|Read by:||Sternhagen, Frances|
|Read by:||Ivey, Dana|
|Publisher:||Workman Pub Co|
|Publish Date:||Apr 2009|
|Number of Pages:||315|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.32|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.98 x 0.75 x 6.18|
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration.
Three months later, he received a $2, 500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success.
The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print.
Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2012 his title, The Wind Throught the Keyhole made The New York Times Best Seller List.
Matthew Broderick is an American film and stage actor. He was born on born March 21, 1962 in New York City; his father, James Joseph Broderick, was also an actor and his mother, Patricia (ne Biow) was a playwright, actress, and painter. Broderick first was noticed when acting in an Off-Broadway production of Torch Song Trilogy. He went on to play a roles on Broadway in Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, both written by Neil Simon.
In 1983 he won his first Tony Award for Brighton Beach Memoirs and to date he remains the youngest-ever actor to win Featured Actor in a Play. In 1985 he starred in the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which has become a classic film of the 1980's. In the 1990's Broderick pro tra yed the voice of Simba in Disney's The Lion King movie. He also returned to Broadway in the 1995 and received a second Tony Award for his performance in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He was nominated for a Tony Award again in 2001 for Mel Brooks' stage version of The Producers. Broderick is married to actress Sarah Jessica Parker. They have three children and live in New York City and Kilcar, Ireland.
Four complete and unabridged selections from the electrifying bestseller read by a stellar group of narrators.
The Raft is the unforgettable tale of an idyllic autumn swim suddenly transformed into an ordeal of unbridled horror. Read by Stephen King.
Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut is a story in which a middle-aged woman in a Mercedes roadster finds a terrifying pathway to paradise. Read by Dana Ivey.
The Monkey—is it merely a child’s wind-up toy, or an incarnation of the purest evil? Read by Matthew Broderick.
Gramma is the story of a little boy left in charge of his sick grandmother, who’s dying to give him a hug... Read by Frances Sternhagen.
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