One of my first purchases at Audible.com was Stephen King's Blood And Smoke. What was the reason for this? I have no idea. I was a huge fan of his throughout high school, but eventually became tired of his slang and 'easy-to-read' novels. However, my interest was peaked because I do like the way he is trying out all different mediums to get his stories across. There was the serialized Green Mile, the e-book Riding The Bullet, the honour system Internet-based The Plant, and this, an audio-book only release called Blood And Smoke.
Blood And Smoke contains three stories. While the Audible.com listing shows a duration of three hours, it is closer to four (3:52).
Lunch at the Gotham Caf� is the first tale and it deals with a cigarette-smoking husband, Steve Davis whose wife left him without any real warning. It walks us through his thoughts and feelings. Steve eventually goes to meet up with his wife (and lawyer) at the Gotham Caf�. That confrontation, along with the most interesting confrontation of all makes the story quite amusing (and perhaps horrific if you can take this one seriously).
The next story is called 1408, after a room number in a hotel. This is a typical tale of how haunted the room is, how many suicides and deaths happened in there and so forth. Mike Enslin is a horror writer who doesn't believe in any of this stuff but he stays the night there to research his next book. This one is my favourite of the collection. The frights are there and I was just dying to hear the ending. Sometimes it drags in the beginning (all these tales do), but once he gets into room 1408 there is no turning back!
Finally the concluding piece is In the Deathroom. I honestly don't know why this is included at all. It is utterly boring and quite terrible. What was Mr. King thinking? It's a tale of a man called Fletcher whom is an American journalist who for some reason is taken for interrogation in a foreign country. You know the type we are talking about here. Sitting in a basement, tied up to a chair, strange electrical torture devices, et cetera. I didn't get anything out of this story at all. By the end of this one I had the feeling that Stephen King just spent the last forty or so minutes rehashing a Stallone film scene. I would never recommend this story to anyone.
Overall Blood And Smoke was pretty interesting to listen to. I like the fact that while one tale I just couldn't stand, the other two were all right if not really good. I'm not sure I'd purchase another King audio book though, there are so many out there that are better. This definitely didn't rekindle any real wish to go out and read King again....Continua