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The Mist

Narrated by: Will Patton
Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,518 ratings)

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Number-one New York Times best-selling author Stephen King's terrifying novella about a town engulfed in a dense, mysterious mist - as humanity makes its last stand against unholy destruction....

In the wake of a destructive Maine summer thunderstorm, an impenetrable mist descends from the direction of a local military facility and infiltrates the small town of Bridgton. David Drayton and his son, Billy, are dragged into a living nightmare as unnatural and violent forces concealed by the mist begin to emerge, wreaking havoc in their wake. Now trapped in the local supermarket with a ragtag group of survivors, David unexpectedly faces a growing threat from within, one that promises to challenge the boundaries of sanity itself. In this horrifying mist, hearing is seeing - and believing. And what you're about to hear, you'll never forget.

Originally published in his acclaimed collection Skeleton Crew, this riveting, eerie novella proves why Stephen King is a master storyteller in short form.

©1985 Stephen King (P)1994 Penguin Highbridge Audio

Critic Reviews

"Will Patton's narration will send shivers down the spines of listeners as he shifts between pitched moments of confrontation and frustrating lulls as the characters cope with the monotony of waiting for their doom. His deliberate voice gives the mist an atmospheric thickness that evokes terror. Vocally creating colorful characters and drawing out their utter dread, Patton makes this production an even scarier listen for those who enjoy a good horror tale." (AudioFile magazine)

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Great audio

I will be listening to this again. I couldn't stop listening even while working. it's that good.

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Great narration!

I loved Will Patton's narration. Also nice to find a Stephen King story that doesn't take a month to listen to :)

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Fast and Furious

The Myst is another unputdownable novella from the amazing Stephen King. Short and scary, this fast-paced story will give you nightmares. With vivid characters and terrifying enemies The Myst will stay in your head for a very long time.

Will Patton delivers another perfect performance for The Myst, exactly like he does in the Mr. Mercedes Trilogy and The Outsider. Maybe Mr. King has found his new narrator of choice...

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Something in the fog took John Lee!

Frightening story, expertly narrated. What lurks in the mist is nothing compared to the boat load of crazy those cowering from it face. This is the novella previously published in a collection of shorts.

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  • Jim N
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One of King's Finest efforts

I first read The Mist on a Sunday morning back in the early 1980s. I had picked up a copy of Kirby McCauley's anthology, Dark Forces, and The Mist was (if I recall correctly), the first story in the book.

It was riveting. I read it one sitting, completely transported to a small supermarket in Maine, where a group of people faced a terrifying, inexplicable situation. Rarely has a story ever drawn me in so completely.

The Mist is part Lovecraftian horror, part B-movie homage, and throughly satisfying. It's effectiveness lies in the simplicity of it's concept. The titular mist is pervasive and mysterious. It diminishes the ability of the characters to perceive what's around them and what's around them is unknown, horrifying. That mystery is juxtaposed against a very familiar setting (the interior of a supermarket) in which the all-too-familiar frailties and dangers of human beings create as much drama as what lurks outside.

The story's ending has been a source of some controversy but I think it's perfect.

I've been waiting a long time for a good audio version of The Mist and Will Patton does a great job reading it. If you want to lose yourself in a good horror story for a few hours you can't go wrong with this one.

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A winner from Stephen and Will

I first read THE MIST in 1980 upon it’s first release as part of Kirby McCauly’s DARK FORCES anthology. The story took my breath away. It was a shining example of why SK is such a good storyteller. I’ve actually read the story several times since the first reading. On 1993 someone had the “brilliant” idea to record this in 3D sound as a full cast production. Don’t look for it. It sucked.

This version, something I had waited s long time for, is the real deal. Will Patton, an actor of limitless skill in his narration, brings the story to live in such a way that you forget it’s just Will. His Mrs. Cormody will scare you to your bones. And deeper.

The audiobook is a winner. Only four hours and some chance long, you can listen to it during a day trip

Pick it up and enjoy the fear it induces as fear for the people in the story.

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Classic King

I love all of Stephen King's work. I read this book years ago, but decided I wanted to listen to it this time.
The story is classic King (much different from the series) and of course I loved it. I think, however, the narrator could have been better.

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one of my favorites.

I love this story, so glad they updated it. will Patton does an amazing job.

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Great audiobook!

I am not personally a fan of this story (I had tried to read it before, but lost interest), but it's a great narration by Will Patton! I love his acting during the speaking roles (especially Mrs. Carmody) and just the way he narrates is captivating!

As I mentioned, the story isn't for me, but if you love Stephen King, please give it a chance! You may find that you like it!

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Mixed feelings about the end.

Very interesting and suspenseful. I’ve always wanted to think I’m a badass and can handle an apocalyptic event but this really added a level of human horror and danger of insanity of others.

The end I have mixed feelings about. It felt like a cliff hanger and leaves your gut in nots. Highly recommend