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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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    Wras 06/11/2015
    Wras 06/11/2015 Member Since 2017

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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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    Piotr 20/06/2016
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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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    John Chesterfield, United Kingdom 01/12/2015
    John Chesterfield, United Kingdom 01/12/2015 Member Since 2008
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    "Faulty ending"
    Would you listen to The Bazaar of Bad Dreams again? Why?

    The book itself is a brilliant King masterpiece. A wonderful collection of short stories. It is slightly marred by Audible who clip the ending. Almost before the narrator has finished what I hope and is the last sentence of the last story you get thank you for listening to Audible. Not the usual Audible polish.


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    Annie Rose 10/04/2016
    Annie Rose 10/04/2016
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    "Please don't crop!"

    Beautifully read pieces of work from the masterful Stephen King: voices well chosen to match - and illustrate - the stories. The one thing which really jarred? A beautifully heartbreaking story - The Sound of Thunder - didn't even get a few second's grace at the end of the tale before the Audible voice announced it was the end of the book. It really ruined the story. Please grant the listener a few more seconds to process the whole story before they come to the end of the audiobook!!

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    Amazon Customer 06/12/2015
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    "His greatest short story collection in a long time"

    His greatest short story collection in a long time. The intorduction from the author at the begining of every story brings added depth to each tale. Highly recommended.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Missocean 05/12/2015
    Missocean 05/12/2015
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    "The good, the odd, and the scary... all here!"
    Would you listen to The Bazaar of Bad Dreams again? Why?

    Absolutely. There are many short stories included, all original and varied. There are many I would like to hear again. It's a great introduction to King's writing I think. You also get little insights into what inspires each story, I found these really interesting too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tough one! Lots of characters included here, but the most memorable has to be the 'Bad Little Kid' story. Creepy...


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There are a few narrators including Stephen King himself. My favourite narrator of the lot though is Will Patton. He also narrates Mr Mercedes and Finders Keepers.


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    Kindle Customer worcestershire uk 03/12/2015
    Kindle Customer worcestershire uk 03/12/2015 Member Since 2015

    bibliophilia rules

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    "A new entry in my personal top 5"

    I'm averse to horror films and novels as a rule. The world can be a nasty enough place as it is, without injecting any other reasons to lose sleep! However, I had heard that Steven King is a great storyteller so I decided to give this a try, and I'm so very glad I did. For me, he tends to write fantasy rather than horror, just not the "sword and sorcery" kind. Good and innocence have a way of winning out over evil, and I love a happy ending, but none of it is trite. The use of different a different narrator for each story is very effective and the performances have, so far, been uniformly excellent (I'm about halfway through). Lastly, and importantly for me, he treats faith, God and religion with respect. I'm a Christian and shy away from the glorification of "the dark side" which is why, I guess, I have left King unread until now, but I am absolutely delighted by my "discovery" of this superstar author and am now going to be spending my credits on one of his offerings every month. It's going to take a very long time to get them all, but i think I'm going to love every minute.

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    SnapWriter 06/11/2015
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    "The best collection he's produced"

    The best collection since Nightmares and Dreamscapes. Brilliantly read, with additional introduction by the Author. Highly recommended-- for King fans and short story fans alike. Definitely a regular listen. Excellent.

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    Mr P Husband 17/01/2017
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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Overall filled with weirdness"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes if they like weird.


    Would you recommend The Bazaar of Bad Dreams to your friends? Why or why not?

    Again, fans of King will like this.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrators. They all added to the stories. They were generally well picked.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dont go to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book.

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