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
"A sophisticated literary craftsman . . . his work anatomises . . . the social fabric of small-town American life." (Observer)
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"Even better the second time around."
This was the first King book I ever read and although I don't like everything he writes, I am a fan. I read this many years ago in a far off land, full of scary people. Reading it again in the comfort of my own town, it still sends shivers down my spine. A great read!
"Brilliant story, great reading and production"
A great slow burn story that builds to an explosive ending. The production is great and the reading compelling.
I was glued to this story from start to finish.
A fantastic, horrifying and sometimes deliciously hilarious tale that Mr King has woven so carefully together. A must read.
"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.
"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.
good story but is the crappy music really necessary? it is a little bit annoying
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.
"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.
"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
"not his best"
good narration, didn't like the music and sound effects. story really not up to kings normal standard.
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