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A Face in the Crowd

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,631 Ratings  ·  327 Reviews
The writing team that delivered the bestselling Faithful, about the 2004 Red Sox championship season, takes listeners to the ballpark again, and to a world beyond.

Dean Evers, an elderly widower, sits in front of the television with nothing better to do than waste his leftover evenings watching baseball. It’s Rays/Mariners, and David Price is breezing through the line-up. S
Published August 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Audio
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Mar 20, 2014 Nataliya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King fans with a $1.99 to spare.
I almost did not read this book because of baseball.

Seriously, I fail to understand this sport (my European-born brain must be lacking a baseball neuron, I suppose). 'Twilight' pseudo-vampires engaging in this American pastime did not help this sport win credibility with me, so you can at least partially blame Stephenie Meyer, I guess.
Seriously, my facial expression when people start discussing baseball around me is akin to the facial expressions of my American colleagues when I started singi
Mar 16, 2014 Delee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story, own, reviewed


I used to be a huge baseball fan in the 80's. The Blue Jays were my team. My mom and my brother were fans as well- and in baseball we formed a bond. Watching the games on T.V and seeing the games up close and personal in Toronto- warm beer and crappy hot dogs never tasted soooooooo good. But then my brother moved to Atlanta and became a Braves fan, and I moved out of the Toronto area, where Blue Jays fans were hard to come by...and my love for baseball just faded away.

When I came across A FAC

This is good my fellow Constant Readers, just I can't speak of O'Nan's work, but for King this is a fairly familiar and predictable story idea. The execution is nice, the prose tight and strong, but unlike countless other times in my life, he just didn't blow my skirt up with this short novella.

Still, it's always such a joy to slip into King's world, his rhythmic use of language, his crystalline images and always effective creation of dread and unease. It's perhaps morbid of me to co
Nov 20, 2015 Amar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nakon smrti svoje supruge, Dean Evers zivi pomalo tmuran zivot i vrijeme provodi gledajuci baseball utakmice. Prilikom jedne utakmice , primjeti u publici jedno poznato lice. Nista cudno , samo sto je ta osoba mrtva vec skoro 40 godina.Ovdje pocinje prica o greskama koje je Dean Evers ucinio u svom dugom zivotu...

Prica je FENOMENALNA . Toliko sazeta prica, toliko zanimljiva prica sa tolikom dubinom na samo 40 samo moze King. Ima i par scena , od kojih sam se najezio .No necu nista da

I like baseball. Well, I like watching it. Not really reading about it, so the fact that King loves writing about it is... Well, I forgive him. He's King.

But thankfully, this story was less about the baseball than it was about the guy watching baseball. And though this is a very short story, only 32 pages on my Nook, it was a good one. Not great, and not really up to the standards that I've come to expect from King, but good.

I think it just lacked
Sep 14, 2012 Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt i was amidst a scrooge tale of sorts, with a revisiting of the protagonists ills but the circumstances prove to be even grimmer with a stephen king twist on a story that has the main protagonist as an average guy whose a avid baseball fan.
Was shorter than i desired but a nice little supernatural baseball story.
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Jan 12, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short e-read about loss, death and a look back on how you have treated people in your life that will definitely make you think about the past. The baseball setting made it more interesting for me.
Franco  Santos
Un cuento bastante malo y aburrido. Proponía una muy buena idea, pero me terminó resultando muy tedioso. Tiene un buen final, aunque yo por lo menos me lo esperaba.

Lo debería haber leído a la noche. Tengo problemas para dormir y este relato es el mejor soporífero.
Sep 03, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a classic Stephen King book! Dean Evers is an avid baseball fan and watches all the games. When he starts to see familiar faces sitting in the stands behind home plate things start to get wierd. These people shouldn't be there at all. What does it mean? Things are only going to get wierder! Well done, Uncle Stevie! :)
Nov 17, 2012 Mmmbacon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think we absolutely take for granted how lucky we are to have such a great living legend author as King among us. He's so often pigeonholed and lumped in one category or the other. He scare us (It), makes us hope (Rita Hayworth And The Shawshank Redemtion)and causes us take inventory of ourselves and the content of our heart (The Green Mile). He's versatile. My kid's kids will read his stories in their literature books. They will have realized how lucky we were.

