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The Breathing Method | [Stephen King]

The Breathing Method

"The Breathing Method", from Stephen King's bestselling collecton Different Seasons, takes place in an exclusive gentlemen's club in New York, where no one pays any dues. Membership is based upon a telling of tales, and one nightmarish tale about a disgraced woman determined to give birth - not matter the consequences - pays for them all.
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"The Breathing Method", from Stephen King's best-selling collecton Different Seasons, takes place in an exclusive gentlemen's club in New York, where no one pays any dues. Membership is based upon a telling of tales, and one nightmarish tale about a disgraced woman determined to give birth - not matter the consequences - pays for them all.

©1999 Stephen King; (P)2009 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Coffee Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-06-12
    Coffee Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2012

    Coffee and a Book Chick

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    "Punched me in the face, and I loved it."

    Oh. My. Goodness. This three-hour audio punched me in the face and I loved it. This is the Stephen King that makes your knees buckle from the horror, and I was victim to it. Good gracious. Reeling, I am.

    The Breathing Method is the final story in the collection by Stephen King, entitled Different Seasons. It is released separately in audio, and is under 3 hours.

    Gathering in an unofficial club, gentleman share stories of their lives and experiences. One evening, a doctor tells a story of a young patient from many years before, who was extremely determined to give birth to her baby, no matter what. And while the doctor has a sense of foreboding about the upcoming event, he isn't quite sure what will happen. After all, the young mother is healthy, smart, and dedicated to planning and doing everything correctly, including following his advice on the appropriate breathing that must be done to help with labor.

    This is the Stephen King many are familiar with. Horror through and through. Each moment is written in that simple and genuine way only King can do, and it was difficult to hit the stop button. Thankfully, as total audio time is less than 3 hours, it was a snap to listen to in one sitting.

    But be warned. This is NOT for the faint of heart, especially with one scene. *shudders*

    The narrator is Frank Muller and he. is. DIVINE. I could spend a lot of white space here scribbling about how incredible he was in all capital letters, but that might be a bit much. But, it's true. Yet another man's voice that will not put me to sleep. Thank goodness. Frank Muller, you are my new best friend, sir. I am anxious, ready for the next audio to listen to with you at the helm!

    There's not much more I can say except that I would encourage you to listen to the audio version versus reading it, simply because Frank Muller perfectly captures the unsettled and shaky sense of the events. He keeps it suspenseful, brings you to the edge with his emotion, and you are ultimately left a bit dazed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Price PALATINE, ILLINOIS USA 04-05-09
    Julie Price PALATINE, ILLINOIS USA 04-05-09 Member Since 2009

    Jules

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    "Just great!!!!"

    I am not a fan of every King book, but this one, originally found in the compilation, "Different Seasons", made quite an impression on me years ago, when I read it the "old fashioned" way. I was thrilled to find it in audio format, and Frank Muller's narration is amazing!!! He makes the listener feel as though he/she is part of the story, experiencing it firsthand. I felt as though he was sitting right in my living room reading to me. Mr. Muller makes the entire experience a wonderfully personal, visceral, special experience!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazonaholic Austin, Tejas 01-16-10
    Amazonaholic Austin, Tejas 01-16-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved it!"

    This is good, old-fashioned SK at his best. Great story and great narration.

    Frank Muller really pulls you into the story and makes you feel as if you are a part. This is one of those shorts you can listen to many times.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald DAYTON, OH, United States 12-12-11
    Gerald DAYTON, OH, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "King/Muller knockout combo"
    What made the experience of listening to The Breathing Method the most enjoyable?

    Haven't done a King in years but this has me back in the fold. Muller is top notch in his telling of this tale.


    What other book might you compare The Breathing Method to and why?

    I read the short story


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I'll look for him now.


    Any additional comments?

    For Stephen King, a great way to tease a lost fan back into the fold. Already downloaded his latest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kristabela right behind you 04-05-11
    kristabela right behind you 04-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Why he's the King..."

    I wish I could give this story ten stars! Masterful, suspenseful story telling. The man knows how to put words together!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Encinitas, CA, United States 08-28-10
    Jennifer Encinitas, CA, United States 08-28-10
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    "Classic King"

    I love Stephen King's sick twisted humor so I really enjoyed this story. It is nice that it is a short story and resists the usual over-development of settings and characters that is King's defining characteristic! Don't get me wrong though, I LOVE most of his stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gilma United States 02-14-13
    Gilma United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great short story!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Breathing Method the most enjoyable?

    The story was very intriguing but the performance was right on point for the type of setting the story took place.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think this was the first performance I've heard from Frank Muller but it will certainly not be my last.


    Any additional comments?

    This story and performance transported you to another place & time where you held your breath and wondered "Is this the breathing method?" I only wish there were more series to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allison Champaign, IL, United States 08-28-12
    Allison Champaign, IL, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Perfect"
    Where does The Breathing Method rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King can get drawn out, he is very wordy at times. This shorter format, however, is absolutely perfect. He has a great imagination, producing interesting stories and characters. Without having the room to get overly detailed, The Breathing Method is about as good as it gets! Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada 03-02-10
    Ryan Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada 03-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Gripping"

    This is an amazing book. Frank's naration is fantastic. I was with him the whole time, he drew me in and held me there, by his side, through it all. Thank you Stephen and thank you Frank.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    teresa spokane, WA, United States 11-02-09
    teresa spokane, WA, United States 11-02-09 Member Since 2007
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    "great short story"

    another great short story although the end was just a little blah. the journey to the end was worth it though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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