I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
Length: 22 hour and 37 minutes
Published by Warner Books on July, 5th, 2016
Source: Tantor Audio
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Also by this author: The Outsider, The Stand, Christine, The Institute
In the introduction to Skeleton Crew (1985), his second collection of stories, King pokes fun at his penchant for "literary elephantiasis," makes scatological jokes about his muse, confesses how much money he makes (gross and net), and tells a story about getting arrested one time when he was "suffused with the sort of towering, righteous rage that only drunk undergraduates can feel." He winds up with an invitation to a scary voyage: "Grab onto my arm now. Hold tight. We are going into a number of dark places, but I think I know the way."
And he sure does. Skeleton Crew contains a superb short novel ("The Mist") that alone is worth the price of admission, plus two forgettable poems and 20 short stories on such themes as an evil toy monkey, a human-eating water slick, a machine that avenges murder, and unnatural creatures that inhabit the thick woods near Castle Rock, Maine. The short tales range from simply enjoyable to surprisingly good.
In addition to "The Mist," the real standout is "The Reach," a beautifully subtle story about a great-grandmother who was born on a small island off the coast of Maine and has lived there her whole life. She has never been across "the Reach," the body of water between island and mainland. This is the story that King fans give to their friends who don't read horror in order to show them how literate, how charming a storyteller he can be. Don't miss it. --Fiona Webster
13 · Introduction · in 21 · The Mist · na Dark Forces, ed. Kirby McCauley, Viking, 1980 135 · Here There Be Tygers · ss Ubris Spr ’68 141 · The Monkey · nv Gallery Nov ’80 175 · Cain Rose Up · ss Ubris Spr ’68 181 · Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut · nv Redbook May ’84 203 · The Jaunt · nv Twilight Zone Jun ’81 227 · The Wedding Gig · ss EQMM Dec 1 ’80 241 · Paranoid: A Chant · ss * 245 · The Raft · nv Gallery Nov ’82 271 · The Word Processor of the Gods [“The Word Processor”] · ss Playboy Jan ’83 289 · The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands · ss Shadows #4, ed. Charles L. Grant, Doubleday, 1981 305 · Beachworld · ss Weird Tales Fll ’84 321 · The Reaper’s Image · ss Startling Mystery Stories Spr ’69 329 · Nona · nv Shadows #1, ed. Charles L. Grant, Doubleday, 1978 359 · For Owen · ss * 361 · Survivor Type · ss Terrors, ed. Charles L. Grant, Playboy, 1982 379 · Uncle Otto’s Truck · ss Yankee Oct ’83 395 · Morning Deliveries (Milkman #1) · ss * 401 · Big Wheels: A Tale of the Laundry Game (Milkman #2) · ss New Terrors #2, ed. Ramsey Campbell, London: Pan, 1980 415 · Gramma · nv Weirdbook #19 ’84 443 · The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet · na F&SF Jun ’84 487 · The Reach [“Do the Dead Sing?”] · ss Yankee Nov ’81 507 · Notes · bi
What I thought of this book.
I use to love reading Stephen King but it seems the older I have gotten the more daunting large books have become. I quit reading them but I really miss them so I think I have found my new way of reading SK books. 🙂 This is my first book by him on audio and it was really good. Though there was a lot of great narrators to help with this!
Now I am not really a huge short story fan but there were some really interesting ones in The Mist of this book. Of course, The Mist was more like a novella as it was the longest story and probably the best story (which was a bit different than the movie I seen based on it.) I won’t be wanting one of those creepy monkeys with the cymbals anytime soon either.
It had a wide variety of stories and I liked the fact that it had a variety of narrators to make it a bit more interesting. I am still not a huge fan of short stories but I do love Stephen King so I would be up for listening to more of them from him.
Overall it was enjoyable to listen and I would recommend it for fans of Stephen King.
Narrated by Stephen King, Matthew Broderick, Michael C. Hall, Paul Giamatti, Will Patton, Norbert Leo Butz, Lois Smith, Dylan Baker, Kyle Beltran, Dana Ivey, Robert Petkoff, David Morse, and Frances Sternhagen.
A lot of these were very good and some were okay but there was a few that were awesome and that was, of course, Will Patton and Robert Petkoff. 🙂