The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 4 : Best Horror of the Year

  • by Ellen Datlow (author, editor), Stephen King, Peter Straub
  • Narrated by Meredith Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchell, Michael Healy, Stephen R. Thorne, Charlie Thurston
  • Series: Best Horror of the Year
  • 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first three volumes of The Best Horror of the Year have been widely praised for their quality, variety, and comprehensiveness.
With tales from Laird Barron, Stephen King, John Langan, Peter Straub, and many others, and featuring Datlow’s comprehensive overview of the year in horror, now, more than ever, The Best Horror of the Year provides the petrifying horror fiction readers have come to expect - and enjoy.
The complete list of narrators includes Lindy Nettleton, Charles Carroll, Shaun Grindell, Angela Brazil, and Fred Sullivan.


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Customer Reviews

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Only a few decent stories in this bunch.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A mixed bag here. I gave every story a chance, but if I wasn't engaged withing the first five minutes, I skipped to the next one. Several engaged me:

The Little Green God of Agony Stephen King (listened all the way through)

Blackwood’s Baby Laird Barron (abandoned after twenty minutes)

Black Feathers Alison J. Littlewood (abandoned after twenty minutes)

In Paris, In the Mouth of Kronos John Langan (abandoned after twenty minutes)

Little Pig Anna Taborska (listend all the way through and enjoyed)

The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine Peter Straub (abandoned after about half an hour)

In the end, I only finished two stories: King's The Little Green God of Agony, which wasn't one of his best, and Anna Taborska's Little Pig, which was the only story in the whole bunch that I actually enjoyed entirely.

I almost made it through Peter Straub's Ballad of Ballardm, which was very engaging and narrated extremely well, but after awhile it meandered and I realized I didn't care about either character or their situation, so I bailed.

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

I'd give every one of these authors another listen. Some of this was just bad storytelling, but some of it was stiff narration too. For the worst of the stories it's hard to lay the blame completely on the author or narrator's shoulders.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Some narrators were fantastic. Others sounded stiff. As if they were trying so hard to pronounce everything so perfectly that their narration had no natural cadence.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 4?

I would have scoured the volumes of Cemetery Dance and Nightmare Magazine, and Dark Discoveries from this particular year and come up with a much better list of Best of Horror.

Any additional comments?

It was pleasant to discover the one decent story (Little Pig), but not worth the effort of slogging through all the others. I'll be returning this one.

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- Jerry


What did you like best about The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 4? What did you like least?

The performances are excellent, but the stories themselves are the most boring, least frightening "horror" stories I've heard in years.

What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Better editing, I suppose - these stories are not "horror" as I use that word, they are, as best, moody & atmospheric.

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- Michael Hall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-15-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.