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Mile 81 | [Stephen King]

Mile 81

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.
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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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    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 millington, tn, United States 07-30-12
    cheryl millington, tn, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2010
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Grinton Chicago, Il 07-02-12
    A. Grinton Chicago, Il 07-02-12 Member Since 2009
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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 2010
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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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    thomas bronx, new york, United States 06-13-12
    thomas bronx, new york, United States 06-13-12

    I love reading horror books and being scared!!!!

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    "I WANT MY MONEY BACK"
    What disappointed you about Mile 81?

    Pretty much everything about this book disappointed me. it started off pretty ok but as "Mile 81" went on it got worse and worse, and by the end of the story i didnot like it one bit. i read books like this expecting to be scared, but buy the end of this i wasint even entertained. especially beacuse the story was based around a MONSTER CAR WHO EATS PEOPLE,, and the end was HORRIBLE. the second story "The Dune" was pretty ok, better than the "Mile 81" story but it was still weak. all in all it was pretty WHACK in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    if your thinking about buying this...BEWARE!!. theirs no scares or thrills

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 06-04-12
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "Short and sweet"
    Where does Mile 81 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hard to say. As a short story it ranks pretty high, but it's not a novel so it's hard for it to have any lasting emotional bonds.


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    karltonwrites Huntsville, AL United States 05-22-12
    karltonwrites Huntsville, AL United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2005

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Short yet satisfying"

    Two short stories - worth my time and coin. "Mile 81" takes a while to start, but it was quite satisfying in the end. I'll say the same for the other short story "The Dune."

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 05-20-12
    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The chills you've come to expect."
    Where does Mile 81 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's probably in the top 10. Mile 81 was a good story that is very well written. Basically what we've come to expect from King. However with that being said it may have been a little too pat. There wasn't alot of "shock or suprise" for me. However with that being said I loved the surprise story at the end. It was full of surprise and was really worth waiting for.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mile 81?

    The interaction of the children with the "horse lady" and the "state police officer". It gave it an extra quality that made the characters feel more three dimensional.


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

    No; however I look forward to hearing them more.


    If you could rename Mile 81, what would you call it?

    I like Mile 81, I am not sure I would change it. It's vague enough to make you wonder but yet tells you where you're at as well.


    Any additional comments?

    While I enjoyed Mile 81 the real gem for me is the suprise story at the end. It is a great peice that makes you think you know where you're going only to slap you in the face for your arrogance. Really a great peice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    john moreland, GA, United States 05-01-12
    john moreland, GA, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic King"
    If you could sum up Mile 81 in three words, what would they be?

    I loved the story, just what I would expected from all time "King" of horror stories.


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    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 04-30-12
    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2005

    Ann

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    "Awesome!"
    Would you listen to Mile 81 again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to this book again because the events were so unpredictable I am anxious to see if I like it as much the second time. I think I will.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The older sibling, who kept the younger siblings in line and out of danger.


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

    I liked everything about their performance. They were articulate and believable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Rest Stop Alien


    Any additional comments?

    Typical King - a totally entertaining story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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