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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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    Tacy Prince Frederick, MD, United States 02-03-12
    Tacy Prince Frederick, MD, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2006
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    "awesome"
    What made the experience of listening to Mile 81 the most enjoyable?

    Loved it, classic short story, absolutely perfect!


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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Walnut Creek 06-23-15
    Amazon Customer Walnut Creek 06-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great short story"

    the narrator was good and although the story was somewhat predictable it was still good and like a classic camp fire horror story.

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    Lady Pamela New Mexico 03-21-15
    Lady Pamela New Mexico 03-21-15

    And Buffalo George

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    "So?"

    Great short story, fun listen. However, this one ended with no answers. Maybe, the kids in the story don't know anything more...but a hint would have been entrancing.

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    King Peter 03-04-15
    King Peter 03-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Boo"

    Too short, none of body, you don't even really get to know the characters, but at least I didn't have to suffer long.

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    Marques68 Joplin MO 03-06-13
    Marques68 Joplin MO 03-06-13

    k1968mm Katia

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    "Jesus Rice Crispies Christ It's a Classic!"
    Would you listen to Mile 81 again? Why?

    Boo-ya yes! Both stories (Mile 81 and Dune) are classic SK stories, short enough to listen to during a daily walk or while doing housework. When I heard "Jesus Rice Crispies Christ" in Mile 81 I just cracked up laughing. This book had me wondering, gasping, laughing, and feeling I was given a good book for my buck.
    The first story regards three kids, a preacher, an ex- mud wrestler, a horse, a couple well off enough to own an Expedition, and a couple of cops.
    The second story regards a retired judge, a Will, and writing in the sand.


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

    The title of my review says it all...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Slurp, slurp, pop. I won't provide any spoilers in my reviews!


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

    I wouldn't !


    Any additional comments?

    A narrator’s performance can either make listening to a book a great experience or totally ruin the book all together. I was pleasantly surprised with both of these guys telling me the story of Mile 81.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 01-26-13
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice for a brief interruption"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Nothing stands out.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Edward Herrmann and Thomas Sadoski ?

    Sure.


    Was Mile 81 worth the listening time?

    I believe it was a nice interruption between the longer titles I read.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin L. 07-13-12
    Kevin L. 07-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Ripoff! This is not a book."
    What disappointed you about Mile 81?

    I thought I bought a book. Instead I got 3 short stories. I'd like a refund!


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    I thought I bought a book. Instead I got 3 short stories. I'd like a refund!


    How could the performance have been better?

    It could have been a book.


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    Amazon Customer 04-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Suspensful..but once again the story ended oddly"

    The book starts out a little slow, the story is sort of disjointed, but once the story gets going however the suspense builds and you start to get into it. I was dissapointed in how the story ended. It really made no sense to me, it was a quick read (listen) and it left me wanting to know more. In some cases that could be considered a good thing in this case, I don't feel like it is.

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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 03-17-12
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Two Serviceable King Tales"

    These two stories are perfect for quick listens. Both move quickly, and the eponymous story is action-filled.
    Having said that, I much preferred the second feature, "Dune," a much quieter story with a growing sense of the sinister and a definite touch of O. Henry.
    Recommended for Stephen King fans, particularly those who like his shorter fiction.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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