Needful Things Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
|New from||Used from|
Audible Audiobook, Unabridged
|Free with your Audible trial|
There was a new shop in town. Run by a stranger. Needful Things, the sign said. The oddest name. A name that caused some gossip and speculation among the good folks of Castle Rock, Maine, while they waited for opening day. Eleven-year-old Brian Rusk was the first customer and he got just what he wanted, a very rare 1956 Sandy Koufax baseball card. Signed. Cyndi Rose Martin was next. A Lalique vase. A perfect match for her living room decor. Something for everyone. Something you really had to have. And always at a price you could just about afford. The cash price that is. Because there was another price. There always is when your heart's most secret, true desire is for sale.
- Get this audiobook free then 1 credit each month, good for any title you like - yours to keep, even if you cancel
- Listen all you want to the Plus Catalogue—a selection of thousands of Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts, including exclusive series
- Exclusive member-only deals
- $16.45 a month after 30 days. Cancel anytime
|Listening Length||25 hours and 10 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||30 August 2012|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 7,722 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1,057 in Thrillers & Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
1,320 in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Action Fiction (Books)
4,117 in Thrillers & Suspense (Books)
Review this product
Top reviews from Australia
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
It tells the story of the chaos that deceit can bring when used, knowing others weaknesses and how easy it is to lose sight of reality.
I love how old characters from past stories are re-introduced, good and bad. You feel like you know them, love them or hate them. I am a huge King fan, and devour his books, some have been hit-or-miss, disappointing- but this one isn't. Buckle your seatbelt, lock the doors and enjoy the ride!
Top reviews from other countries
I found quiet some repetitive narratives of inflated set of characters.
So, why read it all then?
This is the paradox, in my view, reader is suffering here.
On the one hand, a thick book with inflated set of characters, and repetitive narrative, on the other hand, a very very interesting, great plot.
I think no one can dare to degrade Stephen King's God given like talent of narrating dialogues of middle class, ordinary Americans.
But when you start coming across more and more of these dialogues in repetitive fashion without adding anything new to plot, reading becomes boring, tiring. And then you slide into disengagement.
Stephen King amazes me with his largeness, energy, comfort while generating new characters, and making them talk.
One needs a catalogue of them under his hand through out the book to check who is who.
This great plot could have been far more sharper, and impacting with less characters.
So, what is the plot here?
In general I saw the subject pretty psychological, and philosophical. And I loved it.
To me it touches at the motivations of modern man resulting in the drive of economy.
And it touches at the things modern man can dare to do for a few dollars for their silly obsessions where they fail to foresee possible horrible, sad results of their actions.
And Stephen King fantastically catches all this. And I loved the way he configured, and labelled the elements and the characters of these affairs.
I am very impressed Stephen King's observation of all these mind-boggling socio-cultural-economical-psychological relations, and plotting them in a compact, simple way.
A novelist should be a good social, cultural, psychological observer. And this novel is a proof that Stephen King is a great one.
It is also magnificent that such a in-depth subject is covered with such an ordinary way.
A business man comes to a small town called Castle Rock in Maine, and launches a shop on the main street of the town.
Name of the shop is NEEDFUL THINGS. I just love this name. Message is clear; One needs this thing, and It is sold here.
In fact, it sounds like having contrary message also; No one needs these objects, but there is no shortage of people still obsessed with them, and will buy them.
Throughout the book author invites us to think why people, that is we, need these objects, and buy them.
The shop is a gloomy hall where all kinds of antique like objects displayed.
An ordinary man of modern pop life would find them very unique, rare, interesting, and valuable.
Objects have no price tag on them. And shop's opening-closing hours seems to be pretty flexible, or is arranged on customer's convenience on spot.
At one point it mentions that toilet in the shop is scarcely dirty.
Owner of the shop, Mr. Leland Gaunt, has a unique way of selling.
Before selling something, he first gets quiet close, sometimes intimate talk with customer understanding his obsessions.
And Mr. Leland Gaunt never forgets praising object's uniqueness.
All these scenes remind reader how much we like our obsessions are glorified by sellers.
In fact, in a magical way, Mr. Leland Gaunt already knows his customer.
But he still talks to them first, leading them to their object. And when the customer sees the object, it is always love at first sight moment.
Sometimes these objects in a mysterious way are displayed on window of the shop while customer is walking by. And when customer notices it then his/her feet take them into the shop.
And in a scary way, Mr. Leland Gaunt is always readily waiting for them.
Price bargaining and closing deal is done in a unique way. Mr. Leland Gaunt asks how much customer would pay for the object.
Because he knows how crazy is the customer for the object, so he transfers the price setting task to customer.
He also knows customer will try to set a lower price within his financial constraints. Even customer himself does not believe in the price he/she offers.
So Mr Leland Gaunt already makes his customer feel guilty of setting a lower price upfront.
And this is the moment Mr. Leland Gaunt strikes back.
He accepts it with one condition. Customer should do a joke, a prank, a task to another person in town.
Since customer is already in a happy mood with his silly obsession for symbolic price, he is in psychological trap already.
Customer is no longer in a position to judge the consequence of this joke / prank / task Mr. Leland Gaunt is asking from him.
After all it all sounds like a small fooling thing. At least customer enjoys fooling himself with believing like that.
This moment is perfectly described by one of the customers later confessing "Mr. Leland Gaunt buys our SICKNESS in return"
Indeed aren't human beings ready to get blind for their small greed, and for their silly obsessions?
And here is some examples of these customers, objects they are sort hypnotised for , the prank they will do it
- A student boy buys baseball card for mudding a woman's clean sheets drying, and breaking her house's window by throwing stones
- Student boy's mother buys King's (Elvis Presley) sunglasses not for a particular prank. But when she founds them broken, she has someone in her mind to revenge.
- A widow woman who also owns a small shop, buys necklace which heals pains in her hands. She has to bury a fake letter to mislead a treasure hunter.
- An alcoholic buys a foxtail for killing a woman's dog.
- Board member of the local government buys Horse Race Toy for placing dynamites in and around town.
Eventually these jokes, pranks, tasks results in blood shed, suicide, even town's Catholics and Baptist communities go against each other fatally.
This book is a not only story of Castle Rock, it is story of the World where how people are ready to unleash their already built up resentment, grudge with a small excuse.
And excuses are planted by Mr. Leland Gaunt, The Devil.
Rich character driven novel set in Castle Rock.
King brings the town and characters to life brilliantly.
Many of the characters will be known to Constant Readers familiar with Kings novels set in Castle Rock e.g. Dead Zone, Cujo etc.
The book reminded me of 'salem's Lot with similarities in the rich character driven plot set around a town.
Fans of King with love the novel, references to earlier novels, and the return of 'favourite' characters.
Readers new to King will probably wonder what the fuss is about and feel the novel is over long.
As for the characters themselves, the only one of interest is the antagonist, Leland Gaunt. The rest, without exception, are depressing ... and I mean DEPRESSING! Whatever the opposite of a 'feelgood' story is, King has nailed it with this effort.
Also, the 300 pages I read were littered with grammatical and formatting issues - when was the last time the publisher checked the Kindle version?