The Stephen King Collection: Stories from Night Shift – by Stephen King
Reviewed by Jim Coleman
Company driver, Averitt
Listening Time: 10 hours, 36 minutes
Publisher: Random House
Plot: It is a collection of short stories, including “Jerusalem’s Lot,” “The Lawnmower Man” and 14 more, all written in the classic Stephen King style.
What was your favorite moment? My favorite short story was “The Ledge,” a story of a man who accepts a wager (though he really has no choice) to circumnavigate a building by walking a 5-inch ledge on the 40th floor.
Which character was your favorite? Charles Boon from the story, “Jerusalem’s Lot,” a man who in the 1850s inherits a house from an uncle. Shortly after moving into the house, he finds that he (like his relatives before him) is shunned by the townspeople for things that happened years ago. To find out why he is being treated badly by the people of the town, he must research the dark history of his family tree.
What did you like or dislike? I enjoyed the fact that there were nearly two stories per disc, so if you have to do frequent stops, the stories are easy to keep up with. Yet all the stories were complete, unabridged stories, so you’re not missing anything that people who have the time to read “the book” get. The stories for the most part are well-written, but as is Stephen King’s habit they tend to get corny at times.
Would you recommend?: Yes. If you’re a Stephen King fan, it is a good collection of short, easy-to-listen-to stories that have been around for years.
Narrator’s style: John Glover, like many narrators, is easy to listen to. He doesn’t try to use accents that he can’t do properly. He does a wonderful Maine accent in the story “Gray Matter.”
How would you grade the book? B
Adored – by Tilly Bagshawe
Reviewed by Johni Morgan
Leased-operator, O&S Trucking
Listening Time: 6 CDs
Publisher: Time Warner Audio
Genre: Suspense, drama
Plot: Its about a family bound together by tormented love, hate, greed and a misguided sense of loyalty. Through a bizarre infidelity, Duke McMahon, a millionaire and family patriarch, becomes the father of Hunter only a few years before he becomes the grandfather of Siena. At young ages, both Hunter and Siena are tossed aside and disinherited because of the sins of Duke McMahon. Deceit and jealousy separate Hunter and Siena, putting them on different paths to maturity and self-reliance. Their paths take each to fame and fortune, but an act of brutality aimed at Siena reunites the family in ways they never imagined.
What was your favorite moment? A favorite scene in the book is when a mother comes to the rescue of her child, who she’d forsaken due to a misguided loyalty to her husband. Claire, a woman with everything to lose, finds the courage to save a brutalized and enslaved Siena.
Which character was your favorite? Hunter has to take the lead as the favorite character. Hated and ignored from birth, he still is able to grow into a loving, compassionate and successful man.
Did the audiobook have a message or theme? The theme of good vs. evil is an old one, but in this audiobook, the bad guys are readily recognizable, and we get to watch the evil topple, while cheering on the good guys as they win the day.
What did you like or dislike? I liked how the story moved forward rapidly and kept me in suspense. However, I disliked the overuse of vulgarity throughout the story. In my opinion, the vulgarity detracted from the story and hindered character development.
Would you recommend?: I would recommend this audiobook to my friends. The story is very entertaining and gives the listener a chance to cheer for the good guys, while gaining the satisfaction that the bad guys all get what is coming to them. Because the story has action, mystery, suspense and romance, both male and female listeners can enjoy the story.
Narrator’s style: The narrator Sonya Walger did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. Her English accent seems to add to the suspense and is very pleasant to the listener’s ear.
How would you grade the book? I would rate this audiobook as a B- and definitely a PG-13 due to the vulgarity and the explicit descriptions of violence.
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