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Full Dark, No Stars Audiobook

Full Dark, No Stars

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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

What the Critics Say

"[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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    LaLaDo 11-24-16
    LaLaDo 11-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I love Stephen King, but..."

    I can't write a full review, since I stopped reading before finishing the first story. I've loved King for years, but this was by far the goriest thing I've seen from him.

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    AmyMaeven 11-22-16
    AmyMaeven 11-22-16 Member Since 2012
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    "King is still ever the master story teller, but..."
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Craig Wasson and Jessica Hecht ?

    I have been a Stephen King fan since childhood and am always excited to read what he puts out. But not if it's read by Jessica Hecht.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Jessica Hecht is INSUFFERABLE. All her dialogue is recited like the women are simpering four year olds on the brink of an epic whining fit and the men all sound like pre-teen boys with laryngitis who's voices are just starting to crack from the onset of puberty and haven't learned to convey the emotion appropriate to the conversation at hand. Seriously all of the inner dialogue she recites is done in an unbearable sing song that has absolutely nothing to do with the contextual tone of the lines. Just because it's happening in a lady's head doesn't mean it needs to sound like a bad dream sequence from a 1950s children's cartoon. And even the regular dialogue sounds like the women are practicing elocution lessons while disingenuously smiling around a mouthful of chocolate icing. I just couldn't even. Wasson was alright, especially during the telling of his second story. The opening vignette wasn't my favorite of the bunch and I thought he read it too much like every line was the build up to a major explosion.


    Any additional comments?

    All in all, I typically enjoy listening to Stephen King spin a good yarn, and this wasn't a complete fail just because of some bad casting. But please, please I'm begging you, next time pick a woman who knows how to read lines without sounding like a June Cleaver robot.

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    val Indiana, USA 11-20-16
    val Indiana, USA 11-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Stories!"
    Would you listen to Full Dark, No Stars again? Why?

    No, I never listen twice.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. It is a collection of stories/short novels all with a common theme. The title of the book doesn't lie-- these are very, very, dark tales. The stories illustrate a concept that Mr. King and I tend to agree on: people aren't good bad but we all have within us the ability to do wonderful and horrible things. We are all capable of a dark side given the right (or i suppose, the wrong) circumstance. <br/><br/>The stories are about 4 ordinary people who are put into very extraordanry and unpleasant circumstances. They are stories about the character's fight within themselves as their sanity and their control slips away from them as they go through the worst possible situations. This book will make you extremely uncomfortable. You will want to stop reading but won't be able to - one of the best qualities a book can have.<br/><br/>I liked the male narrator but the female was pretty bad... That is half the book.... but, It is worth it to suffer through her sing-songy voice to hear the stories.

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    Rabidmonkeys 11-19-16 Listener Since 2009
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    "2 amazing narrators and 4 great stories."

    1922 is by far the best, by no means does that discount the other two stories. All 4 make you want to stay in the car "for just 5 more minutes" and finish the next chapter. Craig is my favorite "Everyman" narrator. His ability to emote, to convey, to reach through your ears and hug your soul is second to none. This man is the Tom Hanks of Audiobooks.

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    John M. Florida, USA 11-18-16
    John M. Florida, USA 11-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "i enjoyed the books but...."

    The first story had a few parts that were a little too gruesome for my taste. However, the story kept my attention and made me late to work a few times because I had to see what was going to happen next. All in all it was a good book that I would recommend to my fellow listeners.

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    Tina Colorado Springs, CO, United States 11-18-16
    Tina Colorado Springs, CO, United States 11-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "another good book"

    really enjoyed listening to this one I like the different stories and I enjoyed real listening to the one about the wife who said husband was a murder

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    Kindle Customer 11-17-16

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    "Thrilling collection of short stories"
    What made the experience of listening to Full Dark, No Stars the most enjoyable?

    Performance for the text is very good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very enjoyable overall. Didn't want to stop listening to get back to the 'real world'.


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    Amazon Customer 11-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "2 outta 3 ain't bad"

    The first story was the reason for my overall rating. It's painfully boring. I first purchased the book, I just couldn't get into it, thought maybe the audio version ( on sale for $5 ) would give it something extra. It did not, however the remaining stories were entertaining.

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    Phillip 11-12-16
    Phillip 11-12-16
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    "Too much King!"

    I am a Stephen King fan and he can bring very strong emotions to the top. However, this is far too gruesome. The details and physical descriptions go beyond telling an authentic story. It is a bit too close to the ramblings of a true psychotic.

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    Sam Green 11-12-16
    Sam Green 11-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding!"

    Unlike some of the other folks I found both actors to be outstanding. The chirping sing song voice of Miss Hecht was not jarring at all for me, it has added a lot to the tightness and stress that the stories deal with and inspire in the reader. I am a constant King reader and found the Audible productions to be proufandly good. This one is as good as the brilliant audible productions of the Dark Tower books or Bazar of Bad Dreams. You will not regret this title should you risk it.

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