The Box: Uncanny Stories (Unabridged)
by Richard Matheson
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What if you were told that you could make a fortune just by pushing a button on a box? But pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world...someone you don't know. Would you still push the button? "Button, Button", Richard Matheson's chilling tale of greed and temptation, is now the basis of The Box, the new film from the director of Donnie Darko. In addition, this outstanding collection also contains many other unforgettable stories by Matheson, the award-winning author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come.
When listening to this book it may be helpful to remember that some of these stories are pushing 60 years old. What makes them great is that they’re the stuff that has inspired so much of todays creepy tales. The title story is a case in point. I haven’t seen the movie but I did see an adaptation of it done years ago on TV, when I heard about the movie I couldn’t quite imagine how anyone could spin that nasty little bit of fluff out into a full length film - but obviously they did and lots of people liked it. I was also surprized by the short story since I had taken away something completely different from the TV version. As with any short story collection there are hits and misses, but the authors flair for irony, comeuppance and tension is represented really well, as is an unexpected (to me) sense of humor. Listen - and be in awe of the nicely twisted mind that could think this stuff up before anyone else had and get it published.
this book is great but OMG THE MOVIE IS FRIGGIN AMAZING! i cannot tell you how much i loved it. i would definitely reccomend this book and the movie. great great job.
Oh wow, it's funny to read these comments because I'm in my early 30s and I remember reading this story with my mom when I was really young, like in 2nd grade. (I'm dating myself...) It's an awesome story, a little creepy but certainly pointed and accusing... Makes you say, "Oh, I'd never do thaaat..." Really?? Great time to check your conscience! I haven't listened to the audiobook, just read the story and watched the movie. Btw, the movie was good but finished so weak. Too abruptly. I request producers to split a movie into 2 parts-- don't be afraid to make a SEQUEL if it looks like you'll have to condense too much story into too little time. THAT is so frustrating! Either that or spend a couple extra thousand and add 20 extra min to do JUSTICE to the story-- you'll make it back for sure-- James Marsden and Cameron Diaz??? Chyeahh! Overall, a great read. Short stories CAN make great LONG movies.