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
I understand it's a short story but I felt the ending was just unsatisfying. It felt rushed and incomplete.
I might check out S.K.'s other short story ... "A Face In the Crowd."
He was ok. I had no problem with his performance.
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.
Save you credit/money. This was not worth the $4+ I paid.
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.
The narrator was just fine.
Eating aborted fetuses is about as yuck as you can get.
Its a great concept, just a very poor story. Worst king ever. and im a huge king fan.
narration was fine, just a very poor story
Im shocked that king wrote this. I have read/listened to all of kings works. 11-22-63 is one of my top 5 books of all time. I love the dark tower and many others. this is just poor.
I read the title and pretty much knew the entire plot. I do love King stories and enjoyed the book even though there were no surprises.
Sure - short story, not bad.
Of course. I am determined to read / listen to every Stephen King book ever written. I'm almost there...
Better than some readers, worse than others. There were only a couple of characters in this book so not the most impressive performance in the world but he did a fine job.
No. It already seemed like it was a follow-up book.
This book seemed like the Cliff notes to "Children of the Corn". While I enjoyed it, I had this sense of Deja Vu for most of the book. It was still good but seemed recycled.
A different reader.
Yes I love Stephen King. I don't love all of his stories but that's to be expected. You have to judge the story based on its own merit, not simply because a certain person wrote it. I don't think I've read any other books by Joe Hill, but I plan to now.
I really don't like to criticize someone's work when I probably couldn't do better, but the performance this reader gave was so distracting I had a hard time getting into the story. Its hard to describe accurately but he put emphasis on the wrong words in sentences and it felt like he was saying characters' lines improperly. It seems like he was just trying too hard and went over the top. Overall, his performance just made me mad. I can't really recommend this reading at all.
I think the story itself was ok, but I will probably read it for myself sometime just to see.
Please help the reader.
Grammar and Common Sense Patrol
I wouldn't recommend this book. I have always been a King fan and I've heard really good things about Joe Hill. I wanted to like it, but I couldn't.
I've never heard an audiobook read by Stephen Lang, but he does an excellent job--just not quite enough to save a mediocre story.
In a small, peaceful town on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion.
The premise—a simple stand of tall roadside grass that baffles and captures those who are lured into it—is a good one. Novels have been based on less. This short story almost felt like the outline of a novel, and as such, it seems incomplete. A lot of things happen, but we are given little understanding of why.
"In the Tall Grass" is classic King. Similar in many respects to "Children of the Corn" but short and sweet. I was sorry to see one of the characters...who shall remain nameless...killed off but that is also classic King...don't get attached to anyone. They may not make it! Just enough scary, just enough paranormal, and just enough of the OMG factor for a short story. Recommended for a quick listen.
And Stephen King and Joe Hill deliver. Once again King preys on our common fears--fears that keep us awake at night and give us pause in the daylight--to scare the living hell out of us. It's a perfect story for October. It's short, terrifying, horrifying and disgusting; and Stephen Lang's audio performance translates all the terror, horror and disgust beautifully.
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