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Everything's Eventual: Five Dark Tales [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Stephen King
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Mar 2002
The first collection of stories Stephen King has published since "Nightmares & Dreamscapes" nine years ago, "Everything's Eventual" includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by "The New Yorker, " and "Riding the Bullet," King's original e-book, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade. "Riding the Bullet," published here on paper for the first time, is the story of Alan Parker, who's hitchhiking to see his dying mother but takes the wrong ride, farther than he ever intended. In "Lunch at the Gotham Cafe," a sparring couple's contentious lunch turns very, very bloody when the maitre d' gets out of sorts. "1408," the audio story in print for the first time, is about a successful writer whose specialty is "Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Graveyards" or "Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Houses," and though Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel doesn't kill him, he won't be writing about ghosts anymore. And in "That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is In French," terror is deja vu at 16,000 feet. Whether writing about encounters with the dead, the near dead, or about the mundane dreads of life, from quitting smoking to yard sales, Stephen King is at the top of his form in the fourteen dark tales assembled in "Everything's Eventual." Intense, eerie, and instantly com-pelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of our time.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743525892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743525893
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,587,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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Reissue of the international bestseller in the dramatic new graphic cover style of No. 1 bestseller, CELL

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic collection of short stories 4 Mar 2009
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Although I've only read a handful of Stephen King's books to date, this is probably my favourite. It's the first book of its kind that I have read in adulthood and I enjoyed the diversity of the stories. 'The Little Sisters of Eluria' is worth the price alone. I also really enjoyed 'The Man in the Black suit', 'In the Deathroom', 'Everything's Eventual', '1408', 'Riding the Bullet' and 'Luckey Quarter.'

The best way to describe this book is enchanting. If you enjoy Stephen King's work, then I doubt you will be disappointed by this collection.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection of short stories 3 Feb 2011
I'm not sure how he does it, but what would otherwise be the most bland and mundane text and dialogue takes on a life of it's own under Stephen King's masterful pen. Somehow the words jump from the page and you are hooked.

Maybe it's the dead pan and often black humour that's so skilfully interwoven in the text of most of his stories; often cropping up when you least expect it and to which the reader can instantly relate. For instance in The Death Room: "the woman.....black hair with striking white streaks. Flying up from her forehead as if blown by a gale force wind ....Bride of Frankenstein....," and the often hilarious maitre d's dialogue in "Lunch at Gotham Cafe"

And then, we wait with bated breath for the punchline, the climax and Stephen King rarely pulls any punches. The only author I know who can simultaneously scare the living daylights out of me and have me in fits of giggles.

And so, in this collection of 14 short stories, he delivers a rib tickling ride as well as a thrilling and scary one.

My favourites were - in no particular order:

Riding the Bullet: a tense, poignant and often scary ride for the reader.

In the Deathroom. Probably the one to give the reader nightmares as it seems it is not too far removed from reality.

Everything's Eventual (from the book title): A thought provoking essay.

Lunch at Gotham Cafe: Horrific yes, but with a delightful comedy dialogue that gives a delicious sense of balance to the grisly, culinary goings on.

The Little Sisters of Aluria: A dark and fascinating love story, quite different from the others in the collection. And although you can more or less guess the ending it's still a bitter sweet joy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen is my King 17 Mar 2013
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I started to read his books 7 years ago. I've read 28 books and this was my 29th. Every short story (some are not very short but then I'm talking about a man who wrote The Stand, It, Black House...) made me gasp... they're so good. Scary but the strongest feeling is the uneasyness you feel after you finish each story. The stories will make you think about stuff we all try to avoid thinking. That's why I always come back to Stephen King. Sure, he is very entertaining, funny, clever, but he's also serious, intense and he can scare the s*** out of me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars 1 July 2010
By Rebecca
Rumors of Stephen King's demise have been greatly exaggerated. 2010 is gearing up to be another highly productive year for King, and he starts us off with his first short story collection since 1993, Everything's Eventual. It sure is nice to know that King doesn't feel the need to turn everything into a novel, and while his short stories have gotten longer, they still pack the punch that the early tales did. However, they pack it in a more literary style. This is great stuff. It's still recognizably King, but it's New Yorker King rather than bargain-basement porn-mag King (check the prepub credits in Night Shift).

After reading the title story in this collection, I briefly fantasized about a world where the millions of people who reflexively buy King's works who've never so much looked inside a literary magazine would bring away from this (and other such tales in this volume, notably "Luckey Quarter" and "Lunch at the Gotham Café") an understanding of the complexities and ambiguities of the modern short story such that they could crack the binding on the new issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review, say, and not feel out of place. (From there, it's one step to getting them to like poetry, and than I can take over the world at leisure.) I came to my senses a few minutes later, but there's still something to be said for it. Up till now, King's stories have always been well-defined pieces of work, with strong beginnings and endings and enough happening in the middle to keep people reading. No one would ever accuse, say, "Survivor Type" or "Grey Matter" of being an ambiguous piece of writing. But King was already showing his literary hand as far back as Skeleton Crew (with the haunting story "Nona"), and he tipped it last year with the brilliant "Blind Willie.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exercises for a creative writing class???? 31 Jan 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading the first several stories, I started having the feeling that I was reading what Stephen King would write in response to assignments in a creative writing class, like "Write a story about a man mistaken for dead in an autopsy room", or "Write a story about a man being interrogated in a Central American country." Then there's the story illustrated on the cover, "Write a Grand Guignol slapstic comedy".
I don't really mean this as a put-down because many of these are worth reading. I especially enjoyed the "Write a story about a tired traveling salesman" one, though I noticed some readers especially disliked that one.
The title story was my favorite. I quite sympathized with the kid who thought he had a dream job until the reality of what he's doing crashes in on him.
All in all, this isn't representative of King's best short story writing, but it's good enough to please his biggest fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good book
not a bad book. Quite a few stories but all good and different in their own way. Loved riding the bullet got to be my favourite story out of the book. :-) hachey wachey
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As you would expect of Mr King, excellent
Published 1 month ago by Yvonne Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price. Good Book!
Book arrived with another order, which I was really pleased about. Was good value and I am enjoing the first few stories. Would highly recommend!
Published 2 months ago by Alan Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything Eventual
Not one of Stephen Kings 'better' reads but interesting never-the-less. Would still buy his books, and have just done so.
Published 5 months ago by Rosy-Posy
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it :-)
Awesome short storys :-) love 1408 and man in the black suit brill book recormend 100 % love it :-).
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Yuk !!!
very discoloured & uninviting !!!Do not want to touch it--let alone read it.
Really disappointed as I do usually enjoy getting a book.
Published 9 months ago by Dorrie OConnor
4.0 out of 5 stars oh dear
Have read SK since he began writing and have to date read everything published. But this book did not hold my interest, perhaps I have read too many
Published 10 months ago by happy shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars loveStephenKing
Recollecting all Stephen Kings books I read years ago. This one is a collection of shorter stories and just as good as full novels
Published 10 months ago by S. Cocking
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
enjoyed the entertaining descriptive stories with a twist. Good to be able to read a engrossing story in 1sitting. Read more
Published 12 months ago by elaine wing
3.0 out of 5 stars wasn't brilliant
for a stephen king book its better than UR, not as immediately interesting as Mile 81. worth it for good entertaining read
Published 12 months ago by ManicMyna
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