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If It Bleeds

Written by: Stephen King
Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
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From number-one New York Times best-selling author, legendary storyteller, and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new and compelling novellas - Mr. Harrigan's Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds - each pulling you into intriguing and frightening places. 

The novella is a form King has returned to over and over again in the course of his amazing career, and many have been made into iconic films, including The Body (Stand by Me) and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (Shawshank Redemption). Like Four Past Midnight, Different Seasons, and most recently Full Dark, No Stars, If It Bleeds is a uniquely satisfying collection of longer short fiction by an incomparably gifted writer.    

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

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Character is 25 why is the narrator 50+..??

Character is 25 why is the narrator 50+..?? Seriously wtf. Takes me right out of the story

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  • K
  • 2020-05-13

Couldn’t stop listening....

Best audio yet of King’s work. Gripping stories—I couldn’t stop listening. Worth the time!

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Not Kings usual work

With the exception of Holly Gibbny returning, this felt like hype over very little.
King has been my author of choice for 4 decades, this was less wordy, less descriptive, less absorbing. The stories were ok but seemed incomplete.

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great narrative..excellent story..captivating

loved it.. I absolutely loved the narrative. Couldn't wait to see how it was going to end. Stephen King can't put them out fast enough for me. A constant reader since the age of 13. Somehow he makes the unbelievable believable.

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Classic Steven King!

I can't say enough about this read. Loved every story and how several of them were connected. I read it in a day and am hungry for more. thank you Steve.

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Solid book and one I was hungry for

All of these stories were pretty good 3 stories tying into each other , the narrations were very good . I like the fact that there were very few “kingisms” like the Nor Easter coming soon characters. None too scary but interesting plot lines, worth it !

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Ranges from Very Good to Just OK

A pretty enjoyable audiobook. Some stories (Mr. Harrigan's Phone, the Rat) are just awesome - combining solid characters with an interesting story and good narration, all in a none-too-long short story.
The main story, however, "If It Bleeds", is quite a bit weaker. Forgettable characters and clicheed plot points are only partially saved by high quality prose.

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Good stories, some of the narration didn't work

I enjoyed the book overall, I love StephenKing. The narrator sounded way to old to play a twenty something in Mr Harrigan's phone, and I didn't like the narration in the Holly Gibney story either did an awful female voice

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I ripped through this!!

All of the stories were great! I couldn't stop listening. all four stories were very unique! I was super happy to see the character Holly Gibney in her first front and center story

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Oh Mr. King you did it again

particularly liked The Life of Chuck, it brought the waterworks on me. King is excellent in adding meaning to quotes from literary works and giving it his signature tear jerker style

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  • Jason Sebesta
  • 2020-04-23

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
  • 2020-04-22

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!

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Thank you & stay safe,
Victor

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  • jbo
  • 2020-04-21

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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  • Robert Jason
  • 2020-04-21

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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  • Omega
  • 2020-04-22

It Should State At The Outset...NOT HORROR.

As far as I can tell from a three hour listen before I quit, (mostly because I couldn't take the narrator), the stories are sentimental fluff and have zip to do with Horror. So, this review pertains to those first three hours...and that's it. The narrator is supposedly a kid, yet he talks exactly like the old man he is developing a relationship with. Both talk with a "Brooklyn accent, "yoots" for "youths," "dis and dat" for "this and that," etcetera, and in a hushed, Joe Pesci wiseguy kind of way with barely parted lips, and sloppy enunciation, which is a perfect voice for a character in the Godfather, but a terrible voice for reading a book. I threw in the towel.

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  • T. Hill
  • 2020-04-26

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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  • Bree Salyer
  • 2020-04-24

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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  • grayce tripodi
  • 2020-04-22

Who wrote this nook

I have read all of King’s books and the last three “ in my opinion” was not written by him. The writing style is similar to another’s I will not name
When you can take his books into the Br to read before sleep it’s bad
The narrative Will Patton as always fabulous

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-04-21

fantastic

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

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  • J. Briggs
  • 2020-04-22

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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