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Consummate master of his craft, Stephen King has kept millions awake past midnight shivering at tales that probe the shadows and reveal the dark side. Now listeners can chill to this dramatic unabridged production of 6 short stories from his best-selling book, Night Shift. It brings Stephen King's demonic stories fully to life - and the terror even closer to home.

Lying on the couch in Dr. Harper's office, keeping a close watch on the closet door, Lester Billings relates the bizarre tale of "The Boogeyman" who has taken his children's lives. In "I Know What You Need," a pretty college co-ed finds the perfect lover while on a campus in Maine. A young man thrills to the eerie mists of a murderous "Strawberry Spring." A winter storm hits and a group of old codgers who regularly gather around the Reliable at Henry's Nite-Owl discover the gruesome fate of an old crony in the title story, "Gray Matter." A son, horrified by the grim indignity of death, struggles with his love for "The Woman in the Room," while a hit man, back from a successful assignment, finds himself besieged by a toy army that turns his New York penthouse into a deadly "Battleground."

©1976 Stephen King (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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  • bonita
  • SOMERVILLE, TN, United States
  • 07-09-16

We need a complete and unabridged version

My advice to long time King fans and newcomers alike is to skip these three Nightshift samplings, and to wait for a complete anthology. This collection, along with two others available from audible, were released in the mid 90s. They sound as if they were ripped directly from the old cassettes in some places, and this distracted me at times. Yes, Audible has the three volumes making up the old Bantom Doubleday Dell audio Nightshift collection, but be warned. A few stories from the anthology have never been published on audio before. Even if an audible customer were to purchase Gray Matter and other stories, Lawnmower Man and other stories, and Graveyard Shift and other stories, they'd be missing a few.The unincluded tales are I am the Doorway, One for the Road, Children of The Corn, and Trucks. Hopefully, Simon and Schuster will choose to give audiobook readers Nightshift in its entirety soon, including the prefatory matterial. They've recently released the complete Skeleton Crew anthology three or so days before this review was written, so I prefer to be optimistic.

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Loved it!

Great! Enjoyed from start to finish! Definitely recommend it! Good for relaxing at home or being on the go. Will listen again.

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Ok.. not fantastic

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Feels a little phoned in.. so maybe short stories aren't for me

If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

I am a HUGE King fan.. this book wasn't a fantastic read and listening to it was slightly better.. but content is content and it is just mediocre in comparison to much of his other work

Have you listened to any of John Glover’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have and he is good.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I would not

Any additional comments?

It isn't the worst but not the best either.. if you need something to listen to while working and don't want to get to invested this is good ear dribble

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Great stories, poor audio quality,

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or John Glover?

Yes I would.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think that Lester Billings from the boogie man is my favorite, because He is honest, but really gives you the hint that he is crazy.

Have you listened to any of John Glover’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard any other of glover's narration.

Do you think Gray Matter and Other Stories From Night Shift needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I do, and there are. Graveyard shift and other stories from night shift, and the lawnmower man, and other stories from night shift.

Any additional comments?

If you don't mind a considerable difference in the audio quality compared with the other two volumes of stories, This book is well worth it. All of the stories are great, and sometimes very funny as well as scary. I draw your attention to the scary, and funny battleground.

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worth a 2nd visit

SKy's short stories are always woreg a second visit. The prequel to the real Salem's Lot was incredible! I can't believe I didn't remember it!

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Why do I bother?

I'm not even sure why I bothered to use a credit. King is a masterful storyteller. His prose is engaging and vividly descriptive, his characters strongly developed. But somehow, even though time after I time I keep wishing his next short story will get better, sadly, they do not. His anthologies are full of boring tales in which do not hold my interest, but still, I read them all, in hopes of finding that one diamond in the rough. I know it's there somewhere. His full length novels are amazing. It's almost as if he's two different people. Or maybe its just that his strength lies in stories that are long and drawn out. I will say that even though the plots were severely lacking in substance and "I know what you need" was the only story I even remotely enjoyed, the narration was superb. A definite A+ performance. But, in my personal opinion, this was definitely not worth a credit.

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Poor Sound Quality

Stories are fun, John Glover is great, but fuzzy sound quality detracts from the experience.

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Round 2 of King's Best

While Night Shift is one of Stephen King's best collections of short fiction, this collection is a little lop-sided with excellent drama but little true horror. While the gruesome and wonderful title story, "Gray Matter", and hard to forget "Battleground" are a strong foundation, wonderfully written but not very chilling stories like "The Woman In The Room" and "The Boogeyman" outweigh the light but effective "Strawberry Spring" and the slow-burner "I Know What You Mean".

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An eclectic set of stories

First I will start by saying, if you are a King fan and have not read his earlier works, i recommend you read his stories and books in order of publication, because his writing develops over time.

These earlier stories may lack some of the finesse of King's later works but they are simply fun, and bounce from slightly comical to a little sad. In the "Woman in the Room" a son watches his mother waste away from cancer and contemplates euthanasia...."I Know What You Need" is a cautionary tale about Mr. Right..."The Boogeyman" is a fun take on the classic closet monster..."Strawberry Spring" is a quick read on the series of murders committed by Spring Healed Jack...and finally "Gray Matter" is a satire about the sin of Sloth.

All in all this is a fun read, it's quick to get through and it covers the spectrum of emotions and subject matter.

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Night Shift Vol 1<br />

Ok early King. The stories are kinda weak and under developed. The Boogeyman was good up until ending. Gray Matter and The woman in room were the two least appealing. But Strawberry Spring and the second story bout the girl who meets an unusual love interest that seems to good to b true are both very good but seem to quick and under developed. Also the sound of the recording was bad, sounded like John Glover was narrating from underwater or in a huge echoing cathedral.

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  • Stephen
  • 05-11-15

Decent read but not his best work

These stories are OK, one or two are even pretty good. But they are not King's finest hour by any means. If you've read most of his other stuff they might be worth a look, but otherwise there's plenty of other more engaging books he's produced.
The stories are old-school in tone. They sound like (and probably were) written by King for publication in magazines to bring in some cash.
I understand they were some of the earliest material he wrote, so if you're interested in seeing where the great author started, you can see it here.

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