A Face in the Crowd

A Face in the Crowd

by Stephen King, Stewart O'Nan
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A Face in the Crowd 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a short story (and not a very intriguing one at that), followed by advertisements for future books. This should have been disclosed in the overview.
Grate_Righter More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this because it had the Tampa bay rays of which I am a fan. Story was super short, and was disappointed when I got halfway through the book and realized the second half was previews of other books. Not worth the $1.99
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is only a short story with previews of two other books taking most of the content. It was a predictable story line filled with baseball references. The plot was average.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Half way thru the story now and completely absorbed. No one can make a character come to life like Mr. King can in less than one full page. Recommended highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the very short story. Somewhat predictable, but is a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At 32 pages this is more like the beginning to a creepy book than a whole story, but was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Beauty_in_Ruins More than 1 year ago
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 Twilight Zone type slice of fiction about an elderly widower, banished by retirement (and his dearly departed wife) to the land of the Tampa Bay Rays. The concept here is pretty simple. Basically, each night, as he sits down to watch the game on TV, Dean Evers spots somebody from his past sitting in the same premium seat behind home plate. The problem is, each of them is well and truly dead, passed on before his time. The prospect of watching another game begins to fill him with dread, as each face brings back painful memories, but his efforts at mental distraction do nothing more than delay his viewing by a few innings. Where the story really begins to get interesting is when his phone rings . . . and the woman behind the plate motions for him to pick it up. It's a fun story, written with the baseball fan in mind, full of names and stats that definitely anchor it in the current season. Dean Evers is your typical King character, a nice guy with flaws, who is haunted by regrets and past indiscretions, but you do feel for him. There are 2 nice twists to the story - the phone call, plus one other - and an ending that's definitely a bit melancholy, but fitting.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the S. King that I enjoy reading. Although a very short story what did anyone expect for less than $2. I suspect he is sharing his outline for a bigger story that he just couldn't grow / take any further.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The purchase price was excessive for such an extremely short story. The story had no time to go anywhere as it was shorter than most chapters in Steven King's work. The book only had 64 pages and it turned out that half of that was dedicated to a sneak peek at another book. I felt cheated paying for this lack luster story that was only there to bring a preview.
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pugsley1964 More than 1 year ago
It was just an OK book, I hate it when I think I'm actually going to read a book and it turns out to be a short story! The story was too short to get a good read out of it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always look at the Product Details - it tells you how many pages the "book" is... this is NOT a book.