- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 14 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: November 9, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004BDY9HW
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You can add Full Dark, No Stars, which contains 4 novellas. The novellas have very similar tones, story elements and styles--murder, secrets, family, desperation. The stories are very dark (no pun intended) and a few of them are exceptional. "1922" is a period piece about a father, mother and son and an inheritance (prime farm land) that threatens to break the family part. What follows is a compelling tale about the steep price that comes with committing a crime. The story is incredibly compelling and constantly surprises. It carefully balances the line between real and supernatural.
"Big Driver" is a kind of standard revenge story, but it has a few good moments. "Fair Extension" (the shortest of the bunch) is really a short story, but it is a very well written one that takes the standard selling-your-soul-to-the-devil story and turns into something unique, surprisingly and darkly comic. The dialogue between the main character and the devil among us is so strong and so well written; it is easy to visualize the scene, which is one of the reasons why Stephen King works are translated to the movie screen or TV. "A Good Marriage" is about how we do not really know everything about the people we are close to. A woman discovers a horrible secret about her husband and then desperately tries to find a way out of the situation.
All of the novellas build an impending doom that makes each of the stories extremely compelling. King's visual descriptions of some of the horrific events are truly horrifying (images that are not so easy to shake). The language here seems more mature too--some of King's best writing to date. There is a little bit too much usage of common sayings like "it takes two to tango" that make the writing seems cheaper than it is (and in the case of "1922", the phrases feel out of place and unrealistic).
This selection on Amazon is an audiobook and Craig Wasson does an exceptional job with "1922" and "Fair Extension". He does a great job with male voices and creates distinct characters that makes for a much easier listening experience. Jessica Hecht does a serviceable job with "Big Driver" and "A Good Marriage". Some of her narration though makes the female characters feel weaker than they actually are (her voices for the main characters comes off a little too soft and too girlish".
Overall, this is a great book and a great audiobook. It is an easy read or listen, but the stories, characters, events, and images are likely to stay with you longer than a lof Stephen King's works.
All of the stories focus on the dark sides people try to hide from others--sometimes successfully, sometimes not. To a lesser extent, the four main stories all examine the theme of revenge as well. The problem is that each of the four stories have been done to death by other authors and mediums, and I kept waiting for the classic King original twist that made the story unique. For the most part, there were none, but because of the excellent writing the stories are very enjoyable. Thus, the lack of originality is not a big problem. Also, King's trademark dark humor is prevalent in each of the stories, which in and of itself makes these stories unique even if they may sound like stories you've heard before.
Each story could essentially be described as "King's take on ______":
'1922': King's take on Edgar Allen Poe, and my personal favorite of the collection. Written as a confession letter by the protagonist, the letter/story describes a violent crime committed by a farmer in the midwest immediately prior to the Great Depression, and the effects of the resulting guilt of that crime on the writer and his accomplice. The less you know, the better. A brief epilogue at the end of the tale sheds new,horrifying light on the events described by the narrator, and completely changes the reader's perspective of how the story's events unfolded. It is this twist that makes 1922, for me, not only the best story in this volume, but also the most original.
'Big Driver": King's take on the revenge thriller. A female authoris the victim of a brutally vicious crime on her way home from a speaking engagement, and embarks on a mission for revenge afterwards. The description of the crime itself is deeply disturbing and hard to read about, but there is an element of dark humor to the revenge portion afterwards. Longest story in the collection, and seemed overly long towards the end, but I had to keep reading just to see how far the protagonist would take her desire for revenge. The few "twists" that are there seemed pretty obvious, to me, but that doesn't take a lot away from the overall quality of the story. Is now a Lifetime Channel movie--can't really see that working.
"Fair Extension": King's take on the classic "deal with the devil" story. Easily the funniest (albeit darkly funny) of the collection--a dying man makes a deal with you-know-who to extend his life, at the expense of the happiness of someone close to him. King's depiction of the devil is fantastic, and it would not be surprising if this would be how the devil operates in these modern times, if he were real and actually made these sorts of deals. After the devil is out of the picture, the story seemed to drag on just a tad, to the extent of elicitng an "okay, okay, we get it" reaction from me.
"A Good Marriage": King's take on the "spouse with a secret" story. The wife in an over 25-year-old marriage thinks she's happily married to her accountant husband, until she discovers a terrible secret of his in the garage. Like with Big Driver, the story is not terribly original and a lot of the developments are obviously forecasted, but I kept reading to find out what the protagonist would do. Also like with Big Driver, at one point it seems as if the story is over, but King needlessly drags the story on for a rather unnecessary conclusion.
"Under the Weather": a very short story at the end of the collection. Any synopsis would ruin it. Short but funny--and kind of gross.
Overall, despite the sensation I have heard these stories before, I had never heard KING tell these stories before. And with his unique, funny, sentimental writing style, King elevates each story to become dark examinations of the depravity men and women are capable of. Not his best, but great stuff all the same.
Could the stories have been longer? Yes. However who am I to tell "The King" how to write his often masterpieces. I recommend the audio book to any King fan who want a tasty morsel to listen to while driving or relaxing at home. I will not review the stories in detail as that would ruin the gems for the reader/listener. I will only say "Fair Extension" involves a deal with the Monarch of Hell and "The Good Marriage" involves learning a horrific truth about one's spouse.
Both are enjoyable and will tickle the spine! Good Reading/Listening!!
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Never disappointing and always captivated. Highly recommend.
Stephen King always delivers suspense and twists that delve into the human minds fears