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
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
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.
...wanted to (or did) throw a book across the room after reading the ending?
Read this. You will.
I'm very much a diehard King fan, but this one didn't work for me. I'm aggravated at the time and money and just the sheer stick-to-it-ness I had to display to get through it, because I thought it would eventually get better.
This is just my opinion, folks, but these characters were, across-the-board, uninteresting or unlikeable, and though I desperately wanted to know more about the world they lived in, I didn't want to know anything else about the individuals themselves. Getting through the book felt like my own long walk, where I trudged across the entirety of my country, only to find that the pot of gold at the end of my rainbow was actually a latrine.
And the ending! ARGH! (No spoilers, I promise). If I had to describe the story in colors, it would be.... gray. As in a muddy, brownish-type of gray. All the way through. Just frustrating and aggravating, and I'm irritated that I never once felt invested in any of these characters, which I should have been, because these were young men, kids, and there should have been a twinge or two when someone got their ticket punched, but...nope.
Yes, of course, I'd read anything else this author writes, and I do think the narrator did a fine job. Just not this book, ever again. Oh, how I wanted to like this, but.. no.
Dark Matters, by Dave Crouch, or Cell, by Stephen King.
Oh, don't even get me started.
The concept which lead me to purchase this book sounded awesome but I knew it would be disappointing a few chapters in. A back story for the main characters and how the competition came to be would have made it far more interesting. The entire book is them walking.
I spend a lot of time seeking out the perfect story worthy of my credit. I enjoy suspense thrillers w/ a kick of satire. I'm a picky listener.
Not only is Stephen King a master at his craft but so was Kirby in his performance of the Long Walk.
I will listen to anything read by him. He acts the story out so you are able to hear the characters shortness of breath. You could feel and here when they had a cold or bloody nose. His voice transported you directly into the line of walkers.
This story was nauseatingly gross at times yet amazing. Make no misunderstanding, this book is about personal progress and there are only are a few gut wrenching moments.
It's been a little while since I had a story that I couldn't stop listening to and I recommend this one highly !
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