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The story is good. The story is typical King. I give it an A-. The thing is I bought it before I bought THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS. This is the first story in that collection. You can pay $7.24 or 1 credit or you spend one credit for Bazaar and get 19 other great stories. Seems like a no brainer to me.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I always recommend Stephen King to my friends. King, to me, is one of our most critically underrated American storytellers, even though he is a massive commercial success.
What did you like best about this story?
I've read a lot of King's body of work, but, I have come to get more and more excited with what he's written at this point in his life. Unlike some popular authors, he really seems to try to constantly improve his skills as an author and storyteller, always trying new ground rather than resting on his laurels. This was yet another crisp, well constructed short story by a short story master. Maybe what I liked best his how, in this short space, he surprised me. Without being specific as to spoil it for other readers, I'll just point out that you cannot take anything for granted. He'll pull the rug out from under your feet ... then do it again. And you can imagine him laughing at his keyboard while writing it.
Which character ??? as performed by Edward Herrmann and Thomas Sadoski ??? was your favorite?
Pete Simmons is the heart of the story. Not unlike Steven Spielberg, King does the perspective from a child's view very well. He never talks down to Pete, yet also does not idealize him. He's a real kid, but King finds in him his moment to shine.
Any additional comments?
I cannot imagine missing a new King creation, no matter what form it is, but a short story? Never. This is HIS format, no modern popular author can compete with King on this.
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