Drunken Fireworks

Narrated by: Tim Sample
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,517 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

2016 Audie Award Finalist for Original Work

A classic Stephen King short story from the best-selling collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Alden McCausland and his mother are what they call “accident rich”; thanks to an unexpected life-insurance policy payout and a winning Big Maine Millions scratcher, Alden and his Ma are able to spend their summers down by Lake Abenaki, idly drinking their days away in a three-room cabin with an old dock and a lick of a beach. 

Across the lake, they can see what “real rich” looks like: the Massimo family’s Twelve Pines Camp, the big white mansion with guest house and tennis court that Alden’s Ma says is paid for by “ill-gotten gains” courtesy of Massimo Construction. When Alden’s holiday-weekend sparklers and firecrackers set off what over the next few years comes to be known as the 4th of July Arms Race, he learns how far he and the Massimos will go to win an annual neighborly rivalry - one that lands Alden in the Castle County jail. 

Read by beloved Down East storyteller Tim Sample - praised by Stephen King for his “wit and talent and good-heartedness” - Drunken Fireworks makes for explosive audio listening. 

©2015 Stephen King (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"[N]arrator Tim Sample unfurls the story of an escalating rivalry with precision.... Sample's sardonic delivery peppers a sordid narrative with moments of flippancy, and by grounding the dialogue and characterizations in specificity, he keeps a tight reign on King's kaleidoscopic sense of detail. An odd, enjoyable summer listen, and an excellent recommendation for non-horror fans who are interested in King's work." ( AudioFile)

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I come to expect more from Stephen King... :(

The narrator for this book was in someway is appropriate but I had to strain to understand.

The audiobook itself was only about an hour and so minutes and I would've been really upset if I invested a lot of time into this work which was so disappointing.

I don't recommend!

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Waste of time

Narrator was excellent. Story was predictable. The end was similar than a wet sock. I apologize to Mr King for this or review because I'm a fan but it just doesn't size up to all of the rest of his work. this story should have remained unpublished. SORRY!!!!

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bad book

didn't like it very well and I am a big Stephen King cannot not scary

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I would have to be drunk to finish this book

Could not finish this book. Horrible read - would love my credits to be returned.

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boring

it was a little boring to me. I don't know what the point of the story was. Kind of upset I paid for it.

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not impressed

Love Stephen King, but this story long was weak and the narrator ( in character) was difficult to understand


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What the hell is this?

What disappointed you about Drunken Fireworks?

I couldn't listen to ten minutes of it b/c the voice killed the entire story for me. Its annoying and you cant understand what he's trying to say. Its awful!

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

Yes and have.... This is just bad

Any additional comments?

Wish this was in book format so I could read it and understand what was being said. This just failed all over for being made just for audible listening. (frowny face)

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Not impressed

The story didn't really impress me. St least it was short.
Narrator did a good job with the voices.

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Awful

2 hours of my life I'll never get back. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, and then it ended. Thee End.

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Sucks

Sucks! Stephen king at his worst. Normally I like him. This narrator ruined it. Accent is awful

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