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Publisher's Summary

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

In "Big Driver", a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself.

"Fair Extension", the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Dave Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.

When her husband of more than 20 years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It's a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.

©2010 Stephen King. All rights reserved. (P)2010 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved

Critic Reviews

"[T]hese tales show how a skilled storyteller with a good tale to tell can make unsettling fiction compulsively readable." (Publishers Weekly)
"King has gone on record saying he believes that American readers should pay more attention to the virtues of short fiction... if anyone can get reluctant short-story and novella readers into the swing, he certainly can with this book." (Booklist)

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  • Debra
  • STRAFFORD, MO, United States
  • 03-24-11

Did not like the female narrator.

Stephen King has spent years perfecting female characters. In the early days someone made the remark that he couldn't write a strong female character between the ages of 7 and 107. Happily, that has changed in recent years and he has produced some good female characters. The reading of the two female leads in this book did a huge disservice to the stories. Frankly, I thought the character of Darcy sounded like some little housewife straight out of the 50s without a brain in her head. Unfortunate, as it was a very good story.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephen
  • arlington, texas, United States
  • 02-12-13

If your happy with 50% then buy it

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, only half of the narration and stories were Stephen King quality

What didn’t you like about Craig Wasson and Jessica Hecht ’s performance?

I love to listen to Craig Wesson his performance made the first story full, colorful and intriguing. His voice is like a fine wine with a good meal. Jessica Hecht's voice is way to sweet to be palatable.

Any additional comments?

I miss Roland, the Gun Slinger series

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great stories, annoying performance

As always, Stephen King has outdone himself.
Unfortunately, the performances by Jessica Hecht are not very good. Her voices for the female characters are too whiney and airy-sounding... read at an annoyingly high register. And she sounds like she is smiling throughout the reading, even when the suspense in the story increases.
I will avoid future performances by Jessica Hecht.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Kim
  • Spokane, WA, United States
  • 02-20-12

Creepy and Disturbing - YAY!

I really enjoyed this collection of dark tales - they gave me the creeps and entertained me - what more could one ask for? As usual, King's character development and gift for dialogue are the real stars of the show - he gives you a chance to allow your internal critic to relax a bit and just enjoy the ride. Worth a credit - worth the time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Classic King

These are all great stories, well told. The first one is so dark it was very uncomfortable to listen.

My only criticism is the trend of actors "over-performing" the books they read. There's a fine line between telling a good story and imposing one's interpretation on it. Wasson was over the top in the first story but much more even in his second. Hecht goes way too far in both her stories and her voices are distractingly similar in each even though the characters are completely different. If I were running the zoo I'd stop hiring actors to do these reading and enlist storytellers instead.

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  • Gary
  • Naugatuck, CT, United States
  • 12-21-10

ony two stars

I agree with everything that Ron (an earlier review) said. OK stories, not Kings best, but still King. I too had a hard time with the readers, the book version would have been better. Audio is tough like that. An unpleasant reader can ruin even the best book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • J
  • Stillwater, OK, United States
  • 12-04-10

King's home run

Loved the multiple stories, each different than the other, very well crafted. I can honestly say that there was not a slow passage, dull moment, etc. and I couldn't wait to get into my car and listen as the stories progressed. Are the themes dark? Yes. However, they are so beautifully crafted that your appreciation of his ability to write such dramatic stories overcomes any hesitation you might have to listen to them.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Glynis
  • Oak Park, IL, United States
  • 11-24-10

Great. Dark

Stephen King wanted a visceral and emotional response from Full Dark. No Stars and he got it from me. It kept me glued to one spot for most of the tales as if I was at the cinema. I just completed the end of this book and have to tell you to get ready for the ride. If you're squeamish, keep it moving; buy another audiobook. For those who know Stephen King's true niche is "horror"; you're going to enjoy this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • chris
  • Kelowna, BC, Canada
  • 02-06-11

A page turner (virtually)

It's nice to see the master back in full form. This collection of novellas doesn't have a dud in the bunch. I found myself eagerly awaiting to see what happened next, which is odd considering they were short and simple stories. The characters are incredibly strong and placed in real situations so vivid that I found myself caring about them. The narration is excellent.

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  • Rod
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 05-23-12

Loved the Narration

Craig Wasson is the reason I bought this book. He was so good in 11-22-63 I wanted more! I was not disappointed with his performance in 2 of these Novellas. The other Narrator, Jessica Hecht was different for sure but the stories were perfect for her. I was thrilled with both "Big Driver" and "A Good Marriage". It was appropriate since the lead character was female, and compelling with her distinctive style and character development. I find myself missing her now that I am on to "From a Buick 8" and the female voice is someone else.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful