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3.41111111111111 out of 53.41111111111111 out of 53.41111111111111 out of 53.41111111111111 out of 53.41111111111111 out of 5 3.41 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781508216964
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Thad Beaumont would like to say he is innocent. He’d like to say he has nothing to do with the series of monstrous murders that keep coming closer to his home. But how can Thad disown the ultimate embodiment of evil that goes by the name he gave it—and signs its crimes with Thad’s bloody fingerprints?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A chiller.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “AudioFile Golden Voice Grover Gardner makes the improbable terrifyingly real. As Beaumont begins to fall apart, Gardner remains coolly understated, allowing King’s artfully crafted story to unfold. First published in 1989, The Dark Half explores a writer’s relation to and responsibility for his fictional creations. Gardner’s performance is word perfect.”

    AudioFile

  • “Scary.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A knockout thriller…brilliant, compelling…grips you by the throat.”

    Flint Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Hunt | 8/2/2017

    " I mostly listen to Thrillers and Science Fiction. There are some great writers out there but every now and then I come back to the Master. His writing is somehow superior to them all. This story was so good I don't know why I hadn't heard of it before. If only his stories were transferred to the silver screen with greater care. I can definitely recommend this story. Brilliant idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 2/14/2014

    " My first experience with King was reading this book as a junior in high school. I loved it then, and have rated it based on that first reaction. Not as good as The Shining or Misery, but an interesting exploration of writerly madness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lixian | 2/7/2014

    " This is the second Stephen King book I read after Bag of Bones, I enjoyed it but I didn't enjoy it as much as Bag of Bones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Nain | 2/6/2014

    " This is his best book ever written. I loved it immensely. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 1/22/2014

    " Part of a phase Stephen King went through when he was absolutely obsessed with analyzing himself as a writer. He wrote nothing good during that phase. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher Roberts | 1/22/2014

    " The premise is one of the better ones that King has ever come up with. A writer of literary fiction creates a pseudonym to write violent crime fiction, but when he decides to "kill" his alter ego he comes to life. The problem is that the novel takes this premise too literally. The book might be a hundred pages too long and if King had made the horror elements more subtle it would have been much better. This was one of those King novels I had a hard time getting through. "

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

    " Brooding novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/20/2014

    " Standard fare Stephen King, though a little gorier than usual. Or maybe I'm just getting more squeamish as I get older? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brook Keller | 12/17/2013

    " This book is about a writer writing book under a pen name and somehow that name is use when people start dieing in various ways. This book will keep you wonder how it happened. One guy get beaten up to death by his prosthetic arm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cintya Fabiola | 12/8/2013

    " una mitad que nadie quiere conocer..... admirable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 11/23/2013

    " Not his best, but still pretty damn good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conner Feldotto | 11/22/2013

    " I wasn't expecting to like it, but it quickly reeled me in. A real page turner until the end. The epilogue could have been a little better though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan | 11/12/2013

    " definitely not my favorite King book. The ending wasn't very thrilling. He also doesn't explain how his Dark Half could really exist. I guess he did but it wasn't plausible. I can suspend disbelief, but not this time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynda Kelly | 9/5/2013

    " I think this started well but was a very long book and dragged on and on..... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darren Murr | 8/17/2013

    " Stephen King on autopilot pretty much. Not satisfying, another deus ex machina ending (he specialises in these). Characters barely there. A plodder rather than a page turner. He has written much better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Blake Bowen | 7/21/2013

    " I have no idea on how I managed to get 300 pages into this crap. The characters are 2-dimensional and most of it is gore just for the sake of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey | 7/14/2013

    " I would give this 3 1/2 stars. Not bad but not one of his best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger Cottrell | 11/26/2012

    " Stephen King's finest novel. Alexis Machine is a fantastic literary creation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwynethstwi | 11/2/2012

    " I wonder every time I see sparrows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Merrill | 8/7/2012

    " This is another of my favorite reads by King. It was scary and very well told. It is about an author who slowly becomes the character that he writes about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fitchy | 1/24/2012

    " This one was just too evil for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reneli | 11/24/2011

    " This is one of my most favorite horror stories...Thad old hoss! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 10/12/2011

    " Really great story that makes you think uncomfortable thoughts about the nature of your own psyche. I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 5/23/2011

    " Very disturbing and graphic book. Stephen King knows how to describe the gritty details.. Not one of his more popular books, but I quite enjoyed it. Based on a writer and his most famous character coming to life. Very sci-fi. "

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

    " I can't believe I forgot to put this book in my list of read books. I read it twice, and I've been afraid of black birds since I read it. I don't remember which bird, a crow or raven, blanketed the land where the guy lived, but I've been afraid of black birds since I read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 3/16/2011

    " I could see this coming from something that King would worry about on a daily basis. I know that any sighting of Richard Bachman would scare me--and I didn't even create him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 3/9/2011

    " A quick, easy read once you get into it. The plot is fairly simple and straightforward (for a King book, anyway) and the book isn't muddled by too many characters as some of SK's books can be. Maybe not the best of King's works, the but certainly worth the read if you are a fan. "

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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 Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.