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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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    J. Ducharme Somersworth, NH USA 01-01-13
    J. Ducharme Somersworth, NH USA 01-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Recycled Children of the Corn"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sure - short story, not bad.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King and Joe Hill ? Why or why not?

    Of course. I am determined to read / listen to every Stephen King book ever written. I'm almost there...


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

    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.


    Do you think In the Tall Grass needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It already seemed like it was a follow-up book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Lisa Goodlettsville, TN, United States 12-24-12
    Lisa Goodlettsville, TN, United States 12-24-12
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    "Poor acting"
    What would have made In the Tall Grass better?

    A different reader.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King and Joe Hill ? Why or why not?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


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

    I think the story itself was ok, but I will probably read it for myself sometime just to see.


    Any additional comments?

    Please help the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Clark Near the eastern border of the Republic 12-19-12
    J. Clark Near the eastern border of the Republic 12-19-12

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    "Great start...not much else"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Lang’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa 12-01-12
    Teresa 12-01-12

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    "Classic King"

    "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.

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    Amazon Customer 11-05-12
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    "What you expect is something surprising..."

    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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    Elissa ATLANTA, GA, United States 11-05-12
    Elissa ATLANTA, GA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Not King's Best"
    What made the experience of listening to In the Tall Grass the most enjoyable?

    The narration was superb. I loved listening to it!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King and Joe Hill ? Why or why not?

    I will because the writing was in King's style, which I love, but I will be dubious because I felt the storyline was weak.


    What about Stephen Lang’s performance did you like?

    Loved it! I am looking for more of his narrations!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The beginning (as everything that King does) grabs you and pulls you into the story. He is the master at that.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the narration and the hook, I just wish it had been a better story but that's just one person's opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Chicago, IL, United States 11-03-12
    Lauren Chicago, IL, United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2011

    I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.

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    "Love a good Short Story"

    Stephen King is so good at the short story and this is no exception. I had a short road trip and I literally timed it perfectly so the book was ending just as I was pulling into the driveway of my family's summer home....kind of spooky. Love it.

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    Marques68 Joplin MO 11-02-12
    Marques68 Joplin MO 11-02-12

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    "Be ready to be horrified!"
    Would you listen to In the Tall Grass again? Why?

    I listened to In the Tall Grass twice! Just had to make sure I really was hearing what I thought I was hearing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The turn of events are horrifying! From beggining to end this story grabs your attention and quickly turns your insides out when all hell breaks loose In the Tall Grass!


    What about Stephen Lang’s performance did you like?

    The narrator does a fantastic job in telling this story. Nothing boring about it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book didn't make me laugh or cry, but it did make my jaw drop so far south I had to pick it up with a shovel. I'm also pretty sure my eyes got as big as dinner plates had I had the chance to observe my own reaction in front of a mirror. Watch your jaw. Yours just might drop too!


    Any additional comments?

    No money wasted here. This is a short story that can be listened to in less than 2 hours. It's a short ride, but oh boy, is it a ride!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Atlanta, GA, United States 10-31-12
    Josh Atlanta, GA, United States 10-31-12

    Studying to be a Mechanical Engineer at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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    "This story is amazing!"

    I like this story a lot more than than A Face in a Crowd, which was at least a little confusing and at most not one of Kings best works.

    This on the other hand is one of Kings best short stories. I love the flow from one point to the other, the style, insanity, and absurdness of it all. Its terrifying and unnerving.

    Its so damn creative and well done. It brings reality into a the realm of the supernatural, which King does greatly in all of his works, but this one best of all.

    I'm curious as to who is the real driving force here, King or his son Hill? It definitely has King's style, but if this is any hint at Hill;s style, I look forward to his future releases.

    The narration is great to. The performance is great, but a good narration isn't just about how well one performance but also on how well received their voice is. This narrator has a very pleasant voice and fits very well into the story.

    Lang's narration combined with King and Hill's wonderful writing really brought the story to life. More than a few times, I found my self laughing out load, amazed at how real the terror was.

    This could really progress into an excellent novel, but that isn't to say it isn't the perfect length, because as much as I want more of it, I'd be lying if I didn't admit that making it a short story is part of what makes it so damn good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Whittier, CA 10-24-12
    Dave Whittier, CA 10-24-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.

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    "Straight-Up, Gross-Out Horror"

    This King/Hill collaboration provides a disturbing little tale of a brother and sister on a cross-country trip, who wade out into the tall grass when they hear a child calling for help. I listened to the excellent Matheson homage “Throttle” that King and Hill collaborated on, so in my mind, the bar for this one was set pretty high. This one feels like an old-school Stephen King horror to me – it’s disturbing and gross and without a question horror. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to go much further than what was on the surface as King's (or Hill's) work has in the past, and so when it ended, despite getting a decent dose of horror, I felt a little unsatisfied.

    Stephen Lang’s narration is solid, of course.

    In the end, I’m not exactly disappointed I bought and listened to it, but I have a hard time imagining I’ll return to it again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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