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Full Dark, No Stars

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: November 2010

Duration: 14 hours 56 minutes

Summary:

The acclaimed #1 New York Times and undisputed King of Horror Stephen King delivers five unforgettable short works, two of which will soon be adapted for film, and which Booklist called "raw looks at the limits of greed, revenge, and self-deception." Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight , which generated such enduring hit films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me , Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long story form. "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger..." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922," the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness. In "Big Driver," soon to be a major Lifetime movie starring Maria Bello, a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger is along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face to face with another stranger: the one inside herself. "Fair Extension," the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Harry Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment. In the last of the tales, soon to be a major motion picture, Darcy Anderson's husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips and his unsuspecting wife looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It's a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends "A Good Marriage."

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  • lorin

    Where to start, where to start. I gave this 3 stars and I hereby bequeath all three of these stars to '1922'. The first story is very good. It deals with the repercussions of decisions we make, good or bad. May I suggest you just go read the hard copy because the other three stories are a horror and a horror not in a good Kingish way. Just simply awful. And two of the stories are a complete insult to women. Read no further if you want to be surprised by the endings though there are no surprises. Women that are victims of rape don't become psychotic murders. They don't start talking to their GPS and kitty. Good lord. Awful. Of course this is tainted by the absolute worst worst worst narration by Hecht. Her interpretation made them into psychotic nursery school teachers. I felt like I should be sitting in a circle listening to Winnie the Pooh. Please do not waste your time on this one like I did. Tun!

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  • Kathy M.

    The books were very entertaining. Unfortunately, Ms. Hecht has to be the WORST female narrator of all times! If someone can "overact" while reading, she has mastered it. I have had to endure other books where she narrates and it is so distracting from the story that a few I have returned just to end the irritation.

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  • Anonymous

    I can't tell you if the book is any good or not because I just can't get past the narrator. I've listened to hundreds of books of cd and while not every reader is a top 'actor' by any means, this guy is like listening to nails on a chalkboard. I've been a respected talent agent in Hollywood for over 20 years and I just can't understand how the producers of this audio book could hire a reader who is so annoyingly 'over the top' and somehow thinks that a 14 year old boy sounds like a bad community theater version of Pinocchio. Very frustrating and a waste of time. If you're interested in the book itself, and I'm a big Stephen King fan so I understand, I would seriously recommend reading the book the old fashioned way.

  • Katie Collette

    Holy crap, Big Driver is the WORST King story I've ever read. I agree with the other reviews, especially lorin's, that the narrator of it is absolutely horrid but the story itself also sucks.

  • Anonymous

    Another fantastic King Quartet! I thought the first story, "1922" was really original and absolutely riveting. In "Big Driver", I became frustrated with the main character as she behaves in a way I found to be completely unrealistic, but, what-the-hey, its fiction, right? Overall, it was a really enjoyable book.

  • suev

    This was an excellent book. I liked having different stories. All were good, but the first was excellent. The reader did an amazing job of reading this first story. If you like Steven King, you' ll love this one.