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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Following on the heels of the stunning #1 bestseller Under the Dome comes a new collection of four original, never-before-published stories from Stephen King.

“I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger…” writes Wilfred Leland James at the start of a riveting confession that makes up “1922,” the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

In “Big Driver,” a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters a stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face to face with another stranger: the one inside herself.

“Fair Extension,” the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Harry Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.

When her husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends “A Good Marriage.”

Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King is a master of the long story form.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “King [is] the most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet…The pages practically turn themselves.”

    USA Today

  • “As in Different Seasons, King takes a mostly nonfantastic approach to grim themes. Now, as then, these tales show how a skilled storyteller with a good tale to tell can make unsettling fiction compulsively readable.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Craig Wasson takes on two of the stories, and his raspy voice is a pleasure to listen to. The main characters in ‘1922’ and ‘Fair Exchange’ are not young men, and his mature gruffness and easy delivery are perfect… the strength of the stories keeps the listener enthralled.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Wasson has an earnest, intelligent everyman quality that appears to reflect the character’s inner nature at first but eventually serves as an effective contrast. Hecht’s warm, sweet voice perfectly fits that of a woman from a nicely settled life who is now brutally jolted from her comfort zone and making ruthless choices to restore a semblance of peace.”


  • “Returning to the novella—possibly his brightest canvas—King provides four raw looks at the limits of greed, revenge, and self-deception. The first, ‘1922,’ is an outright masterpiece…Rarely has King gone this dark, but to say there are no stars here is crazy.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Another collection of satisfying short stories…This quick and more brutal King installment will be in high demand for horror/thriller readers and dedicated King fans. Public libraries, order multiple copies.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • Winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karla | 5/25/2011

    " More great shorts from this prolific author. The authors note at the end of the book gives some great insight as to where the stories came from. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amie | 5/24/2011

    " I have been a King fan since I was in middle school (20-ish years ago), and he never ceases to disappoint me. I read this one in a day, and enjoyed the stories very much. Equally disturbing and compelling, as always! He is still the horror master :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 5/24/2011

    " One of my fav books by Stephen King so far. The stories really make you think about the evil that humans are capable of when it comes to benefitting them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jimmy | 5/24/2011

    " I'm not a huge Stephen King fan, and this did little to change my mind. This collection of somewhat short stories was ... unpleasant ... yes, that's the word. Can't really recommend it. "

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