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Skeleton Crew Audiobook

Skeleton Crew

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Narrated by Stephen King, Matthew Broderick, Michael C. Hall, Paul Giamatti, Will Patton, Norbert Leo Butz, Lois Smith, Dylan Baker, Kyle Beltran, Dana Ivey, Robert Petkoff, David Morse, and Frances Sternhagen.

The master at his scarifying best! From heart-pounding terror to the eeriest of whimsy - tales from the outer limits of one of the greatest imaginations of our time!

In "The Mist", a supermarket becomes the last bastion of humanity as a peril beyond dimension invades the earth.

Touch "The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands", and say your prayers.

There are some things in attics that are better left alone - things like "The Monkey".

The most sublime woman driver on earth offers a man "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" to paradise.

A boy's sanity is pushed to the edge when he's left alone with the odious corpse of "Gramma".

If you were stunned by Gremlins, the Fornits of "The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet" will knock your socks off.

Trucks that punish and beautiful teen demons who seduce a young man to massacre; curses whose malevolence grows through the years; obscene presences and angels of grace - here, indeed, is a night-blooming bouquet of chills and thrills.

©2016 Stephen King (P)2016 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Jim "The Impatient" 07-16-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "Not Bazaar, but still The King"

    GOOD LOOKS ARE CHEAP IN A WEALTHY COUNTRY
    There are several very good stories in this collection. The Mist runs over five hours, but is very good. I especially liked Mrs. Todd's Shortcut, which was not scary. These stories are older than The Bazaar of Bad Dreams and the collection as a whole is not as good. If you are trying to decide between the two, get Bazaar. Of the 22 stories in this collection, there were seven that I loved and the rest fell between okay and boring. This is normal for any collection, but of course King has us spoiled. Several of these stories must have been written in the sixties or early seventies. King's habit of using lots of pop culture does not appear in these stories. The stories vary greatly also in style and content. One really good story is a Noir and than their is science fiction, paranormal, cannibal, coming of age, teenagers, grandmas, lovecraft, etc. It is a must for King fans, but you might want to fast forward a few of the stories.

    I GROK YOU, THAT'S A PISS CUTTER
    The narrators are top notch. King understand the importance of a good narrator and rarely lets anyone but the best read his stuff. I especially loved Will Patton and Paul Giamatti. They both read two stories and Patton does The Mist.

    I LIKE A WOMAN WHO CAN LAUGH, WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE TO POINT HER AT THE JOKE.

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    Sara's Opinions Knoxville, TN, United States 07-13-16
    Sara's Opinions Knoxville, TN, United States 07-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Michael C. Hall and Norbert Leo Butz - awesome"

    Overall, this is pretty good, even though I already have these stories in other Audible releases. The Raft is one of my favorites so I didn't mind hearing this one again. I didn't give it five stars all across the board because of that, and also, there are so many stories and while I loved many of them, there were a few that didn't quite do it for it me the first time I listened through it. I've listened several times now (gets me through the day) and a couple of those iffy ones improved upon a second listen. I was really impressed with Beachworld. Michael C. Hall nailed that one. I wish he could have narrated the Dexter novels, but since the Showtime series was a little bit different, I guess it's appropriate someone else narrated those, but I digress. (And, BTW, the narration job on the Dexter novels was not bad - the author did a good job with that). The point is, Michael C. Hall is a super performer. Also, Norbert Leo Butz did a great job with Nona and Survivor Type. He was perfectly creepy in Nona, and Survivor Type is one of the most horrific situations I can imagine, and I'm glad that the story wasn't ruined with an inept narrator. The short story Gramma had notably cheesy music with it, which reminded me of an 80's B horror film. Cain Rose Up was one of the stories that I just didn't like - it was just sort of incomplete, blah, boring. The story about the tiger in the bathroom seemed stupid at first, but it did make me smile at one point. Overall, there are some stories/performances that are really good, and made up for the ones that didn't seem to be all that great at first.

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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 07-14-17
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 07-14-17 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "A good (but long) collection of tales"

    The collection opens up with "The Mist", which I can't remember if I watched or read before. Either way, this "version" was classic King. You had the weird, but you had the "people" too, which is really what drove the story along. It felt like a mix of The Stand and Under the Dome.

    Some stories are longish in nature (The Mist, The Monkey, Gramma, Flexible Bullet), while others can barely be called more than a poem (Milkman #1, Cain Rose Up, Owen). A couple don't really fit into what most folks expect from King (The Wedding Gig, Survivor Type). Out of the 20+ tales, there were only a couple that I didn't like.

    There's a good mixture of styles and lengths here that make for an enjoyable, but sometimes disjointed listen. Coupled with the length of the overall audiobook, it seemed better for me to listen to a few stories from this collection in between other singular audio books.

    The narrators did an AWESOME job

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    Chris 07-06-16
    Chris 07-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Newer is better"

    I read Frank Mullers version of this a while back. As good as it was, I'd have to say this version is better. Each story has a different narrator that gives the story it's on unique voice. My personal favorites were survivor type read by Norbert Leo Butz, and The mist read by Will Patton. I also thoroughly enjoyed Frances Sternhagen's reading of Gramma. Thanks to Simon Schuster for making Skeleton Crew an Audio book and thanks to Audible for making this book available for download.

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    Gary 07-15-16
    Gary 07-15-16 Member Since 2001
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    "Don't care if you've read these stories 20 times."

    You have to listen to this audio version. They are read by some fine and favorite actors, and they all seemed new to me. This was a real treat!

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    donnaharvey1415 09-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "reviews on Skeleton Crew"

    enjoyed most of the stories I wanted to or just not up my alley so to speak but overall I enjoy everything that Stephen King write short story review

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    Sean YUKON, OK, United States 07-15-17
    Sean YUKON, OK, United States 07-15-17 Member Since 2011

    Netflix + Grill

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    "An average collection, but there are gems."

    The Mist was excellent, of course. So was the story about the Jaunt. There were a couple stories where the narrator killed the vibe and a couple that didn't seem to fit.

    Still, not a bad deal at all.

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    Marsha Penwell 07-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "No wonder I never read this. Not his best stories"

    No wonder I never read this book. I kept going, waiting for that good story I am used to from him.

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    Dan & Renae 03-29-17
    Dan & Renae 03-29-17

    Daniel F.

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    "Classic Stephen King"

    A classic collection of early King work with everything from a brief musing on Tygers to novellas on space travel and a supernatural mist. Loved them all!

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    Lynn Texas 02-06-17
    Lynn Texas 02-06-17
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    "Stephen King"
    What did you love best about Skeleton Crew?

    I read the book many years ago, so it was great to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I love his short stories

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