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Mile 81 Audiobook
Mile 81
Written by: 
Stephen King
Narrated by: 
Edward Herrmann, Thomas Sadoski
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Mile 81 Audiobook

Mile 81

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Publisher's Summary

Mile 81 is Stand by Me meets Christine - the story of an insatiable car and a heroic kid.

At Mile 81 on the Maine turnpike is a boarded-up rest stop, a place where high-school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high-school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side.” Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his 10th birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.

Not much later, a mud-covered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn’t been any rain in New England for over a week) veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that says “closed, no services”. The driver’s door opens, but nobody gets out.

Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland. On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls “the ultimate insurance manual”, but it isn’t going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon. He pulls up behind it, puts on his four-ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates.

Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over. Julianne finds Doug Clayton’s cracked cell phone near the wagon door - and gets too close herself. By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. Two kids - Rachel and Blake Lussier - and one horse named Deedee are the only living left. Unless you maybe count the wagon.

©2012 The Storyville Company, LLC. (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    Melody Ocoee, FL 02-17-15
    Melody Ocoee, FL 02-17-15 Member Since 2016

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Loved it"

    Really enjoyed how Stephen King created the scene and details he puts into his stories. This audio recording also included The Dune.

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    melanie United States 04-10-13
    melanie United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good"

    This was an interesting story, narrated well, and enjoyable, though not the best of Stephen King's work.

    I would still recommend it.

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    Delilah Boston, MA 12-13-12
    Delilah Boston, MA 12-13-12 Member Since 2013

    Dissonant Muse

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    "Even When King's not at his Best, He's Five Stars"

    Were these two of King's best novellas? Certainly not. Were they true to his addictively unique voice and full of fantastic character portraits as always? Of course. Certainly worthwhile for any King fan. The two tales within, Mile 81 and The Dune, are both engrossing and well-told - if a tad derivative - and I doubt you'll be left with regrets.

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    Rick Cotacachi, Ecuador 12-08-12
    Rick Cotacachi, Ecuador 12-08-12 Member Since 2013

    In a small, peaceful town on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion.

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    "A Deadly Detour"

    With all the eerie scene-setting of a Stephen King work, and more than a few horrifying events, this little story never really goes anywhere.

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    Arnold 12-05-12
    Arnold 12-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Creative great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a SK Fan I love his variety of storys this one was short and a great story.


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    Rebecca R. Caledonia, New York United States 11-26-12
    Rebecca R. Caledonia, New York United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Totally King"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would not recommend this book. A car-thing that eats people??? Really?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    I enjoyed listening to the Gunslinger, so maybe. Or possibly it was just that the narrator was just that good.


    Did Mile 81 inspire you to do anything?

    Turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    This may appeal to a younger audience that is less mature. Half way through the story I still cannot find anything redeeming about it and I turned it off. I will not wonder what happened.

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    Jim 10-29-12
    Jim 10-29-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Didn't like Ending"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's a short story but I would have liked it to have an ending


    Would you recommend Mile 81 to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, because it did not have an ending


    Did Edward Herrmann and Thomas Sadoski do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, the differienation was obvious


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO


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    cheryl 07-30-12
    cheryl 07-30-12
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    "No one does it like King - don't miss this!"
    Where does Mile 81 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites. I'd not read this, so it was a double treat.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Creepy - sucked me right in.


    What about Edward Herrmann and Thomas Sadoski ’s performance did you like?

    Edward Herrmann nailed the Southern judge accent - the ending of "The Dune" gave me chills.


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    Thomas G. Chicago, Il 07-02-12
    Thomas G. Chicago, Il 07-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Another winner from the master"
    Where does Mile 81 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in the top of the heap


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters were well-written and it kept your interest


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann and Thomas Sadoski ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Too short!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    angela auburn, mi, United States 06-25-12
    angela auburn, mi, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun short story"

    I enjoyed this during a 3 hour car trip. Amazing character development in a very short time.

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