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4.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 54.13 out of 5 4.13 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Dana Ivey, David Morse, Dylan Baker, Frances Sternhagen, Kyle Beltran, Lois Smith, Matthew Broderick, Michael C. Hall, Norbert Leo Butz, Paul Giamatti, Robert Petkoff, Stephen King, Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781508218401
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The Master at his scarifying best! From heart-pounding terror to the eeriest of whimsy—tales from the outer limits of one of the greatest imaginations of our time!


There are some things in attics which are better left alone, things like “The Monkey.”


The most sublime woman driver on earth offers a man “Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut” to paradise.


A boy’s sanity is pushed to the edge when he’s left alone with the odious corpse of “Gramma.”


A night-blooming bouquet of chills and thrills.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This hefty sampler of King’s shorter works, from all stages of the horror master’s career, demonstrates the range of his abilities. Some of the stories here rank among his best.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Larsson | 2/18/2014

    " Not much to say, except this is a fine collection from King, with the majority of the stories being really good, and none at all being bad. My favourites have to be Mrs. Todd's Shortcut, The Jaunt and Uncle Otto's Truck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaethe | 2/10/2014

    " "The Mist" is strong and remains in my mind. The rest I've forgotten. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/4/2014

    " One of his short story collections. He does short stories really well, and it's an early collection. Most definitely worth reading and re-reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Super_Chris | 2/1/2014

    " This book is "Totally Eventual" but you've got to read Nightshift if you haven't. Dolan's Cadillac was my favorite. The ultimate story of revenge. King is the MAN! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry (sethurner) | 1/31/2014

    " King is at his best when he writes short stories, and this collection is fine vintage King. I remember being practically woozey after reading The Raft, charmed by Mrs. Todd's Shortcut, and mesmerized by The Reach. He does it all here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 1/25/2014

    " This was a really good book, despite the fact that it took me a while to read them. "The Mist" is the original reason I picked up this book second-hand but there were some other gems in there that really stuck with me, like "The Jaunt" and "The Raft" in particular. There were some good little chills in this book, potentially too many to list, and this is sort of a short review because they've all kind of tapered off a bit in my memory save for the shocks and the real impact moments, but all in all, this is a fantastic read and one that I highly recommend. King's ability to build such well-rounded and fascinating characters in such short spaces is not only enviable, but nothing short of spectacular. Grab yourself a copy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Chaput | 1/21/2014

    " A group of interesting stories from the weird mind of Stephen King. It held my attention from beginning to end "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/15/2014

    " I didn't care about the short stories in this collection, but I did like the Mist. Even today, if I am driving alone and come across fog/mist, I am freaked out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lin | 1/10/2014

    " I own this book in the Dutch translation. Stephen King's short stories are superb, and count among them the scariest stories I've ever read. This collection contains the story 'The Mist', which made 11 year old me afraid of fogs for quite some time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea Ward | 1/9/2014

    " If I had to choose one of Stephen Kings books I think that this book of short stories would be it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 12/22/2013

    " This gets 4 stars just for having The Mist in it. Read it something like 15 years ago, and that story still terrifies me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 12/5/2013

    " A number of memorable stories, but just not as good as "Night Shift," like they put his best stuff in there and stuck the rest in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 12/2/2013

    " Stephen King's earlier work; just as creepy, and just as much fun as any of his others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy Young | 12/2/2013

    " I'm reading this to see if it's something I can teach in my horror class this spring. So far, it looks good! But I'm biased :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 12/1/2013

    " Contains the novella The Mist which is my favourite Stephen King story of all time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 11/25/2013

    " Re-reading some of the stories from this collection. There are some real good ones in here that never seem to get old for me, re-reading them is like visiting old friends... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 B | 11/17/2013

    " OK, I only read the few long stories. Mist was good. I prefer to sink my teeth into a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 9/25/2013

    " Incredible selection of shorts - I tend to keep this around for great quick reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seneca Massie | 7/25/2013

    " A mix of wonderfully horrifying stories! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cornfed | 2/7/2013

    " Not a big fan of Mr King but these stories are pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 10/31/2012

