Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on June 30th 2015
Genres: Short Story
Pages: 1 hr and 20 mins
Source: Owned Audible Book
Only on audio! A brand-new, never-before-published Stephen King short story unavailable in any other format!
Alden McCausland and his mother are what they call “accident rich”; thanks to an unexpected life-insurance policy payout and a winning Big Maine Millions scratcher, Alden and his Ma are able to spend their summers down by Lake Abenaki, idly drinking their days away in a three-room cabin with an old dock and a lick of a beach.
Across the lake, they can see what “real rich” looks like: the Massimo family’s Twelve Pines Camp, the big white mansion with guest house and tennis court that Alden’s Ma says is paid for by “ill-gotten gains” courtesy of Massimo Construction. When Alden’s holiday-weekend sparklers and firecrackers set off what over the next few years comes to be known as the Fourth of July Arms Race, he learns how far he and the Massimos will go to win an annual neighborly rivalry—one that lands Alden in the Castle County jail.
Read by beloved Down East storyteller Tim Sample—praised by Stephen King for his “wit and talent and good-heartedness”—Drunken Fireworks makes for explosive audio listening.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
This is a little taste of what’s to come in Stephen King’s new short story collection, and I for one am super excited! Drunken Fireworks reminds me a bit of the narration style that I so loved in Dolores Claiborne- only this time it’s a police interview with a middle aged man who due to some great luck, spends his days drinking with his ma up at their lake house. They end up in what amounts to a 4th of July Fireworks Arms Race (which is how he puts it), trying to out do the rich family across the lake for the last several summers. Drinking and fireworks do not make a healthy combination, and it doesn’t take long for things to get out of hand.
Listening to them get there is most of the fun, although I loved the ending, which had me chuckling. I have to admit I was braced for something far worse, but that’s usually how I go into a King story. 🙂
The narration was hilarious and pitch perfect. Every time that damn Ben Affleck-looking Mossimo blew that trumpet though, I wanted to scream… which I guess was the point, so kudos to Tim Sample, who was a new to me narrator. It’s worth noting that Samples also narrates Stephen King’s novella The Sun Dog, from his book Four Past Midnight.