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It's not what I'd call a compelling work; I doubt that you'll want to listen again and when you're through you will understand futillity. I found myself wondering what type of society could create such entertainment and wonder if we are indeeed headed in that direction. This book will make you think and wonder.
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Although a simple story fom Mr. King this time out, this one had me thinking long after it ended. How could such a society endorse such barbaric competitions in which only 1 is granted the prize, his life. The other 99 boys will not be invited back for next years event. In this dystopian view of Americana turned on its heels, we see our young boys being cheered on by each community that the Long Walk passes through sorrow comes quickly for those boys who are unable to continue, sorrow and a bullet to the brain from the morose soldiers. Could this be one of those alternate realities, like if Hitler and Nazi Germany would have prevailed? Once again, thank you Mr. King for such an interesting story..
I loved the introduction; it explained so many things about Mr. King and his Bachman books. I always love to listen to him talk. He has the most interesting ideas and viewpoints and he truly likes PEOPLE. I couldn't care less about some of the horror/fantasy trips that some of his books take (I read them in spite of some of that); I read them for the characters, what they experience, what they think and how they resolve the "challenges" that Mr. King throws at them.
This is one of my favorite of his Bachman books. The whole premise is interesting if not a little pessimistic for the future. (SPOILER ALERT: What kind of future whittles 100 teenage boys to 1 in such a brutal way - every year? I guess a future that depends upon TV ratings. Hmmmmm...) But the story, the experiences, the ideas going through those teenagers' heads is compelling. Oddly, I find myself reading/listening to this story every couple of years. Just to walk a mile in his shoes, I guess.
I haven't read any of Stephen Kings early novels written as his alias. I don't know why, maybe I was a bit worried they may be written different than the king books I have come to love and appreciate. I guess they are, or at least this one is a bit different somehow, but the same to. Either way I can definitely say the long walk was well worth the waite and I strongly recommend to anyone who hasn't read or listed to it yet to put it next in your queue. Awsome story, kept me coming back for more.
The length, you realy got to know the poor soles in this march
Hard to say, but the ending was gripping
They are all good
no, to long for that, but it was a fast read
Once again Stephen King ...
Does Garraty live or die in the conclusion of the novel? Does it matter? I believe he is already dead after "winning" the contest. No amount of earthly material value can replace his broken humanness.
On the other hand, perhaps if he does live he transcends the persona of Ray Garraty and can enjoy the cosmic practical joke that any pleasure was worth the Long Walk. Whether he dies physically or metaphysically he is no longer and never will be Ray Garraty..
I listened to only the first 3 hours of this book and could not listen any more. It keeps rambling on and on about these boys who know what they got themselves into walking until they can walk no more and are shot if they do stop or slow down. It's like listening to what a long distance jogger or walker thinks while they are doing it. Mundane and boring story. How many times and different ways can you describe what is going on in their head is all that I got from it.
I don't even know what genre you should put this in.
Yes he is a very good narrater.
This book is a very big disappointment. Wish I could get my money back and my time back type of disappointment.
I kept listening for as long as I did trying to give this book a chance to get better, I know how Stephen King is. I've read a lot of his books and know how they can start off slow but this book never changed. Sorry but I just did not like this book at all.