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There was a new shop in town. Run by a stranger. Needful Things, the sign said. The oddest name. A name that caused some gossip and speculation among the good folks of Castle Rock, Maine, while they waited for opening day. Eleven-year-old Brian Rusk was the first customer and he got just what he wanted, a very rare 1956 Sandy Koufax baseball card. Signed. Cyndi Rose Martin was next. A Lalique vase. A perfect match for her living room decor. Something for everyone. Something you really had to have. And always at a price you could just about afford. The cash price that is. Because there was another price. There always is when your heart's most secret, true desire is for sale.

©1991 Stephen King (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A sophisticated literary craftsman . . . his work anatomises . . . the social fabric of small-town American life." (Observer)

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  • Rohan Tharakan
  • 10-18-17

Stephen King's small town writing at its best

Gripping story showcasing Stephen King's small town writing at its best. Excellent narration by Stephen King himself.
Thanks again Stephen for another great ride.

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  • 10-14-17

A Stephen King classic

Good narrator with a broad range.
Musical interludes are a bit weird and unnecessary in my opinion.

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  • Matthew Spivey
  • 10-11-17

Great story but terrible sound effects!

The story is a slow starter but builds a great pace towards the end, the only really disconcerting thing about the recording is the music, which seems to have been composed by a five year old, the worst part being the music to Thomas the tank engine playing very loudly in the background as 2 women have a knife fight.

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  • ArcherFish123
  • 10-02-17

My least favourite King novel by far

As an avid Stephen King fan I was rather disappointed by the meanderings of Needful Things. The first half of the book was much full of potential, but the second half just seemed to lose direction and culminated and a weak and meaningless ending. There are literally dozens of King books I would recommend over this one.

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  • Shirley
  • 09-25-17

Music dreadful.

Would you try another book written by Stephen King or narrated by Stephen King?

I love Stephen king, by the audio book is dreadful. What's with the music?
Trying to be arty and fails dismally.
I don't like Stephen king's narration...he should stick to writing.

Would you recommend Needful Things to your friends? Why or why not?

Because the awful racket will take away any appreciation of the story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen King’s performances?

If the music's gone and the story is good enough to to overlook his stilted performance.

What character would you cut from Needful Things?

None

Any additional comments?

Get rid of the music!!!!!

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  • Steven K.
  • 09-05-17

Modern society

A brilliant, well written take on modern society. Displaying how we rely so much on image, money, pride, vanity, trend.

The need for above is greater than our desire to improve society.

The twisted take on the devil was a master class which really dictated how easy it is to manipulate people through a selfish desire. Great from King or should I say The King

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  • Simon Argent
  • 07-05-17

Great story but.....

unfortunately the narrator just didn't do it for me. I felt everything he said was rather flat - and once again, another SK audiobook ruined by annoying noises throughout....

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  • Mattias
  • 06-23-17

Bad pacing

Amazing, mysterious start, turned so slow and predictable. A few chapters in the tempo is simply agonizing. Unsatisfying ending.

Mediocre narration with music so poorly fitting it is close to comical.

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  • Meghan Moore
  • 06-09-17

Amazing Story - Shame about the music

A well written story as expected. The sound effects and music highly irritating. I would have liked the chapter numbers to be clear throughout.

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  • rob y
  • 05-31-17

Great story but could have been better

Great story. Stephen King does an OK job of narrating on the whole but would have preferred a professional actor who could voice different characters better. Only bad thing about this book was the absolutely terrible background music which appeared from time to time and completely ruined the atmosphere. If there were no music I would gave given 4 out 5.