    " again, mine is hardcover. family members know I have had a Stephen King fetish since I was 14, and they gifted me with books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan Griffin | 6/9/2012

    " This is the book that got me into Stephen King "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Church | 8/25/2011

    " i liked this book alot it has one of my favorite story's in it too known as "The Mist" it is also a movie so go cheak that out to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael J. Bourgault | 3/24/2011

    " This was one of my favorites when I was going through my Stephen King "reads" phase. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa Johnson | 7/16/2010

    " This is one I can read over and over.. Great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/25/2010

    " I love The Mist. It was such a great story over the hopelessness of the movie. The endings are miles apart between this story and the movie. However, it terrified me because I kept thinking "what if." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 3/28/2010

    " The rattling in the closet sure isn't tweedle dum the church mouse! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 2/25/2010

    " I reread this in audio on a long drive. But I still like the book better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 12/3/2009

    " My absolute favorite collection of short stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabur76 | 9/26/2009

    " One of the first King books that I ever read. Great stories, enough to mess with your head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 3/1/2009

    " My first ever King book....this is where the passion started for me with his stories...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 12/5/2008

    " Some good stories in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 10/31/2008

    " a lot of what i read just flows through me and i can't remember so many details but the stories in this book- I STILL can remember vividly. pretty amazing little collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 10/28/2008

    " I read this book for the first time when I was 12 on a camping trip with my family. I'm pretty sure I slept with my flashlight on all night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 10/2/2008

    " Book was a birthday present from a fellow classmate in elementary school. Ended up being one of the reasons I got hooked into SK's style of writing, and have kept reading his books all these years.
    All it took... was a silly gift. : )
    Thanks Courtney "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikole | 8/2/2008

    " This was a fun book. Every story was different from the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/15/2008

    " Contains one of the most gruesome stories ever, "Survivor Type." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 6/20/2008

    " Loved this. Read "survivor type". It's my favorite short story in there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nickle | 5/9/2008

    " Bite size scary stories. Just right, espcially when King can get too wordy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jami | 4/18/2008

    " I read this a looooong time ago and decided that I wanted to read some good Stephen King. There are some terrific stories in here. "

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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

David Morse is best known for his role as the amiable Dr. Jack “Boomer” Morrison on the long-running TV drama St. Elsewhere. The New England native got his start with the Boston Repertory Theatre in 1971. After six years he moved to New York where he appeared in such shows as Threads (1981). Additionally, he was featured in regional productions of various plays, including Of Mice and Men, A Hatful of Rain and A Death in the Family. In 1997, he won rave reviews and numerous stage awards for his powerful performance as a pedophile in Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer-winning How I Learned to Drive. For his starring role, he won the Drama Logue Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Obie.

Norbert Leo Butz is an American actor, singer, and narrator best known for his work in Broadway theater. He is a two-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and is one of only nine actors ever to have won the award twice as lead actor.

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.

Dylan Baker is an American stage, screen, and television actor. He attended Georgetown Prep and William and Mary College before earning his BFA at Southern Methodist University, where his passion for acting was ignited with numerous stage roles. Later refining his talents at Yale’s School of Drama, Baker turned professional with big screen roles in movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Delirious, and Love Potion No. 9. His audiobook narration has won him eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Robert Petkoff is an audiobook narrator who has won a prestigious Audie Award and twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime.

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.

Frances Sternhagen is a renowned stage actress, receiving five Tony Award nominations and appearing on Broadway twenty-four times in shows such as Long Day’s Journey Into Night and On Golden Pond. She also received two Emmy Award nominations for her role as Ester Clavin on the popular sitcom Cheers, and has since played Millicent Carter on ER and Bunny MacDougal on Sex and the City, among others.

Dana Ivey was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and then received a Fulbright grant to study drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was a member of the Phi Mu sorority at Rollins College. She received an Honorary Doctorate (Humane Letters) from Rollins College in February 2008. She made her Broadway debut playing two small roles in a 1981 production of Macbeth. She has appeared in many film and television roles. Recently Ivey was in the Broadway production of The Importance of Being Earnest as Lady Bracknell.