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A Good Marriage

Discussion in 'Full Dark, No Stars' started by jarvi, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I fall asleep if I am listening to audio books - it's a danger for me to even try it while driving. I like listening to the voices in my head. BTW- I don't recall a thread specifically about Audiobooks. But I don't catch them all.
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  2. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Yes it does - there is a great pleasure in entering a new world in a book, even if only for a short time.
  3. NightShifter

    NightShifter Well-Known Member

    I will listen to non-fiction audiobooks, but I prefer to read fiction. I introduced audiobooks to my commute because there were simply too many books on my to-read list that I knew I wouldn't get to.
  4. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    This is the only short story (novella, whatever) to have ever given me a nightmare. That was the first time I read it. The second time (just a month or so ago), I couldn't sleep afterward. Really, the most deeply disturbing story I've ever read--the only ones that even come close are Best New Horror (Joe Hill) and Gotcha! (Bradbury)
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  5. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    The only audio that have ever held my attention (and I haven't heard Mr. King read any of his) are stories by Neil Gaiman, read by the author. He has a wonderful voice, and as the author knows exactly what needs emphasis, when to speed up, slow down... he's really, really good.
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  6. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Yikes - I haven't read either of those, but Joe Hill and Bradbury do scare me often.

    Just the thought of the hands that have touched you, the genes that your children carry, all sullied now by criminal insanity and the horror he brought to those women and that little boy - omg - and yes, the possibility of not really knowing who you've been married to for so many years. Freaks.me.out.

    I never gave much thought about the families whose lives have been upended by the horrible crimes someone they loved committed. Leave it to Sai King to go there. He so often writes about the difficult things - and with such vivid detail and real empathy. He's deeply talented.
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  7. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    If you haven't listened to Neil read The Graveyard Book, you are missing out on a wonderful experience. I loved it.
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  8. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Right! I think it's only the illusion/feeling that we 'know' someone that allows us to sleep beside them...and then you read this story and are forced to acknowledge that no one knows ANYONE, not really. Hell, I don't even know why I do things sometimes, much less understand the ins and outs of someone else's head. *shudder*
  9. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I need to try this, then :) I've only listened to short stories so far, but I LOVE his voice. I'd actually like to hear him read The Ocean at the End of the Lane, since that was my absolute favorite read last year--no lie, I think I read it three times in a single weekend. It was astonishing, and lovely, and luminescent *happy sigh*
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  10. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    I'm an audiobook addict. I have about 25 SK stories and I listen to them to and from work just about every day. I have a 40 minute drive and they pass the time beautifully. Even the ones that I have listened to them so many times I can quote almost every word never fail to give me pleasure when I listen.
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  11. NatalieJG

    NatalieJG New Member

    This was amazing...and (SPOILER ALERT!)
    the end sequence was just breathtaking in the way that it brought such tremendous, and poetic, closure for Darcy!
    Leave to the King to scare me so badly in the first two thirds of the story that I couldn't sleep, and then--as it the story came into the home stretch--to touch me so deeply that I literally wept. This is the real deal--THIS is the kind of journey that wordsmithing should take a reader on.
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  12. AToyStoryInCali

    AToyStoryInCali Well-Known Member

    I just re-read this gem. I completely forgot how much I loved this one. I do not remember loving it this much the last go round!!!! Wow. This story is just brilliantly paced. I was so sad to see it end.
    It was amazing to me how King was *almost* able to make me feel sorry for Beadie- *almost.* He was such a true psychopath. He was so descriptive in this tale, and it really put me in her shoes at every turn. For me, the icing on the entire thing was the introduction of the retired detective at the end. I loved everything about that and how it seemed to give her closure.
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  13. AToyStoryInCali

    AToyStoryInCali Well-Known Member

    I re-read this again. This was *so* masterfully written. The closing scene with Darcy and Holt is truly on another level. The dance of their conversation and subsequent resolution is one of my favorite "duels" in literary history.
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  14. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    This is one of those stories that I still think about all the time a couple years after I read it first. It packs a wallop.
  15. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    Just finished reading this (the only story I was still missing from this collection after years, not counting Under The Weather).

    Before the reveal of Bob's secret early on, I wondered if she would find evidence he cheated on her. The realization of how much worse things can be was shocking. It makes me think that, yes, I may forgive unfaithfulness. But how could I forgive all these murders? I do not think I could, or should.
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  16. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    Most, I would assume.

    It's kind of a Catch-22, now I think of it.

    A sane person with no motivation could probably get away with killing random people in various ways indefinitely. But a sane person wouldn't do that. The crazy person has his reasons. Count on it. They just don't seem like very good reasons to you or me.

    Or maybe just you. :glare:
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  17. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    Loved the story. The fear and anger was palpable. The movie? Not so much.
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  18. Owenk

    Owenk Well-Known Member

    Wow just wow. This collection just gets darker and darker with every story I read. I am so sad about getting towards the end - what a great story!
  19. Sam Joyce

    Sam Joyce Gentle Lady From Brady Hartsfield Defense Squad

    This is one of my fave SK short story and Bob was one of my fave characters in my character list after reading this years ago. I send my sympathy on him
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