The Lawnmower Man and Other Stories From Night Shift

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by John Glover
  • 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Playing upon our most primal fears, Stephen King draws us into his sinister world - a place where sane men and women see their lives shattered, their realities distorted and destroyed. Now, listeners can probe even deeper into the mind of the master storyteller of the macabre, with this third unabridged production of 5 classic short stories, from King's best selling collection, Night Shift. Harold Parkette disposes of his lawnmower after his neighbor's cat dies a gruesome death. But the "Lawnmower Man" he hires to do the job proves more than Harold bargained for. A police officer begins to suspect that a series of grisly industrial accidents is no coincidence in "The Mangler." At "Quitter's Inc." a smoker soon discovers that they'll truly stop at nothing to make sure their customers kick the habit. A betrayed husband goes out on "The Ledge" when he takes vengeance into his own hands. And in "Sometimes They Come Back," the concept of alumni is given new meaning when a high school teacher, haunted by the past, is assigned 3 new students who seem eerily familiar.


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Customer Reviews

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Glover Steals the Show

This is an odd collection of the leftovers from Night Shift, all of the stories either feature the mystical or criminal element. While the writing is top-notch John Glover is really the standout giving a versatile and dynamic performance across all the stories contained here. He actually might have more characters to work with and these five and the other two collections of Night Shift combined. the one complaint here is the music. Although absent from the other two collections of Night Shift except during the interludes the music here tends to arrive for the crescendo of each story sometimes more than that and remain through the end. While the music itself is actually quite good it sometimes overshadows Glover's voice making it difficult to hear.
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A great conclusion to Night Shift.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this, because these stories are truly terrifying.

What other book might you compare The Lawnmower Man and Other Stories From Night Shift to and why?

I would compare this to the other volumes in Night Shift. The other volumes have great stories, but they are not as scary.

Which character – as performed by John Glover – was your favorite?

I loved the lawn mower man. He is really creepy when he sets his lawn mower on the main character. I also thought the main character in the ledge was really well written.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

If you want to be really scared, just listen to the story the ledge.

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- Robert A. Raymond

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio