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Publisher's 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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By Wanda on 04-15-17

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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By Piotr on 06-20-16

for Stephen Kings fans only

not breathtaking. you'll be better off leaving this one as your last selection in your Stephen King collection

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By Wras on 11-06-15

Monsters are real and ghosts are real too

they live inside us and sometimes they win.”
― Stephen King

A collection of twenty stories, and a and explanation of their genesis by the master, most of them have been published earlier in a variety of publication, so this saves you the time and some money of finding this stories in anthologies or ebook singles. most of them are inspired by the style of other writers or in the style of a writer Mr King will explain this and other reasons at the start of every story. These are all short stories and there is certainly no novelas, which is where Stephen King excels, but there is plenty of variety from horror to humor and some mixed flavoured ones. I found this collection to have an edge bitterness and nihilism that is usually or not so prevalent on other of his books. The americana and the sweet remembrances of childhood are not present in this volume.
A good read with a little bit for every taste, some interesting stylistic exercises and plenty of dread to go around.


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By Cherie on 06-22-17

tales of the macabre

Mix of narrators was good. The Intros from King was a nice touch. King's work is odd, I don't quite enjoy the stories because of the dark and sometimes twisted themes but it intrigues. it compells me to keep listening. How does he do that???

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By Frank on 05-03-17

As always King has provided a quality product.

Very Stephen King-y. loved the story intros by the man himself. Audio production was top shelf.

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