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3.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 5 3.61 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Tim Curry, Stephen King, Kathy Bates, Rob Lowe, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick, Gary Sinese Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9780743583367
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A star-studded cast of readers present unabridged tales of horror and suspense from Stephen King's classic best-selling short story collection. This volume includes an introduction by Stephen King, plus "Suffer the Children" read by Whoopi Goldberg; "Crouch End", Tim Curry; "Rainy Season", Yeardley Smith; "Dolan's Cadillac", Rob Lowe: "The House on Maple Street", Tabitha King; "Umney's Last Case", Robert B. Parker; "Head Down", Stephen King; and "Brooklyn August", Stephen J. Gould.                                          

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The power of this collection lies in the amazing richness of his fevered imagination—he just can’t be stopped from coming up with haunting plots.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fine stories.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “In this short story collection Stephen King shows his versatility as a writer.”

    Audiofile

  • “Addicts, fear not: the King lives.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SmarterLilac | 2/19/2014

    " I wouldn't call it 'bad,' but then I also wouldn't call it 'good.' "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul Dudoward | 2/17/2014

    " It may sound stupid but I can't remember much about this one, I just know I liked it. It had alot to offer the reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 2/15/2014

    " I didn't like this book much, the stories in it seem like scraps and second guessed work of his. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Schneider | 2/9/2014

    " This is a big fat collection of stories, and I've yet to read every single story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dignan107 | 1/29/2014

    " A highly enjoyable set of stories, some better than others. Helped many a lunch break pass with incident rather than without....don't mess with fingers that appear in drains, don't drive your car down a hole in the road & most importantly I now need to discover Raymond Chandler. "

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

    " A collection of King's short stories including one in the vein of Cthulhu Mythos and another with Romero zombies. If that's not enough to swing you then just read it anyway! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Auna | 1/7/2014

    " This was an easy read, very creepy short story's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/3/2014

    " I guess you could say currently reading as I didn't finish it. I got about halfway through and picked up something more interesting months back. I may get back to it at some point? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbi | 12/22/2013

    " On a second reading, I found this collection of short stories to be much more uneven than I remembered. While there are a couple gems, it is definitely not a cohesive collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Medeya | 12/11/2013

    " Captivating and eerie. LOVE this book, cant put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 11/29/2013

    " Even though none of the stories in this novel gave me nightmares, like I'd hoped they would, they were still all unique, interesting, and full of horror. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Higgs | 11/11/2013

    " While I did not like every story in this book, I LOVED The ones I did. I think that everyone could find a couple of stories they really like in here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aiyaruk | 9/14/2013

    " I'm not a big fan of Stephen King. However, I am a fan of creepy stories, especially short stories, and this is exactly what I love! This is fun stuff - easy to read, and equally easy to spook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eeyore | 9/7/2013

    " As usual I liked some of the short stories in this book better than others. I can't remember which ones I did like and which ones I didn't like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andii | 4/19/2013

    " It's taken me years to get through this, with very sporadic reading mainly from a paperback copy at my grandmother's house, but most stories were very enjoyable. I had to skip the non-fiction sports story at the end though, as it read more like something in a foreign language to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 4/8/2013

    " Kind of gross, actually. Not hightly entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted | 2/18/2013

    " I loved the short story "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band". I think it was my favorite from this collection. I also liked "Sorry, Right Number". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 6/10/2012

    " great series of short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dj | 11/11/2011

    " Stories ranged from 2 stars to 4 stars. Most of them were extremely entertaining, even if some of the premises were downright silly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/28/2011

    " the collection was great and I enjoyed the break from writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caryn | 9/12/2011

    " My favorite of his short story books. You can literally follow certain characters' descents into madness. Truly well written and terrifying. I will read his books as long as he writes them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Lambert | 8/9/2011

    " More spectacular short stories from Stephen King. I especially liked the almost humorous tone of "The Night Flier" and "Popsy" which appear (according to King's "liner notes") to be concerning the same vampire character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johann | 5/1/2011

    " meh, Stephen King is more of a hit or miss with me. The Dark Tower Series, The Langoliers, It are just a few examples of work by him that I really do enjoy. And while there are a few short stories in here that I found worth the read, most of them I didn't really care for at the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 4/24/2011

    " I was in the mood for some Stephen King and hadn't read it since it came out -- really enjoyed it! Not as horrific relative to some of his other collections. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve | 4/15/2011

    " Absolute crap! I think my Stephen King reading days are behind me. This is the biggest waste of reading time I have undertaken in years. The only stories which approached being good were "Popsie," about a child-napping of a vampire's son, and "The 10 O'Clock People." "

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

    " One of my fave short story books. Love Chattery Teeth! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 4/5/2011

    " This is a big fat collection of stories, and I've yet to read every single story. "

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

    " "Night Flier" and "Crouch End" probably ties for my favorites in this collection. Definitely a must read. "

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About the Author
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.

About the Narrators

Tim Curry has created a rich array of memorable characters for both the screen and stage, most notably the role of the scientist in the Broadway and film versions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He’s been nominated for Tony Awards for his roles in My Favorite Year and The Pirates of Penzance. His film credits include Muppet Treasure Island, The Shadow, Clue, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, The Three Musketeers, and many, many more.

Kathy Bates is an actress and film director. She has received a Tony Award nomination, an Academy Award nomination, and she has also won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in Primary Colors. Her television work has resulted in twelve Emmy Award nominations, two of which were for her starring role on the television series Harry’s Law and most recently, a win for her highly praised appearance on FX’s horror-thriller series American Horror Story. She also won an Emmy Award for her portrayal as the ghost of Charlie Harper on CBS’ comedy series Two and a Half Men, a role formerly portrayed by Charlie Sheen.

Rob Lowe is a film, television, and theater actor; a producer; and an entrepreneur. He is also involved in politics and is the author of Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography. He lives in Los Angeles.

Whoopi Goldberg is one of a very elite group of artists who have won the Grammy, the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, the Emmy, and a Tony. Currently she is the moderator of ABC’s The View. Whoopi is equally well-known for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, education, substance abuse, and the battle against AIDS. Among her many charitable activities, Whoopi is a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations.

Matthew Broderick is an American actor and singer. His roles include the title character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor—Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, the adult voice of Simba in Disney’s The Lion King, and Leo Bloom in the film version and Broadway production of The Producers.

Broderick has won two Tony Awards, one for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Brighton Beach Memoirs, and one for Best Actor in a Musical for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He is the youngest winner of the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.