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Publisher's Summary

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Stephen King's terrifying novella about a town engulfed in a dense, mysterious mist - as humanity makes its last stand against unholy destruction....

In the wake of a destructive Maine summer thunderstorm, an impenetrable mist descends from the direction of a local military facility and infiltrates the small town of Bridgton. David Drayton and his son, Billy, are dragged into a living nightmare as unnatural and violent forces concealed by the mist begin to emerge, wreaking havoc in their wake. Now trapped in the local supermarket with a ragtag group of survivors, David unexpectedly faces a growing threat from within, one that promises to challenge the boundaries of sanity itself. In this horrifying mist, hearing is seeing - and believing. And what you're about to hear, you'll never forget.

Originally published in his acclaimed collection Skeleton Crew, this riveting, eerie novella proves why Stephen King is a master storyteller in short form.

©1985 Stephen King (P)1994 Penguin Highbridge Audio

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Great audio

I will be listening to this again. I couldn't stop listening even while working. it's that good.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great narration!

I loved Will Patton's narration. Also nice to find a Stephen King story that doesn't take a month to listen to :)

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Something in the fog took John Lee!

Frightening story, expertly narrated. What lurks in the mist is nothing compared to the boat load of crazy those cowering from it face. This is the novella previously published in a collection of shorts.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Classic King

I love all of Stephen King's work. I read this book years ago, but decided I wanted to listen to it this time.
The story is classic King (much different from the series) and of course I loved it. I think, however, the narrator could have been better.

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  • Jim N
  • Chicago, IL
  • 07-05-17

One of King's Finest efforts

I first read The Mist on a Sunday morning back in the early 1980s. I had picked up a copy of Kirby McCauley's anthology, Dark Forces, and The Mist was (if I recall correctly), the first story in the book.

It was riveting. I read it one sitting, completely transported to a small supermarket in Maine, where a group of people faced a terrifying, inexplicable situation. Rarely has a story ever drawn me in so completely.

The Mist is part Lovecraftian horror, part B-movie homage, and throughly satisfying. It's effectiveness lies in the simplicity of it's concept. The titular mist is pervasive and mysterious. It diminishes the ability of the characters to perceive what's around them and what's around them is unknown, horrifying. That mystery is juxtaposed against a very familiar setting (the interior of a supermarket) in which the all-too-familiar frailties and dangers of human beings create as much drama as what lurks outside.

The story's ending has been a source of some controversy but I think it's perfect.

I've been waiting a long time for a good audio version of The Mist and Will Patton does a great job reading it. If you want to lose yourself in a good horror story for a few hours you can't go wrong with this one.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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one of my favorites.

I love this story, so glad they updated it. will Patton does an amazing job.

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gripping

I appreciate the creeping slow start, but it was still a little tough to get into in the first couple chapters. once it starts going, though, it really goes. the narrator is truly amazing at putting emotion into the delivery. I like the ending of the movie better than this, but the book is better at the disturbing, sinking feeling, and Mrs Carmody is better portrayed. overall both are good in their own right.

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very scary

It was told very well. Got spooked a lil bit a few times. I just love the way the guy tells the story. he brings it to life better than any movie.

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way better then the Netflix series I listened to it in two days whoop whoop

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Like the story not a fan of the Narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The reader over acted the entire story. I can understand the changing the voices as they talk. But the main character of the story is spoken in a hush voice that I was not crazy about.

How could the performance have been better?

A new narration