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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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    07-11-12
    07-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you listen to The Long Walk again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to it again. It's one of those books that grabs your attention from start to finish.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The route they walked and everything seemed real.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Bulverde, TX, United States 06-28-12
    Vicki Bulverde, TX, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorite Bachman books"

    I loved the introduction; it explained so many things about Mr. King and his Bachman books. I always love to listen to him talk. He has the most interesting ideas and viewpoints and he truly likes PEOPLE. I couldn't care less about some of the horror/fantasy trips that some of his books take (I read them in spite of some of that); I read them for the characters, what they experience, what they think and how they resolve the "challenges" that Mr. King throws at them.

    This is one of my favorite of his Bachman books. The whole premise is interesting if not a little pessimistic for the future. (SPOILER ALERT: What kind of future whittles 100 teenage boys to 1 in such a brutal way - every year? I guess a future that depends upon TV ratings. Hmmmmm...) But the story, the experiences, the ideas going through those teenagers' heads is compelling. Oddly, I find myself reading/listening to this story every couple of years. Just to walk a mile in his shoes, I guess.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann COOPERSVILLE, MI, United States 05-16-10
    Ann COOPERSVILLE, MI, United States 05-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Can't stop listening"

    Makes you want to say "what the F**K?"
    You have to finish it to believe it. Loved the intro about Stephen King. Not a feel good book and would have been better if not so long.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew MOSCOW, IDAHO, United States 07-12-14
    Matthew MOSCOW, IDAHO, United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Bachman should have stayed dead."

    A seriously meaningless story. Don't waste your time on this. King is obviously trying to maximize income at the expense of his integrity - there is no other reasonable explanation for why he would soil his reputation with such claptrap.

    A very BAD story, poorly written.

    Extremely disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fred Pfeifer 06-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "More Like The Long Sleep"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Terrible story. No backstory as to why they walk other than to win some kind of monetary prize (I think- King was never clear about that). Story trudges on with no real interest or commitment to the characters or the action, what little there is. No wonder King didn't want to use his name on this piece of literary junk.


    Has The Long Walk turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


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

    none


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    don't buy it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anita 06-04-14
    Anita 06-04-14 Member Since 2002
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    "This is a horrible, boring book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one I can think of


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    It was the same thing, day after day, after day, after day, after day, after day...


    What character would you cut from The Long Walk?


    Any additional comments?

    The editor should have burned it.

    0 of 1 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 Member Since 2013
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shau Rochester, NY, United States 11-03-10
    Shau Rochester, NY, United States 11-03-10
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    "Quite a let down"

    Stephen King is such a good writer, right up there with Poe. Sometimes, though, I feel he starts some of his books and then passes them on to have someone else finish them. When reading one of his books I look forward to the end and what kind of twist King will put on it. I have only been disappointed twice, and this is one of them. Very predictable ending Not the King style I enjoy maybe you will.

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 06-27-11
    Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 06-27-11
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    "The long let down"

    No sure what's going on with Mr. King. I used to look forward for all of his books, somehow; the quality of the books lately is less than desired. Maybe he is on a rush to turn in new material but 11 hours of "nothing" - come on! This is the 3rd book I try to listen to, one I could not even finish (Next), the other (Under the Dome), waste of time, and this one.
    All I have to say, poor beginning, bad in between, and lousy ending. Sorry Mr. King, but 3 strikes is enough for me, you are OUT!

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Root Dorn 06-28-11
    Root Dorn 06-28-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Dramatic but pointless"

    Okay if pointless violence is your bag, you'll like this tale. I could bacically sum the book up in a paragraph.
    100 18-year-old boys sign up for a contest. Walk till there is only one left. Everyone else gets shot. No explaination. No final resolution at the end. Mindless nonesensical viiolent drivel mixed with out-dated (1950/60) dialogue and concepts.
    It started in the middle of the story and, unlike all of the characters, it "walked" nowhere!
    No wonder Steven King wanted to write as Bachman.

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful
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