Page to Screen: Stephen King’s Castle Rock

Brush up on some of Stephen King’s most iconic stories set in the town of Castle Rock before binge watching Hulu’s brand new series Castle Rock.

 

1. Bag of Bones by Stephen King, narrated by Stephen King

Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

2. Cujo by Stephen King, narrated by Lorna Raver

Outside a peaceful town in central Maine, a monster is waiting. One day, Cujo, a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, chases a rabbit into a cave inhabited by sick bats and emerges as something new altogether. What happens to Cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inescapably drawing in all the people around him, makes for one of the most heart-stopping novels Stephen King has ever written. Read more and sample the audio.

 

3. Dead Zone by Stephen King, narrated by James Franco

When Johnny Smith awakens from a coma and discovers he can see people’s futures by touching them, he must learn to live with this curse that many other people consider a gift. When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

4. Needful Things by Stephen King, narrated by Stephen King

Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires. In addition to a token payment, Gaunt requests that each person perform a little “deed,” usually a seemingly innocent prank played on someone else from town. These practical jokes cascade out of control and soon the entire town is doing battle with itself. Read more and sample the audio.

 

5. Dark Half by Stephen King, narrated by Grover Gardner

Thad Beaumont is a writer, and for a dozen years he has secretly published violent bestsellers under the name of George Stark. But, when Thad—a much happier and healthier man now—tries to retire the pseudonym, he finds George Stark won’t go willingly. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

6. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King, narrated by Mare Winningham

Lisey Landon lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of profound, sometimes frightening intimacy. Lisey knew there was a dark place where her husband ventured to face his demons. Boo’ya Moon is what Scott called it; a realm that both terrified and healed him. Now, it’s Lisey’s turn to face her husband’s demons. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

7. Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, narrated by Maggie Siff

Every day in the summer of 1974, twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson takes the stairs up to Castle View. Then one day, after catching her breath and hearing the shouts of kids on the playground below, a stranger calls to her. There on a bench sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small, neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat… Read more and sample the audio.

 

8. Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King, narrated by Various Readers

Featuring twenty short horror stories, a television script, an essay, and a poem, Nightmares and Dreamscapes contains unique and chilling plots including everything from dead rock star zombies to evil toys seeking murderous revenge. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

 

9. Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King, narrated by Various Readers

Enter a nightmarish mindscape of unrelenting horror and shocking revelations that could only come from the imagination of the greatest storyteller of our time. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Skeleton Crew by Stephen King, narrated by Dylan Baker, Stephen KingWill PattonMichael C. HallDana IveyLois SmithDavid MorseMatthew BroderickPaul GiamattiFrances SternhagenRobert PetkoffNorbert Leo ButzKyle Beltran

In this brilliant collection of stories, Stephen King takes readers down paths that only he could imagine. A supermarket becomes the place where humanity makes its last stand against destruction. A trip to the attic becomes a journey to hell. A woman driver finds a scary shortcut to paradise. An idyllic lake harbors a bottomless evil. And a desert island is the scene of the most terrifying struggle for survival ever waged. Read more and sample the audio.

 

11. Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King, narrated by Dylan Baker, Stephen KingPeter Friedman

A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

12. Different Seasons by Stephen King, narrated by Frank Muller

A “hypnotic” (The New York Times Book Review) collection of four novellas from Stephen King bound together by the changing of seasons, each taking on the theme of a journey with strikingly different tones and characters. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

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Page to Screen in August 2018

Going to the movies this August? Get the best experience by listening to the books they were based on before seeing the film adaptations.

 

1. The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr, narrated by Christa Lewis
Expected release date: August 31

Cora Bender killed a man. But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body? Even though Cora confessed, Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and began his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unraveling of Cora’s past. Read more and sample the audio.

 

2. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, narrated by Amy McFadden
Expected release date: August 3

Ruby might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control. On the run and desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River, Ruby and her friends discover nothing is as it seems when they finally arrive at the one place they thought they would be safe. Read more and sample the audio.

