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Audiobook on MP3 CD - 2010
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Prolific author Stephen King presents a collection of four new novellas. In the story 1922, a man plunges into the depths of madness when his wife attempts to sell off the family home. A mystery writer, who was beaten and raped while driving home from her book club, plots her revenge in Big Driver. Diagnosed with a deadly cancer, a man makes a deal with the devil in Fair Extension. And in A Good Marriage, a woman discovers her husband's darker side while he is away on a business trip.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, p2010
ISBN: 9781449846008
1449846009
Branch Call Number: TB SS KIN NVD
Characteristics: 2 sound discs (15 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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VFSBO Apr 15, 2013

4 Stephen King stories. Out of the 4 stories, I felt that 2 were very good, and 2 left something to be desired. I listened to the audiobook -- Craig Wasson is a great reader.

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OliviaJ98
Jul 18, 2012

Well, only Stephen King can get away with these type of tales, and only can he make them creep under the readers skin and stay there for awhile. King offers up 4 short stories on the different levels of madness. The first story, "1922", we are introduced to a man who doesn't want to let go of the famly farm or his wife, and that really isn't that bad of a stretch, but the fact that the man recruits his son in the butchery of his wife, and the boy's mother... like I stated above, creepy! And I think that's an understatement.

In "Big Driver" a petite mystery writer is attacked and sexually assaulted by, you guessed it, a "Big Driver". But again, it's not a clean path to madness, nor is the road back for redemption in this brutal tale.

In "Fair Extension" a dying man is granted a second shot on life, but at unforseen costs to a close friend. This was the story that dropped the rating of this book, for it was terribly short and at the same time dragged on in it's narrative. I didn't like the main character either, for his crassness left a bad impression on me.

Lastly, there is "A Good Marriage", a brisltling tale of a woman married to a man with a horrible hobby. All stories have been influenced by Stephen's perception on some well known tales of darkness that have plagued our society. The audiobook and it's contents are read by Craig Wasson, and Jessica Hecht, and both do a really good job in getting into "character" which seems to be more and more popular in the art of audiobook storytelling.

I've written before how King has grown as a writer, a really good one at that. His stories have taken on the sheen of reality, and therein lies the spook. He really doesn't create some mythical creatures to creep the reader out, he simply states the obvious situation, and let's the reader's mind do the rest. And that, is one heck of a fictional writer. Oh and the afterward's a great listen to as well.

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paisano
Jul 15, 2012

This book presents four novella's, that are thought provoking, and entertaining. The best one, in my opinion is 1922, where King once again makes prolific use of rats, he must have a thing for rats. Nice easy read, quite enjoyable, particularly if you are a Stephen King fan.

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haploU5
Aug 03, 2011

4 short stories on 12 CD’s
The first story 1922 is set in Nebraska and tells a story of a father and son trying to live with the repercussions of their actions after the father convinces his very reluctant son to help him murder his wife (the boy’s mother) so they may be able to continue to live their lives in peace and quiet. Of course things do not go as planned and the consequences are tragic, if not horrifying. I found this story mediocre at best, with the plot being dragged out and the narration at times truly annoying.
By contrast, the second story, Big Driver, is a fast paced tale of brutal violence and ensuing rage and revenge. An author, who, on her way home from a lecture, gets stranded on a dark, lonely road. A seemingly good samaritan who stops to help her turns out to be a psychotic brute that repeatedly rapes her and leaves her for dead. Her nerve racking escape and subsequent daring actions generates unrelenting suspense. Gripping!
The third story, Fair Extension, is about a man who is dying of cancer who gets a chance to save himself at a most vicious cost. By far, the shortest story of the four and my third favourite.
The fourth and as last tale deals with a woman’s reaction and ensuing actions when she discovers her husband of 27 years is, horrifyingly , not the person she thought he was. Compelling and engaging, this deals with interesting aspects of human behaviour in extraordinary situations. Captivating till the very end.

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Jul 19, 2012

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