Yes, I will listen to it again. It's one of those books that grabs your attention from start to finish.
The route they walked and everything seemed real.
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.
Makes you want to say "what the F**K?"
You have to finish it to believe it. Loved the intro about Stephen King. Not a feel good book and would have been better if not so long.
Stephen King is such a good writer, right up there with Poe. Sometimes, though, I feel he starts some of his books and then passes them on to have someone else finish them. When reading one of his books I look forward to the end and what kind of twist King will put on it. I have only been disappointed twice, and this is one of them. Very predictable ending Not the King style I enjoy maybe you will.
No sure what's going on with Mr. King. I used to look forward for all of his books, somehow; the quality of the books lately is less than desired. Maybe he is on a rush to turn in new material but 11 hours of "nothing" - come on! This is the 3rd book I try to listen to, one I could not even finish (Next), the other (Under the Dome), waste of time, and this one.
All I have to say, poor beginning, bad in between, and lousy ending. Sorry Mr. King, but 3 strikes is enough for me, you are OUT!
Okay if pointless violence is your bag, you'll like this tale. I could bacically sum the book up in a paragraph.
100 18-year-old boys sign up for a contest. Walk till there is only one left. Everyone else gets shot. No explaination. No final resolution at the end. Mindless nonesensical viiolent drivel mixed with out-dated (1950/60) dialogue and concepts.
It started in the middle of the story and, unlike all of the characters, it "walked" nowhere!
No wonder Steven King wanted to write as Bachman.
NEVER READ IT
I DIDNT HAVE A FAVORITE, I GUESS I WAS CAUGHT UP IN THE STRUGGLE OF THE WHOLE GROUP
VERY SMOOTH DELIVERY
WALKING TO THE END OF THE RAINBOW
I normaly enjoy Steven King but this was so bad I could not listen to the second half. Maby the ending was good.
I suppose it makes it remarkable, but this book hooks you into the emotional state of the characters and won't let go. Depressing. I should have predicted it from the intro about the pseudonym. Skip it if you're fighting an illness. It's been a month and I still haven't recovered my faith that I'll be healed.