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Just After Sunset Audiobook

Just After Sunset: Stories

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Publisher's Summary

Stephen King - who has written more than 50 books, dozens of number-one New York Times best sellers, and many unforgettable movies - delivers an astonishing collection of short stories. The stories in this collection have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, Esquire, and other publications.

Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating -- and then terrifying -- journey.

Set on a remote key in Florida, "The Gingerbread Girl" is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable -- and resourceful -- as Audrey Hepburn's character in Wait Until Dark.

In "Ayana," a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand.

For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment. In one of the longer stories here, "N.", which recently broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient's irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countryside...or keep the world from falling victim to it.

Just After Sunset - call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.

©2008 Stephen King; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster

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    Jin Wei 03-30-16
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    "can't find the right words...."

    listen to it, you just might find the right words to describe it then. good luck. by the way, did you check your stove today?

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    Glenn Rutledge PRINCETON, TX, US 03-03-16
    Glenn Rutledge PRINCETON, TX, US 03-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "King is King"

    King is King. However these aren't his best. I only enjoyed 8 of the 14 stories but 5 of them were great.

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    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 01-14-16
    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 01-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A great collection for sure!"

    If you're a fan of the great Stephen King, you will not be disappointed.

    I truly enjoyed the entire collection and found all the readers to be very talented in their ability to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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    Marilyn 01-01-16
    Marilyn 01-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Stephen King never disappoints,."

    Some of these I have read a long time ago and one or two were new which was a treat. I never tire of listening to him or his stories. After being so long since hearing them, it was like a new book all over again, a lot I had forgotten and it was refreshing. I just wish he put new ones out much faster, I realize he is not James Patterson and I do not want Hi! to be, but I want more all the time. My favorite in this one was the one was the man who picked up the hitchhiker who was mute and supposedly deaf, had never heard that one and it's a hoot. Keep them coming PLEASE YOUR NUMBER ONE FAN...ha-ha

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    ChrisM. 12-31-15
    ChrisM. 12-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good. Like usual."

    This series was put together very well. All the stories are engaging and that is very rare to come by with short story collections and anthologies. If you like these collections by Stephen king, I recommend bazaar of bad dreams first, but if you like Stephen king's work you will not be disappointed.

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    janice 10-04-15
    janice 10-04-15
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    "so far so good"
    What did you love best about Just After Sunset?

    im enjoying having a variety of King to listen to with it being short stories. this will make it easy to listen to one genre, take a break, and come back to it later if I want. great to have a variety of readers too. so far im up to Mare Winingham's story (sp?), she has a great voice for reading.


    Any additional comments?

    will fill in more later after I hear more stories

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    Daniel Cervantes 09-21-15
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    "Great stories"

    man most of these stories deserve a feature-length film with a good director. really great by an iconic horror author

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    KRAMER New York, NY USA 01-29-15
    KRAMER New York, NY USA 01-29-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Overall enjoyable"

    Not all stories were great but the narration and writing made them entertaining. The story about the stationary bike was particularly bad. Overall Worth a listen.

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    Mary Alberta, Canada 09-01-12
    Mary Alberta, Canada 09-01-12
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    "Really not up to par - so sad"

    I have just finished listening to the stories in this book (well I couldn't finshi the last story) and I am patting myself on my back celebrating my devoting to finish reading some 15 hours of (for the most part) really lousy stories. With the exception of the Stand, Salem's Lot & a handful of a few other short stories, I have always finish Stephen King's stories feeling disappointed; sometimes really good stories falling short of a terrific ending; the worst feeling that the story just seems to end abruptly and i wonder if i perhaps fell asleep (when I hadn't).

    The two fairly decent stories (Willa and the one about a psycharitist working with a patient with severe OCD issues) were examples of how good Stephen King can be but the other stories were just too painful to be worth the time investment.
    Thank you for reading my review.

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    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 04-26-12
    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2002

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    "Wow.....what a crazy bunch of stories...."

    ....being a huge fan of Stephen King I always get excited to read his collections of short stories....this collection was great!!! I really loved 'N.' which totally creeped me out and had me thinking about my small OCD issues and trying to rationalize it all....'The New York Times At A Discount Price' is probably my favorite.....it is a very short story but it really has a touching side to it and it just really got to my heart. The last story 'A Very Tight Place' just basically GROSSED ME OUT!!!!....I have read so many of Stephen's books so I'm very used to his gross-out style.....BUT...this one made me so sick I was on the verge of pucking thru the whole story.....OMG....just sooooooo nasty!!!.......all in all I felt it was a great book with a bit of yuck in it!!!....

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