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Author: Stephen King Narrator: Denis O'Hare, Stephen King, Holter Graham, George Guidall, Mare Winningham, Jill Eikenberry, Ben Shenkman, Karen Ziemba Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9780743575324
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Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating -- and then terrifying-journey. Set on a remote key in Florida, "The Gingerbread Girl" is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable -- and resourceful -- as Audrey Hepburn's character in Wait Until Dark. In "Ayana", a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand. For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment. In "N", which recently broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient's irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countrysideÉor keep the world from falling victim to it.

Just After Sunset -- call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • King lets the reader put the book down at night after one story, knowing another horrific treat awaits the next day. Amanda St. Amand, St. Louis Post Dispatch
  • King is as sharp and disgusting as ever... Haunting. People magazine
  • King reminds us again of his power to unhinge with a single line or image. A master of the storytelling craft, he gets his ghastly fingernails right beneath the skin. John Marks, Salon.com
  • In these 13 newly collected stories, we see a master craftsman at the top of his game and clearly enjoying himself.... Each story is a treat not just for King fans but for any fan of good fiction. Salem Macknee, Charlotte Observer
  • A master storyteller... Haunting. Karen Sandstrom, Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • King is as sharp and versatile as ever. Erica Noonan, Boston Globe
  • Quietly dazzling. Ted Anthony, Associated Press
  • King continues to be dedicated to giving his readers a luxuriant experience, the basic pleasure of getting lost in a book. Charles Taylor, New York Times Book Review
  • “King continues to be dedicated to giving his readers a luxuriant experience, the basic pleasure of getting lost in a book.” 

    New York Times Review

  • Wonderfully wicked. Carol Memmott, USA Today
  • “King reminds us again of his power to unhinge with a single line or image. A master of the storytelling craft, he gets his ghastly fingernails right beneath the skin.” 

    Salon

  • “Quietly dazzling.” 

    Associated Press

  • “These stories are a testament to the literary merits of the well-told macabre tale.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of the 2009 YALSA Alex Award
  • A 2010 Audie Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 2008 Bram Stoker Award for Best Collection
  • A 2009 British Fantasy Award Nominee

Listener Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/20/2014

    " Pretty decent book of short stories. Nothing that stands out, but some fun, very Stephen King-esque stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 2/16/2014

    " King's stories always pull me in. There are some really creepy stories here. Some are tender. More than a couple had me yelling in frustration at the villians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Msbookworm | 2/6/2014

    " There are some great stories in here, but don't listen to them when you are walking alone right before dark! I was so engrossed in a story ("N") that when a dog came running up behind me I jumped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 2/5/2014

    " There was one great story, a few good stories, and the rest were just okay. Entertaining, as Stephen King always is, but aside from "N" (the one great story), no real chills. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patsy | 1/26/2014

    " I prefer his long, full size books. Reading his short stories makes me wonder what else was happening that he didn't tell us about. He is the master of the full size novel. His short stories are like teasers. They just make me want to know more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 1/14/2014

    " I've really missed King's short story work. There were some excellent ones in here. "Mute" and "Very Tight Place" were my favorite ones. It was a nice break to read something just for fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/7/2014

    " Loved it! Great short stories that kept me up too late. My favorite page-turner was The Gingerbread Girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty | 12/31/2013

    " I love short stories and I love SK's tale telling. These were excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 12/26/2013

    " I'm going to bo back to only reading Stephen King 'Classics' some of his more modern writings have lost their edge. Maybe he's matured as a writer but it's in a direction that doesn't entertain me as much as his old stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paddy | 12/21/2013

    " A book of short stories by Stephen King. There were some good ones - other more forgettable but none up to the standard of his early short stories like The Body. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 12/1/2013

    " Short stories...some I liked better than others. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ilhana | 11/3/2013

    " Highlight of the book - "N"!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 11/3/2013

    " As always, Stephen King writes compelling stories and short stories are nice and compact. However, in this one, his language seems to devolve to the vulgar and it robs the strength of the story rather than adding to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kjo | 9/7/2013

    " Read some of the stories from this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hyderabadi | 8/17/2013

    " So far,It is the best.Lets see if can hold the same momentum till the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 5/7/2013

