The Mist Mass Market Paperback – Oct 2 2007
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“King is a master storyteller.”—The Seattle Times
“The master of the macabre.”—The Columbia State
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Sound so visual you're literally engulfed by its bonechilling terror! Stephen King's sinister imagination and the miracle of 3-D sound transport you to a sleepy all-American town. It's a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds. Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun. Then comes the mist...creeping slowly, inexorably into town, where it settles and waits, trapping you in the supermarket with dozens of others, cut off from your families and the world. The mist is alive, seething with unearthly sounds and movements. What unleashed this terror? Was it the Arrowhead Project---the top secret government operation that everyone has noticed but no one quite understands? And what happens when the provisions have run out and you're forced to make your escape, edging blindly through the dim light? The Mist has you in it grip, and this masterpiece of 3-D sound engineering surrounds you with horror so real that you'll be grabbing your own arm for reassurance. To one side---and whipping around your chair, a slither of tentacles. Swooping down upon you, a rush grotesque, prehistoric wings. In the impenetrable mist, hearing is seeing---and believing. And what you're about to hear, you'll never forget. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.See all Product Description
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1) Production Quality - Here is where the audiotape shined and failed. Sound Effects were clear, loud and you could feel the room rumble when the earthquake hits = strong point. Voices kept fading into the background or were too low to hear what is being said = weak point. If this part wasn't so bad I would have given this production another star but even with the volume set at max it was hard to hear key scenes of dialogue.
2) Acting - actors were great! Nuff said.
3) Story - It was good. Because of the quality of the sound and voices I'm not sure how the story ends since it was so hard to hear some of these final key moments. But I liked the overall concept.
OVERALL: I hear the CD version is pretty good so I'd opt for that if you can and avoid the audiotape version. This production all fits on one tape, yet it is 80 minutes long. Nice change from someone actually reading a story.
I have to wonder whether or not there was much corporate sponsorship in the making of this audiobook. For one, at the sight of a mutated insect-monster set aflame trying to put itself out by smashing into the sauces aisle of a supermarket the reaction is not shock or dismay. It's literally a character moaning that there's "Ragu and Prego everywhere!" Uh, what? Ruffles, Bud Light, many products get quite a bit of audio-time.
The story itself was likely a good one: after a quick storm, people find themselves trapped inside a grocery store, surrounded by a thick mist, and monstrous horrors attack and kill anyone who steps out into the horrible thick fog. But alas, the voices chosen for the characters were very poor -especially the apparently sinous-infected young boy, and the reactions of the voice-overs to the attacks are just as bad -"Oh my god, get it off me!" never sounded so flat as on this tape.
I'm not done with trying audiobooks quite yet, but I'm beginning to think it's just a genre not for me. At the very least, I suggest that if you, too, are flirting with the audiobook, try something by Stuart MacLean, not Stephen King. Certainly not, "The Mist."
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While The Mist is a quick read(novella), I found the plot along with the cast of characters to be extremely well developed. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2010 by A Customer
This was a short but sweet read. I could tell it was one of his earlier works by the style and plot. Read morePublished on March 14 2008 by K. Wong
This was the only story that gave me a nightmare after I'd finished reading it. It's what you can't see in The Mist that lingers in your mind.
A truly scary tale. Read more
it is a binaural recording. basically it is a recording technique that was meant specifically to be listened to with headphones. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2003
I like to listen to audio books and follow along in the book at the same time. I couldn't do that with this CD. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003
"The Mist" is easily my favorite of the King short stories. i've actually been reading it to a good friend of mine over the last few months and she is quite... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by David H Holton
Ten minutes into the book, I gave up. There is SO MUCH background noise that you have to turn your volume way up to hear the conversation, while the background noise SCREAMS in... Read morePublished on March 20 2003