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Blood and Smoke

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,591 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews

Tree Stories Includes:

Lunch at the Gotham Cafe
In the Deathroom

Stephen King has forced us to confront our greatest fears. He has guided us through the depths of our imagination to places we never would have ventured alone. Now, in Blood and Smoke, he takes us inside a w
Audio CD, Unabridged, 4 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published November 22nd 1999)
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Jun 23, 2010 Stephen rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Not among my favorite Stephen King efforts. Decent stories that got better as they went along but nowhere near as good as some of his classics.
I have been a Stephen King fan for a long time, and his short stories, like his novels, vary a lot in quality. This collection, read by the author himself, is unified by the odd theme of smoking. Cigarettes play a part in each story, though only incidentally.

The three stories are:

Lunch at the Gotham Cafe

The weakest of the bunch. A man meets his soon-to-be-ex-wife and her lawyer at a cafe, and the Maitre D' goes nuts and tries to kill them. King is able to make ordinary characters interesting in
Alissa Patrick
Jan 23, 2015 Alissa Patrick rated it liked it
Lunch at the Gotham Café- 3 stars
Steve is suffering through intense withdrawal -- from both nicotine and his wife. His desperation for a cigarette and for his ex are almost too much to bear, but that's nothing compared to the horrors that await him at a trendy Manhattan restaurant.
Really creepy and intense. It’s so weird but I could see myself in that restaurant as the horror unfolded.

1408- 2.5 Stars
Mike Enslin, bestselling author of true ghost stories, decides to spend the night in New York C
Linda I
Nov 11, 2011 Linda I rated it really liked it
This is a great audiobook collection of short stories that King later released in a larger collection called "Everything's Eventual". These short stories "1408", "In the Deathroom" and "Lunch at the Gotham Cafe", all relate to cigarettes in one way or another (hence the name of the collection). "1408" is the story of Enslin, a popular "nonfiction" ghost writer who, admittedly, does not actually believe in ghosts. As part of research for his latest project, Mike decides to spend a night in the ha ...more
M.L. Rudolph
Nov 21, 2012 M.L. Rudolph rated it did not like it
2000. Anything Stephen King writes will get published. This book is a perfect example.

A poor schmo working to get noticed by agents and publishers would never turn anyone's head with these stories.
Dec 05, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, 2015
I found this audiobook at my local library's Wilbor page.

I have been a Stephen King fan for a long time, and his short stories, like his novels, vary a lot in quality. This collection, read by the author himself (in the audiobook form), is unified by the odd theme of smoking. Cigarettes play a part in each story, though only incidentally. I took it to mean maybe King misses smoking.....? Who knows. It made ME miss smoking...!

Lunch at the Gotham Cafe:

The quietest of the bunch. King is able to ma
Stephen King hat sich immer wieder Gedanken um alternative Vermarktungen seiner Texte gemacht. Im vorliegenden Fall hat er selbst drei Erzählungen auf Band gesprochen, von denen zwei zunächst nicht in Buchform veröffentlicht wurden, sondern ausschließlich in Form des vorliegenden Hörbuchs. Der Titel „Blood and Smoke“ ist für alle drei Texte programmatisch, der Erzähler hat jeweils das Rauchen aufgegeben und gerät in eine Situation, in der er auf eine harte Probe gestellt wird. Die Präsentation d ...more
Greg Strandberg
Lunch at the Gotham Cafe was my favorite in this collection. I skipped the second story, as I've seen the movie 1408. The third story was more straightforward fiction. I thought it was alright.

Good collection to listen to while doing puzzles or maybe driving or something. I enjoyed it, and it's not too long, just 3 discs.
Amanda Nelson
Dec 31, 2014 Amanda Nelson rated it it was ok
I am confused. The audiobook said it was read by Stephen King, but it did not sound like him. This voice was low and monotonous, to me. Add that to some less than spectacular stories and it added up to me nodding off.
James Cullender
Jan 03, 2016 James Cullender rated it it was amazing
I wouldn't really say I read this "book," because it's an audiobook, and I usually don't really like audiobooks but I listened to this one for a specific reason, as I do most audiobooks; to hear Stephen King himself read his own stories. I had, however, read these stories myself in print form before listening to this audiobook, so I guess you could technically say I did read them. All that said, it was worth the experience. His reading of the stories almost matched how I read or envisioned the s ...more
Jan 11, 2015 Soho_black rated it liked it
A few years ago, when I was suffering from a bout of insomnia, I got the idea that playing spoken word tapes whilst I was trying to sleep might help me to drift off. I soon owned a couple of "Red Dwarf" tapes, one read by Chris Barrie, and one by Craig Charles, both actors and, in the case of Chris Barrie, a skilled mimic. So when I happened upon "Blood and Smoke", promising three of his own stories read by Stephen King, who I have long been a huge fan of, I snapped it up immediately.

