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Needful Things Audiobook

Needful Things

There was a new shop in town. Run by a stranger. Needful Things, the sign said. The oddest name. A name that caused some gossip and speculation among the good folks of Castle Rock, Maine, while they waited for opening day. Eleven-year-old Brian Rusk was the first customer and he got just what he wanted, a very rare 1956 Sandy Koufax baseball card. Signed. Cyndi Rose Martin was next. A Lalique vase. A perfect match for her living room decor. Something for everyone.
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Publisher's Summary

There was a new shop in town. Run by a stranger. Needful Things, the sign said. The oddest name. A name that caused some gossip and speculation among the good folks of Castle Rock, Maine, while they waited for opening day. Eleven-year-old Brian Rusk was the first customer and he got just what he wanted, a very rare 1956 Sandy Koufax baseball card. Signed. Cyndi Rose Martin was next. A Lalique vase. A perfect match for her living room decor. Something for everyone. Something you really had to have. And always at a price you could just about afford. The cash price that is. Because there was another price. There always is when your heart's most secret, true desire is for sale.

©1991 Stephen King (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A sophisticated literary craftsman . . . his work anatomises . . . the social fabric of small-town American life." (Observer)

What Members Say

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  • MR J P R CHARNOCK
    5/15/16
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    "Good story and reading, sound effects bit jarring"

    Great story and narration was good, there is background music and sound effects though which are a bit jarring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • daniel mcfarlane
    4/27/16
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    "Good story, but audio book issues lets it down."

    Interesting story with plenty of twists leaving you not knowing what's going to happen but annoying overly loud music between chapters that drones over the reader and audio glitches/hissing let it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca Hill
    1/16/16
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    Story
    "good story......but"

    good story but is the crappy music really necessary? it is a little bit annoying

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    12/12/15
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    "Dreadful trash"

    I've read listened to a lot of Kings book but this was dreadful. Really annoying music inbetween chapters and his voice became grating. I got to the last 1hr 50mins and couldn't take anymore. Had to delete it. Drawn out painful tat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toadjuggler
    Hampshire, UK
    11/3/15
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    "Great story, good narration but the music...."

    I like this story, Mr King does small town horror better than anyone else and it's great to have him read it but why did they put incidental music in it? It's like the music from a late-70s kids TV show. Luckily there isn't enough to ruin the story but it totally throws you out of the narrative every time it pops up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    9/7/15
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    "Sound effects ruin the preformace"

    The story is good as you'd expect fro Steven King, and the narrator is good if unremarkable. The performance struggles due to the random on and off sound effects that rarely reflect what is happening in the story. It will be an intense moment and suddenly circus music kicks in for no understandable reason and 10 seconds later is gone
    Very strange

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nigel
    7/28/15
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    "not his best"

    good narration, didn't like the music and sound effects. story really not up to kings normal standard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Old Woking, United Kingdom
    7/4/15
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    "Enjoyable"
    What did you like most about Needful Things?

    The build up was better than the ending, excellent characterisation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Needful Things?

    Discovering what each person needed the most


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

    No, did it in a couple of days.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good story and well narrated. Not as long as some King epics and it didn't suffer from that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MP Bower
    Leeds, UK
    6/25/15
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    "Ummm"

    Despite being a big Stephen King fun and really enjoying reading some of the classics like the stand and Salem's Lot I really didn't enjoy this one at all. The plot seemed a bit thin and i found the whole thing uncharacteristically hokey.

    And not one of Mr King's best efforts in my opinion!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Markus Pahl
    6/10/15
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    "Just perfect"

    to be honest i saw the film way back was disappointed, the book is another thing. Its a true Stephen King story, full of imagination and horror, just perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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