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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

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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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Well read work

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

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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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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.

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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

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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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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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mixed<br />

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

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Stephen King . . . . .

That 'bout says it. If you like Mr King then you'll like this.
One of the best popular fiction writers, well crafted, original stories with well constructed sympathetic (!) characters.
Always interesting and here a great diversity of style and genre in these short stories.

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fantastic array of short story's

Brilliant story's to keep you on the edge of your seat .loved all of them

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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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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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