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  • Listening Length: 25 hours and 11 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 30 Aug. 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00943CBT2
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excellent book
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This is an excellent book had me gripped from the very start
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I liked the story, but boy did it drag. The story was good (caveat emporium) and the menace from the writing was clear, but I felt it was about 10 chapters too long.
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After reading The Shining I was very quick in wanting to explore more of Stephen King's mastery and see what his other stories had to offer. I managed to get a handful including Insomniac, The Tommyknockers, The Dark Half and 'Salems Lot. However the first one that really grabbed my attention was this story i'm reviewing right now.

Needful Things is set in the town of Castle Rock, Maine, and a new shop of the title's name has just opened, and folks are intrigued by what the store has to offer. Business is flowing for the owner Mr Leland Gaunt, but soon all these happy customers will find they are paying for more than just their possessions.

This story is fantastic in the way that mixes affection with the malice of the whole theme. Much like The Shining, there is almost an elemental of reality in here, and I find the concept of seeing how far people will go to have their needful thing just spectacular.

There's dozens and dozens of characters throughout each with their own identifying features including the three main characters - The Sheriff Alan Pangborn, the girlfriend Polly Chalmers and the charming yet mysterious Leland Gaunt - and with such a huge story its just manageable to remember them all.

Of course, since this is a Stephen King novel, the violence here is absolutely of the richter scale, old grudges come to heads, friendships fall apart and religious beliefs become more than war of words. The images are really good, spot on in fact, that it can paint an image of these scenarios in the reader's mind.

I think as I went through the book, I felt a mixture of happiness, terror, sadness and curiosity, but there was a moment where I didn't feel hooked and did not enjoy it.

Buy this now ! :-) after all 'EVERYTHING IS FOR SALE'
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I enjoyed this book so much I wish I could go back in time to before I read it and read it again so I didn't know the ending! It is such an absorbing and unique story that I couldn't put the book down. I really became involved with the characters and wanted to know what happened to them and how it all ended. I'm not a fan of King's horror stories but entertaining, original stories like this this and others such as the Dead Zone, Dreamcatcher, Secret Garden, Secret Window (the premise of which has also been used by Shutter Island)and The Green Mile to me reveal King's true storytelling genius. I just hope there's another king story out there of this calibre that I haven't already read!
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What makes Kings books so good is the way he realises that horror is not all about having blood dripping from the pages. This story is a prime example on how to blend horror with other emotions to make the book fullfilling. I always like the way he gives a sense of mystery to what is a happening right through to the end of the book.
The story centres aroud a mysterious man who opens a shop in a little town selling unusual things. (who is he ?)Without giving the plot away let's say his pleasant exterior hides evil intentions which set the towns people against each other.The novel itself is a gathering of a number of smaller stories that all centre around this man and his shop. The ending fits in well which I think gives it its five stars instead of four.
If you like horror that is traditional and yet takes place in a contemporary setting you should find NEEDFUL THINGS meet your NEEDS.
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in a little town its residents are naturally very inquisitive. The shop is called Needful Things and is run by a man called Leland Gaunt.

When people come to buy their hearts desires, the only caveat is that they must play a trick on someone. This leads to murder and mayhem. Can the Sheriff stop it?

This is a really creepy book by the US master of horror.
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I know Stephen King principally from his works made into movies. I bought Needful Things at a charity bookstall. I liked it from the beginning and so downloaded the Kindle version! It's a lengthy novel and you know what Leland Gaunt is from quite early on; but the way King describes what 'lies beneath' the differing characters is what makes it a really good read. It's about peoples' inner personality, e.g. their desire to recapture lost childhood times; sexual frustration; jealousy; guilt etc.. Mr Gaunt uses these feelings to sell people 'needful things'; things they can't resist and must have. But there is a price. In exchange for the cheap prices he charges for the articles they covet there is a price to pay - a literally deadly price!

As well as the frankly gory scenes you find in King's works, he can also be extremely comical, as for example in how he describes the pet at Nan's place. ................................."a scrofulous parrot who sometimes said, ' I f.....d your mamma, Frank' in a morose and thoughtful voice............................"

Stephen King can really use the English language; so well that you think it would be easy to write as he does!
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