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Publisher's Summary

Only on audio! A brand-new, never-before-published Stephen King short story unavailable in any other format!

Alden McCausland and his mother are what they call “accident rich”; thanks to an unexpected life-insurance policy payout and a winning Big Maine Millions scratcher, Alden and his Ma are able to spend their summers down by Lake Abenaki, idly drinking their days away in a three-room cabin with an old dock and a lick of a beach.

Across the lake, they can see what “real rich” looks like: the Massimo family’s Twelve Pines Camp, the big white mansion with guest house and tennis court that Alden’s Ma says is paid for by “ill-gotten gains” courtesy of Massimo Construction. When Alden’s holiday-weekend sparklers and firecrackers set off what over the next few years comes to be known as the 4th of July Arms Race, he learns how far he and the Massimos will go to win an annual neighborly rivalry - one that lands Alden in the Castle County jail.

Read by beloved Down East storyteller Tim Sample - praised by Stephen King for his “wit and talent and good-heartedness” - Drunken Fireworks makes for explosive audio listening.

©2015 Stephen King (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"[N]arrator Tim Sample unfurls the story of an escalating rivalry with precision.... Sample's sardonic delivery peppers a sordid narrative with moments of flippancy, and by grounding the dialogue and characterizations in specificity, he keeps a tight reign on King's kaleidoscopic sense of detail. An odd, enjoyable summer listen, and an excellent recommendation for non-horror fans who are interested in King's work." ( AudioFile)

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I Think Stephen King Knows My Neighbors

Being from a rural state, this wild romp is totally believable. It's a different genre for King.. pure humor and character development. Maybe for some, it borders on the incredible... but not for me. I know these people.

I expect the usual reviews from all the readers who will complain that it's not horror. (It's like readers obligate King to stay in that genre, or by God, he will hear about it).

But the bottom line is that he always nails it, and is the benchmark for most anything he puts on paper.

Let the man write.

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This story is just pure fun.

Would you consider the audio edition of Drunken Fireworks to be better than the print version?

Absolutely! It would be a good read - but the audio version takes it to a whole new level.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character and his mama. I love his New England accent. Plus, he says some uproariously funny stuff.

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

No, this is the first one. I'd like to hear some of his other work.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

One-upsmanship - a cautionary tale.

Any additional comments?

I can see this being a movie.

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Not the usual fare

I love it when Stephen king wanders off his usually horrific track and dishes out some tasty, stick to your ribs, down home tale of the poor down trodden getting their revenge in the most unexpected way-- love this story! Still, kinda waited on an axe murder to occur at any moment...

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A taste of down east humor.

This is a charming tale of a rough but proud New England family. The dramatization is flawless and hilarious.

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Love it! Fun for 4 th of July. A Big Bang

Wonderful narration. Great use of local color. Constant readers and others will love. Perfect characters with beliefs in keeping with their station.

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Comic King

Stephen King as a comic? This one is new to me. "Drunken Fireworks" is pretty funny. I actually have nothing bad to say about SK. The story was short, entertaining, and laughable. I hope that Comedy Central roast the Master of Horror one day.

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Stephen King is Genius

I never usually pay too much for a good read but I couldn't resist. Was worth every penny.
Funny, sweet and poetic. King at his aw shucks best. Hail to the chief.

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King really got the lakers view on the 4th of July

It has been going on here- I actually know these characters- Right now I am sitting here at our lake cabin on Pelican Lake in Minnesota waiting for the 4th and realized that this story must be playing out on other large established lakes all across America - I thought it was only our lake. Listening to this made me remember the first time I traveled outside of the country and gained the knowledge that my own perspective needs adjusting - but back to the 4th...Do I drive to Fargo and get the real fireworks this year?? The answer is always yes- Thanks for the story

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A refreshing and well written jaunt!

I have not read any King novels in years, however I decided to try this one since it had received so many good reviews that I had to try it. I am so glad I did! I laughed a lot during this and I loved the narrator. He did a really good job. This story was what I would consider "slice of life" and was just a great little listen.

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King of the Lake

Once again King hits a home run. In this delightful tale of unexpected and unexplained pyromamania, he creates characters and circumstances both impossible and life affirming. Go Stevie, Go! It doesn't have to make sense. It's just gotta be fun. And that's what I love about the King. He's always fun. Regardless of your circumstances, he will show you a world of difference, where everything is possible.

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