• Needful Things

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 25 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-30-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (63 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

There was a new shop in town. Run by a stranger. Needful Things, the sign said. The oddest name. A name that caused some gossip and speculation among the good folks of Castle Rock, Maine, while they waited for opening day. Eleven-year-old Brian Rusk was the first customer and he got just what he wanted, a very rare 1956 Sandy Koufax baseball card. Signed. Cyndi Rose Martin was next. A Lalique vase. A perfect match for her living room decor. Something for everyone. Something you really had to have. And always at a price you could just about afford. The cash price that is. Because there was another price. There always is when your heart's most secret, true desire is for sale.
©1991 Stephen King (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"A sophisticated literary craftsman . . . his work anatomises . . . the social fabric of small-town American life." ( Observer)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Toni on 10-09-12

Hang in there.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not bad, at first it took some time for me to get used to Stephen King's raspy voice, I am not always a fan of Authors reading their own work, just because you can write dosn't mean you should read it. However, once through that it was ok.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The characters, I always like Kings mix of busy characters coming and going and their individual lives within the story. As usual I am finding all this effort goes into the story and characters yet the ends don't seem to hold or produce the impact I expected.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The use of Raul Esparza [Narrator for Under the Dome] may have been a better choice than the Author himself.

Could you see Needful Things being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

This book was made into a movie in the 80's I believe.

Any additional comments?

All in all an ok book to listen to, just allow yourself to get beyond Mr King's rough voice.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Billy on 04-20-16

Great Book and narration

Great story and wonderful narration from the author. The only thing out of place is the music. Totally unnecessary. Still worth a listen though!

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4 out of 5 stars
By T. Norman on 09-19-12

On the whole, good...

I have nearly finished this story, and have to say how good it has been. It's really enjoyable to hear the author reading the characters, as they will use the accents they imagined at the point of writing.

But, the music and sound effects interspersed throughout the reading are very off putting and don't really add anything to the atmosphere, but rather puncture it just at a point where I'd found myself lost in the importance of the events.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Caroline on 12-23-12

usual Stepehn King

Any fans on Mr King, will enjoy his usual style of writing, he brings each character to life in his own special way, and this book is no different.

The story is great and I found myself waiting for the ring of the shop bell to see who was going in to buy something " needful". I found that the reading by the author added to the book and he little bits of music and the jingling of the door bell also added to the whole experience.

So why only 4 stars...the ending. I do find a lot of stephen King books have a bit of a let down with the ending. It was not a bad ending, it was such a good and gripping tale that I was expecting something a little more. Having said that, dont let it put you off the book, it is a superb read.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-23-18

Very intriguing

It is an interesting story although a bit dragged out and really no final explanation at the end as to why but fantastic narrating

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3 out of 5 stars
By Craig on 01-09-18

Great narration, let down by tone-deaf musical accompaniment

I really liked this book and I really liked the narration but the sound and music was really off-putting. Don't be too put off by this as it isn't there for the bulk of the book, just select parts. When it is there it doesn't even slightly match the tone of the book. Get rid of it and I would add another star for performance. Overall I would recommend this book despite the sound effects.

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