 

3. Christopher Robin: The Novelization by Elizabeth RudnickDisney Press, narrated by Steven Crossley
Expected release date: August 3

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Christopher Robin, who had many friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood. As time passed, the boy grew up, and he lost track of his friends. Then one day, a silly old bear with a love for honey decided to leave the wood and go looking for his friend Christopher Robin. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

4. Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth, narrated by Ron Stallworth
Expected release date: August 10

It’s 1978, and the KKK is on the rise in the United States. When detective Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, joins the cause undercover, he launches one of the most audacious and incredible investigations in history. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

5. Meg by Steve Alten, narrated by Sean Runnette
Expected release date: August 10

On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean’s deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he’s sure he saw but still can’t prove exists—Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

6. The Slenderman Mysteries: An Internet Urban Legend Comes to Life by Nick Redfern, narrated by Shaun Grindell
Expected release date: August 10

It’s the dead of night; you are fast asleep. Suddenly, you are wide awake but unable to move. Hunched over you in the shadows is an eight- or nine-foot-tall gaunt entity with spider-thin limbs, dressed in an old-style black suit, its pale face missing eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. You finally manage to cry out. The monstrous thing disappears as suddenly as it appeared. Read more and sample the audio.

 

7. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, narrated by Lynn Chen
Expected release date: August 15

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is she will soon be initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, narrated by Laura Knight Keating
Expected release date: August 17

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. Read more and sample the audio.

 

9. The Wife by Meg Wolitzer, narrated by Dawn Harvey
Expected release date: August 17

The moment Joan Castleman decides to leave her husband, they are thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean on a flight to Helsinki. Joan’s husband Joseph is one of America’s preeminent novelists, about to receive a prestigious international award, and Joan, who has spent forty years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, has finally decided to stop. Read more and sample the audio.

 

10. Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley by Sybil Rosen, narrated by Pam Ward
Expected release date: August 17

Living in the Woods in a Tree is an intimate glimpse into the turbulent life of Texas music legend Blaze Foley (1949-1989), seen through the eyes of Sybil Rosen, the woman for whom he wrote his most widely known song, “If I Could Only Fly.” Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

 

11. The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald, narrated by Pearl Hewitt
Expected release date: August 24

Set in Hardborough, a small East Anglian coastal town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. Hardborough becomes a battleground, as small towns so easily do. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result, she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important, but natural and even supernatural forces too. Read more and sample the audio.

 

12. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, narrated by Simon Vance
Expected release date: August 31

One postwar summer, Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive and handsome, is now in decline. Its owners, mother, son, and daughter, are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Read more and sample the audio.

 

13. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy, narrated by Scott Brick
Expected release date: August 31

Somewhere under the freezing Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. The chase for the highly advanced nuclear submarine is on-and there’s only one man who can find her… Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

 

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Page to Screen in April 2018

Going to the movies this April? Get the best experience by listening to the books they were based on before seeing the film adaptations.

1. You Were Never Really Here by Jonathan Ames, narrated by Jonathan Ames
Expected release date:
April 6

You Were Never Really Here.

Joe has witnessed things that cannot be erased. A former FBI agent and Marine, his abusive childhood has left him damaged beyond repair. He has completely withdrawn from the world and earns his living rescuing girls who have been kidnapped into the sex trade. When he’s hired to save the daughter of a corrupt senator held captive at a brothel, he stumbles into a dangerous web of conspiracy, and he pays the price.
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2. Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto, narrated by Armando Duran
Expected release date:
April 13

Zama.

Zama describes the solitary, suspended existence of Don Diego de Zama, a highly placed servant of the Spanish crown who has been posted to Paraguay. There, eaten up by pride, lust, petty grudges, and paranoid fantasies, he does as little as he possibly can while plotting his eventual transfer to Buenos Aires, where everything about his hopeless existence will, he is confident, be miraculously transformed and made good.
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3. Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation (Film Adaptation: Sgt. Stubby) by Ann Bausum, narrated by Grover Gardner and Pam Ward
Expected release date
: April 13

Sgt. Stubby

Stubby’s story begins in 1917 when America is about to enter the war. A stray dog befriends Private J. Robert “Bob,” and the two become inseparable, eventually crossing an ocean and going to war together. What follows is an epic tale of how man’s best friend becomes an invaluable soldier on the front lines and in the trenches, a decorated war hero, and an inspiration to a country.
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4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer, narrated by Various Artists
Expected release date: April 20

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book.
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