©1982 Richard Bachman (P)2010 Penguin
"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)
Great book, really enjoyable but the prologue with King ruins the ending of the book. Do yourself a favour and skip it.
The opening monologue from the author spoils the ending. Very weak Mr.King (or Bachman). :/ They probably should have left that for the end of the book. Skip like 12 minutes ahead if you have not read this book before!
I enjoyed this book but I wish they kept bringing in the game show elements especially after action scenes. They only did it like once and it really added a great effect to the story but without it became a run of the mill fugitive story. Also, if they had brought hunters more into the story it would have been nice. It's always the police that are after him and after going on about hunters it was very disappointing that they played almost no part. If they were consistent with that it could have made this book much more exciting, I still enjoy it though.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
How fun that this was written 20+ years ago, about the then future, the time we live in now, the early 2000s. King predicted a very dismal USA, with so many people out of work, no real middle class, only those who have and those who do not. The cars all run on air, pollution is extreme, and people readily hurl nasty insults to one another. The premise of this running man in a corrupt game against such a backdrop, I found to be intriguing and a bit addictive. I didn't want to put the book down once I got past the first hour or so. I'm glad I gave this oldie a try.
This is a classic and gripping story, but Audible made a bad mistake by adding a comment by Stephen King BEFORE the book begins. In it he reveals the ending. Make sure you skip this, and come back to it at the end.
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
IT WAS A SHALLOW EMOTION FEELING SORRY
If you have watched the movie this is nothing like it. King kind of mentions that he did not care for the movie, he also did not like the movie Shinning. I believe in both cases the directors did what they needed to make the books popular for Movies. So, the movies are good and the books are good, but they differ in many ways.
SH@T IN YOUR BOOT AND EAT IT.
This is a dark Orwellian type of book. It is very Liberal in it's political views. The United States has gone to Hell in a hand basket. The air is so polluted by large corporations that children are dying from cancers and other diseases that are pollution related. Their is a large divide between the haves and the have nots. The poor have no medical insurance and they are starving. The cops are corrupt, mean and are always calling the people maggots. THE POOR ALWAYS HAVE ITCHY A##HOLES.
All that said, I love the book, love King and love King as Bachman. Long before their was a Survivor or nothing on TV, but reality shows, King had predicted that we would be watching game shows in which real people, put their lives on the line for money. I like the main character, who despite the situations he is thrown in, remains defiant. I agree with some others that more could have been done with the game itself and with the hunters. If you read a lot of King, then you know he is more interested in making social statements then in scary books. He has a reputation for the scary, but most of his books are character driven with scary as the backdrop. He usually has a message and it us usually liberal. When they make the movies they take out the message for scary effects. Read the book and watch the movies, you will like both.
King's writing is always the best part. I can really feel like I'm inside the stories.
This foreword is great, especially for fans of King that've read his Bachman books. HOWEVER, in it, King tells the ending of the Running Man. It was written, I think, as a foreword for all the Bachman books, and someone overlooked this fact and stuck it in the beginning of this story. It really would do much more good as an afterword. Still a great story though!
SVA -- 2010*
Never read the printed version, but Kevin Kenerly certainly adds to the enjoyment of the experience.
It's a bit like Blade Runner the movie but with more plausible and intense twists and turns.
Never listened to him prior but he does a great job with this one. He has an exciting fast pace voice and actually acts out the intensity (not overing doing, just to boost the drama)
The ending. Won't spoil it but the detail of the events are intense... also the final conclusion is just perfect and resolves the book exactly how it needs to be concluded.
Skip the prelude!!! They do spoil the book: skip to the 13 minute mark.
Well ... no. Kind of a lame question - I wouldn't listen to any book again.
The grittiness. Darker than you would think - doesn't follow the general guidelines of a story.
not sure / was well read & entertaining.
The main one
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
Speculative fiction is my genre. Narrative voice (the voice the author wrote the tale in) is very important to me. I love good dialogue.
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.
It's gritty and hopeless, and flips off the world it exists in at the conclusion. Typical Bachman beauty.
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.
No, it works perfectly as a stand alone.
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