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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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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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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

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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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.

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

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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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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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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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  • Scott
  • Omaha, NE, United States
  • 11-11-16

Best stories I have read by Mr. King

I am not for sure why would bother writing a review of such an accomplished person, but for what it is worth these are probably the best collection of stories I have read of his.

Hearts of Atlantis and The Green Mile coming in 2nd and 3rd. The stories were close to the heart and were able to put you in the characters minds. It is a very rare tale that can do these things.

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Poor performace Jessica Hecht

Liked the stories but could not deal with the character voives used by Jessica Hecht. Her own reading vouce was pleasant to listen to, but the voices she used for the female characters were whiney and annoying. The male voices were not much better as they all sounded as though they had a sore throat. Craig Wasson, on the otherhand, did a great job and I would gladly listen to him again

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Awesome!!

This book was such an awesome book and I was not surprised at how good it was because Stephen King is a superb and Superior author