Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Man In The Black Suit, 4 Dark Tales by Stephen King (Audiobook Review)

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”TheThe Man in the Black Suit: 4 Dark Tales
by Stephen King
narrated by Various narrators

Series: Everything’s Eventual
Copyright: 2002 Simon & Schuster Audio
Duration: 3 hours 41 minutes unabridged
Genres: horror, supernatural, short fiction
Filed in: Audiobook Reviews
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PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY: "The face of the man in the black suit grows ever clearer, ever closer, and I remember every word he said. I don't want to think of him, but I can't help it, and sometimes at night my old heart beats so hard and so fast I think it will tear itself right clear of my chest."

A haunting recollection of a mysterious boyhood event, The Man in the Black Suit, read by John Cullum, leads off this masterful collection from Stephen King.

Other dark tales include: All That You Love Will Be Carried Away, read by Peter Gerety, in which a man checks into a Lincoln, Nebraska Motel 6 to find the meaning in his life; That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French, read by Becky Ann Baker, presents the ultimate case of deja vu; and The Death of Jack Hamilton, read by Arliss Howard, a blistering tale of Depression-era outlaws on the run.

Whether writing about encounters with the dead or the near-dead, or about the mundane dreads of life, Stephen King's The Man in the Black Suit is a gripping, intense listen.

These unabridged selections also appear in the print edition of Everything's Eventual. More unabridged stories from Everything's Eventual are available in Blood and Smoke, Riding the Bullet, LT's Theory of Pets, and Everything's Eventual.

©2002 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Stephen King’s 2002 anthology, Everything’s Eventual, had a total of 14 stories. The four stories collected in this audiobook release represent the best of the bunch, so kudos to whoever chose them. Having said that, you’d have to be pretty silly to buy The Man In The Black Suit, 4 Dark Tales because Recorded Books published a collection containing these same four stories, plus one more. Strange but true. All together, there are no less than five audiobook releases containing stories from Everything’s Eventual. Links to my audiobook reviews for all 5 are below.

HIGHLIGHTS:

The Man In The Black Suit narrated by John Cullum.
While fishing at the river one day, a young boy dozes off in the warm summer sunlight. He awakes sometime later to find a strange man in an immaculate three-piece suit watching him. It doesn’t take Gary long to figure out that this well-dressed man is none other than the devil himself, and that his immortal soul is in peril. The Man In The Black Suit was originally published in the October 31, 1994 issue of The New Yorker magazine. In 1995 it won the World Fantasy Award, and the O Henry award for best short fiction.

The Death of Jack Hamilton narrated by Arliss Howard.
This is a story of the John Dillinger gang. One of the gang members tells of how another member of the gang was shot during a get-away, and how the gang spent the next several days holed up in Chicago as the man slowly dies. Frankly, I didn’t get this story. It’s not particularly interesting on the surface, and the deeper meaning eludes me. The only thing I liked about this story was when one of the characters lassos several flies with lengths of thread, and lets them fly around at the ends of their strings.

COMPLETE LIST OF STORIES ON THIS AUDIOBOOK:

The Man In The Black Suit
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away
The Death of Jack Hamilton
That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is In French

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CHECK OUT THESE OTHER AUDIOBOOK REVIEWS:
Everything's Eventual: Volume 1 by Stephen King (Audiobook Review)
Everything's Eventual: Volume 2 by Stephen King (Audiobook Review)
Everything's Eventual: 5 Dark Tales by Stephen King (Audiobook Review)
The Man In The Black Suit: 4 Dark Tales by Stephen King (Audiobook Review)
Blood And Smoke by Stephen King (Audiobook Review)



Special thanks to Kearney Public Library for this review copy. Audiobook review by Steven Brandt. This audiobook review is based on the unabridged audiobook. Come back soon for more audiobook reviews from Audiobook-Heaven.


1 comment:

joni said...

Just in time for Halloween! Nothing like a good dark story to get that fear brewing.

"What's that?" she says listening for the sounds creeping in from outside.
"What? I don't see anything!" Master Stormcrow whispers.

ha ha ha..Happy Halloween...