Blood and Smoke

Narrated by: Stephen King
Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
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This collection of short stories from the master of modern fiction is available only as an audiobook. In Blood and Smoke, Stephen King takes us inside a world of yearning and paranoia, isolation and addiction. It is the world of the smoker. In this audio-only collection, the now politically incorrect habit plays a key role in the fates of three different men in three unabridged stories of unfiltered suspense. In Lunch at the Gotham Café, Steve Davis is suffering through intense withdrawal - from both nicotine and his wife. His desperation for a cigarette and for his ex are almost too much to bear, but that's nothing compared to the horrors that await him at a trendy Manhattan restaurant. In 1408, Mike Enslin, best selling author of "true" ghost stories, decides to spend the night in New York City's most haunted hotel room. But he must live to write about it without the help of his ex best-friends, his trusty smokes. And in In the Deathroom, a man named Fletcher is held captive in a Central American stronghold. His captors will use any torturous means necessary to extract the information they want from him. His only hope lies with his last request - one last cigarette, please.

Features the tale 1408, now a Dimension Films motion picture starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.

©2000 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved (P)2000 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Excellent!

Very cool to have the stories read to you by the author. The middle story, "1408", is creepy and intense - a great ghost story.

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Smokers Beware

Stephen King always suprises you. If you enjoy reading something besides the standard "Scary Carrie" stories, try this collection which represents an amalgam of short works on the theme of smoking. Not only will you enjoy the stories, you'll probably find ample reason to quit smoking after doing so.

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If you have Everything's Eventual skip this one

For some reason it just didn't register with my brain that all stores in this audio book are in Everything's Eventual. Pretty disappointing to get a book that says 'only available as an audio book' when that's only true in the most vague way. Yes, Blood and Smoke is only available as an audio book but the stories are included in a lager collection. If you don't have Everything's Eventual or not going to buy it, then go for it, great stories and I love hearing King read his own.

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Great

1408 is one of the best audio ghost stories you'll ever hear. Perfect for cross country drive at night.

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Great stories!

While not the best narrator, the author actually gives an admirable performance, so don't let that put you off.

Suspenseful, well-written, and solid delivery. Classic King.

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Enjoying Stephen King again

I have no time to read. I have two kids and a full time job so this is perfect. Getting used to Stephen's voice takes a little time, but if you have seen him on tv or in person talking its much easier to get used to it. As for his reading, its just great. People have said that hes one tone or boring, well he is a professional writer and this is not his usual gig. I look at this as a gift of sorts and we could have done much worse than this.
I've downloaded all of his books that he reads and I'm glad I did. You never know when a treasure like this will be gone for good.

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Eeeeee!

Any additional comments?

Lol. Not my first round with this collection, but I still cannot get enough of Lunch at the Gothem Cafe. It always gets me rolling. Definately creepy, but totally enjoyable.

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Old favorites

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is a revist to stories that you have already read or heard if your a King fan. I was surprised to find that I knew all of these stories. I had thought this was a different collection.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It's a King book which makes it interesting as the majority of his stories are page turners. The least interesting is that this is again stories that I already have from previous books.

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

No this was the first time I've had an audio book where Stephen King was the narrator. It was a very pleasant surprise.

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

Neither it was pleasant.

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Brilliant as Always

As a constant reader from my teen years now nearing the big 50. There's never been a book or short story i haven't throughly enjoyed. And the pleasure if having the book read my Mr. King himself was a great bonus.

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A couple of the stories are in other books

If you're looking for something new this may not be what you're looking for but if you're looking to review Some old Stephen King stories that you loved then it is definitely worth purchasing and listening to I personally immensely enjoyed it

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  • 03-12-09

Masterful storyweaver, so-so narrator

I love Stephen King. I have been collecting his books for as long as I can remember. These stories all appear elsewhere and I have read them all previously, and enjoyed them. This is a collection of three excellent stories, my only slight negative comments are:
1. I think that something King's character Paul Sheldon said in 'Misery' rings true - that you might be a good storywriter, but not necessarily a good storyteller! I was a little disappointed with Stephen King's narration. Found it somewhat bland.
2. The topic this is supposedly based on, smoking, is rather a loose connection at best.
But these are minor complaints really, the stories themselves are great and I enjoyed listening to them, after having read them before.

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