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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.
Loved the narrator, the story, and the performance itself. Have listened to it twice and still find things that I missed. Good job Kirby for a job well done and to Stephen King for writing it.
The narration involved a lot of yelling, which was poorly used to portray the emotion of the moment as it often came across monotone and meaningless. overall however, the story was flawless and awe inspiring
I had a hard time with the fact that these kids signed up for this walk in the first place. I don't think King developed a good enough reason; a believable reason for these kids to be doing this walk and I had a problem with that throughout the story. Some of these guys had wives and girlfriends and I couldn't understand why they would give up their lives for what was almost certain death . Also The characters weren't as developed as they were in other books of his for example 11/22/63. I also feel that the conclusion was a bit of disappointment. during the story he built up a fear of what these kids would look like as they finished and the finisher just didn't seem to be that bad off to me. I I will say that the story was as gripping as any of his and I could not stop listening. And when I stopped I couldn't wait to get back to listening.
Very well done. Not Stephen King style, but Richard Bachman style. A few things not to like within an amazing concept of a story.