    " skillfully rendered short stories from mr. king... what can i say? good times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 5/9/2012

    " Typical King. Short stories...many very.good. Some not so good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 2/20/2012

    " My favorite short story from this one is "Graduation Afternoon". OY will you be depressed and scared. "N" is a good read as well, esp. if you are a fan of Lovecraft, it has a very Lovecraftian feel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naida | 1/31/2012

    " Read this book in under 12 hours. I Love Stephen King short stories and this one does not disappoint. The Stationary Bike was my favorite in this collection and it is pure King - Great imagery & dialogue and an idea that could have only come from his head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ajay | 1/29/2012

    " A sure thrilling experience as King's many tales flow hind to front.! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/14/2012

    " A good variety of 14 short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Metagion | 11/29/2011

    " One of the stories I'd read before "Stationary Bike," but the rest were OK. (I've read worse). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keisha | 10/30/2011

    " I like Stephen King but these short stories didn't hold my attention. I like The Gingerbread Girl the best. I only read the first 3 stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanja | 6/10/2011

    " A short story collection by Stephen King - 13 compilations, of course. A few riveting, nail-biting ones, but most of them only a hair's breadth short of boring. Nothing in the class of "Everything's Eventual" or "Nightmares and Dreamscapes". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Page | 5/20/2011

    " "N." is the best in this collection and one of his best ever. If you want creepy...this is it! My other faves were "The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates," "The Gingerbread Girl," "The Things They Left Behind," and "A Very Tight Place." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shirley | 5/20/2011

    " Disappointing - perhaps I expected too much "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 5/19/2011

    " Not as scary as I thought being Stephen King, but some were pretty good. I liked N, Mute, Willa, The Things They Left Behind, Rest Stop, Harvey's Dream, and A Very Tight Place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 5/17/2011

    " I unabashedly love Stephen King, and I enjoyed this short story collection. The Gingerbread Girl has some sticking power, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/16/2011

    " So far I've liked all of the stories except one which was somewhat confusing but it might be because I was really tired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gord | 5/15/2011

    " I really enjoy King's short-story collections and I'm glad he's back with another one. Covering all manner of subjects, it's a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilwarin | 5/6/2011

    " I'm just not that big a fan of morbid things.. and some of these stories were VERY morbid :P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 4/27/2011

    " Some of the stories in this book were great others not as good, but over all well worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 4/26/2011

    " I think this is the best Stephen King book I've read in many a year. It is a collection of short stories, and it seems to get back to doing what he does best - telling an interesting story with good description to keep it real. Very happy with this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 4/19/2011

    " I think there were 8 stories total?...anyway, some weak ones, and some strong ones...all in all a good way to pass the time. Great imagery in his stories! "

About the Author

Author Stephen King

Stephen King has written more than fifty books, many hitting the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

About the Narrators

Holter Graham, winner of three of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voice of the Year awards, is a stage, television, and screen actor. He has recorded numerous audiobooks and earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, his film credits include Fly Away Home, Maximum Overdrive, Hairspray, and The Diversion, a short film which he acted in and produced. On television, he has appeared in Army Wives, Damages, As the World Turns, Rescue Me, Law & Order, and New York Undercover. He received a BA degree from Skidmore College and an MFA from Vermont College.

Holter Graham, winner of three of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voice of the Year awards, is a stage, television, and screen actor. He has recorded numerous audiobooks and earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, his film credits include Fly Away Home, Maximum Overdrive, Hairspray, and The Diversion, a short film which he acted in and produced. On television, he has appeared in Army Wives, Damages, As the World Turns, Rescue Me, Law & Order, and New York Undercover. He received a BA degree from Skidmore College and an MFA from Vermont College.

George Guidall, winner of more than eighty AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. His forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.

Karen Ziemba is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and a Tony Award-winning actor, singer, and dancer. In 2000 she received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress, along with the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, starring in Susan Stroman and John Weidman’s hit musical Contact. She also starred as “Roxie Hart” in Chicago and “Rita Racine” in Steel Pier, for which she received her first Tony award nomination as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. She is also active on tours to American cities and has made appearances in television series dramas.