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.
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.
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.