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.

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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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

This story is just pure fun.

Would you consider the audio edition of Drunken Fireworks to be better than the print version?

Absolutely! It would be a good read - but the audio version takes it to a whole new level.


Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character and his mama. I love his New England accent. Plus, he says some uproariously funny stuff.


Have you listened to any of Tim Sample’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this is the first one. I'd like to hear some of his other work.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

One-upsmanship - a cautionary tale.


Any additional comments?

I can see this being a movie.

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- Kindle Customer

Not the usual fare

I love it when Stephen king wanders off his usually horrific track and dishes out some tasty, stick to your ribs, down home tale of the poor down trodden getting their revenge in the most unexpected way-- love this story! Still, kinda waited on an axe murder to occur at any moment...
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- Annette

Book Details

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