I 've always loved this story. Eye opening and dark! One of my favorite King stories and My number 1 of the Bachman books. Thank you.
I enjoy his work loads. I loved the story, it was pretty interesting. The ending was kinda anticlimactic... hope it's never a movie, as it would be slow as heck.
An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.
Walking Hunger Games
Yes, King has a way with setting the story and immersing you in it.
I love Heybornes ability to give so much emotion in his voice.
The first kid to die. His final words were a sucker punch.
Yes...a little less of the main character. The main character was a bit boring. There are many characters w/in the book in which I wanted to get to know more of.
I wish we knew more of the main villain. He sputters in and out of the book.
Stebbins was awesome. He played him very well
Yeah I think it would be nice to see the aftermath of the contest.
Despite the repetitive actions of the story line.
I think Kirby Heyborne did very well on his performnce.
This was a decent read, and I'm sure was revolutionary in 1994, but now that our culture is awash with post-apocalyptic adventure tales in which America's teens are pitted against each other in a tornado of violence, social dynamics, villains, and true love, a story about... boys... in the 1950s... walking... in a straight line... through Maine... competitively... seems a bit, er, boring by comparison. Sure there are horrific killings... and a kid who dies from blue balls, but overall... eh?
At best, this story would be described as the Lord of the Flies meets the Hunger Games. At worst... I'll probably remember that a kid dies from blue balls.
The reader was sufficient- but if you have an aversion to raspy narrators, he perpetually has to convey exhaustion, so there's a lot of rasp. Not his fault, but a disclaimer.
I am true King fan, I have read them all. This was easily the worst, though I hate to say it. It starts off with a ridiculous premise, then fails to expand on why any of it is that way. I mean think about it- how many people would volunteer for this walk, knowing only one out of a hundred of them will survive? I can't believe anyone really thought this book was scary, instead it was just extremely repetitive and boring. This first hour of my listen was spent thinking that maybe we would be listening to details of three or four long walks... I just couldn't see how only one could be stretched over 10 hours. Boy was I wrong! I can't and don't recommend it.
A lot of people have read all sorts of metaphors into this book. That's fair. What I will say is that if you get through the first few chapters and really like it, keep listening. If you're unsure after the first few chapters, save yourself a lot of time and skip to the end. It's a highly character-driven book, not plot-driven despite what the tag line seems to indicate.
Of Course! It's Stephen King.
He's good, but the same narrator as Gone Girl which was distracting for a while.
When this book ended, I was VERY angry because it was not worth the journey (literally and figuratively)
So, the book starts out interesting enough, but then that's it. The rest of the book is everyone walking. We spent the whole book assuming SOMETHING else has to happen, but it doesn't. It just keeps going and going.... Is the writing style symbolic of the boys long, tedious walk? Probably. But not worth the long time it takes to listen in our opinions.
Art imitates life as the story was as painful as the walk described in the book. the main character weak, the reason he undertook this walk, unclear. And the endless waxing of life, love and regrets during this grueling challenge by each insipid character, coupled with defiant gestures of tedious predictability, make me wonder why S. King was so enthralled with his own journey, writing under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. This reads just as lamely as some of his other tomes, that try to capture what is his greatest earlier talent: strong and surreal experiences, interwoven with the earthy lives of people, feeling their own fragility, and limits of knowledge. See: Salems Lot, the Shining, the Body.
Same old S, different name. For my money S.King and Richard Bachman should both go jump in a lake, with a copy of this book shoved down their pants.
i did appreciate how the narrator read the story, and the germ of the concept intrigued me as well. But i sure wished I walked on by.
This book really kept me engaged. For days afterward I wondered...how fast is that? Am I walking that fast now? How long could I keep it up? And above all I wondered why. Why would anyone....would anyone? Hmm...