For nearly
Dec 05, 2014 Jonathan rated it it was ok
It's hard to look at a 2 star rating attached to a piece of Stephen King work, but it's reality. Let's talk about what this book, or rather audiobook, is outside of its contents. Instead of publishing this book for readers to read, these short stories were only released in the audio format. My thoughts are this. King's publishers didn't think the stories were worthy of being published (because they are not) so instead being the mighty author that he is he decided that he could get an audiobook c ...more
Blood and Smoke is a collection of three tales, all of which deal with blood and/or smoke as a theme.

"Lunch at the Gotham Cafe" is the first, and tells the story of the imminent divorce of Steve and Diane. Upon finding out that she is divorcing him, Steve decides to quit smoking. He fights the temptation to light up throughout the story, and his tenuous grip on his willpower adds tension and makes him a bit of an unreliable narrator. When Steve and Diane meet at a restaurant to work out divorce
Jul 25, 2011 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three pretty good stories. I've seen the movie for 1408 and so was able to really visualize what was going on, though the story did take a different turn at the end. This was my favorite story of the three. The other two were entertaining, but I didn't really take anything away from them, so ultimately they were rather forgettable.
Scott DeVogelaere
This audiobook was the only format you could get these three short stories from, including the story version of the movie "1408" with John Cusack. Since then, I believe they added them on to "Nightmares and Dreamscapes," since they were probably cutting room floor material from that time period anyways. "1408" is the obvious best story here, but the other two are fun little visits to King's mind. If you like King or want to get a quick spook in your life, check them out. Otherwise, there is much ...more
Nov 24, 2008 Ferris rated it it was ok
Audiobook..........Pointless stories with none of the usual panache I expect from Stephen King.
Sam Harrison
Mar 29, 2015 Sam Harrison rated it it was amazing
I have trouble reading so I started audio books. I decided to try yet another Stephen King novel. It consists of 3 stories "Lunch at the Gotham Cafe" "1408" "in the Death Row" (or room?) The first story is about a man who, just quit smoking & his girlfriend walked out. He meets at the Gotham Cafe to talk with her & her lawyer. He stops to get an umbrella on impulse. The maitre d is a little off, in fact insane. He accuses him of having a dog. Then he goes crazy killing his ex's lawyer. T ...more
Jun 09, 2012 John rated it liked it
BLOOD AND SMOKE features three of Stephen King's short stories as read by the author himself.

LUNCH AT THE GOTHAM CAFE is the first of the stories, and--except for some really nice writing--it's lousy. The whole thing basically feels like a long lead up for the story's twist ending--an a twist that is neither satisfying nor particularly surprising. King is a good voice performer when he sticks to straight-forward narration, but his voice lacks intensity and he sounds more absurd than scary whene
Linda Koerber
May 27, 2011 Linda Koerber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted at Book-Addicts

Like the description alludes to, Blood and Smoke has a centralized theme revolving around smoking, the addiction from it, and the habitual side effects caused long-term. This is a three-part review

The first of the three tales, Lunch at the Gotham Café was not the best of the three, but one of my personal favorites. Because I could not help a chuckle or two when I listened to Stephen narrating this one part during what is a very key and gory scene
Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
Stephen King enjoyed narrating the audiobook release of his novel Bag of Bones so much, that he decided to do it again. The very next year, in 1999, he published Blood and Smoke , which was available only as an audiobook. Two of the stories contained in the audiobook, 1408 , and In The Death Room , were written specifically for Blood and Smoke , and were available nowhere else. The third story, Lunch at the Gotham Café had previously been published in a 1995 horror anthology called Dark Lo ...more
Jun 01, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, audio
I never was a big fan of audiobooks. So much depends on the reader’s voice that a good story could be ruined easily by its narrator’s phlegmy throat, nasal voice, or bored tone, and I prefer to judge a book by the story it tells, not by the person who tells it. A narrator’s odd accent, the smacking noise he or she makes while pausing between sentences, or even the speed at which he or she is reading can be distracting to the point that I forget the story entirely and become fixated on the narrat ...more
Nov 25, 2007 Johnsergeant rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, audiblecom
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Narrator: Stephen King
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio, 1999
Length: 3 hours

