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Publisher's Summary

"The face of the man in the black suit grows ever clearer, ever closer, and I remember every word he said. I don't want to think of him, but I can't help it, and sometimes at night my old heart beats so hard and so fast I think it will tear itself right clear of my chest."

A haunting recollection of a mysterious boyhood event, The Man in the Black Suit, read by John Cullum, leads off this masterful collection from Stephen King.

Other dark tales include: All That You Love Will Be Carried Away, read by Peter Gerety, in which a man checks into a Lincoln, Nebraska Motel 6 to find the meaning in his life; That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French, read by Becky Ann Baker, presents the ultimate case of deja vu; and The Death of Jack Hamilton, read by Arliss Howard, a blistering tale of Depression-era outlaws on the run.

Whether writing about encounters with the dead or the near-dead, or about the mundane dreads of life, Stephen King's The Man in the Black Suit is a gripping, intense listen.

These unabridged selections also appear in the print edition of Everything's Eventual. More unabridged stories from Everything's Eventual are available in Blood and Smoke, Riding the Bullet, LT's Theory of Pets, and Everything's Eventual.

©2002 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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Not Your Classic Stephen King

The thing I like about Stephen King's short stories is that they never fail to satisfy that craving for a good yarn. Sure, they are sometimes scary beyond all rhyme or reason, but more often than not, they are just great listening. In the Man in the Black Suit, King creates a central character that is both sympathetic and believable, and a villain so dark you tremble. But the narration and the storytelling are so good, you almost (emphasis on almost) forget to be scared. There is a story about John Dillinger that is about the best short story I've ever heard, and in Everything You Love Will Be Carried Away, King leaves you spellbound and wondering, and laughing for hours at all the collected bathroom humor built into the story. In "That Feeling You Can Only Say in French," you get the feeling you're watching an old Twilight Zone re-run, or maybe an old episode of Star Trek. You keep hoping the characters will recognize what you see so clearly. King is gifted in letting you see clearly what the characters cannot see, and in making you want them to see it. This is a great collection of stories and one not to be missed.

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Rip off!!! All previously published!

All these stories are in Everything's Eventual. NOT COOL!!! I don't like to buy the same stuff twice!!! The stories aren't even that good. Certainly not up to Stephen's other work!

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Uneven but enjoyable

Not every story included here is stellar, but those that stood out were exceptionally suspenseful and well-crafted. Well worth the listen, but I couldn't give it 5 stars given some weaker material.

Classic Stephen King shorts!

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  • 06-18-12

I give it a resounding Meh.

Not the best work from Sai King. The titular story being the only one with a real scare factor to it, it wasn't that scary.
The real gem was the story "The Death of Jack Hamilton." It was full of heart and imagery that even card carrying member of the uncle Stevie fan club like me can forget this man is capable of. If anyone wonders if King is more than a contemporary horror writer, have them read this or any of his other little gems like "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" and they will know.
Perhaps it isn't his best work, but it is not bad at all.
Long live the King!

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There Are Better King Stories

Only the first story, the Man in the Black Suit, is worth the price of admission. This is a taut King tale with a devil as only King could write it. The other three stories were forgettable, and hardly worth the price.

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Really written by Mr King?

Extremely boring.....unlike any other Steven KIng book I"ve read! 2 stories had only a vague plot, the other 2 none!

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No, no, again...NO!

Stephen King, is a SUPERB storyteller, but the stories in this particular book are boring and dated. After my mind kept wandering as I was trying to listen to these dull stories, I realized that I just wasn't enjoying them. There are many older King classics that are older, but this book isn't one of them. I guess even the best writers can produce bad stories sometime.

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Satan's Fishing Hole

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, I wouldn't. This is a tired old theme. The only thing different was the devil was a bit of a cannibal.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It was interesting up until you learned the Man in Black was the devil.

Have you listened to any of John Cullum and Becky Ann Baker ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I listened to their performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved by the loss of his brother by a bee sting in a time, where they didn't have much knowledge of such things.

Any additional comments?

This is one King work that I was truly disappointed in. It started off so good and then just fizzled out.

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Classic Short Story writing by King....but....

This was classic King but "The Man In The Black Suite" was by far the best, not even close.

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Deja vu

It would be nice if Audible could note this collection of short stories is also part of another - previously purchased - collection by Stephen King. I loved the stories (again), but I wasted the credit for something I already had in my library.

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