End of the Whole Mess and Other Stories, The|
Formats: CD / eAudio
Released (US): September, 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Read By: Matthew Broderick, Tim Curry, Eve Beglarian, & Stephen King
In Print: Yes
In “The End of the Whole Mess,” read by Matthew Broderick, Howard Forney’s journal recounts the intense promise and disastrous effects of
his younger brother Bobby’s genius. When Bobby discovers an unknown chemical that diminishes anger and hostility, he believes he’s found the path to world peace. Only after utilizing an erupting volcano to spread the chemical throughout the world does Bobby learn that the chemical also causes dementia and eventually death.
Stephen King puts his own spin on the character of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in “The Doctor’s Case,” read by Tim Curry, in which a crotchety old British Lord is murdered. Lord Hull’s wife and three sons are all suspects, and it is up to Holmes and Watson to find out the truth.
In, “The Moving Finger,” read by Eve Beglarian, Howard Mitla is stunned at the sudden appearance of a solitary human finger poking out of the drain in his apartment’s bathroom sink. Afraid that the finger may attack him, Howard tries everything imaginable to get rid of it, from heavy-duty drain-cleaner to chopping it off. But what plagues Howard most is the thought of what, or whom, that finger is attached to.
In “Home Delivery,” read by Stephen King, Maddie Pace is a young, pregnant widow whose husband recently died in a fishing boat accident.
When reanimated dead bodies start attacking the living, the only defense is to destroy the dead and burn the pieces. It isn’t long before Maddie must confront the zombie of her dead husband and decide if she is strong enough to watch him die all over again.
Previously released by Penguin Audiobooks in Nightmares & Dreamscapes