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.
I Luv all things S. King written stories 💗 💗💗💗 great listening. I hate to have forfill a certain amount of words before my review will be accepted.
I loved this story so much (then again, I am a King fan) and I thought the performance was most excellent...totally invested and thoughtful. But who, oh who was the audio engineer??? The ends of words are frequently chopped off and moments where a pause is necessary are just cut right out. I feel so terrible about not giving it five stars overall...sad that the reader put so much time and attention in to have moments butchered by a thoughtless edit. Still...i was totally sucked in. Just had to rise above those awful cuts.
I couldn't wait for it to end but wanted to see how it turned out. I went to a movie with my wife a few months back and the couple next to us got up to leave after it was over and the girl asked him what did you think? He said just shoot me now. That's the feeling you get the whole time listening to this long f ing walk.
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.
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