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The Long Walk Audiobook

The Long Walk

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-29-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-29-16 Member Since 2016

    Paid reviewers, after two weeks get 4-8 votes and have that power to strike unhelpful against others. Check their history! Your money!

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    "ONLY,---- WHAT A STUPID WORD!"

    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

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Rosie 08-19-16
    Rosie 08-19-16
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    "One of my favorites"

    I had initially read this when I was a teen and enjoyed it, but this time being a grown woman it seems it was a lot more profound. The narration was spot on.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Portland, OR, United States 08-10-16
    Julia Portland, OR, United States 08-10-16 Member Since 2013

    I am a writer who loves reading.

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    "Great Story, Clipped Audio"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This is classic King! Love this story"

    I love the Richard Bachman books. I have listened to this one several times, and it always entertains.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Reither columbus, oh 11-30-16
    C. Reither columbus, oh 11-30-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Great precursor to titles like the a Hunger Games"

    Fairly well read, gripping story. The concept is great and leaves you wanting more. Well done King!

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    Bethany M 11-09-16
    Bethany M 11-09-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I love most of King's work, and even the novels that miss the mark for me are usually at least interesting. This one was an exception--it was boring. I forced myself to finish listening in the hopes that there would be a plot twist or that I would at least get a bit more background on the characters, but that never came. There are certainly better King novels, and if you have to choose, go for something else.


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    Krimini 11-08-16
    Krimini 11-08-16
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    "Excellent Story"

    I think when I read this years ago that it was a short story. I found it memorable then but even more so now!

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    Luv2Nap 11-02-16
    Luv2Nap 11-02-16 Member Since 2016

    Stephen King : serious reader

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    "The long walk"

    There were many skips..in the reading .. and the narrative was dry and skippy and not one of Stephen Kings best

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    Amazon Customer USA 11-01-16
    Amazon Customer USA 11-01-16 Member Since 2015

    Winkey

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    "Eat your heart out fellowship of the rings."

    One of the most engrossing King stories I've "read". It strongly benefits from shorter format.

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    Sandra S. 10-25-16
    Sandra S. 10-25-16

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    "Another awesome story"

    Omg. I wasn't expecting the ending. Excellent, kept me engaged the whole way through Classic story telling

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