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Publisher's Summary

"The face of the man in the black suit grows ever clearer, ever closer, and I remember every word he said. I don't want to think of him, but I can't help it, and sometimes at night my old heart beats so hard and so fast I think it will tear itself right clear of my chest."

A haunting recollection of a mysterious boyhood event, The Man in the Black Suit, read by John Cullum, leads off this masterful collection from Stephen King.

Other dark tales include: All That You Love Will Be Carried Away, read by Peter Gerety, in which a man checks into a Lincoln, Nebraska Motel 6 to find the meaning in his life; That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French, read by Becky Ann Baker, presents the ultimate case of deja vu; and The Death of Jack Hamilton, read by Arliss Howard, a blistering tale of Depression-era outlaws on the run.

Whether writing about encounters with the dead or the near-dead, or about the mundane dreads of life, Stephen King's The Man in the Black Suit is a gripping, intense listen.

These unabridged selections also appear in the print edition of Everything's Eventual. More unabridged stories from Everything's Eventual are available in Blood and Smoke, Riding the Bullet, LT's Theory of Pets, and Everything's Eventual.

©2002 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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Not Your Classic Stephen King

The thing I like about Stephen King's short stories is that they never fail to satisfy that craving for a good yarn. Sure, they are sometimes scary beyond all rhyme or reason, but more often than not, they are just great listening. In the Man in the Black Suit, King creates a central character that is both sympathetic and believable, and a villain so dark you tremble. But the narration and the storytelling are so good, you almost (emphasis on almost) forget to be scared. There is a story about John Dillinger that is about the best short story I've ever heard, and in Everything You Love Will Be Carried Away, King leaves you spellbound and wondering, and laughing for hours at all the collected bathroom humor built into the story. In "That Feeling You Can Only Say in French," you get the feeling you're watching an old Twilight Zone re-run, or maybe an old episode of Star Trek. You keep hoping the characters will recognize what you see so clearly. King is gifted in letting you see clearly what the characters cannot see, and in making you want them to see it. This is a great collection of stories and one not to be missed.

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Rip off!!! All previously published!

All these stories are in Everything's Eventual. NOT COOL!!! I don't like to buy the same stuff twice!!! The stories aren't even that good. Certainly not up to Stephen's other work!

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Uneven but enjoyable

Not every story included here is stellar, but those that stood out were exceptionally suspenseful and well-crafted. Well worth the listen, but I couldn't give it 5 stars given some weaker material.

Classic Stephen King shorts!

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Really written by Mr King?

Extremely boring.....unlike any other Steven KIng book I"ve read! 2 stories had only a vague plot, the other 2 none!

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I give it a resounding Meh.

Not the best work from Sai King. The titular story being the only one with a real scare factor to it, it wasn't that scary.
The real gem was the story "The Death of Jack Hamilton." It was full of heart and imagery that even card carrying member of the uncle Stevie fan club like me can forget this man is capable of. If anyone wonders if King is more than a contemporary horror writer, have them read this or any of his other little gems like "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" and they will know.
Perhaps it isn't his best work, but it is not bad at all.
Long live the King!

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Great stories amazing Readers

The same stories from "Everthings Eventual", don't make the same mistake that I did and buy this after Everthings Eventual.

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The 1st story was great

I got bored after the 1st story and kept fast forwarding through all the rest of the stories

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great story

My favorite story is the first and last one. very descriptive of how each character acts in the story.

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I heard only two stories not four. The Man… was ok
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Surprised

You would think over after so many years of listening and reading King, you probably shouldn't be surprised the short stories were really interesting and the idea of this young boy's demon really took me by surprise. I was really scared for this child I'm not really sure what was going on in his life. All of the stories were really interesting and difficult to anticipate therefore you just had to go for the ride to see where they would go great work once again.