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The End of the Whole Mess: And Other Stories Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged


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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 4 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743598237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743598231
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Mr. Mercedes, Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Customer Reviews

Great stuff, right up there with King's best work.
Steve V.
Not all "seeing impaired" read braille, they really love the audio CD's.
USGEMGIRL
The stories are actually quite boring and nonsensical.
Le A. Charpentier

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gary Anderson on September 4, 2010
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EDIT: After a day of using it I knocked it down one star, for the packaging and whatnot. Go to the end of the review for that.

These four stories, from the "Nightmares & Dreamscapes" collection marks the first time I've been able to get my hands on the story "The End of the Whole Mess" on disc. While like much of King's short story collections, N&D is a hit and miss affair (often more miss than hit), I have to say that "The End of the Whole Mess" might very well be his finest story in the book.

I first heard the story read years ago at a public library that had the books on tape. Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Election) read it, and his voice is perfect for this story. He perfectly nails every note, every inflection, every stammer and stutter of the character, as the character slowly loses his mind.

Without ruining the story, it's about a man who along with his brother tried to bring world peace to the planet, with devastatingly horrific results. They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. No more is this evident than in this story here. You have people who mean the very best, and their intentions are noble, except as with most everything, no matter how hard you try, no matter how many outcomes you plan for, there's always going to be that one you didn't calculate, which results in disaster.

And that's "The End of the Whole Mess" in a nutshell.

The other short stories on this four disc package are alright, but fall into the "miss" category, at least for me. Other people have enjoyed those short stories, I just didn't get into them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorene on January 28, 2013
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I would recommed this product to everyone who loves a good mystery. They hold your interest and keep you wanting more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By USGEMGIRL on January 7, 2013
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I think I have (almost) every book he has written, every movie, no screen plays; but am now branching out to his audio CD's, I already own several. Now i will admit that not EVERY story will merit an A+; but if you are a SK fan, you will still enjoy his play on the twisted/even comical view of everyday life. SK can take you unexpected places, like no other author, although there are a couple I can think of that also do a superb job. SK has admitted that most of his works, started out, in his mind, as comic relief; but somehow in the progression of his writing gets a mind of its own. I have tried writing myself, so I recognize that feeling. It happens when I paint as well. Anyway, about "The End of The Whole Mess", The first story is read by Matthew Brodrick, he is amazing to listen to. So with SK's written word and MB's voice, you can imagine yourself right there.
If you ever enjoyed having someone read "bed-time stories" to you, you will love SK's stories being read to you. Many nights I have drifted off to sleep/dream land picturing myself in one of his tales. It is also great, while traveling. Have you ever been driving and not been able to get a radio station that played music that you really wanted to listen too? Just pop in a CD of SK's and bring a little spooky excitement into your life and vehicle. It can make the long miles and long hours wiz by. In any case, if you enjoy SK, you will most certainly enjoy his CD's.
Here's a suggestion: do you have any blind friends? Not all "seeing impaired" read braille, they really love the audio CD's.
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In yet another collection of stories from Stephen King's 1992 collection "Nightmares & Dreamscapes", king's stories are read by an all-star cast of actors and other celebrity personalities, which make these collections both valuable for the material's quality and memorable for the parade of recognizable voices giving them life.

Disc 1: "The End of the Whole Mess" read by Matthew Broderick -- Well, here's an interesting apocalypse scenario! Two brothers inadvertently doom themselves and the world trying to save it from humanity's own hatred. Great story given a lot of flair thanks to Broderick, who brings out the desperation, wonder and bitter-sweetness in the story that ends on such a sour note it's almost painful. Great stuff, right up there with King's best work. 4 Stars!

Disc 1 & 2: "The Doctor's Case" read by Tim Curry -- Curry returns and delivers a fantastic reading of King's Sherlock Holmes story that has Watson taking the lead in solving a locked room mystery of a murdered man that's anything but a victim. King shows a lot of talent for this sort of story and concocts a compelling three character play. Curry is a rock star here, using his theatrical flair to bring the Victorian era mystery to life and adapting his voice to various conditions (ex. Holmes's allergy to cats). Probably my favorite story--and reading--from this whole series! 5 Stars!

Disc 3: "The Moving Finger" read by Eve Beglarian -- A man is tormented by a single finger rising of his bathroom sink. Was much of fan for this one; however, I did like King's vague, ominous inference about the finger'a origins. Starts out like a comedy and finishes with a gross out story that's unique, but that's about it.
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