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Blood and Smoke

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  4,999 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
Now from Encore—world-renowned bestselling storyteller Stephen King reads three chilling tales of paranoia and addiction.

In this audio-only trilogy of short stories, King tells the tales of three men, each smokers, who are grappling with their nicotine addiction as well as the personal demons that will determine their fates.

In Lunch at the Gotham Café, Steve Davis is brood
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Published October 5th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published November 22nd 1999)
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Jan 16, 2016 Mario rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
After watching 1408 (the movie), I decided to read the short story. And I've got to say, I'm a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I liked this story, and it did creep me out. But the movie was just that much better.
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.
Oct 06, 2016 seak rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2016
I'm listening to the audiobook and Stephen King is the narrator. While an excellent storyteller, Mr. King is sadly not the greatest audio narrator. There's little to no excitement or inflection and though I was impressed with a couple voices, overall, I prefer a professional.

Here are my reviews as they come while I read the stories:

Lunch at the Gotham Cafe: This one hit a little too close to home as I am a divorce lawyer and, sadly, have dealt with similar type lawyers/clients/jerk-offs before.
Jan 31, 2012 David rated it liked it
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
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
Hussein saad
ليست الترجمة العربية هي الممتازة
ستيفن كينج كاتبي المفضل في الرعب يبدع مرة اخرى برائعة 1408
الغرفة التي تسكنها ارواح الناس الميتة
انها رحلة الى فندق الدولفين في نيويورك حيث يمكنك ان تجرب غرفة الذهاب بلا عودة
للمرة 6 تقريبا ..يتناول ستيفن كينج حياة روائي مغمور بدخول البيوت المسكونة وتحدي الاشباح والجن وبعدها يعود ليؤلف كتابا عن ما شاهده ورأه
يقع ضحية احد مغامرته حيث يدخل الغرفة 1408 الواقعة في الفندق المذكور اعلاه
ويصادف انه لايستطيع الخروج منها لاحقا ويبقى في الغرفة حتى يموت وتتعفن جثته ويكون ضحي
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
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
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
Deyth Banger
Jan 09, 2017 Deyth Banger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
1408 one great story. For the film it was well made, I'm glad that it's available and film!
For the story, the story is pretty interesting, loads of reverse, reminds me for Selflessness, Mr.Nobody and many other such type of films like Unknown which was 2011 I think which was again with such kind a story or sequel. I'm talking about the events, the stuff which happen and this kind a things. I really like such type of films, books and stories. In the film all lovers of Monk, could see the guy who
Rao Javed
Jun 05, 2013 Rao Javed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: farrah
Shelves: short-story
It would be extremely prejudice to comparer the movie with the short-story because the movie was more about action where the short-story was more about the dialogues and monologues which makes the movie more appealing then the short-story.

However separating the short-story form the movie it was full of appreciable thoughts and had wonderful details but could have been much better.
-over and out
Rao Umar
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.
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.
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.
Nov 24, 2008 Ferris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook..........Pointless stories with none of the usual panache I expect from Stephen King.
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
Gayle Parker
I stopped reading Stephen King as a teenager as I found his stories so scary. I am now older, possibly wiser, and definitely have more life experience, so I thought I would give it a Stephen King audio book a try. Definitely still too creepy for me. What was interesting in these three short stories as the protagonists in each story were ex-smokers and that trait was woven into the stories.
Nov 09, 2016 Fay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Three suspense stories with a common thread of cigarette smoking ... and death. My first big toe in the water experience of Stephen King. My brother is a fan and I have left it for about thirty years before selecting an audio book by this well known author. Am I glad I did ... yes, for the experience ... will I grab another one ... maybe ... but horror is just not my favourite genre.
Oct 21, 2016 Dave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thought the stories were average and nothing really special about them. Not really missing anything if you don't get to read this book. Other works by him are much better and this book is kind of disappointing.
Jenny Spotten
I liked the first two stories but the last one was boring.
Oct 21, 2016 Codi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three short stories. The first two are better than the last.
Dec 01, 2016 Challis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe this is what Stephen King sounds like.
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
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
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
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
Jun 01, 2012 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
ستيفن غير وجهة نظري حول كتب الرعب، أعتقد أن حدة الموقف تجاهها قد بردت إلى حد بعيد.
حين أقرأ لكينج أعرف أني لن أقرأ أدبا مستهلكا، هزليا وتافها يحاول
استحلاب الخوف من القارئ بطرق سخيفة، الحقيقة أني أرى
حياة واقعية، شخوص بصفات عادية أحيانا ظروف دمغتها الحياة بصبغتها المعتادة، فجأة يجدون أنفسهم أمام وجه غير الذي ألفوه عن العالم، عن البشر، وعن قسوة الحياة. طريقته في وضع شخوص بسيطين مثلنا ودمجهم في فلسفته المخيفة هي ما يثير الرعب حقا. ستيفن لا يلجأ للمؤثرات، لا يحتاج غرفا وأشباحا وخوارق ليخيف، في رواي
Dec 05, 2014 Jonathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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