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Full Dark, No Stars

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The acclaimed #1 New York Times and undisputed King of Horror Stephen King delivers five unforgettable short works, two of which will soon be adapted for film, and which Booklist called "raw looks at the limits of greed, revenge, and self-deception." Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight , which generated such enduring hit films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me , Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long story form. "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger..." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922," the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness. In "Big Driver," soon to be a major Lifetime movie starring Maria Bello, a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger is along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face to face with another stranger: the one inside herself. "Fair Extension," the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Harry Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment. In the last of the tales, soon to be a major motion picture, Darcy Anderson's husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips and his unsuspecting wife looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It's a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends "A Good Marriage."



  • After contemplating for a few minutes, I decided that this audiobook deserved a four-star rating. While I did feel somewhat unsatisfied upon finishing it, I vividly recall moments of laughter and chills throughout my listening experience. Not all the stories in the book were equally well-written, but I firmly believe that the best ones alone made the entire audiobook worthwhile. Out of all the stories, "1922" was my absolute favorite. Despite its extremely gruesome nature, it surprisingly did not scare me. In fact, it was the story that made me laugh the most. On the other hand, "Fair Extension" – as others have mentioned – was the weakest story. It had a fantastic concept, but it fell drastically short of its potential because King didn't explore it further. The story felt incomplete and lacked the trademark unpredictability found in King's novels. I personally would have preferred a different narrator for the female characters. Hecht's voice occasionally had an inappropriate laugh, which ruined what should have been a more serious or sinister atmosphere. Additionally, her portrayal of Darcy in the last story was subpar, making her sound like a frail, elderly woman, which didn't align with the image I had in mind. Overall, I did enjoy listening to this audiobook enough to recommend it, despite the fact that it could have been better.
  • Stephen King has always been hailed as the expert when it comes to writing novellas or longer short stories, and this collection of his definitely lives up to that reputation. Full Dark, No Stars offers four gripping books packed together, whether you're reading the physical copy or listening to the audiobook version. King truly shines in this collection, providing us with four incredibly unique and unsettling tales that will keep you hooked from start to finish. Prepare yourself for a wild ride through a range of emotions, from bone-chilling terror to mind-bending science fiction. Other reviewers have already summarized the stories: a chilling family murder set in the 1920s, a woman's horrific assault, a man racing against time, and a husband's hidden secrets coming to light. Each story stands solidly on its own, showcasing King's ability to captivate readers. The narration in the audiobook is absolutely top-notch, with the actors perfectly cast to bring these tales to life. Rest assured, you won't be disappointed.
  • I purchased this book mainly because Craig Wasson did such a fantastic job in 11-22-63 and I wanted more of his narration. I was not let down by his performance in two of the novellas. The other narrator, Jessica Hecht, had a different style but it worked well with the stories. I really enjoyed both "Big Driver" and "A Good Marriage". It was fitting to have a female narrator since the main character was a woman, and I found her unique style and character development to be captivating. I'm now onto "From a Buick 8" and I miss the previous female narrator's voice.
  • The first story sent shivers down my back and had me bursting into laughter, truly in awe of the tale! There are four gripping stories centered around the concept of the inner self. Three of them are great while one stands out as exceptional. It's not easy to give me the heebie-jeebies, but Stephen King managed to startle me and say boo!
  • Stephen King has dedicated considerable effort to refining his portrayal of female characters over the years. Initially, there were doubts about his ability to create strong female characters spanning all age groups. Fortunately, in recent times, he has managed to craft some commendable female characters. However, the narration of the two female leads in 'Full Dark, No Stars' did a great disservice to the stories. Personally, I found Darcy's character to be reminiscent of a stereotypical 1950s housewife lacking intelligence. It's regrettable, considering the quality of the story itself.
  • King never fails to impress with his exceptional writing skills and captivating storytelling. He has undoubtedly secured a spot as one of my all-time favorite authors. His books have a way of completely engulfing me, causing me to lose all sense of time. One instance of this was when I devoured "Needful Things" in one sitting, even going as far as calling in sick to ensure I could finish it. However, I must admit that the recurring theme found in three of the stories left me feeling a bit uneasy. If I had known beforehand that 75% of the stories would revolve around a particular subject (don't want to spoil it for others), I may have reconsidered reading them. Let me be clear, it would take something extremely disturbing to dissuade me from reading a Stephen King book. Nevertheless, it did leave me pondering what was going through his mind as he crafted these tales. By the time I reached "Good Marriage," I was left with a sense of discomfort. The concluding statement made by King almost seemed like an attempt to justify his choice of subject matter, but I remain unconvinced. Moving forward, I will exercise more caution before purchasing his books.
  • The initial tale was absolutely incredible. It had me so spooked that I had to leave the lights on. However, the other stories in the book were just average. Overall, it's a good book, but I was craving more darkness and gore. Nonetheless, I had a great time reading it.
  • I found 'Full Dark, No Stars' to be quite disheartening. As someone who has delved into almost all of Stephen King's works, this particular book didn't resonate with me. I personally would have preferred if he had kept his political opinions separate, as not everyone shares the same perspective. Consequently, this will mark the end of my journey with his books.
  • Once again, Stephen King has truly surpassed himself. Regrettably, the portrayals by Jessica Hecht leave much to be desired. Her interpretations of the female characters come across as excessively grating and ethereal, with an irritatingly high pitch. Moreover, she maintains a consistently cheerful tone throughout the narration, even when the tension in the story intensifies. I will make a conscious effort to steer clear of any future endeavors involving Jessica Hecht.
  • Holy crap, Big Driver is the WORST King story I've ever read. I agree with the other reviews, especially lorin's, that the narrator of it is absolutely horrid but the story itself also sucks.
  • The books were very entertaining. Unfortunately, Ms. Hecht has to be the WORST female narrator of all times! If someone can "overact" while reading, she has mastered it. I have had to endure other books where she narrates and it is so distracting from the story that a few I have returned just to end the irritation.
  • I loved all the stories, they were thought provoking and scary..Wasson does a fine job with 1922 and Fair Extension however Hecht is hands down the worst narrator I have ever heard....I would rather swallow glass than listen to her. I will NEVER purchase another book that she reads....
  • This was an excellent book. I liked having different stories. All were good, but the first was excellent. The reader did an amazing job of reading this first story. If you like Steven King, you' ll love this one.
  • I can't tell you if the book is any good or not because I just can't get past the narrator. I've listened to hundreds of books of cd and while not every reader is a top 'actor' by any means, this guy is like listening to nails on a chalkboard. I've been a respected talent agent in Hollywood for over 20 years and I just can't understand how the producers of this audio book could hire a reader who is so annoyingly 'over the top' and somehow thinks that a 14 year old boy sounds like a bad community theater version of Pinocchio. Very frustrating and a waste of time. If you're interested in the book itself, and I'm a big Stephen King fan so I understand, I would seriously recommend reading the book the old fashioned way.
  • Where to start, where to start. I gave this 3 stars and I hereby bequeath all three of these stars to '1922'. The first story is very good. It deals with the repercussions of decisions we make, good or bad. May I suggest you just go read the hard copy because the other three stories are a horror and a horror not in a good Kingish way. Just simply awful. And two of the stories are a complete insult to women. Read no further if you want to be surprised by the endings though there are no surprises. Women that are victims of rape don't become psychotic murders. They don't start talking to their GPS and kitty. Good lord. Awful. Of course this is tainted by the absolute worst worst worst narration by Hecht. Her interpretation made them into psychotic nursery school teachers. I felt like I should be sitting in a circle listening to Winnie the Pooh. Please do not waste your time on this one like I did. Tun!