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Nightmares and Dreamscapes

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Summary

A star-studded cast of readers presents unabridged tales of horror and suspense from master storyteller Stephen King.

The Stephen King Amusement Park - an unnerving experience, with rides every which way to hell...and a few to glory.

A solitary finger pokes out of a drain. Novelty teeth turn predatory. The Nevada desert swallows a Cadillac. Meanwhile, the legend of Castle Rock returns...and grows on you. What does it all mean? What else could it mean? Stephen King is here with a powerful collection of stories - a vast, many-chambered cave of a volume.

The long reach of Stephen King's imagination will take you on a roller coaster to places you've never been before. You will lose sleep. But Stephen King, writing to beat the devil, will do your dreaming for you.

This edition includes an introduction read by Stephen King plus 'Suffer the Children' read by Whoopi Goldberg, 'Crouch End' read by Tim Curry, 'Rainy Season' read by Rob Lowe and more.

The full list of stories and narrators:

  • Introduction read by Stephen King
  • 'Suffer the Children' read by Whoopi Goldberg
  • 'Crouch End' read by Tim Curry
  • 'Rainy Season' read by Yeardley Smith
  • 'Dolan's Cadillac' read by Rob Lowe
  • 'The House on Maple Street' read by Tabitha King
  • 'Umney's Last Case' read by Robert B. Parker
  • 'Head Down' read by Stephen King
  • 'Brooklyn August' read by Stephen J. Gould
  • 'Chattery Teeth' read by Kathy Bates
  • 'My Pretty Pony' read by Jerry Garcia
  • 'Sneakers' read by David Cronenberg
  • 'Dedication' read by Lindsay Crouse
  • 'The Doctor's Case' read by Tim Curry
  • 'The Moving Finger' read by Eve Beglarian
  • 'The End of the Whole Mess' read by Matthew Broderick
  • 'Home Delivery' read by Stephen King
  • 'It Grows on You' read by Stephen King
  • 'The Fifth Quarter' read by Gary Sinese
  • 'You Know They Got a Hell of a Band' read by Grace Slick
  • 'The Night Flier' read by Frank Muller
  • 'Popsy' read by Joe Mantegna
  • 'Sorry, Right Number' read by a full cast
  • 'The Ten O'Clock People' read by Joe Morton
  • 'Notes' read by Stephen King
  • 'The Beggar and the Diamond' read by Dominic Cuskern

©1993 Stephen King (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

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The soul of wit

Let others pray for world peace: I simply pray for Stephen King to live line enough to write another volume of his fantastic short stories. For me, one of the signs of a great story is when you find the plot and characters coming to mind in the days after you finish reading them. This happened (and is still happening) with this collection. The sight of road works now always makes me think of a teacher with murder on his mind. I loved this collection - and what a fantastic team of narrators!

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Stories fantastic, music terrible,

great writing and performance, but no idea why the incidental music was put in. Unnecessary, even if it had been good music, but seems to seep in at pointless moments, adding nothing except mild irritation.

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Like a box of chocolates...

At the risk of quoting a famous movie line, a book of short stories is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your going to get until you listen to them, in this box there are some delicious and tasty morsels, and equally some which may turn your stomach.
But go ahead and try and if you take a bite and don't like it, you can always put it back in the box!

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Good overall, but a mixed bag

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

Some of the narrators are just great, and Stephen King himself crops up more than once to add his own contributions, which is a great touch. In fact, so does his wife, Tabitha King. Rob Lowe stood out as a particularly good narrator, and overall the contributions from such as Whoopi Goldberg and Matthew Broderick added a really nostalgic 80s touch that I really enjoy. The stories weren't all as tight as, say, The Night Shift, but it's definitely worth a listen. Recommended - with reservations.

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  • JG
  • 26-05-19

A good mixed bunch, but with some sound issues

There's a good variety of stories in this anthology, not just horror. The narration is really good, with the exception of `Crouch End'. The narration isn't great, which is surprising considering its the awesome Tim Curry. The accents are a bit off, and he gets a character name wrong.
The biggest issue is the sound though. There's a 'ghost' recording in the background' which sounds as though they've recorded this version on to a tape of an older version, and you can still hear the older version faintly in the gaps between narration. Its not massively off-putting, but once you notice it you can't nor hear it.
Overall, still a very enjoyable book though.

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Totally immersive writing

Upon initial contact with these short stories in book form many years ago I was struck by how immersive and seductive Kings writing could be, From the chills I got from something as simple as his explanation of Time in My Pretty Pony to the horrific images conjured up in the Night Flyer. Having these tails told by these well known Narrators and King himself has brought back my love for this book. Absolutely Fantastic

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It's Stephen King

This is a nice collection of horror stories written by a writer who knows what he's doing. No complaints.

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Enjoyed some, not so much others

Overall I enjoyed this anthology. Some stories were better than others, but that's to be expected. The music is bloody awful though and 100% unnecessary, and really takes you out of the story

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Good start not so great end

I really enjoyed the first half but the second half doesn't meet the same mark for me unfortunately.

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A mixed bag

Stories and narrators vary in quality and interest. Didn't persuade me to read more SK.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-18

Interesting and enjoyable

I only recently REALLY discovered Stephan King’s work even though I’ve known of it for some time. His writing style and topics/stories is a great escape!