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."
Please note: The audio edition of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams now includes an additional story: "Cookie Jar", narrated by Santino Fontana. Listeners who purchased this title prior to October 2016 can re-download the audio to get the new story.
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"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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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..
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.
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!
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.
Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule
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
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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