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    Number one New York Times best seller

    From the legendary storyteller and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new “exceptionally compelling novellas that reaffirm [King’s] mastery of the form” (The Washington Post).

    Readers adore Stephen King’s novels, and his novellas are their own dark treat, briefer but just as impactful and enduring as his longer fiction. Many of his novellas have been made into iconic films, including The Body (Stand by Me) and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (Shawshank Redemption).

    Four brilliant new tales in If It Bleeds are sure to prove as iconic as their predecessors. Once again, King’s remarkable range is on full display. In the title story, fan-favorite Holly Gibney (from the Mr. Mercedes trilogy and The Outsider) must face her fears and possibly another outsider - this time on her own. In Mr. Harrigan’s Phone an intergenerational friendship has a disturbing afterlife. The Life of Chuck explores, beautifully, how each of us contains multitudes. And in Rat, a struggling writer must contend with the darker side of ambition.

    If these novellas show King’s range, they also prove that certain themes endure. One of King’s great concerns is evil, and in If It Bleeds, there’s plenty of it. There is also evil’s opposite, which in King’s fiction often manifests as friendship. Holly is reminded that friendship is not only life-affirming but can be life-saving. Young Craig befriends Mr. Harrigan, and the sweetness of this late-in-life connection is its own reward.

    “Exactly what I wanted to read right now,” said Ruth Franklin in a rave on the cover of The New York Times Book Review. “Phenomenal," said Brian Truitt in USA Today. “King still owns the fright business like none other.” 

    ©2020 Stephen King (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    • Jason Sebesta
    • 23/04/2020

    Chapter breakdown of the short stories

    Mr. Harriman’s Phone - Chapters 1-5
    The Life of Chuck - Chapters 6-9
    If It Bleeds - Chapters 10-20
    Rat - Chapters 21-62

    I enjoyed the book and the audio adaptation. My only complaint is with the audible breakdown of not showing which story was which, that’s why I wanted to share the confirmed chapter breakdown to the book stories. Hope this helps and hope you enjoy the stories as much as I did! Stay safe and healthy...and slightly scared of what lies o the next page!

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    • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
    • 22/04/2020

    Another Amazing Collection from the King of Horror

    Stephen King is one of the best authors in the world. He has written more than 100 books, short stories, and novellas in almost all genres out there. I experienced many of them as audiobooks and just yesterday the Pre-order came in on my Audible app for If It Bleeds, his latest release.

    If It Bleeds is another amazing work of fiction from the master, from the King of Horror and Suspense, bringing together four brilliantly written novellas. He could have released each of them individually and would have gone away with that, because each of them is long enough and strong enough to stand on their own.

    The audiobook version of If It Bleeds is narrated by three great actors and they are doing an excellent job of bringing all of these remarkable characters to life. Will Patton and Steven Weber are well known and loved by fans of Stephen King for their amazing performances of It, The Outsider, The Myst or the Mr. Mercedes series. The other actor is Danny Burstein, a relatively newcomer in the audiobook industry, but after his delivery in this collection he might get famous fast.

    I'll end this review by saying this: I spent the last 24 hours listening to If It Bleeds for more than 15 of them, I slept 8 and in what was left of the other hour, I thought about the book... With stories like this, our forced isolation in these demanding times would pass much easier.

    Thank you Mr. King for all the amazing journeys you take us on everytime we read or listen to one of your works!

    If you liked this review please vote Helpful below and find more of them here and on theAudiobookBlog.
    I also post honest reviews at the author, narrator or publisher's request, you can get in touch with me for more details.

    Thank you & stay safe,
    Victor

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    • jbo
    • 21/04/2020

    King of the short narrative!

    Wow, Patton reading King, this is as good as it gets folks. Kick back in isolation and enjoy! This is what’s going to help get us all through what we’re all going through. And that’s just the first one.

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    • T. Hill
    • 26/04/2020

    Phoned another one in...

    The “If it Bleeds“ story itself is okay - although too sanitized and commercial; perhaps it could have been a standalone - it’s surely not old school Stephen King and a lame attempt at selling another tv miniseries.

    “Rat” maybe had some potential at one point, but ended up a hashed up rerun combination of several other stories.

    Mr. Harrigan’s Phone too familiar- nothing special there at all - more reruns and rehashes.

    The Life of Chuck” disjointed disappointing garbage.

    This “Constant Reader” of Stephen King for 40+ years, from “Carrie” - first read in 1979- to now, says this one is neither a “find,” nor is it a “keeper.”

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    • Robert Jason
    • 21/04/2020

    There will be blood...

    IF IT BLEEDS is a great new collection of novellas by the master, Stephen King. I'm not a huge fan of King's shorter stories, but his novella's always feel like complete stories to me. The stories in IIB are memorable, and very timely. King hasn't lost his touch or his ability to get under your skin. Narration by Will Patton, Steven Weber, and Danny Burstein is flawless. Worth a listen, and worth a credit. A must for King fans.

