Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Stephen King

Date: January 2016

Duration: 25 hours 0 minutes


Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine

Master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic #1 New York Times bestseller about a mysterious store than can sell you whatever you desire—but not without exacting a terrible price in return.

The town of Castle Rock, Maine has seen its fair share of oddities over the years, but nothing is as peculiar as the little curio shop that’s just opened for business here. Its mysterious proprietor, Leland Gaunt, seems to have something for everyone out on display at Needful Things…interesting items that run the gamut from worthless to priceless. Nothing has a price tag in this place, but everything is certainly for sale. The heart’s desire for any resident of Castle Rock can easily be found among the curiosities…in exchange for a little money and—at the specific request of Leland Gaunt—a whole lot of menace against their fellow neighbors. Everyone in town seems willing to make a deal at Needful Things, but the devil is in the details. And no one takes heed of the little sign hanging on the wall: Caveat emptor. In other words, let the buyer beware…


  • Shelly Hamel

    Good story ! True of life , people always want what they don't have , when they get it , the didn't need it at all. If you like twisted king books , you will enjoy this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Steph H.

    I had to stop listening because a dog dies, not a bad book just not my jam.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    The jolly music during intense scenes really ruin things. Also, it sounds like it is all played on a seriously low quality keyboard. Other than that, I really like the book, and Stephen King as a narrator. But the music is maybe the worst I have ever heard, both as music, and as an atmospheric device. Buyer beware.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Tracy J.

    Good story but the music was pointless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

  • John P.

    Good Work !

  • Marcella Meek

    So much better then movie !!!

  • Johanna O.

    Stephen King loves telling stories, and you can tell by the performance/ narration. He tells the story as an old codger in the park. Hope the bench is comfortable. This is a long story, but good. WEIRD, but good.

  • Luke P.

    great book!!! Steven King narrated this one for a reason! and I actually like the music it makes for a good stoping point

  • Elizabeth M.

    Stephen King at his most enjoyable. He does a great job with the narration.

  • Jennifer H.

    Loved the movie and this book just brought those characters so much more life. Also in true King fashion it is so much creepier than the movie. So glad I picked it up.

  • 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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