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Publisher's Summary

A star-studded cast of readers present unabridged tales of horror and suspense from Stephen King's classic best-selling short story collection. This volume includes an Introduction by Stephen King, plus "Suffer the Children" read by Whoopi Goldberg; "Crouch End", Tim Curry; "Rainy Season", Yeardley Smith; "Dolan's Cadillac", Rob Lowe: "The House on Maple Street", Tabitha King; "Umney's Last Case", Robert B. Parker; "Head Down", Stephen King; and "Brooklyn August", Stephen J. Gould.
©1993 Stephen King; (P)2009 Simon and Schuster

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King never disappoints !!

I've always loved his short stories !! I never have any trouble finishing his books !!

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Classic Stephen King

If you haven't read this yet, it's time. My favorite story is Dolan's Cadillac. Listen

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Not his best work.

I usually really like Stephens short stories. They even tend to be my favorites, but these were not that great. We all strike out occasionally I guess.

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Absolutely love Stephen King. Miraculous!

Audiobooks don't get any better. Great Narrative. Short stories are the way to go. Awesome!

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Great collection! Can't wait to start volume 2!

Great Stories! Different then most of his other short story books, but if you know Stephen King, you then know that he's not just the Master of Horror. He's also the Master of having no need for a comfort zone or M.O. To rely on. He writes incredibly, exploring different genres and states of mind. The short stories in this collection are no different.

The readers are all fantastic! Whoopi Goldberg was a delightful surprise in that I never expected her to be such an amazing story teller. Everyone else was amazing as well.

Now... On to Volume 2!

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good for quick short reads

I am determined to read King's entire collection in as close to the order of publishing as possible. In starting Nightmares and Dreamscapes I found I really enjoyed the short stories but didn't enjoy the baseball essay and poem at the end. It was nice to hear a real experience King had with his son, but let's be honest I really just want him to scare me.

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Guaranteed to put you to sleep..

Guaranteed to put you to sleep. I expected so much more and never finished a single chapter.

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Worth the listen

The stories were good. Some of the readers were a bit hard to understand. The baseball story at the end was the most enjoyable.

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anything he does

loved it. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors. Dark, mysterious, thought provoking and moral shaking...he is truly gifted

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Great Stories, Mixed Bag on Narration

Would you consider the audio edition of Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Volume I to be better than the print version?

I loved Nightmares and Dreamscapes in print and we got the audio version for a road trip.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the reading of Suffer the Children. It's not my favorite story but the narration is perfecto. Whoopi is awesome, with an emotive but even and soothing voice.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I liked most of the narration except I had a really hard time with Tim Curry reading Crouch end. I had to keep adjusting the volume to accommodate the super quiet then SUPER LOUD! Then quiet etc. tones of his voice. This was my favorite story from this collection in the book, and I missed a lit of it because I kept having to turn down the volume to accommodate the sudden shouting then it woyld be nearly a whisper and I would have to readjust. It was very frustrating. I also felt the sound quality could have been levelled out quite a bit by the folks who made the recording. Tim Curry's voice had enough bass to drown out the actual words and Yeardley Smith's voice came through as shrill unless you messed with the bass & treble levels. She was an interesting choice for the Rainy Season... once I got the sound levelled out it worked. Really, really loved Whoopi, though!<br/>

Any additional comments?

Great stories and an interesting list of readers, Stephen and Tabitha King included! Level out the sound and tell Tim Curry to shout & whisper less because it takes away from the story when you're constantly readjusting the volume!