Publisher's Summary
This collection of short stories from the master of modern fiction is available only as an audiobook. In Blood and Smoke, Stephen King takes us inside a world of yearning and paranoia, isolation and addiction. It is the world of the smoker. In this audio-only collection, the now politically incorrect habit plays a key role in the fates of three different men in three unab
Jim Cullender
Feb 29, 2016 Jim Cullender rated it really liked it
I won't put too much on here because my nephew, by the same name, already did and as usual, he was right (he borrowed the CDs from me). Obviously, this is an audiobook and it was clear too me that it WAS King himself who voiced it with his kinda whiny (no offense, that's just the way he sounds to me) sounding voice. I really liked "Lunch at the Gotham Café" with it's violence springing unpredictably from what seems like a mundane situation.
Todd Russell
It's nice hearing the author read his own stories. King is not nearly as polished an audio narrator as writer, but he does a decent job with these tales. I hated the sound engineering in "Lunch at Gotham Cafe." Sounded like King was talking through a paper bag. The second story "1408" was haunting but not as good as The Shining, but the audio was better. I couldn't get into the last story at all.

The blood part of the title is fitting, but the smoke, well ... it's more like cigarettes and smoking
Nancy Townsend
Feb 25, 2015 Nancy Townsend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, audiobook
Three short stories linked by the theme of cigarettes. I guess Stephen King was trying to quit when he wrote these.

1408 - A creatively different sort of ghost story. More like a drug-fuelled hallucination or a terrible nightmare you can't wake up from. You'll be lucky to escape from room 1408. Be sure to have a cigarette handy.

In the Deathroom - A nasty little interrogation and torture of a North American in South America, his life saved by a cigarette. Hoorah!

Lunch at the Gotham Café - Unfortun
Mar 18, 2015 Joyce rated it really liked it
Saw this at my library and gave it a listen. The stories have since been collected in Everything's Eventual. I really liked Lunch at the Gotham Cafe ("Eeeee!") and 1408, the Deathroom one a little less. The theme of the pieces being smoking is unusual, and I didn't figure out that the cover is supposed to look like a pack of smokes till about halfway through. Entertaining on my commute!
David Satterfield
Jul 16, 2014 David Satterfield rated it it was amazing
King reading "1408" is terrifying. Listened with a buddy while we were camping out in the wilds along the Virginia-West Virginia border. King's voice in this reading, the way he bends and manipulates it to express the auditory and visual horror of that haunted hotel room kept two twenty somethings jumping at every little sound in the woods all night long.
Nov 14, 2011 Kristin rated it liked it
This is a collection of three Stephen King short stories: Lunch at the Gotham Cafe, 1408, and In the Deathroom.

Bad news first: "In the Deathroom" did absolutely nothing for me. I give that story 1 star. I didn't care about the characters and I didn't follow the plot intricacies because I didn't care to.

1408 was an intriguing and creepy story about the supernatural qualities of hotel room 1408 and their effect on a nonbeliever who foolishly tries to spend the night there. 4 stars to that story fo
Jonathan Tennis
Jun 24, 2016 Jonathan Tennis rated it really liked it
Started with audiobooks recently as a way to deal with the traffic in Tampa.

Nice, short grouping of three short stories (Lunch at the Gotham Cafe, 1408, In the Deathroom) read by the author. It was like Stephen was in the car reading me a story while I sat in bumper to bumper traffic.

And that made it all better.
Nov 20, 2013 Natlukens rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars for 1408. We listened to this on the last leg of a long car ride in the dark. The first story, Lunch at the Gotham Cafe was pretty weird and gory. 1408, the second story was pretty terrifying. I have seen the movie based on this and they are not anything alike really. The third story I missed most of because I fell asleep, I am kid of glad because I woke up during the worst, most gruesome part of it and it was supremely messed up. I have no idea what was going on but I don't care to ...more
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