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Publisher's Summary

A star-studded cast of readers presents unabridged tales of horror and suspense from master storyteller Stephen King.

The Stephen King Amusement Park - an unnerving experience, with rides every which way to hell...and a few to glory.

A solitary finger pokes out of a drain. Novelty teeth turn predatory. The Nevada desert swallows a Cadillac. Meanwhile, the legend of Castle Rock returns...and grows on you. What does it all mean? What else could it mean? Stephen King is here with a powerful collection of stories - a vast, many-chambered cave of a volume.

The long reach of Stephen King's imagination will take you on a roller coaster to places you've never been before. You will lose sleep. But Stephen King, writing to beat the devil, will do your dreaming for you.

This edition includes an introduction read by Stephen King plus 'Suffer the Children' read by Whoopi Goldberg, 'Crouch End' read by Tim Curry, 'Rainy Season' read by Rob Lowe and more.

The full list of stories and narrators:

  • Introduction read by Stephen King
  • 'Suffer the Children' read by Whoopi Goldberg
  • 'Crouch End' read by Tim Curry
  • 'Rainy Season' read by Yeardley Smith
  • 'Dolan's Cadillac' read by Rob Lowe
  • 'The House on Maple Street' read by Tabitha King
  • 'Umney's Last Case' read by Robert B. Parker
  • 'Head Down' read by Stephen King
  • 'Brooklyn August' read by Stephen J. Gould
  • 'Chattery Teeth' read by Kathy Bates
  • 'My Pretty Pony' read by Jerry Garcia
  • 'Sneakers' read by David Cronenberg
  • 'Dedication' read by Lindsay Crouse
  • 'The Doctor's Case' read by Tim Curry
  • 'The Moving Finger' read by Eve Beglarian
  • 'The End of the Whole Mess' read by Matthew Broderick
  • 'Home Delivery' read by Stephen King
  • 'It Grows on You' read by Stephen King
  • 'The Fifth Quarter' read by Gary Sinese
  • 'You Know They Got a Hell of a Band' read by Grace Slick
  • 'The Night Flier' read by Frank Muller
  • 'Popsy' read by Joe Mantegna
  • 'Sorry, Right Number' read by a full cast
  • 'The Ten O'Clock People' read by Joe Morton
  • 'Notes' read by Stephen King
  • 'The Beggar and the Diamond' read by Dominic Cuskern

©1993 Stephen King (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

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  • S. Yarrow
  • 09-29-16

Stories fantastic, music terrible,

great writing and performance, but no idea why the incidental music was put in. Unnecessary, even if it had been good music, but seems to seep in at pointless moments, adding nothing except mild irritation.

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  • Barbara
  • 11-04-17

The soul of wit

Let others pray for world peace: I simply pray for Stephen King to live line enough to write another volume of his fantastic short stories. For me, one of the signs of a great story is when you find the plot and characters coming to mind in the days after you finish reading them. This happened (and is still happening) with this collection. The sight of road works now always makes me think of a teacher with murder on his mind. I loved this collection - and what a fantastic team of narrators!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-16

Like a box of chocolates...

At the risk of quoting a famous movie line, a book of short stories is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your going to get until you listen to them, in this box there are some delicious and tasty morsels, and equally some which may turn your stomach.
But go ahead and try and if you take a bite and don't like it, you can always put it back in the box!

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  • Dog in a Flat Cap
  • 09-27-16

Good overall, but a mixed bag

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Some of the narrators are just great, and Stephen King himself crops up more than once to add his own contributions, which is a great touch. In fact, so does his wife, Tabitha King. Rob Lowe stood out as a particularly good narrator, and overall the contributions from such as Whoopi Goldberg and Matthew Broderick added a really nostalgic 80s touch that I really enjoy. The stories weren't all as tight as, say, The Night Shift, but it's definitely worth a listen. Recommended - with reservations.

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  • Jeremy O'Dwyer
  • 06-07-18

It's Stephen King

This is a nice collection of horror stories written by a writer who knows what he's doing. No complaints.

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  • Nicola Hosker
  • 12-22-17

As usual, brilliance from Stephen King

Short stories are sometimes dismissed in favour of longer reads. I think these, and his other short story collections, are superb and well worth a listen.

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  • Debbie Neill
  • 10-04-17

Great collection of creepy tales

Great stories, narration was better in some than others but overall really good. Worth a listen

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  • Benny butthead
  • 09-23-17

omg, who the hell did the music. a deaf slug?

The worst music I've ever heard. I could have written better music drunk smashing my face against the keyboard.
in fact that's what I felt like doing.
first half of book good second half 'nyea'. mr king please stop narrating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-17

compelling

numerous short stories that keep you interested, entertaining but not as much as night shift.

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  • mandy
  • 05-13-17

boring

this book had only a couple of decent reads in it i hated most of the stories dont bother

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  • Erin Raethke
  • 02-25-18

So good... and has aged so well!

The performances were top notch (including those by the author. Would recommend gladly to anyone.

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  • Vron
  • 06-21-17

Some Actors can tell stories- others struggle...

I found that some actors had the magic touch reading these... others sounded a little stilted... or worse- too familair to draw you into the story. No offence to the Voice Actor of Lisa Simpson- but I couldn't get the image out of my head while listening to her story/laugh...

In any case my favourite stories have to be Chattery Teeth & Crouch End- and they'll both stick with me- : )

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  • Todd
  • 10-29-16

Mostly disappointing, with a few good stories

A trusted friend advised me that this is one of King's best collections. I was looking forward to it, but the overall quality was disappointing. There are a few good stories, but the majority range from average to downright terrible. I can name at least three that are practically about NOTHING. They go nowhere and have no plot. Just people sitting around talking.

The narrators equally run the spectrum. Some are great, others are barely tolerable. I'm personally not a fan of King himself narrating. Good narrators draw you into the story, King just feels like a guy reading off the page. No range at all.

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