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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: 6 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,210 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 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.

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They hold your interest and keep you wanting more.
Lorene
I bought this specifically for "The End of the Whole Mess" so the other three stories I won't listen to very much, if at all.
Gary Anderson
Not all "seeing impaired" read braille, they really love the audio CD's.
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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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By Patrick Tumblety on December 18, 2013
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Four awesome stories of great variety by the master of horror, read by a great cast of actors. Broderick is great and the title story he reads is excellent, but for me the real standout was Tim Curry playing Dr. Watson in a Sherlock story written by Stephen King. That alone is an incredible thing.
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By le moindre on November 15, 2013
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I had read most of the stories, but hearing them read was great! Love Tim Curry and Mr. King as narrators. Broderick outstanding.
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By me@59 on October 29, 2013
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Stories were good and read very well. The End of the Whole Mess is excellent! Good listening while traveling! Worth the time!
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