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Night Shift: Selections

Narrated by: John Glover
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
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A collection of tales to invade and paralyse the mind as the safe light of day is infiltrated by the shadows of the night. As you listen, the clutching fingers of terror brush lightly across the nape of the neck, reach round from behind to clutch and lock themselves, white-knuckled, around the throat.

This is the horror of ordinary people and everyday objects that become strangely altered; a world where nothing is ever quite what it seems, where the familiar and the friendly lure and deceive. A world where madness and blind panic become the only reality.

Includes the stories "Jerusalem's Lot", "Graveyard Shift", "Night Surf", "I Am The Doorway", "The Mangler", "The Boogeyman", "Gray Matter", "Battleground", "Sometimes They Come Back", "Strawberry Spring", "The Ledge", "The Lawnmower Man", "Quitters, Inc.", "I Know What You Need", "The Last Rung on the Ladder", "The Man Who Loved Flowers", "One For The Road" and "The Woman in the Room".

©1976 Stephen King (P)1995 Random House Audio, A Division of Random House Inc.
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Good collection of stories

Good collection of stories, listens like a tales from the crypt comic book. There are some seriously spooky offerings. Warning! I’m sure that this audiobook is missing some stories that appear in the published book. The only one I could remember not being on the audio book was Children of the Corn but i’m sure there are more missing. 3/5

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where's the other 4 stories

this collection is missing children of the corn, trucks, one for the road and I Am the Doorway

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Brilliant

I loved this book of short stories so much that I listened to them all in one day. I couldn't stop listening. Some of the stories are mediocre, but most are brilliant. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors and he is just as good at writing short stories like these as he is at full-length novels. Well worth the read.

The narrator was fantastic, he really helped to set the story at times, he has a great voice and is easy to listen to.

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Disappointing

I was very disappointed with this.
Left out for no apparent reason some great short stories - Trucks, One For The Road, Children of the Corn and I Am the Doorway.
Yet the weakest stories - Last Rung on the Ladder and The Woman in the Room were left in....
John Glover quickly becomes irritating and the musical sound effects add nothing...
Don't get me wrong - Night Shift is an excellent book but the audible version certainly does not do it justice...

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All Hail John Glover!!

Night Shift is by far King's finest short story collection and closest to pure horror rather than the sci-fi influenced selection of 'Skeleton Crew' or the Ray Bradbury flavours of 'Nightmares and Dreamscapes'. Here we have some of his best stories including 'Strawberry Spring', 'The Ledge', 'Graveyard Shift ' and 'I know what you need'. Presiding over them all is 'Jerusalem's Lot' which is as good as some of his full length works and cries out still for a movie adaptation.

Its fitting then that such a broad spectrum of chills is given a fine voice in the form of John Glover, who effortlessly gives life to the stories and characters with such ease that this title immediately deserves a second listen. Glover is an immensely talented actor, able to give dignity to even the most hoary old lines as anyone who has seen Smallville will testify. Fear, wonder, scorn and longing are all here and it's a shame that one of the most famous stories - Children of the Corn - is not included. It would have been given the perfect narrator. Also missing are 'Trucks' and 'One for the Road' so be warned this is not the full collection.

For newcomers to King its worth noting that ten of the original twenty stories have been adapted for film or television (Children of the Corn runs to eight films thus far) and with good reason - they are great tales and extremely well told. For fans, this should be first on your list and easily worth a credit.

With the caveat of the missing stories, heartily recommended.

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Not the full Night Shift!

DOES NOT include One For The Road, I Am The Doorway or Children Of The Corn (which is particularly deceitful as the cover art clearly alludes to that story - grrr!). Also, they've messed around with the story order so they're different to the order featured in the book - why??!! Having said all that the stories, of course, are great and the narrator is superb - Quitters Inc. in particular is one of my all time favourites. Still well worth a purchase/credit.
... Also, the omitted stories aren't available elsewhere - so, so, annoying.

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Missing a few stories.

Good read but is missing at least 3 stories from the published book. Gutted as they are some of my favourites, including the short story follow up to Salems Lot "one for the road"
However John Glover does a fantastic job of narration adding his own spin to some of the characters makes for a great listen

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where is one for the road?

I got this specifically for one of the stories (one for the road) which I have always loved, the blurb mentions it but it isn't there!! Disappointed.

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the mystery of the missing stories.

disappointed about that. where did they vanish too. have they been put in to isolation. please let us know audible. xx

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A bleak, grisly, twisted masterpiece

A truly fantastic collection of tales, bouncing from the macabre to the absurd to the almost comical at times (Quitters Inc., Battleground, and The Mangler in particular).

I don't often give special mention towards the reader, but the narrator here certainly put his very soul into the text. His hasty, almost claustrophobic grasp on the words brought the entire collection to life, allowing the entire thing to teeter on the cusp of radio-drama; great vignettes of musical and atmospheric ambience throughout, too.

Do check this collection out if you're open to letting King tease more than just unease out of you.

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  • M. Makelainen
  • 11-03-14

Maybe unabridged but not complete

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or John Glover?

John Glover is a great narrator, and suits King's style very well. Occasional sound effects seem a little out of place and old fashioned, just plain narration would be been adequate.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Night Shift?

My favorite story in the book is probably The Lawnmower Man - nothing to do with the movie - it's so absurd and almost hilarious instead of scary. The scariest story is Sometimes They Come Back, the horror of bullies always touches me.

Any additional comments?

It's to be noted that this audiobook does not contain all the stories in the paperback. Chapters are not named which is very unfortunate. The stories included are: The Boogeyman, I know what you did, Strawberry spring, Gray matter, The woman in the room, Battleground, Graveyard shift, The man who loves flowers, The last rung on the ladder, Night surf, Jerusalem's Lot, The Mangler, Sometimes they come back, The ledge, The Lawnmower Man, Quitters Inc and One for the Road.

Stories missing are: Children of the Corn, I Am the Doorway, Trucks and One for the Road.

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  • Jon
  • 21-12-17

Incomplete

It lacks some chapters, including One for the Road, which is one of the stories I bought this for. But quality of what's there is very good if you like King.

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  • Todd
  • 16-10-12

A mostly enjoyable collection from the Master

Stephen King has said before that he has no control over the stories that emerge after he places his hands on a keyboard. He has an idea, he writes. Perhaps this is why some of his tales in this collection of short stories seem a little lacklustre. As I have found with previous collections of King's stories, there are usually a couple of standout pieces of writing, with the rest being so so.

That being said, "Night Shift" is still a very enjoyable listen. The stories are diverse and well written. I found the addition of eerie music and sound effects on some of the stories gave them a more intense feel than if the extras hadn't been included.

In regards to the narration, I was a little skeptical about one person narrating all of the stories. However John Glover gives a good account of himself. I can't complain about his performance.

"Battleground"', "Quitters inc." and "The Mangler" are worth the price of the credit on their own. The others are decent fillers to pass the time. I also particularly enjoyed the semi-prequel to "Salem's Lot".

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  • Mikael Adolfsson
  • 07-03-18

Completely unlistenably with no fault to Glover

They have descided to put mood music and sound effects into it, but with no regarding for the sound balance. This and their attempt to create ”jumpscares” means that the natration get completely drowned out by music when all the scary bits happens.

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