Face in the crowd is a fairly p
Aug 21, 2012 Jamieson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dean Evers is lonely.

Having recently lost his wife, he has moved to a Florida condo and has been filling his time with meaningless tasks, cooking meals for himself, books and baseball. The baseball games on television help to fill his nights when he is missing his dead wife the most.

One night, while watching the Rays duke it out against the Mariners, the game takes on a whole new meaning for him when he sees someone who couldn't possibly be at the game. Sitting in the third row, right above the
Aug 22, 2012 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2012-reads
I really enjoy the way King writes. I could read about gardening if he wrote it. And enjoy it. I also love baseball, so I was predisposed to like this book much more than I did.

This story had an interesting idea that just didn't deliver for me. Sort of like when the rain hits in the 5th inning and leaves you looking out at the empty field. You love it at the park, but today the game just didn't happen. Not a memorable novella at all. Read "Throttle" instead. That one was the literary equivalent
A good distraction on the first hot day of summer to listen to while doing chores. But nothing new here for fans. And no real satisfaction in the ending.
Aug 21, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
I really liked this short story. Dean Evers was a character I felt for. Poor guy is living alone with no one to keep life interesting, but he has Baseball. Both Stephen King and Stewart O’Nan wrote the characters in this short story very well. I felt like I knew each character and that is a difficult feat in such a short amount of time. I couldn’t put this down and just had to keep going. In the few occasions my attention was taken away from the story I would go back and re-read a section to mak ...more
Kelly Hager
This was much less creepy than In the Tall Grass, and a good thing, too. I'm not sure I could've handled two incredibly scary stories back to back. (Yes, I know that maybe re-reading all of his books in a year may not be the best idea but really, how many genuinely scary stories has he written? Not that many, and I don't plan to read It, The Shining and Pet Sematary in a row.)

This reminded me a little bit of A Christmas Carol (and I was sad to see several other Goodreads reviewers say so, too, b
Mitch Lavender
Aug 23, 2012 Mitch Lavender rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any SK fans who dig baseball.
Stephen King has experimented with novella e-book-only releases before, the first being Riding the Bullet in 2000, long before the medium had matured with the sophisticated e-book devices like Kindle, Nook or iPad. A Face in the Crowd (Simon and Schuster Digital, $1.99) is in the same vein, available in e-book (multiple formats) and audio book, but not in print. Not yet, anyway.

King shares the credit of this short story with Stewart O’Nan, as he did in 2004 on Faithful, and I was pleased to see
Wir alle kennen diese Menschen, die sich mehr oder weniger unbeschadet durchs Leben schlängeln und dabei auf andere keine allzu große Rücksicht nehmen. "Das war nicht meine Schuld", "Das habe ich nicht gewollt" oder "Der war doch selber Schuld" sind die Mantras ihrer (Selbst-) Beschwichtigung.
Ein Paradebeispiel für diesen Menschenschlag ist Dean Evers, dessen hervorstechendes Charaktermerkmal seine unkaputtbare Selbstgerechtigkeit ist. Sein Mitschüler Lester "Soupy" Embree, sein Geschäftspartne
Bob Milne
Sep 21, 2012 Bob Milne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit it. As much as I'm a huge fan of Stephen King AND the game baseball, I have never read his first collaboration with Stewart O'Nan, Faithful . . . and likely never will. It looks like an interesting read, but the Blue Jays fan inside me just will not allow me to indulge nearly 500 pages of Red Sox rhetoric. :)

Fortunately, with A Face in the Crowd they have turned their attention away from the Sox, and away from the realm of fan-based non-fiction. Instead, they've written a short little
Dec 20, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Kindle short, which was perfect for a somewhat-lengthy train ride I was on - I wanted something that would keep my interest, but nothing too deep. A King I hadn't read, a brief one at that - yes, please. Perfect. I also like what I've read of O'Nan's work, so was looking forward to the collaboration.

