I have become a new fan of Stephen King. The long walk was a bit gory and perhaps unbelievable at first, but was exciting to listen to as I got lost in the story and began to believe. The narrator was excellent in not just reading the book but dramatizing it with somewhat different voices for each of the main characters. I was on the edge of my "bed" while listening to this book and intrigued by the conversations of the boys, actually learning from this book. It got me thinking about how I would be as a long walker. Great listen for this new Stephen King fan.
It was OK, he was working with very little
This was a really bad short story turned into a really awful novel. We know of no reason why they walked, why this society was a-moral and monstrous, what the walk was intended to accomplish or why it was ever instituted. I have often been inspired, moved, wildly entertained and generally very pleased with Stephen King's works...never bored to tears and a bit angry for foisting a book on us that should have stayed in the proverbial shoebox under the desk. This book is, all in all, a tremendous waste of time.
I'm not sure why it took me so long to find this Richard Bachman/ Stephen King book, but when I read some reviews on Audible, I decided it was worth one of my precious credits. I'm glad I did, because I enjoyed this book. The premise was an interesting one, with teenaged boys on a do-or-die death March through New England, and the characters were unique. The only part that disappointed me was the ending, so I listened twice and still didn't quite grasp it. Oh well......the rest of the book kept me entertained on my own "Long Walks" around the walking trail. :)
Weak story way way to long
Yes its done and I don't have to listen again
Stephen King is a great Author however all his books are dragged out forever during the introduction of characters. The long walk could have been two pages long yet it went on for hours.
This book was so long and irritating. It was extremely boring too. Really, this could have been done within 1.5hr. I know Stephen King like to drag things out, but this was too much. I was so happy for a kid to die only because there was something going on. The language was too much, but I guess this just S.K's way. PLEASE DO NOT WAIST CREDIT OR MONEY.
The story is simplistic for King. I am a huge fan but this is not one of his better works.
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.
I would recommend that a friend read the book instead of listening to the audiobook because I think that I would have enjoyed it more that way. I had a hard time keeping track of the characters. I don't know why, but when a character yelled/screamed, it bothered me that the narrator read those parts in a weird raspy whisper voice. He also mispronounced some Maine place names.
The questions that aren't answered, mainly why do they do this?
I don't know. I liked him mostly, but the yelling voice was weird to me.
No. It would ruin the ending of this one to know what happens after.
As someone from Maine, I don't understand why narrators/readers can't find out how to pronounce the names of places in the setting of a book. I imagine it's the same for listeners from different parts of the country/world. It takes me away from the story to hear a simple town name mispronounced.