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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The short story 'Obits' won the 2016 Edgar for best short story. Featuring introductions to each story, read by Stephen King.

A thrilling collection of 21 stories - some brand new, some published in magazines, all entirely brilliant and assembled in one collection for the first time - with a wonderful bonus: in addition to his introduction to the whole collection, King gives listeners a fascinating introduction to each story with autobiographical comments on their origins and motivations.

The number one best-selling writer has dazzled listeners with his genius as a writer of novellas and short story fiction since his first collection Night Shift was published. He describes the nature of the form in his introduction to the work: 'There's something to be said for a shorter, more intense experience. It can be invigorating, sometimes even shocking, like...a beautiful curio for sale laid out on a cheap blanket at a street bazaar.'

In The Bazaar of Bad Dreams there is a curio for every reader - a man who keeps reliving the same life, repeating the same mistakes over and over again, a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries, a poignant tale about the end of the human race and a firework competition between neighbours which reaches an explosive climax. There are also intriguing connections between the stories; themes of morality, guilt, the afterlife and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. Effervescent yet poignant, juxtaposing the everyday against the unexpected, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant listener as well as to those fascinated by the autobiographical insights in his celebrated nonfiction title On Writing. 'I made them especially for you,' says King. 'Feel free to examine them, but please be carefuly. The best of them have teeth.'

  • 'Introduction' read by Stephen King
  • 'Mile 81' read by Thomas Sadoksi
  • 'Premium Harmony' read by Will Patton
  • 'Batman and Robin Have an Altercation' read by Santino Fontana
  • 'The Dune' read by Edward Herrmann
  • 'Bad Little Kid' read by Dylan Baker
  • 'A Death' read by Cotter Smith
  • 'The Bone Church' read by Cotter Smith
  • 'Morality' read by Mare Winningham
  • 'Afterlife' read by Dylan Baker
  • 'Ur' read by Holter Graham
  • 'Herman Wouk Is Still Alive' read by Brooke Bloom and Kathleen Chalfant
  • 'Under the Weather' read by Peter Friedman
  • 'Blockade Billy' read by Craig Wasson
  • 'Mister Yummy' read by Peter Friedman
  • 'Tommy' read by Stephen King
  • 'The Little Green God of Agony' read by Hope Davis
  • 'Cookie Jar' read by Santino Fontana
  • 'That Bus Is Another World' read by Fred Weller
  • 'Obits' read by Fred Weller
  • 'Drunken Fireworks' read by Tim Sample
  • 'Summer Thunder' read by Will Patton

©2015 Stephen King (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • Wanda
  • Pretoria, South Africa
  • 04-15-17

Overall filled with weirdness

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes if they like weird.

Would you recommend The Bazaar of Bad Dreams to your friends? Why or why not?

Again, fans of King will like this.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrators. They all added to the stories. They were generally well picked.

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

Dont go to sleep.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book.

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  • Ryan
  • 12-05-17

Incredible!

This book has reminded me exactly why I fell in love with fiction when I was young.

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  • Mr P Husband
  • 01-17-17

Well read work

A varied and enjoyable collection. Well read stories, well cast narrators. Some gems in here.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-16

The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams review

If you could sum up The Bazaar of Bad Dreams in three words, what would they be?

Scary,
Gripping,
Entertaining

What other book might you compare The Bazaar of Bad Dreams to, and why?

Skeleton crew, Because I think its similar

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A great atmosphere

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found the book scary

Any additional comments?

The narrator is very easy to listen to.

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  • david
  • 09-05-16

great tales,each one different to the next

loved it and excellent narration plus really enjoyed the Stephen King intros before each one. excellent

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  • john91919
  • 08-20-16

A few gems but not many

I'm a big Steven King fan but this is not his best work. A couple of good stories but not many.

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  • john forsyth
  • 08-02-16

a rummage sale of poor dreams

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

i have some others to listen to in my library

What will your next listen be?

dr sleep

Which scene did you most enjoy?

none come to mind

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

one decent story one decent idea.

Any additional comments?

this was a ragbag of king trying to be something he is not,.a literary writer.he is a decent writer but of horror not pastiches of Raymond carver or Melville.ordinary stories are written by your updikes not your Stephen kings.these stories were poor poor POOR.

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  • Leonilde Van Munster
  • 07-28-16

Best of all

Stephen King at his best. I loved that he introduced the stories in his own voice. The book also gives insight into his life.

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  • Derrick
  • 07-24-16

Not just for horror/fantasy readers

I have read a fair bit of Stephen King, but always prefer his more "mainstream" work; away from fantasy and horror. I also particularly enjoy his short stories; a form of which he is a master. I think this is some of his best stuff for a while, although much of it is not recent output.

Clearly there is a lot of supernatural in this collection, but by no means in all, and his gift for great story-telling and characterisation shines through much more than is the norm with most of his work. I really enjoyed these stories. OK, the baseball one left me completely cold because I had no idea what was going on, but apart from that, they are great tales, very well told.

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  • Mr. D. Thompson
  • 07-12-16

mixed<br />

some better than others. many ended abruptly. will only remember a few of them. not so much horror in these ones as unusual events in people's lives

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  • Paul D
  • 05-18-16

Stephen King . . . . .

That 'bout says it. If you like Mr King then you'll like this.
One of the best popular fiction writers, well crafted, original stories with well constructed sympathetic (!) characters.
Always interesting and here a great diversity of style and genre in these short stories.

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  • Cherie
  • 06-22-17

tales of the macabre

Mix of narrators was good. The Intros from King was a nice touch. King's work is odd, I don't quite enjoy the stories because of the dark and sometimes twisted themes but it intrigues. it compells me to keep listening. How does he do that???

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  • David
  • 12-10-17

Loved this one!

perfect for those who commute. The weekly drive up and down the Hume Freeway is made much more bearable with this, and the stories are very good. Nice touch of horror and suspense.

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  • Frank
  • 05-03-17

As always King has provided a quality product.

Very Stephen King-y. loved the story intros by the man himself. Audio production was top shelf.

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  • Kimberley Connery
  • 08-23-16

An Interesting Compilation

An interesting assortment of stories. Some I enjoyed more than others, some got me thinking more than others, and I guess that's the case with any compilation of tales. Overall I enjoyed this book, but calling it a Bazaar was a wise choice - its an ecclectic mix which covers the full spectrum of topics and characters that King does so well. Recommended for fans of King's style, but don't expect stock standard horror a la The Shining or It.

I really enjoyed that each tale was narrated by a different voice actor. It broke them up into individual entities and gave each story more character unto itself.

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  • Lisa M Hayes
  • 04-08-16

Awesome

Drunken Fireworks, what a superb story and brilliantly read, worth it just for that. A great insight into a legend author.

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  • Allison
  • 03-22-16

Great mix

Fantastic mix of stories and narrators with an introduction to each story by Stephen King.

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  • Bianca-Renee
  • 02-19-16

Riverting from go to woe

Every story is read to perfection, and each one as good as the last. Steven King is still the master and I loved hearing his voice in between each story giving us the story behind the story. I really like hearing him also read one of his own. A true literary Master.

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  • Charlottedv
  • 02-12-16

a wonderful group of stories

I Love the final story...it was a great painted picture of the end of the world.

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  • campbell
  • 02-11-16

Amazing

Definitely worth a read. Awesome stories and their accompanying anecdotes make them all the better

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  • Tita
  • 02-01-16

Ending

The audio ended mid-sentence?? Love the rest if the book. What happened? Guess I'll have to get the physical book! Loved the rest of it!