I don't hear much of O'Nan's voice here - I don't know if King's voice overshadowed it (O'Nan is much more subtle, in my experience) or if O'Nan's contribution was the idea, while King's wa
Todd Russell
For those that enjoyed Blockade Billy, Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon here comes a Stephen King knuckler dancing around and across the literary plate.

The ghost story plot is a bit cliched, the execution is slow and clumsy until the final 10%, the baseball asides felt forced and unnecessary at times, and yet it all kind of works (it's like King threw a bat out there and worked out a lucky bunt).

Don't expect to sit i
This was a nice, short, palate cleanser of a story to zip through between books (one sitting, less than an hour).

It's classic King. Strange events that the reader and the main character come to accept together. A cranky New England widower forced to take a good long look in the mirror, so to speak. Like some other reviewers, I'm not enchanted with baseball, so some of that was lost on me.
Mar 26, 2016 Iván rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not great but, it's not bad. A simple short story.
Nov 11, 2014 Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title - A Face in the Crowd

Author - Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan

Summary -

"...The summer after his wife died, Dean Evers started watching a lot of baseball. Like so many snowbirds from New England, he was a Red Sox fan who'd fled the nor'easters for the Gulf Coast of Florida and magnanimously adopted the Devil Rays, then perennial punching bags, as his second team..."

Dean Evers lives alone in his retirement home. His wife Ellie had pushed for them to move to the coast after forty-six years of
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As a big fan of the books written by Stephen King you would think I would have read it the minute it came out but no. I was already warned that it involved a lot of baseball.
But then I read Blockade Billy which was also about baseball and I really liked it and gave it 4 stars and decided to pick up this little book.

But oh I was disappointed. He never managed to rule me in, Something he is an expert in. It is not a bad book by all means. No. I have never given any of his books less than 3 stars a
Jun 20, 2016 Patrizia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, read-in-german
3.5 wenn einem das Gewissen einholt ...more
I enjoyed this little story, though it was littler than I was expecting, due to the chunks of sample for Black House and Talisman at the end. I still liked it though. It wasn't mind-blowing or anything. Just a kind of mellow little story with a bit of spookiness. Just a bit. I didn't mind the baseball talk either, I don't watch it myself, but I had to sit through umpteen-million games growing up both professional and not, so I mostly know what's what, I wasn't turned-off by the baseball aspect. ...more
Aug 30, 2012 wally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king
on this one now...8/30/2012


the summer after his wife died, dean evers started watching a lot of baseball. like so many snowbirds from new england, he was a red sox fan who'd fled nor-easters for the gulf coast of florida and magnanimously adopted the devil rays, then perennial punching bags, as his second team.

heh! i lost out on the chance to play little league...for i was doing my duty...delivering papers when they had the sign-up meeting...and the ass't coach was to have saved me a posi
Raccontino dal finale abbastanza telefonato e tutto infarcito di baseball, che è una delle cose di cui mi frega meno al mondo.
Eppure si legge che è un piacere, perché King è King (l'altro autore sinceramente non so chi sia e finché non arriva quacuno ad assicurarmi che la storia in realtà l'ha scritta tutta lui neanche lo calcolo).
Buon proposito 2016: leggere più King, perlomeno quel che rimane dalla scrematura delle cose splatter e troppo horror, perché purtroppo per quelle non ho il fisico.
Frank Errington
Aug 23, 2012 Frank Errington rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new collaboration from Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan who worked together chronicling the Red Sox improbable 2004 season in Faithful.

Where Faithful was non-fiction, this new novella, A Face In the Crowd, is definitely pure fiction.

Ever since the death of his wife, Dean Evers spends a lot of time watching Tampa Bay baseball on TV and lately he's been seeing a number of familiar faces behind home-plate. Problem is, the faces are of people who should be dead.

A quick read and an enjoyable story. K
I have owned this on my Nook since it was first available. Every single time I scroll through titles looking for my next title I feel a twinge of shame because the only reason I haven't read it is that I assumed it was about baseball. I am so, so glad I made myself read it last night!

This story would have been perfectly at home in one of King's short story collections. I don't know who Nan is, but this story was pure King. It reminded me of the stories he's said he wrote when he finished a novel
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