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Needful Things

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: January 2016

Duration: 25 hours 0 minutes


Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine

Stephen King’s #1 national bestseller about a store where Leland Gaunt can sell you whatever your heart desires—sexual pleasure, wealth, power, or even more precious things—but not without exacting some price in return. “A read in the tradition of The Stand” (Booklist).

Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires: a prized baseball card, a healing amulet. In addition to a token payment, Gaunt requests that each person perform a little “deed,” usually a seemingly innocent prank played on someone else from town. These practical jokes cascade out of control and soon the entire town is doing battle with itself. Only Sheriff Alan Pangborn suspects that Gaunt is behind the population’s increasingly violent behavior.

“Fast-paced, well-constructed…cleverly plotted” (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland), Needful Things is often praised as “tremendous…wonderful…one of King’s best” (Kirkus Reviews).


  • brandon t

    The story and audio were good, but the music at the end of chapters keep me from rating it a five.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Joseph P.

    A slow starter. Stephen give almost nauseating details that in the end all make the climax brilliant. At first hearing King read was also nauseating. And again as the story moves forward adds to the enjoyment of listening. Great book! Great Listen!!

  • Srihari Y.

    The ending was wishy-washy. The story built up nicely, but was rushed to the end, as if King could not wait to move on to something else. Stephen King's narration was very good.

  • Steve L.

    Good read

  • Patricia M.

    I have always liked this book, it’s a good story. For anyone contemplating purchasing this book please note: the complaints about the music track are not overblown. A two year old with a thrift store keyboard could have done a better job. It’s terrible.

  • David T.

    I enjoyed the story and the narration is well done for the most part. My only complaint is that there are random bouts of background music which seem to come from nowhere and overtake the narration, especially during important scenes which would be much better if they were narrated without cheesy background music.

  • James S.

    Exciting story with good narration . I liked the occasional music

  • Andrea m

    Normally I love Stephen King. But this book...not so much. Found it to be very long and drawn out. He definitely took the long way around in this one. The music and sound effects were irritating. Not my favorite.

  • Hayley M

    100% my favourite book ! A must read, so thrilling

  • Thomas Peria

    Awesome story by a great author.

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