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 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.
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 read this when I was just a tike. A story of strength and resolve and slowly going totally mad. By the time you are through with this short story you will feel as though you've walked hundreds of miles with the characters yourself.
Audible is better than TV
I will start with the pro
As always King comes through with interesting characters and the characters may well make the book worthwhile for you.
I did not mind that I purchased the book, but I would not do so if I had it all to do over again. I purchased the book because I like dystopian fiction and this story is dystopian, but it only hints at the dystopia. We are in America in present day, but people are disappeared for hinting at opposition to the status quo and for some reason the long walk occurs every year.
I am afraid of adding spoilers so I will leave it at that. The story contains insights into humanity that you find in the Hunger Games and Running Man. It really added nothing new or interesting to these books.
I realize that the author left many things unsaid on purpose. We can all wonder why he chose to do this, but in the end I felt it left too many why questions left for the reader at the end of the book. If those questions are not that important I can definitely say that the plot was not enough to hold the book together. I can state that life can be meaningless and that people like looking at car wrecks without the need to build a book.
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