Title: Full Dark, No Stars
Author: Stephen King
Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
Readers: Craig Wasson and Jessica Hecht (both excellent)
Date Completed: 5/6/2011
Setting: New England and Midwest
The audiobook is on (12) cds, and the two readers, Craig Wasson and Jessica Hecht were simply fantastic. The book has (4) separate stories.
- 1922 - is about a rural Midwest husband who murders his wife because she wants to sell off part of family farm, so she can move to the big city-Omaha. The husband, Wilfred, evens convinces his teenage son Hank to help carry out the deed. The story takes place in 1922, when farming was a way of life. In this story, nothing goes as smoothly as Wilfred Leland James envisioned. In this story there are a few scenes that rats kept appearing, and that part made me a bit queasy. Despite this, I liked the execution of this story and thin it was my 3rd favorite of the 4 stories.
- Big Driver - Tess is an author of detective mystery books; she is in her 30s. She is invited to speak at the, Chicopee Public Library....(it's a real place in New England. I grew up in this Massachusetts city). After her talk at the library, she is given alternate directions for a shortcut by the head librarian. The shortcut, turns out to be a near deadly experience for her that she'll never forget. In fact, all she can think of is getting her revenge. My 2nd favorite of 4 stories.
- Fair Extension - The weakest story, in my opinion is about a man with cancer who makes a deal with the devil, at the expense of someone else, in exchange for a longer life. It is quite funny at times, but this story ranked 4th out of 4 for me.
- A Good Marriage was my favorite story...#1 out of 3 for me. In this story, Bob and Darcy Anderson, a couple from New England, have been married for 28 years, and have had a happy marriage and now adult children. When Bob is away on a business trip, as is often the case, Darcy, accidentally uncovers, the elements of her husband's secret life tucked neatly away in a secret area of the garage. What is a wife to do when she discovers that her husband has a darker side which he has long kept hidden?
If you enjoy audiobooks, and would like to give a gentler Stephen King a try, this book of (4) short stories may be just perfect for you. My husband even got caught up in one of the stories on a brief trip, and commented how great the readers were. Seriously, I don't think you will lose sleep listening to these stories. I thought they were great.