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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  4,128 ratings  ·  94 reviews
BLOOD AND SMOKE : THREE SHORT STORIES FROM THE MASTER OF MODERN FICTION AVAILABLE ONLY AS AN AUDIOBOOK

Tree Stories Includes:

Lunch at the Gotham Cafe
1408
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
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Audio CD, Unabridged, 4 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published November 22nd 1999)
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Stephen
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.
David
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
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Alissa Patrick
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
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Linda I
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
Stephanie
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
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M.L. Rudolph
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.
Michael
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
Amanda Nelson
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.
Soho_black
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
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Jonathan
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
Noah Smith
I'm going to talk about the short story In the Deathroom, one of the stories in the Blood and Smoke compilation. The story follows Fletcher, an ex-reporter who was a member of a Communist movement against a corrupt South American government. Fletcher's main motivation for this was the tragic death of his sister, a nun at a convent who was killed by the government. Fletcher is eventually caught and taken to a government interrogation center, also known as the Deathroom. This room is a place where ...more
David
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
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Keith
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.
Ferris
Audiobook..........Pointless stories with none of the usual panache I expect from Stephen King.
Sam Harrison
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
John
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
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Linda Koerber
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
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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
Erin
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
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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
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Keith Johnson
King has written much better stuff and the audiobook reading (read by King himself) is terrible. I hate when the egos of authors (ahem: Neil Gaiman) influence them to read their own works. Find someone with a good speaking voice who can act and show emotion.

The writing itself is subpar at best and not anywhere near King's best. I'm surprised anyone read "!408' and thought it would be movie-material. Not worth your time. Skip it and read his better writings.
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
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Nancy Townsend
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
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Joyce
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
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.
Kristin
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
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Natlukens
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
Anthony

Very very good. The second and third stories were a bit stronger than the first. Dark Love just didn't grab me. Maybe it was the divorce aspect of the story, I dunno. I listened, but only to get to the next story. But 1408 is a wonderful tale about a boogeyman journalist who taps into something cthonic in a haunted hotel room. There are hints of the Dark Tower, which I'm just assuming are in all of King's work. Uncle Steve reading this tale makes it even better. In the Deathroom is gritty and a
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Cynthia
Three short stories read by the author himself. All three had a running back theme of cigarette smoking. Utterly creepy, absolutely horrifying and deliciously frightening. These kinds of stories are what I crave from Stephen King and I was completely satisfied when the last story ended.
Cat
I really enjoyed these stories, though my least favorite was probably 1408, out of which came a movie - go figure. The narrator had such an odd voice that I had a little trouble not being distracted by it. It was Mr. King himself reading his own material. But I did find the stories engaging.
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