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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams Audiobook

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

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Publisher's Summary

The short story 'Obits' won the 2016 Edgar for best short story. Featuring introductions to each story, read by Stephen King.

A thrilling collection of 21 stories - some brand new, some published in magazines, all entirely brilliant and assembled in one collection for the first time - with a wonderful bonus: in addition to his introduction to the whole collection, King gives listeners a fascinating introduction to each story with autobiographical comments on their origins and motivations.

The number one best-selling writer has dazzled listeners with his genius as a writer of novellas and short story fiction since his first collection Night Shift was published. He describes the nature of the form in his introduction to the work: 'There's something to be said for a shorter, more intense experience. It can be invigorating, sometimes even shocking, like...a beautiful curio for sale laid out on a cheap blanket at a street bazaar.'

In The Bazaar of Bad Dreams there is a curio for every reader - a man who keeps reliving the same life, repeating the same mistakes over and over again, a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries, a poignant tale about the end of the human race and a firework competition between neighbours which reaches an explosive climax. There are also intriguing connections between the stories; themes of morality, guilt, the afterlife and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. Effervescent yet poignant, juxtaposing the everyday against the unexpected, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant listener as well as to those fascinated by the autobiographical insights in his celebrated nonfiction title On Writing. 'I made them especially for you,' says King. 'Feel free to examine them, but please be carefuly. The best of them have teeth.'

  • 'Introduction' read by Stephen King
  • 'Mile 81' read by Thomas Sadoksi
  • 'Premium Harmony' read by Will Patton
  • 'Batman and Robin Have an Altercation' read by Santino Fontana
  • 'The Dune' read by Edward Herrmann
  • 'Bad Little Kid' read by Dylan Baker
  • 'A Death' read by Cotter Smith
  • 'The Bone Church' read by Cotter Smith
  • 'Morality' read by Mare Winningham
  • 'Afterlife' read by Dylan Baker
  • 'Ur' read by Holter Graham
  • 'Herman Wouk Is Still Alive' read by Brooke Bloom and Kathleen Chalfant
  • 'Under the Weather' read by Peter Friedman
  • 'Blockade Billy' read by Craig Wasson
  • 'Mister Yummy' read by Peter Friedman
  • 'Tommy' read by Stephen King
  • 'The Little Green God of Agony' read by Hope Davis
  • 'Cookie Jar' read by Santino Fontana
  • 'That Bus Is Another World' read by Fred Weller
  • 'Obits' read by Fred Weller
  • 'Drunken Fireworks' read by Tim Sample
  • 'Summer Thunder' read by Will Patton

©2015 Stephen King (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Piotr 20/06/2016
    Piotr 20/06/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "for Stephen Kings fans only"

    not breathtaking. you'll be better off leaving this one as your last selection in your Stephen King collection

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    Wras 06/11/2015
    Wras 06/11/2015 Member Since 2016

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    "Monsters are real and ghosts are real too"

    they live inside us and sometimes they win.”
    ― Stephen King

    A collection of twenty stories, and a and explanation of their genesis by the master, most of them have been published earlier in a variety of publication, so this saves you the time and some money of finding this stories in anthologies or ebook singles. most of them are inspired by the style of other writers or in the style of a writer Mr King will explain this and other reasons at the start of every story. These are all short stories and there is certainly no novelas, which is where Stephen King excels, but there is plenty of variety from horror to humor and some mixed flavoured ones. I found this collection to have an edge bitterness and nihilism that is usually or not so prevalent on other of his books. The americana and the sweet remembrances of childhood are not present in this volume.
    A good read with a little bit for every taste, some interesting stylistic exercises and plenty of dread to go around.


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    Mr P Husband 17/01/2017
    Mr P Husband 17/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Well read work"

    A varied and enjoyable collection. Well read stories, well cast narrators. Some gems in here.

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    "The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams review"
    If you could sum up The Bazaar of Bad Dreams in three words, what would they be?

    Scary,
    Gripping,
    Entertaining


    What other book might you compare The Bazaar of Bad Dreams to, and why?

    Skeleton crew, Because I think its similar


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A great atmosphere


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found the book scary


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is very easy to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    david 05/09/2016
    david 05/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "great tales,each one different to the next "

    loved it and excellent narration plus really enjoyed the Stephen King intros before each one. excellent

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    john91919 20/08/2016
    john91919 20/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A few gems but not many"

    I'm a big Steven King fan but this is not his best work. A couple of good stories but not many.

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    john forsyth 02/08/2016
    john forsyth 02/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "a rummage sale of poor dreams"
    Would you try another book written by Stephen King or narrated by the narrators?

    i have some others to listen to in my library


    What will your next listen be?

    dr sleep


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    none come to mind


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    one decent story one decent idea.


    Any additional comments?

    this was a ragbag of king trying to be something he is not,.a literary writer.he is a decent writer but of horror not pastiches of Raymond carver or Melville.ordinary stories are written by your updikes not your Stephen kings.these stories were poor poor POOR.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leonilde Van Munster South Africa 28/07/2016
    Leonilde Van Munster South Africa 28/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Best of all"

    Stephen King at his best. I loved that he introduced the stories in his own voice. The book also gives insight into his life.

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    Derrick 24/07/2016
    Derrick 24/07/2016
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    "Not just for horror/fantasy readers"

    I have read a fair bit of Stephen King, but always prefer his more "mainstream" work; away from fantasy and horror. I also particularly enjoy his short stories; a form of which he is a master. I think this is some of his best stuff for a while, although much of it is not recent output.

    Clearly there is a lot of supernatural in this collection, but by no means in all, and his gift for great story-telling and characterisation shines through much more than is the norm with most of his work. I really enjoyed these stories. OK, the baseball one left me completely cold because I had no idea what was going on, but apart from that, they are great tales, very well told.

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    Mr. D. Thompson leeds 12/07/2016
    Mr. D. Thompson leeds 12/07/2016 Member Since 2014

    dan

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    some better than others. many ended abruptly. will only remember a few of them. not so much horror in these ones as unusual events in people's lives

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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