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The Running Man | [Stephen King]

The Running Man

The year is 2025. The Running Man is America's favorite television game show. Ben Richards is the program's latest contestant-and the Hunters' latest target in a rigged game of death.
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Publisher's Summary

The year is 2025. The Running Man is America's favorite television game show. Ben Richards is the program's latest contestant-and the Hunters' latest target in a rigged game of death.

©1982 Richard Bachman (P)2010 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"Merely by tickling the keys of his word-processor King can make the flesh creep half a world away" (The Times)
"Stephen King is one of those natural storytellers...getting hooked is easy" (Frances Fyfield, Express)
"An incredibly gifted writer, whose writing, like Truman Capote's, is so fluid that you often forget that you're reading." (Guardian)

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    John Kramlich 04-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "SPOILER IN FIRST CHAPTER"

    Skip the first chapter. It casually tells you the ending of the story which was incredibly frustrating to hear.

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    bukaroobonzai Middle of Nowhere 03-30-15
    bukaroobonzai Middle of Nowhere 03-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Did not disappoint"

    I have always loved this book. And Kevin K did a great job narrating. Excellent book. I highly recommend it

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    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 01-01-15
    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 01-01-15

    An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.

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    "Really good but could use a little update"
    Would you listen to The Running Man again? Why?

    Definitely, its a very interesting story but simple at its core. Nothing like the Arnold movie version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a simple tale of survival, it propositions the questions of what would you do for your family and what would you do to survive.


    What does Kevin Kenerly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kenerly had a gruffness and a way with portraying the evilness of the corporations members.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Running Man and why?

    I think the woman from the carjacking scene. The way her characters beliefs of the government and the corporation slowly unwind and her realization that her world isn't as perfect as she thought.


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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 10-30-14
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 10-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The book is better than the movie of the same name"
    If you could sum up The Running Man in three words, what would they be?

    The Running Man


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Running Man. A strong willed character.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Kenerly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't believe I have.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. But come to think of it, the end where he walks around. It grossed me out quite a bit. I cannot say any more.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book more than the movie. Although the movie was good, the book delivered the story better.

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    K. Burch 07-23-14
    K. Burch 07-23-14

    Speculative fiction is my genre. Narrative voice (the voice the author wrote the tale in) is very important to me. I love good dialogue.

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    "Great story, wrong voice to tell it."
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Kevin Kenerly?

    I like King's earlier works. His newer stuff is okay, but everything from the late 80's on is so self-concious (does EVERY protagonist have to be a writer?) and too over-written for my tastes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's gritty and hopeless, and flips off the world it exists in at the conclusion. Typical Bachman beauty.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Kenerly?

    Jeffery Kafer would be my first choice. Somebody with a hard and expressive voice. The main character is supposed to be a jaded looser that sees the world for its true ugliness, and hates the man for perpetuating and exploiting it.


    Do you think The Running Man needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it works perfectly as a stand alone.


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    Ozzie 03-18-12
    Ozzie 03-18-12

    S.K. fanatic

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    "King/Bachman channels Orwell, Brilliantly !!"

    Seen the movie? Don't expect anything to be the same. This book presents a similar dystopian view of the future (2025) , but with a much more Orwellian take on things than the film. I may be bias , being a King/Bachman fanatic, but I had a great time listening and look forward to the second read.

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    Ana TEMECULA, CA, United States 05-06-11
    Ana TEMECULA, CA, United States 05-06-11
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    "Great story, NOT so great reader"


    I've read this book years ago and it was as good as I had remembered it (very current despite the fact that it was written so many years ago). We listened to it while driving cross country and I was very disappointed. The way it was read...It would have easily put us to sleep. We had the volume all the way up but the reader's voice fluctuated so much that at times we could not hear and other times we could not hear anything else (I had to readjust constantly). I understand the need for emphasis but you can do that without raising or lowering your voice. Would not recommend for road trip listening

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    Rachel HANNA CITY, IL, United States 02-23-12
    Rachel HANNA CITY, IL, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Interesting"

    I thought the book had a nice twist ending. Another one of Stephen King's great books.

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    sona 10-25-11
    sona 10-25-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Stephen King losing his touch?"

    Okay-ish futuristic tale. Can always tell it's written by a man when encountering the rather distasteful and gratuitous sexual references (are they really necessary?). Rather dark & grim otherwise. Probably fittingly for the setting. But perhaps unrelentingly so. Could use some relief along the way. Nice depiction of an unregulated spiral of the free market into stratifying society and the 'otherness' it creates between classes. Makes a good read to give to a supporter of the wealthy classes to give them an inkling of what they're shaping the world into.

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    Stephen Lutz, FL, United States 01-03-11
    Stephen Lutz, FL, United States 01-03-11 Member Since 2012
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    "It was Ok"

    I am sure this book was wonderful in the early 80’s when it was written. One thing Stephen King does, and I have heard him say he does, is he rights in the time he is righting. He readily admits that a lot of his books “Date themselves”. This is not a bad thing at all, and many of his books do hold up to the test of time. This book, however, did not. It is just hard for me to read something written 30 or 35 years ago about what life is going to be like, “Now” and it is always this horrible, dark view of the future. I did get a kick out of the technology though. How there was no Concept of the internet and wireless devices. Of cores King would have hand no way to even hold the consept of this this in 1980’s. But the way he had to record things on a video tape and mail it in just cracked me up. Oh well, it was interesting I guess but not grate. Just like this review. :0)>

    1 of 18 people found this review helpful

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