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The House on Maple Street: And Other Stories Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (June 30 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743598210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743598217
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 15 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Robert M. Parker, Jr., has been the author and publisher of The Wine Advocate for more than twenty-five years. He has won countless awards, including two of France’s highest presidential honors: in 1993, President Francois Mitterrand pronounced him a Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Merite. In 1999, President Jacques Chirac signed a decree appointing Parker a Chevalier dans L’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur, and in 2005, elevated his title to Officier. He is the author of many books about wine, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, The Wines of the Rhône Valley, and Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide. Visit the author online at www.eRobertParker.com.


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The 4 short stories on this Audio CD present the listener with a nice mixture of Stephen King tales. If you are looking for "horror" then the CD probably isn't for you. However, if you want to experience the twists and turns of one of the best writers in this century's mind, be sure to give these a listen! All stories are from "Nightmares and Dreamscapes" and lead the listener to places, times or thoughts we could well have experienced before.

I enjoyed listening to Tabitha King (the author's wife) read "The House on Maple Street." I have read the story before, but having her read it was an excellent choice as she was expressive and clear throughout. Ms. King easily captures the emotions of the children in the story and it was easy to visualize all that was happening.

If you have ever had a child or grandchild in Little League, or if you enjoy baseball, you will certainly appreciate "Head Down" and "Brooklyn August" will evoke nostalgic feelings for sure.

"Umney's Last Case" is a wonderful tale full of surprises. It feels written and read in a "Film Noire" style and that will either irritate the listener, or help them to get totally involved in the tale. Add a few twists to keep your mind sharp and the time spent listening will be time well spent.

In summary, I feel the four tales on this Audio CD will not represent the horror-filled, suspenseful tales most of us have come to crave from Stephen King. However, they can give the listener a wonderful feel for the inner workings of a superb and complex-minded writer. I am very happy to have this CD in my collection!
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Stephen King has been one of my favorite Authors since I was a teenager. And I wasn't disappointed this time either. I travel & can't always get music on the radio. Having the stories read is great!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9fb16a04) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb6d109b4) out of 5 stars Stephen and his wife tell the tales Sept. 14 2009
By Kay Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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For a road trip, there is nothing like a good book.... on audio. Stephen and his wife, and other narrators, read the text with the appropriate nuances.... excellent product.
And no one else can scare the heck out of you like Stephen King!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f7011c8) out of 5 stars Not what you might be expecting April 18 2011
By A. Sharp - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this collection but if you are looking for horror and horror only, this is not the right collection for you. Tabitha King does a beautiful job reading the title story, which is very creepy, and the story about the 30s detective is also very well read by Robert Parker (but whatever you do, don't read the copy on the back of the box because it gives away the ending! Is no one paying attention? It's like turning to the back of the "Sixth Sense" DVD box and reading, "A therapist treats a little boy who sees dead people only to learn that he himself is dead."). My favorite piece was the only one Stephen King reads himself but it is not a horror story; it's not even a fictional short story. It's a beautiful, almost play-by-play account of a series of play-off games involving his son's Little League team. The writing doesn't get any better than this, it's very lyrical and emotional, and King reads it beautifully, but be sure this is what you want before you buy this collection.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f701768) out of 5 stars Stephen King April 16 2010
By Breezy B - Published on Amazon.com
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As usual, I loved this book, but then again - I really love Stephen King. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because the last two CDs are an essay that King wrote about his son's little league season. I personally liked it, but if you are looking for typical Stephen King, then you may not like this one as much.

I would definately recommend buying it to any Stephen King fan. Also, the price is very good for a 5 CD set.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Kindle Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD audio book was so boring. The first 3 cds were ok. But the last 2 were filled with 12 yr old Little League baseball game. I was so very bored. I had no idea what that was even on there for. So, his kid won state, that is great for him, but do not bore us with all the little details. It drug on and on. I am so sorry I spent good money for the CD audio book. I wish I would have known. I would never have ordered it. Do not waste your money.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f7071b0) out of 5 stars King Goes Off His Beaten Path For A While Sept. 11 2014
By Steve V. - Published on Amazon.com
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In yet another collection of readings from Stephen King's "Nightmares & Dreamscapes", we're given a decidedly different set of stories than the offerings that came before it. While King has made an empire out of the horror genre, only one story here could be perceived as a scary story... and even that one has earmarks from other fantastic genres mixed into it. Each of thes stories are read by actors, authors and other performers along with the author himself.

Here's a complete breakdown:

Disc 1: "The House on Maple Street" read by Tabitha King -- A strange story less about a house and more about the uncertainty of family and living in a house that doesn't feel safe anymore. This story hit me on deep, personal level; I found myself identfying with children as they watched their mother wither under the stress of a bad marriage. The fantastic element to the story wasn't very compelling nor explained in a satisfactory way (I almost wish King hadn't bothered at all). Tabitha's reading takes a while to get used to. I never warmed up to it, but I felt she did well giving the children unique voices, which is hard to do. 3 Stars

Disc 2 & 3: "Umney's Last Case" read by Robert Parker -- An oddity story about a detective and his last and worst day. The story works well and has its fair share of funny moments, yet has a profoundly bitter ending that makes everything into a horrifying tragedy. Definitely original with one of the best, most appropriate readers in the series. Parker does a heck of a job with his hardboiled characters and period setting; he sounds like he just walked off one of those old noir flicks! Doesn't try to explain too much and comes up with a fantastic ending. 4 Stars!

Disc 4 & 5: "Head Down" read by Stephen King -- King narrates his own essay about his son's little league baseball season in 1989. This one runs a bit long, but is a tremendous meditation on the meaning of sports and, more importantly, growing up. Every piece with King has been astutely picked to capitalize in his personal speaking style and measured voice, and this one is right up there with "It Grows On You" because it just fits right. I can't think of anyone except King reading this. 4 Stars!

Disc 5: "Brooklyn August" read by Stephen Jay Gould -- I love King's short stories; however, I find his poetry shallow and uninteresting. This one tries to be lyrical, whimsical and nostalgic about baseball, yet it mostly succeeds at being a cacophony of words that don't stick together in any meaningful way. At least it was short. 1 Star

While not a great collection, the majority of the collection is an entertaining diversion from the usual horror stuff that King has graciously cranked out for so long. I appreciated the baseball stuff and hope to see more of King's other interests beyond scaring us all silly.


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