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A Face in the Crowd

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Well written, as always with Mr. King.

This is a short story about an old man watching baseball on the T.V. Sounds boring....hardly. I really enjoyed this little story. I was hooked after the first few paragraphs. If you are a King fan, I believe you will enjoy it. Only Stephen King can make watching basebal...
This is a short story about an old man watching baseball on the T.V. Sounds boring....hardly. I really enjoyed this little story. I was hooked after the first few paragraphs. If you are a King fan, I believe you will enjoy it. Only Stephen King can make watching baseball on television creepy.

posted by 10594664 on August 28, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

36 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

Disappointed

While the story was entertaining, and in classic King style, it would have been nice to know before I purchased it that the actual ebook was just 32 pages with the remaining pages being previews of two books I have already read. I love Stephen King's work, but in this c...
While the story was entertaining, and in classic King style, it would have been nice to know before I purchased it that the actual ebook was just 32 pages with the remaining pages being previews of two books I have already read. I love Stephen King's work, but in this case, I feel cheated. Even at $2, 32 pages is just not enough reading.

posted by 10796618 on September 5, 2012

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    Stephen King has experimented with novella e-book-only releases

    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
    them collaborating again, this time on a baseball-related ghost story.
    King is one of the rare authors who can shift seamlessly between writing
    full length novels and short stories, and anytime I indulge in reading
    his work, I am richly rewarded with effortless, colorful prose and
    compelling characters doing something utterly fascinating. I’m less
    familiar with O’Nan, but did enjoy Faithful, about the Boston Red Sox.
    The story follows Dean Evers, an old, retired widower who's taken to
    watching baseball on lonely nights to distract himself from the absence
    of his wife, who died from a stroke a few months earlier. The games are
    supposed to be a diversion from his mind wandering back into memories he
    would rather not revisit, but they prove to be just the opposite. As he
    watches the games on TV, a cast of characters appears in the seat behind
    home plate--people Evers recognizes, people he thought he'd never see
    again. I found the story and the character of Dean Evers interesting
    enough and I loved the baseball lingo and references to familiar
    players. I was a bit surprised with the ending. Not because it was
    shocking, but because it was an average finale for such accomplished
    storytellers. I didn’t find the expected, classic King twist, but maybe
    my expectations were too high. The story stopped more than it ended;
    typical of the shorty story format, and while I didn’t find it a
    memorable read, it didn’t annoy me, either. This is a short story,
    clocking in at about 32 pages. They added excerpts of the upcoming
    novels, Blackhouse and Talisman, putting the total page count to 60, but
    they are only a few pages of much larger stories. If you like King’s
    style and you dig baseball, A Face in the Crowd is worth your while, but
    it’s not the best either of these talented wordsmiths is capable of.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    not one of kings better stories

    was disappointed in the ending. i have read everything king has written and this is not one of his better stories. kind of predictable characters and story line.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Too short

    At 32 pages this is more like the beginning to a creepy book than a whole story, but was good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    When you have finished reading it will make you think.

    It was OK however I was expecting a little more. I was glad I didn't pay a lot for it. It does have a surprise ending. You may actually enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    I enjoyed the story, but not the marketing technique...It should

    I enjoyed the story, but not the marketing technique...It should have been stated that the story was only 30 pages and the balance was a preview of King's new and previous books. I seriously doubt he knew about this and approved it. Granted it's only a few bucks, but it was annoying...

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