now, I am a listener - and I am hooked on audio books!

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    "King delivers again!"

    Overall excellent. I enjoyed having Stephen's author notes, read by him, before each story. It was like having a personal visit from one of my favorite authors.
    The only ones I didn't particularly care for were the poems. But I'm not in to poetry.
    I thought the reader for Drunken Fireworks was trying so hard to sound like he was from Maine that it took away from the story (the reason for the 4/5 stars for performance). The actual story was very good - good enough to captivate in spite of the reader.
    I had already read Mile 81 and The Dune; they were still good, but repeats. But I won't complain about having already-printed stories, because there were other repeats that I thoroughly enjoyed, and had NOT heard before.
    That being said, these were fantastic! I just looked back over the story titles, and I can't even pick a favorite. This was total enjoyable, pure King escapism during my drive - I am so glad he loves to write and his ideas keep coming - he (and his stories) enrich my life!

    If you like King, even a bit, you will enjoy this purchase!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    BogeyGolfer81 Delaware 11-13-15
    BogeyGolfer81 Delaware 11-13-15
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    "Amazing!"

    Again top notch work by King. This is something that I will revisit. Thanks Mr. King!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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