Only Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, can imagine the horror of a good and angry man who fights back against bureaucracy when it threatens to destroy his vitality, home, and memories.
Barton Dawes' unremarkable but comfortable existence suddenly takes a turn for the worst. A new highway extension is being built right over the laundry plant where he works - and right over his home. Dawes isn't the sort of man who will take an insult of this magnitude lying down. His steadfast determination to fight the inevitable course of progress drives his wife and friends away while he tries to face down the uncaring bureaucracy that has destroyed his life.
This number-one national best seller includes an introduction by Stephen King on "The Importance of Being Bachman".
©1981 Richard Bachman (P)2013 Penguin Audio
"Under any name King mesmerizes the reader." (Chicago Sun-Times)
I love King so much, and decided that I would read all his works in chronological order just for fun. Roadwork is one of his titles I had never read, and it was painful to get through. I even switched to the audiobook because I didn't think I could a slog through the text on my own.
G. Valmont Thomas gives a stellar performance in the audiobook, but the story is godawful. There definitely is a huge voice difference between King and Bachman, and I am learning that I really can't stand Bachman...
Like watching a cigarette burn out in your hand and your unable to drop it.
Your watching a man on the edge, preparing for the ultimate finales.
The performance is riveting and very impressive.
Love a good story that takes me outta my day to day life.
Read this 23 years ago while in highs school and didn't get how Bart could get so unhinged. Listening to it now after college and grad school and 9/11 and 2008 and totally understand his rage against the machine. Not your typical King, cuz he's Bachman, but a nice break from his work. Narration was first class but his women's voices are off.
Audible review: If I never have to listen to this guy do his approximation of a woman's voice again it'll be too soon. I have to assume he has never heard a woman speak at all, and only had the sound of a woman's voice relayed to him by a 10-year-old boy. It made the book almost unbearable.
Story-wise the book is fine. Not great, one of my least-favorite of King's, but his sharp character development as always makes it worth a read. (NOT a listen.)
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