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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

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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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

    21 of 24 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 6 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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Log Jammin Basking Ridge, NJ USA 04-06-17
    Log Jammin Basking Ridge, NJ USA 04-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "spooky"

    this one's gonna stick with me for a while. how does king think of this stuff?

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    A. Harris Horn Lake, MS USA 04-05-17
    A. Harris Horn Lake, MS USA 04-05-17 Member Since 2017

    ash

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    "Makes Me Want To Walk"
    If you could sum up The Long Walk in three words, what would they be?

    Exhausting, Heartache, Anger


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Walk?

    I have two moments that stick out. When Garraty talks to Olson after Stebbins suggests Olson has a secret and the moments with Scramm. Undoubtedly the sweetest character and he broke my heart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know if it's because of the performer but I enjoyed everything with Stebbins. Though he's not in the book much and is the mysterious walker throughout the majority of the book. I just really enjoyed his character.


    If you could rename The Long Walk, what would you call it?

    Bloody Shoes


    Any additional comments?

    I very much enjoy this story, so much so I have listened to it about 2 and a half times. I cried at points and gagged at others. Highly recommend

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    Mike 03-31-17
    Mike 03-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I liked it"

    It was easy to pay attention to, the narrative was a little annoying, but not too bad.

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    M. Wood Pitcher, NY USA 03-19-17
    M. Wood Pitcher, NY USA 03-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Long Walk"

    Always my favorite of all of SK's short stories written as Richard Bachman, the audio version did not disappoint!

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    Lindsay Overland 03-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "quick book. easy listen"

    it was great. I loved the story and the narrator but some words at the end of certain sentences got cut off.

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    Stacy M. Underwood 03-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story"

    Something about this story made me wish it wouldn't end. I am a bit unsure about the very end but perhaps it is open to interpretation.
    This is a very good performance of this book with just enough dramatization.

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    annyabbott3 02-05-17
    annyabbott3 02-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "a sad story but it was worth the read. I Luv all"

    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.

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