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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: Stephen King, Brooke Bloom, Tim Sample, Kathleen Chalfant, Frederick Weller, Thomas Sadoski, Craig Wasson, Cotter Smith, Peter Friedman, Mare Winningham, Hope Davis, Will Patton, Dylan Baker, Edward Herrmann, Santino Fontana Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A master storyteller at his best, Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.

Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled listeners with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.

There are thrilling connections between stories, including themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers he has supernatural powers: the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits”; the old judge in “The Dune.” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw written in the sand the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.

Magnificent, eerie, and utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King’s finest gifts to his constant fan. “I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • Bad Dreams packs plenty of bite into the twenty stories found here…A welcome dose of horror from the modern master. A large helping, too…As always, King conjures nightmares you don’t necessarily want to wake up from.”

    Fort Worth Star Telegram

  • “One of the bonuses of Bazaar is that each story is preceded by a note from the author about its genesis…If you’re looking for King’s paranormal horror side, though, Bazaar has plenty to satisfy you.”

    Tampa Bay Times

  • “Renowned author King’s impressive latest collection wraps twenty stories and poems in fascinating commentary…The stories themselves are meditations on mortality, destiny, and regret, all of which showcase King’s talent for exploring the human condition…This introspective collection, like many of King’s most powerful works, draws on the deepest emotions: love, grief, fear, and hope.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “To the reader’s delight, King provides a backstory for each tale, enticing the reader with a memory or scenario that prompted that particular selection’s birth…The stories collected here are riveting and sometimes haunting, as is the author’s style. Surprise endings abound. King is in a class all by himself. Be prepared to read voraciously.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A gathering of short stories by an ascended master of the form…This collection speaks to King’s considerable abilities as a writer of genre fiction who manages to expand and improve the genre as he works; certainly no one has invested ordinary reality and ordinary objects with as much creepiness as King…Best of all, lifting the curtain, King prefaces the stories with notes about how they came about. Those notes alone make this a must for aspiring writers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick
  • A 2015 Shirley Jackson Award Nominee
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