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The Lawnmower Man and Other Stories From Night Shift Audiobook

The Lawnmower Man and Other Stories From Night Shift

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Publisher's Summary

Playing upon our most primal fears, Stephen King draws us into his sinister world - a place where sane men and women see their lives shattered, their realities distorted and destroyed. Now, listeners can probe even deeper into the mind of the master storyteller of the macabre, with this third unabridged production of 5 classic short stories, from King's best selling collection, Night Shift.

Harold Parkette disposes of his lawnmower after his neighbor's cat dies a gruesome death. But the "Lawnmower Man" he hires to do the job proves more than Harold bargained for. A police officer begins to suspect that a series of grisly industrial accidents is no coincidence in "The Mangler." At "Quitter's Inc." a smoker soon discovers that they'll truly stop at nothing to make sure their customers kick the habit. A betrayed husband goes out on "The Ledge" when he takes vengeance into his own hands. And in "Sometimes They Come Back," the concept of alumni is given new meaning when a high school teacher, haunted by the past, is assigned 3 new students who seem eerily familiar.

©1976 Stephen King; (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer 07-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Glover Steals the Show"

    This is an odd collection of the leftovers from Night Shift, all of the stories either feature the mystical or criminal element. While the writing is top-notch John Glover is really the standout giving a versatile and dynamic performance across all the stories contained here. He actually might have more characters to work with and these five and the other two collections of Night Shift combined. the one complaint here is the music. Although absent from the other two collections of Night Shift except during the interludes the music here tends to arrive for the crescendo of each story sometimes more than that and remain through the end. While the music itself is actually quite good it sometimes overshadows Glover's voice making it difficult to hear.

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    Amazon Customer 03-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "night shift"

    Ok early King. stories in this batch have all been turned to movies or shorts in movie collections. All are better as stories for sure! Esp The Lawnmower Man! Where the hell did they get the movie that included retardation and virtual reality out of this short, short story? I really enjoyed the Lawnmower Man story here pretty strange and wonderful. the rest were just OK, including pretty decent performance of mangler with machine sounds and music.

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    Alishia penk 03-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "My favorite King Collection thus far"

    This was my my favorite collection so far. The stories created a range of emotion...during lawnmower man I laughed and during quitters Inc I was on the edge of my seat. I love Stephen King, and this is a great collection for anyone whose just getting started with him and doesn't want to commit to a 1000 page book, but still satisfy the hard core fans.

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    Matthew S. Hill 12-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!!! See the where the worlds greatest story teller started out."

    Amazing in every way. The stories are excellent. After reading much Stephen King you realize how much he's restraining himself from going off into deep detail that his long stories call for.

    John Glover reads the stories as if they're among his favorites. Almost as if he's not reading at all.

    On "Gray matter and other stories from Night Shift", the audio was not good and difficult to deal with. On THIS book the audio is crisp and perfect. Sounds great and therefore not an issue at all. Not sure what was up with the other.

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    kese chicago, IL, United States 09-01-12
    kese chicago, IL, United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great collection of short stories."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lawnmower Man and Other Stories From Night Shift to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I enjoyed the different voices of the characters. The narrator did an excellent job of expressing the emotions of the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I just like Stephen King.


    What does John Glover bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices of the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Classic Stephen King

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    David Brent Fort Collins, CO, USA 04-02-04
    David Brent Fort Collins, CO, USA 04-02-04
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    "Did not finish"

    This book is bad, it rambles on about some guy who seems to be a recovering psycho that slipping back into being crazy. It doesn't flow well, and is just way to wierd to hold my attention. I downloaded it for free and it wasn't worth the price. I admit that I have only listened to one other Steven King book (Dreamcatcher) and am not that impressed with this genre but at least Dreamcatcher had a very understandible plot that was easy to follow.

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    "Look elsewhere"
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    I am a big fan of Stephen King, but this is far from his best work. The Mangler and the Ledge are standouts in this book, and were enjoyable enough. If you are a die-hard King fan and you've read most of his books, this is worth a listen, but you could randomly pick any other book by King and you'd probably find a better read than this.

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  • Adi
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    "What happened to Stephen King"

    Usually I like Stephen King, but this is almost the worst stories I have ever read.
    I hope he wrote it as a joke

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