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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

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Named to the American Library Association’s Reference & User Services (RUSA) Listen List! Other narrators include: Cotter Smith, Will Patton, Edward Herrmann, Holter Graham, Frederick Weller, Mare Winningham, Craig Wasson, Thomas Sadoski, and Tim Sample. A master storyteller at his best - the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Since his first collection, Nightshift, published 35 years ago, Stephen King has dazzled listeners with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it. There are thrilling connections between stories, including themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. "Afterlife" is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers he has supernatural powers: the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in "Obits"; the old judge in "The Dune", who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw written in the sand the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In "Morality", King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil's pact they can win. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan. "I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."

©2015 Stephen King (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio

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The Headhunters

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Tom Christian is on the trail of revenge and a fortune in gold. Square-jawed and rugged, Tom is headed deep into the jungles of the Solomon Islands to find Punjo Charlie—the ruthless criminal who killed his partner. But these jungles are thick with danger ... as greed, temptation and sudden violence threaten to draw Tom into the heart of darkness. There’s a pile of gold.... There’s a beautiful blonde.... And there’s a bloodthirsty tribe of headhunters who have fallen under the spell of Punjo Charlie. The trap has been set. The question is: will Tom fall into it? Will he lose his way and lose his head ... or will he get his revenge, get the gold and get the girl? The answer lies buried in the rain forest ... and in Tom’s heart. And as he’s about to discover, there’s only one way out of the jungle: all-out war. The sounds you are about to hear will take you deep into a jungle of danger, fear and suspense as the audio version of The Headhunters gets into your head.

©2011 Galaxy Press (P)2011 Galaxy Press

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Mr. Tidwell Gunner

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Mister Tidwell is a scholarly Oxford professor snatched out of his bookish world and pressed into service aboard Lord Nelson’s legendary British fleet - in the position of schoolmaster. Such is the life of the land-loving, seafaring Mister Tidwell, Gunner. Thrust into service at the height of the Napoleonic Wars, Tidwell soon finds himself directly in the line of fire and way out of his depth. Fate has cast him into a terrible and terrifying spot - alone on deck to face the fearsome approach of a French man-o’-war. The professor is about to get an object lesson in war, self-reliance...and survival. Overwhelmed by the smell of gunpowder, the sound of cannons, and the sight of death, he will either experience the sweet taste of victory...or the bitter taste of his own blood. Also includes the sea adventures “The Drowned City”, the story of two deep-sea divers who set out in search of a long-lost treasure only to find that the waters are full of treacherous currents and even more treacherous men; and “Submarine”, in which a young sailor on leave enjoys a quiet interlude with his girlfriend - only to have it interrupted by a call to duty and danger. Sail into history and into battle as the audio version of Mister Tidwell, Gunner takes you into the heart of one of the greatest wars for dominance of the seas. 

©2014 Galaxy Audio (P)2014 Galaxy Audio

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Killer's Law

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Sheriff Kyle of Deadeye, Nevada, is headed east to the nation’s capital. Kyle’s about to discover that the law can be even wilder in the big city than in the Wild West. It’s a fact that hits home when he’s the one accused...of murder. Kyle’s come to the city to give a report to his senator on the misdeeds of Nevada’s filthy rich copper kings. But before he has a chance, he’s knocked unconscious, later coming to alongside his senator - now dead, with Kyle’s knife embedded in the corpse. Welcome to Washington D.C., where corruption, intrigue and murder are all in a day’s work. Kyle’s got no alibi, no memory, and apparently doesn’t have a prayer...unless he can find a way to outwit, outfox and outmaneuver the masters of deception and double-crosses. Also includes the mysteries “They Killed Him Dead”, in which a respected homicide detective solves a murder several times over, only to be proved wrong again and again, to the amusement of his fellow cops; “Mad Dog Murder", the story of a patrol officer who dreams of joining the homicide squad, and finds that the ticket to advancement - and romance - may be a Pekinese dog; and “The Blow Torch Murders”, in which every criminal in town is eager to turn himself in...and the reason is a real killer. Ominous footsteps, hard-hitting fists, and the flash of gunfire all come at you fast and furious as the audio version of Killer’s Law delivers a capital mystery.

©2014 Galaxy Audio (P)2014 Galaxy Audio

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