The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Audiobook CD - 2015
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A master storyteller at his best--the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.

Since his first collection, Nightshift , published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled listeners with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.

There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. "Afterlife" is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers--the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in "Obits;" the old judge in "The Dune" who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In "Morality," King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil's pact they can win.

Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan--"I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."

Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2015]
Copyright Date: ℗2015
ISBN: 9781442388505
Branch Call Number: FIC King
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio
digital,optical,stereo
16 audio discs (approximately 19 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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BookAdvisorSally Sep 29, 2017

My favorite story was Mile 81.

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paisano
Jul 21, 2016

Probably the lowest ranked Stephen King piece I have ever given. Some of the stories in this collection were quite good ( UR, Blockade Billy, Mile 81, Obits ), others were predictable or even boring, I did not care for his poetry at all. The best part of this, on the audio side is the variety of narrators, including Stephen King, whom I always enjoy listening to.

deborahtorok Jun 11, 2016

I absolutely love SK's writing. He pulls you in and before you know it you cannot put this story down. If it is an audiobook, I have been known to waste a lot of gas so I can see what happens next. In my humble opinion the man is a genius.

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rene1951
May 16, 2016

Mature contents!

ChiPubLib_Adults Feb 19, 2016

Library Journal recently awarded a starred review to Stephen King's latest story collection noting, "...narrators, 16 total are, are perfectly matched to their pieces..." Stand outs include those narrated by Edward Herrmann, Mare Winningham, Will Patton and Cotter Smith.

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May 16, 2016

rene1951 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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