Drunken Fireworks

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by Tim Sample
  • 1 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Only on audio! A brand-new, never-before-published Stephen King short story unavailable in any other format!
Alden McCausland and his mother are what they call “accident rich”; thanks to an unexpected life-insurance policy payout and a winning Big Maine Millions scratcher, Alden and his Ma are able to spend their summers down by Lake Abenaki, idly drinking their days away in a three-room cabin with an old dock and a lick of a beach.
Across the lake, they can see what “real rich” looks like: the Massimo family’s Twelve Pines Camp, the big white mansion with guest house and tennis court that Alden’s Ma says is paid for by “ill-gotten gains” courtesy of Massimo Construction. When Alden’s holiday-weekend sparklers and firecrackers set off what over the next few years comes to be known as the 4th of July Arms Race, he learns how far he and the Massimos will go to win an annual neighborly rivalry - one that lands Alden in the Castle County jail.
Read by beloved Down East storyteller Tim Sample - praised by Stephen King for his “wit and talent and good-heartedness” - Drunken Fireworks makes for explosive audio listening.


What the Critics Say

"[N]arrator Tim Sample unfurls the story of an escalating rivalry with precision.... Sample's sardonic delivery peppers a sordid narrative with moments of flippancy, and by grounding the dialogue and characterizations in specificity, he keeps a tight reign on King's kaleidoscopic sense of detail. An odd, enjoyable summer listen, and an excellent recommendation for non-horror fans who are interested in King's work." (AudioFile)


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I Think Stephen King Knows My Neighbors

Being from a rural state, this wild romp is totally believable. It's a different genre for King.. pure humor and character development. Maybe for some, it borders on the incredible... but not for me. I know these people.

I expect the usual reviews from all the readers who will complain that it's not horror. (It's like readers obligate King to stay in that genre, or by God, he will hear about it).

But the bottom line is that he always nails it, and is the benchmark for most anything he puts on paper.

Let the man write.
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- Jan

Red, White and Boom!

Stephen King teases his Constant Readers to new story telling places. Audiobooks aren't new, but they've long been underrated and under appreciated. By releasing "Drunken Fireworks" (2015) on audio only for several months, King gently forces his fans to listen, or miss out on a fun story, just in time for Independence Day.

"Drunken Fireworks" pits new 'money by chance' against older, maybe mob money; town folk against wealthy summer visitors; and creates a mutually destructive arms race with an arsenal of spectacular fireworks. Former trooper Andrew Clutterbuck is now police chief of Castle County (after surviving aliens in "Tommyknockers" (1987)). Alden McCausland is the determined drunk whose lifestyle is enabled by a usually totally soused mother and a Lucky Lotto Scratcher.

"Drunken Fireworks" is narrated by down-home-Maine raconteur Tim Sample. Sample's accent is thick, thick, thick and can be hard to understand for someone who's not familiar with it.

Wondering about King's other innovations and resurrections of older forms? King's "Cycle of the Werewolf" (1983), illustrated by Bernie Wrightson, was intended as a classic horror comic book tribute - but the plot made it a very early version of now popular manga. He published "Storm of the Century" (1993) as a screenplay bound as a trade paperback. "The Green Mile" (1996) was first released as a serial paperback novel. Boy, it was fun to go to the grocery store to see if another installment was available.

I'll never forget the first ebook I ever read, "Riding the Bullet" (2000). It was $2.50, paid online by credit card, a scary proposition on its own. Who was on the other end? Did they have a little credit card machine like at the store? I had to clear a bunch of pictures from my Palm III (you could buy a separate camera and attach it to the top and the resolution wasn't great, but yes - you could take photos with it) to make room for the book. I had to physically synchronize the Palm III in a large docking cradle to get the book, and it took half an hour. Was "Riding the Bullet" worth it? You betcha.

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- Cynthia "Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always.""

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2015
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio