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The Road Virus Heads North | [Stephen King]

The Road Virus Heads North

The Road Virus Heads North tracks an author who buys a creepy painting at a yard sale which was painted by a metal-head neighbor just before he committed suicide.
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Publisher's Summary

The Road Virus Heads North tracks an author who buys a creepy painting at a yard sale which was painted by a metal-head neighbor just before he committed suicide.

This story is also available in Everything's Eventual.

©2002 Stephen King; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Rob Woodstock, GA, United States 08-24-10
    Rob Woodstock, GA, United States 08-24-10
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    "Classic King"

    I like this, this is classic short Story King all the way. Quick and dirty, that is the way a short story should read and this one hits the mark. Well Done Master!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 04-06-14
    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2013

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    Would you listen to The Road Virus Heads North again? Why?

    I would listen again because it was a good listen until the end.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The beginning was intriguing - at the yard sale. The end was just a letdown. The 'creature' coming for him - the end.


    What does Jay O. Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked the reader's style and his voice. He is easy to listen to and I wanted to hear more.


    If you could rename The Road Virus Heads North, what would you call it?

    Yard Sale - Caveat Emptor.


    Any additional comments?

    This could have been a really great story. It started off so well with the suicide of the artist and the fact that he was on drugs. It just floundered at the end. It could have almost been the story of the Monkey's Paw in a skewed way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Ducharme Somersworth, NH USA 01-16-13
    J. Ducharme Somersworth, NH USA 01-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice Stephen King appetizer."

    I enjoyed this short story by Stephen King. The performance was good and the story kept moving pretty good. I think this would have made a great Twilight Zone episode.

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    Deanna 05-22-12
    Deanna 05-22-12 Member Since 2007
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    Would you listen to The Road Virus Heads North again? Why?

    Yes, I have already listened like three times and would listen agian.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the main character, because I could identify with him.


    What about Jay O. Sanders’s performance did you like?

    Joy O. Sander's voice is very pleasing to listen to. I usually listen at night and don't want any high pitched annoying readings. He also has very good voice dynamics.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Film tag line...One man's treasure is another's misfortune.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a nice quick read/listen book to enjoy. The story is intriguing and the reading is exciting. I definately recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eleanor Chicago, IL, USA 05-02-08
    Eleanor Chicago, IL, USA 05-02-08
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    "The New Earth"

    This is not just a book to read but a workbook for those who what to grow. Each chapter he explains the human condition and human beings allowing you to find your inside self. The final chapter will allow you to flower to grow to help save this earth.

    3 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    "Great little short story"

    The Road Virus Heads North is one of Stephen King's better short stories.

    This one is a tale of an author who buys a painting (done by a kid who later committed suicide) and tells what will happen next in the way the painting changes.

    The changes are subtle at first then more pronounced as time goes on.

    A cracking short tale, well read & with a superb ending.... Excellent

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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