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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: November 2015

Duration: 20 hours 10 minutes


Includes the story “Premium Harmony”—set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine

Named to the American Library Association’s Reference & User Services (RUSA) Listen List!

A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, 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; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, 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 that 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 names 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, 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.”


  • Nicholas I

    Excellent stories, great mix of stories

  • Anne R

    Love his discussion of the authors who influenced the stories. As a writer this is enlightening . A lot of the authors are faves of mine as well!

  • Juha R

    Great King quality. I love Kings short stories, some are even better than hes novels:). Master of suspence and horror. Narration is good, many different narrators, including King himself!

  • Sajan Parikh

    This is a pretty great collection of King's shorts. It's not the best, but does have a lot and they are all decent. There was some new stuff too. If anything, grab this collection for The Dune alone! The narrators vary from decent to great, none of them were terrible. Overall, this is a great value and includes a lot.

  • gina guice

    Love Stephen King, his books always would keep me in suspense. I love many of his stories in this volume. However, there's a few stories that didnt have that wow factor for me.

  • Lisa Verdugo

    Love Stephen King's short stories. This collection was pretty good, and a handful I really enjoyed, but I didn't think it was his best. Some of the narrators were very difficult to listen to. I understand what he was trying to do with Drunken Fireworks, but I couldn't get past the annoying narration long enough to enjoy the story. I would still recommend the book overall, especially if you are a "constant reader".

  • Leonard Gulino

    This collection is impressive in its scope and creativity. Mr King is a master story teller and he handles this medium like a surgeon wielding a scalpel. Don't miss a single slice.

  • Gerald Keenan

    I really enjoyed the short stories overall. Some where better than others, but that is what I would expect. I'm glad I downloaded them.

  • teresa desiderati

    as always King's stories are very entertaining, for I am a constantt reader

  • Natalia Wolting

    The Dune is one of his best short stories ever and Edward Hermann was the perfect narrator for the story.

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