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The Long Walk | [Stephen King]

The Long Walk

On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as The Long Walk. If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying.
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Publisher's Summary

On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as The Long Walk. If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying.

©1979 Richard Bachman (P)2010 Penguin

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    Mark 03-03-15
    Mark 03-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "no pay off"

    u pretty much get what the title says they walk and walk and when u think ur gonna get rewarded. .u don't

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    maverick TX USA 02-09-15
    maverick TX USA 02-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "If you like Bachman stories, it's great!"

    Very well done. Not Stephen King style, but Richard Bachman style. A few things not to like within an amazing concept of a story.

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    Anthony Celestina Jr Pennsylvania, USA 01-20-15
    Anthony Celestina Jr Pennsylvania, USA 01-20-15
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    "Grim and wonderful."

    I 've always loved this story. Eye opening and dark! One of my favorite King stories and My number 1 of the Bachman books. Thank you.

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    robert 01-19-15
    robert 01-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "liked it-"

    I enjoy his work loads. I loved the story, it was pretty interesting. The ending was kinda anticlimactic... hope it's never a movie, as it would be slow as heck.

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    Daniel 01-19-15
    Daniel 01-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Hunger games kiss Kings sore feet"

    Exhausting and excellent. My first Bachman book and I loved it. Tighten your laces and join the long walk friends.

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    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 10-21-14
    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 10-21-14

    An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.

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    If you could sum up The Long Walk in three words, what would they be?

    Walking Hunger Games


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

    Yes, King has a way with setting the story and immersing you in it.


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    I love Heybornes ability to give so much emotion in his voice.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Long Walk and why?

    The first kid to die. His final words were a sucker punch.


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    Hector 09-02-14
    Hector 09-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Typical and repetitive...."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes...a little less of the main character. The main character was a bit boring. There are many characters w/in the book in which I wanted to get to know more of.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wish we knew more of the main villain. He sputters in and out of the book.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Stebbins was awesome. He played him very well


    Do you think The Long Walk needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yeah I think it would be nice to see the aftermath of the contest.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the repetitive actions of the story line.
    I think Kirby Heyborne did very well on his performnce.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn Boston, MA, United States 05-14-14
    JoAnn Boston, MA, United States 05-14-14
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    "Walk... don't run.. to this"

    This was a decent read, and I'm sure was revolutionary in 1994, but now that our culture is awash with post-apocalyptic adventure tales in which America's teens are pitted against each other in a tornado of violence, social dynamics, villains, and true love, a story about... boys... in the 1950s... walking... in a straight line... through Maine... competitively... seems a bit, er, boring by comparison. Sure there are horrific killings... and a kid who dies from blue balls, but overall... eh?

    At best, this story would be described as the Lord of the Flies meets the Hunger Games. At worst... I'll probably remember that a kid dies from blue balls.

    The reader was sufficient- but if you have an aversion to raspy narrators, he perpetually has to convey exhaustion, so there's a lot of rasp. Not his fault, but a disclaimer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katya A new york 10-18-13
    Katya A new york 10-18-13
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    "Compelling and thought-provoking"

    Matuculous and extensive in his writing style, King does a great job illustrating protagonist's progression from somewhat naive and uncomplicated teenager to cynical and bitter young man, his slow departure into madness, and completely believable re-evaluation of self, the walk and his friends.

    I wish there were more details on the 'universe' this book is set in. What caused this tradition? What kind of world they live in? I prefer well-developed backdrops in fiction, but lack of commentary did not take away from the book. All you see as a reader is a road, seemingly endless, bleak and full of ache.

    I have read some criticisms of the ending, but the ending was intelligent. It is ambiguous, and seemingly purposefully so. If you want to settle into a happy ending where the knots are fitfully tied, perhaps romance novels would be more suiting.

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    Bill Centerville, GA, United States 07-21-13
    Bill Centerville, GA, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Dissapointing"

    I am true King fan, I have read them all. This was easily the worst, though I hate to say it. It starts off with a ridiculous premise, then fails to expand on why any of it is that way. I mean think about it- how many people would volunteer for this walk, knowing only one out of a hundred of them will survive? I can't believe anyone really thought this book was scary, instead it was just extremely repetitive and boring. This first hour of my listen was spent thinking that maybe we would be listening to details of three or four long walks... I just couldn't see how only one could be stretched over 10 hours. Boy was I wrong! I can't and don't recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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