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    • sm
    • 22/04/2020

    Excellent but not 1975-2013 King horror

    First of all, I am offended that a listener/reviewer accused Stephen King of malfeasance and using a ghost writer in full. I've read every book by King and all of his early stories. It's him. I checked her reviews and she said it on his last book too. He may have help; the big guys often do these days. He's practically a billionaire and may be more of a big-thinker in his later years, using a lot of editorial help, or he may not, but the ideas are his and the tone is too. This reviewer and I are both republicans and I believe Steve's pinko liberalism is coming out more as he gets older; besides country music, Stephen Hunter and the NFL there are few good conservative entertainment providers willing to state their position and too many liberals. I would fault Steve for grabbing the low hanging fruit but its no biggie.

    KIng's written the Dark Tower, 11-22-63, Shawshank and the Body (the 'Stand By Me' film). Much of his best work is not classic horror, some not horror at all. As an aspiring writer myself, he's written one of the most inspirational and effective motivational books On Writing (for my money the most). This is not a 1-dimensional mind-this is a world-class storyteller worthy of a statue with little company in the vestibule of the all-time storyteller hall of fame. It's hard to take her seriously as she read and actually reviewed Omerosa' s book, Also mum, it's Stephen not Steven.

    That being said, this is a great story and read by brilliant narrators. It builds, it connects the dots and it's exciting. Classic storytelling. If you want prose to improve your vocab don't read this; don't read King. This book is a pleasure to read/hear. I hate writing reviews and I despise hearing about the story in them so that's it.

    I will say this Mr. King; you keep talking about Hillary like she was good for your cause or America. She bullied the heir apparent and best candidate into not running and your lamentations are because of her. What she did was Not American. There is a democratic process for a reason. For shame Hillary-regardless of the other BS people say about her: That move was despicable and you need to find a better role model my friend!

    Love you Steve! Keep writing and voting but maybe a little less political positioning. Love to hear another Dark Tower read by you. Maybe the incarnation of the Red King? Or another episode of the Talisman/Black House?

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    • Breezybealle
    • 24/04/2020

    My love/hate relationship with King is frustrating

    I don't know what it is with me and Stephen King. I can't seem to NOT purchase everything he comes out with even though I'm almost always disappointed. His writing is so captivating that I find myself invested within minutes of the opening paragraph. I mean, he really is a master of prose and dialogue. Everything flows so naturally that it's hard not to place yourself at the center of anything he writes. I'm instantly transported into whatever world he creates. But for some reason, more often than not, I'm left with this overwhelming sense of "what the f!%k" just happened? Am I missing something.... like, entire pages of exposition? The endings NEVER equal the overall brilliance of the first 95% of the story. Or worse, there is no ending at all. And as most of us know, some of his novels can be biblical in length, so when you've invested that much time in in a story that kind of just fizzles out, it can be a bit of a letdown. But still... the journey is usually mostly worth it. Never scary, but always interesting. So I guess I'll always be hoping the next work of fiction will show me some light at the end of its tunnel.

    If nothing else, the narration on these novellas were each outstanding. Will Patton is a vocal God. Just sayin'.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 21/04/2020

    fantastic

    I love Stephen King! all his books are great and these readings are great too

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 28/04/2020

    Politics don't belong!

    I have always loved and enjoyed Stephen Kings books and this one is no different, the story was good and suspenseful but, politics don't belong in these stories. It's bad enough that we can't get away from it in every day Life, now we can't even escape it in a book.

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    • J. Briggs
    • 22/04/2020

    The best Narrators, bar none

    Steven Weber and Will Patton are so good that sometimes the quality of the plot doesn't matter. Luckily Stephen King delivers another set of short works that are original, focused, and brilliant. Danny Burstein Is great too, but I haven't heard him enough to be an expert.

    Buy this if you like Weber and Patton and King.

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    • Moris
    • 04/06/2020

    Nicht gut.

    Vielleicht habe ich es nicht verstanden. Aber der Plot vor allem bei den letzten zwei Geschichten fesselt nicht und der Punkt wird nicht deutlich.

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    • Nate Barratt
    • 30/05/2021

    at his best, if sometimes overacted

    I found Will Patton's overacting singed my appreciation of Holly Gibney, but otherwise this whole production is wonderful (including Will Patton's other performance). Thank you, Stephen King and company.

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    • Mathias Robers
    • 08/06/2020

    Grosses Hörvergnügen!

    'If it Bleeds' beschenkt die Fans von Holly Gibney, der faszinierend charakterisierten schrulligen Mitstreiterin aus den Bill Hodges-Romanen um Mr.Mercedes und 'The Outsider', mit ihrem ersten Solofall!
    Wie gewohnt spannend erzählt, mit leisem Witz, grossem Einfühlungsvermögen in die Figuren und unerwarteten Wendungen.
    Und: Jerome und Barbara Robbins sind wieder mit von der Partie!
    Umrahmt wird 'If it Bleeds' von drei kürzeren Geschichten, mal schaurig, mal melancholisch-anrührend, und, in der Abschlussgeschichte, mit King's herrlich schwarzem Humor!
    Die Sprecher: höchstes Niveau!
    Ein Hörgenuß, 5 Sterne!