8 Cassettes, 9 1/2 Hours
Read by Various Artists
Whether you’re preparing for a long road trip or a quick drive to the next town, Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Volume 1 will make the time fly. It features eight unabridged articles from King’s collection of short stories – for over 9 1/2 hours of listening.
The collection begins with the author’s preface and then jumps into a handful of stories based on dreams, nightmares, and those whispered rumors that kids tell at sleepovers.
The stories are as varied as their readers. Whoopi Goldberg reads “Suffer the Little Children,” a story about a teacher who discovers something unusual about her students. Rob Lowe reads “Dolan’s Cadillac,” the story of a man’s quest for revenge – at any cost. A
nd Yeardley Smith (whose Lisa Simpson voice is a bit distracting) reads “Rainy Season,” which follows a young couple who pick the wrong day to show up in a small town. The stories aren’t all just King’s standard horror and suspense, however. “Head Down,” read by King himself, is an essay about Little League.
Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Volume 1 gives listeners a chance to indulge in King’s world in bit-sized pieces. And though the readers’ voices are sometimes a bit distracting or lacking in diction, the stories will capture your attention. And since they’re all short stories, if you don’t like one, you can always move on to the next one.
Ed. note: Interested in Stephen King? Check out Kristin's reviews of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Carrie, and Bag of Bones.