In this number-one national best seller, "master storyteller" (Houston Chronicle) Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, tells the tale of the contestants of a grueling walking competition where there can beonly one winner - the one who survives.
In the near future, when America has become a police state, 100 boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is 16-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules - keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you're out - permanently.
With an introduction by Stephen King on "The Importance of Being Bachman".
©1979 Richard Bachman (P)2010 Penguin Audio
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
A MOMENT LATER, A RED HEADED BOY'S FACE WAS BLOWN AWAY
A Good book, written by a great author. I am in agreement with several of my fellow reviewers: Beverly- Who would have thought kids walking would make such a good story. I am always amazed in how King takes so little and does so much with it. A woman tied in her bed, a man stuck in bed and being tortured by a crazy lady, a girl lost in the woods etc... King is the expert at building characters. I have said it one hundred times, King's books are so scary because we get to know the characters and care what happens to them. Khadeejah- Story was intense. Mostly towards the end, these kids are in so much pain, physically and mentally and the writing is intense, which leads to Dustin- My feet still hurt. I felt I was on the walk, I felt tired, physically and mentally, I was worried I would get three warnings. I also agree with Jenna- Want to know more about the state. The United States these boys live in, is not very well explained. A police state is hinted at, but no world building is done here. Course, I hark back to character development, King rarely builds universes he seems to like us to use our imaginations to come up with what we think.
I liked the book and it pulled at my heart strings.
I GAVE HER MY HEART
SHE TOOK IT APART
WHO GIVES A FART
I am a writer who loves reading.
I really loved the story. The narrator did a good job too, but there are moments in the audio where the sentences appear to be clipped off. I can't tell if this means I ended up missing a sentence or two or if it's just a glitch. But, unfortunately, it kept taking me out of the story.
A phenomenal and haunting story. What began as a seemingly obvious metaphor for life evolves quickly into a grotesquely captivating, character driven epic. I found myself unable to breathe at times. Kirby Heyborne really does this story justice and is an excellent narrator. If you are a King fan, this is a worthwhile listen. This is not a story for the faint of heart.
mom of 3
Fairly well read, gripping story. The concept is great and leaves you wanting more. Well done King!
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