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In the Tall Grass | [Stephen King, Joe Hill]

In the Tall Grass

In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.
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Publisher's Summary

Mile 81 meets "N." in this collaboration between Stephen King and Joe Hill.

As USA Today said of Stephen King's Mile 81: "Park and scream. Could there be any better place to set a horror story than an abandoned rest stop?" In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.

©2012 Stephen King and Joseph Hillstrom King (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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    Connie Norwalk, CT, United States 01-16-14
    Connie Norwalk, CT, United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not What I Hoped For."
    What would have made In the Tall Grass better?

    I don't know. A Whole different story maybe. I feel like I wasted my $7 on this one.


    Has In the Tall Grass turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I won't give up on listening to this genre. I just didn't like this particular book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Lang?

    The Narrator is fine.


    What character would you cut from In the Tall Grass?

    All of them, because I didn't like the story.


    Any additional comments?

    With Stephen King books, you never know what you're going to get. Some are fantastic, and some of them are less than interesting. But that's true with all authors. I will continue to listen to and read Stephen King's books because he has such a weird and strange imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C Mayfair USA 11-25-13
    C Mayfair USA 11-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Yuck"

    The story could have been so good, and started out so well. And then it falls apart completely. Some of it makes no sense whatsoever. And the gross part people are referring to, yes, it is that disgusting. If you are really bored, give it a listen. Just set the bar low.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    merle United States 10-06-13
    merle United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Waste of time"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and Joe Hill and/or Stephen Lang?

    I've read almost all of Stephen Kings books and although I thoroughly enjoyed his earlier works, I haven't been pleased with them in the last few years.


    What could Stephen King and Joe Hill have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Storyline was too weak. The areas that should have connected didn't do so later. I was surprised when the end of the book came because I expected more.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Lang’s performances?

    Maybe


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 08-18-13
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "Not at all what I expect from King or Hill"

    Hill is new, but Heart-shaped box was a great tale. King is a legend. So, together, I expected something AT LEAST half decent. I was disappointed.

    As others have reviewed, this story is more about an abundance of gross details than actual plot. There's no real explanation for anything -- but don't worry, you won't really care.

    I won't ruin it, but suffice to say this is a short story I'd expect from some entry-level hack, not a legend and his offspring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy MANCHESTER, NH, United States 08-08-13
    Judy MANCHESTER, NH, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2011

    I have nearly 400K miles on my van and I listen to a LOT of audiobook! I'm a musician and I listen as I travel from concert to concert.

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    "Not For the Squeamish"
    Would you listen to In the Tall Grass again? Why?

    Probably not. It took a turn that was just a little too disgusting for my "tastes."


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, I listened a week ago and can't recall any of the characters' names, but I guess it would be the sister. She held out the longest.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favorite?

    Again, the sister. Stephen Lang did a great job.


    If you could rename In the Tall Grass, what would you call it?

    All on a Summer's Day


    Any additional comments?

    I usually enjoy the works of the authors and expected this would be an entertaining short story, but found it to be too predictable and over-the-line gross for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Santa Barbara, CA, USA 05-06-13
    Carla Santa Barbara, CA, USA 05-06-13 Member Since 2009

    Audible, take me away!

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    "Boo....."

    So not worth the $7! Bad even for a short story. Narrator was ok, story was a little gory (which i like) but too predictable and boring.

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    melanie United States 04-10-13
    melanie United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't go in the grass!"

    This was a great "edge of your seat" story, that keeps you thinking about it long after you've read it. The narrator does a great job of keeping the suspense high.

    I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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    thepoet Sherman Oaks, CA United States 04-03-13
    thepoet Sherman Oaks, CA United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2011

    chewyluka

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    "Subpar King & Hill"

    The Story:
    Twin twenty somethings, on a trip out west, hear a voice in some tall grass and wade out into it to help only to find themselves wading into a new kind of horror.

    What starts with a lot of potential is a story that isn't just half baked but hardly baked at all. It feels as if father and son traded chapters trying to outdo one another other and ended up stumbling over each other. There's set-up for some interesting potential in the first quarter, even when they first move into the grass. A complicated eb and flow, a life, to the grass is long left in the dust for horrific elements that are hollow and fall flat. There's gore and disturbing moments, if that's all you're looking for, but they don't mean anything. I stopped caring about the two main protagonists shortly after they were in the grass when I realized there wasn't much to the story. These two authors are much better than this, too bad.

    The Narrator:
    Mr. Lang does a great job holding the pieces together here. The characters are well drawn and their voices are quite distinct. I feel like he's a bit out of his element here but this might just be fron the writing.

    The Sum:
    If you want a couple of moments of shallow horrific moments, you'll find them here. On the whole there's not much here to sink your teeth into or to feel scared about. This is more of a waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Sharon Hill, PA, USA 03-10-13
    Angela Sharon Hill, PA, USA 03-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Hated It!"
    What disappointed you about In the Tall Grass?

    I understand it's a short story but I felt the ending was just unsatisfying. It felt rushed and incomplete.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I might check out S.K.'s other short story ... "A Face In the Crowd."


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He was ok. I had no problem with his performance.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Primarily disappointment, some disgust at the vulgarity. I felt it did not enhance the story or even help the reader experience the horror of the character's circumstances.


    Any additional comments?

    Save you credit/money. This was not worth the $4+ I paid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lance AMERICAN FORK, UT, United States 03-04-13
    Lance AMERICAN FORK, UT, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "An Excuse to Write Together"
    What would have made In the Tall Grass better?

    I love Stephen King. It was his books that first got me to love reading, but this was not one of his better efforts. The concept of the story was interesting, but in the end it's just a gross-out shocker that turns out just to be gross. It's like King really wanted to do "something" with his son, and so they just cranked this out in an afternoon.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King and Joe Hill again?

    Oh sure.


    Did Stephen Lang do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator was just fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In the Tall Grass?

    Eating aborted fetuses is about as yuck as you can get.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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