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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Stephen King Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781508217176
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Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires: a prized baseball card, a healing amulet. In addition to a token payment, Gaunt requests that each person perform a little “deed,” usually a seemingly innocent prank played on someone else from town. These practical jokes cascade out of control and soon the entire town is doing battle with itself. Only Sheriff Alan Pangborn suspects that Gaunt is behind the population’s increasingly violent behavior.

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  • “The old horrormaster in top form.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 Marie | 2/14/2017

    " Longtime constant reader (listener for the purposes of this :) I have had many rounds with this little gem, have owed the book for years and now have the pleasure of listening to the King himself tell me the story. And what a story it is! has something for everyone, delightfully evil! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angel | 2/17/2014

    " Truely a good read, hard to get into at first but decently good story which is developing well. I'm really interested to how it all will end ^^ "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pimpawan | 2/9/2014

    " Predictable nonsense. I'd prefer 70s and early 80s King rather than late 80s onwards. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 edna | 2/6/2014

    " omg this is soooo boring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Drufke-Zeller | 2/3/2014

    " I thought this one was good up until the... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justen | 1/25/2014

    " Finished her up this morning and it left me thinking "no more Castle Rock?" I'd have to say that this one keeps the reader wide awake with questions in your mind mulling things around constantly. This is one of the most riveting works that SK has put out even if it isn't one of the newest ones. It maintains that we all see our "Needful Things" in different lights and in rose tinted glasses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 1/22/2014

    " I think a potentially terrifyingly accurate portrait of small town America. I'm just glad that my town isn't that small as all of these characters live here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 1/20/2014

    " I loved this book. The shopkeeper was ... wow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabby | 1/19/2014

    " In spite of the fact that I didn't love the ending to this one, and no matter how disgusted at myself I became looking forward to the misfortune of others while reading it, this is one of my favorites of King's work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Przybylinski | 1/15/2014

    " Great concept of getting things you really want and the trails of what you deal with in the process. Awesome book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/29/2013

    " This would have been a solid three stars if not for a remarkably feeble ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 12/24/2013

    " OMG this book was sooo good! I don't think I've cried or shouted at a book so much before this one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Felicia | 12/21/2013

    " I recall not liking both this and Salem's Lot, but I do not remember the specific reason. They are perhaps due for a second chance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 12/13/2013

    " Very clever plotline - I think that this was one of King's best works. He did an excellent job tying in all of the intricate plotlines and personal feuds of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katiebug | 11/13/2013

    " I am not gonna lie... Don't read this in the dark, it scared the crap out of me, and made me tone down my curiosity level towards things that i want... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Haeger | 6/23/2013

    " The movie stinks! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teshii | 6/18/2013

    " It's so amazing i read it during my english class (i was supposed to read My Brilliant Career) that teacher is fine with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen McGlashen | 3/13/2013

    " Great book! Definately worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leo | 1/9/2013

    " ONE OF THE EARLIER KING BOOKS IVE READ... LOVE THE CHARACTERS "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/3/2012

    " Good story. Classic Stephen King. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loren Toddy | 7/7/2012

    " Not his greatest book but still worth reading for the other character tie ins that happen throughout the novel. Kind of cruelly funny too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arun Kamath | 4/27/2012

    " very good book.. its classic king.. takes a normal town and destroys it by the end of the book... and the whole taking over by the darkness theme is done so masterfully "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Watson | 4/24/2012

    " I am a huge Stephen King fan and this book did not disappoint. A frightening look into the greed of mankind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jp992751 | 4/18/2012

    " One of these days I am going to re-read it in English (I read it originally in Spanish) to see if it was really as good as I thought it was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡ | 12/2/2011

    " I was obsessed with SK for a long time. Some are good others were not so good. You can see my stars. I always felt obligated to finish a book but I have since found I don't. I have read all SK books cover to cover. This is a must read classic! Loved the intensity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Estra Reynolds | 11/27/2011

    " Loved Shaw Shank Redemption but this one was way way too long and way to creepy for my taste. I'm sure Stephen King has many great ones but I'm moving toward the lighter side once again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 8/22/2011

    " As you'd expect from King a bit of a scary story. You have to read on to find out what will happen to each person! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desean | 4/29/2011

    " Lol, Ive read this book 3 times over time.Its always like Im reading it for the 1st time. Read it in the afternoons or dusk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/17/2011

    " It wasn't too bad. It wasn't one of my favorites though, either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 4/12/2011

    " I read this book in two days during my Army Service "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 4/6/2011

    " Never want something too much :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 3/30/2011

    " This was a rather intense book. yeah, I know, Stephen King, what do you expect. Just found it a bit TOO dark in parts. Wasn't in the right space to finish it at the time, but want to some day.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sinead | 3/24/2011

    " Mindless fun from King - this isn't close to his best work, but Needful Things is still serviceable horror to pass a few quiet hours. Not one you'll be fighting to put down, but still good fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Antoan | 3/23/2011

    " Way too long, and I didn't like the ending at all... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cody | 3/16/2011

    " It took me awhile to get into it because the storyline started slow but it ended up being a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 3/9/2011

    " Back to Castle Rock (for the last time... NO!). Well a great end to the small town we learned to love. The manipulating of the characters to serve his (Mr Gaunt) purposes is poetry. He sets them up - and we watch most of them fall.. Definitely a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Willi | 3/8/2011

    " This I enjoyed, however not as much as Mr. King's other books. "

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Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. 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.