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Needful Things | [Stephen King]

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)

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  • Julie
    Westcliff, Essex, United Kingdom
    2/17/15
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    "Wish I'd read it rather than listened to it"

    Waited for this book to be available on audio for ages
    Enjoyed the story but not the narration I'm afraid
    Kept thinking Polly had become 'Paulie'
    Quite an abrupt ending to the story after investing 25 hours to it but enjoyed the journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DizzyKitten
    1/18/15
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    "Good listen."

    I enjoyed the book overall. Not my most favourite Stephen King book but I definitely enjoyed it and will listen again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E
    1/9/15
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    "Please stop putting music in the audio books"

    Not a bad story. As with a lot of audio productions, it's a Shame about the silly music. If I wanted to listen to music I wouldn't buy an audio book. Poor recording quality in places also let this audio book down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecka
    1/2/15
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    "Simply brilliant!"

    Addictive, fun and unsettling (in a Stephen King good way). A very strong narrative, interesting characters, superb plot, this book is classic King at his best!!
    Buy it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandor
    banbury, oxon, United Kingdom
    12/19/14
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    "Typical Steven King chiller"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was OK but not Mr Kings best.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    I love some Stephen King, but he varies a lot.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    He was a good narrator, he tells his own story well.


    Did Needful Things inspire you to do anything?

    No because I found it too formulaic , and it lacked logic.


    Any additional comments?

    There seemed to be no real reason for what happened in the book, a bit of mayhem and murder but as the protagonists did not seem to be displaying any free will and were being controlled I couldn't see the point in the elaborate set up. Disappointing as Steven King can be excellent when he puts his mind to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R. Dean
    UK
    11/16/14
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    "Would be great without the random soundtrack"
    What made the experience of listening to Needful Things the most enjoyable?

    Great book, read by the master himself. Awesome way to re-read this King classic.


    Any additional comments?

    Let down by the out of sync, bizarre, often overly loud and drawn-out sound effects and "music". Would have returned if not for the story and reading performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoey
    London, United Kingdom
    10/6/14
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    "I love Stephen King but didn't love this book"

    Sorry, although I love SK this particular book was not to my taste, too many characters, no character development, too slow a build up, silly ending. Couldn't wait for it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chrissie
    Brighton, East Sussex
    10/6/14
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    "Needs another narrator."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Needful Things to be better than the print version?

    Sadly No. I'm not usually fussy about narrators, but Mr King sounds too much like a bored Peter Griffin (from Family Guy) & I found it distracting. Oh.... & somebody needs to shoot the person who organised the 'music' - it was random, too loud, inappropriate & ultimately irritating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A sumptuous range of characters in the town. I'm sure that everyone will find someone to love & someone to hate.


    What didn’t you like about Stephen King’s performance?

    (See Peter Griffin comment above. Sorry Stephen)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't look to be 'moved', just entertained (& I was).


    Any additional comments?

    As a lover of browsing junk shops & flea markets, I got that horrible feeling that I'd have been one of those poor souls. Yikes!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • denise
    9/2/14
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    "amazing"
    What did you like most about Needful Things?

    Stephen king never let's you down ,what a good book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters


    Which character – as performed by Stephen King – was your favourite?

    Shop owner


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You get more than you bargain for


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    otley, west yorksls21 2bp, United Kingdom
    7/9/14
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    "Best Stephen King Book Ever"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Needful Things to be better than the print version?

    Yes because of the person telling the story. Their accent was perfect and added to the story and I'm not sure I would have heard that had I read it.


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

    The way the plot unfolds. So believable and yet when you think about it isn't but by then you are sucked in want to hear more.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. As I said before had I read it I would not have heard the accent and that really added to it. Having the author tell the story he is able to add voices to the characters just the way he intended when he wrote it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yeas but if I say I will give away some of the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a long book but not one minute too long. I didn't want it to end. It would be perfect for a TV series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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