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Mile 81 meets "N." in this collaboration between Stephen King and Joe Hill.

As USA Today said of Stephen King's Mile 81: "Park and scream. Could there be any better place to set a horror story than an abandoned rest stop?" In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.

©2012 Stephen King and Joseph Hillstrom King (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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Very gory, but totally expected from King.

What did you like best about this story?

The story captures the constant reader from the beginning. It's a short story, and it leaves you wanting more. I wouldn't be surprised if King will elaborate further on the evil in this story, in some future stories. Kind of the way he did with Desperation and The Regulators.

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Great Entertainment!

If you could sum up In the Tall Grass in three words, what would they be?

Scary, Mysterious, Chilling

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't choose my favorite character. They were all great.

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

I have not

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was listening with great intent towards the middle of the book as some of the mysteries started to unfold. It was great!

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Too gory for me ...

As always Stephen Lang did a great job with the narration. I enjoy reading Stephen King's books, especially the short stories, and I have enjoyed both of the Joe Hill books I've read. But this story was just too gory (and unthinkable) for me.

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  • 01-16-14

Not What I Hoped For.

What would have made In the Tall Grass better?

I don't know. A Whole different story maybe. I feel like I wasted my $7 on this one.

Has In the Tall Grass turned you off from other books in this genre?

I won't give up on listening to this genre. I just didn't like this particular book.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Lang?

The Narrator is fine.

What character would you cut from In the Tall Grass?

All of them, because I didn't like the story.

Any additional comments?

With Stephen King books, you never know what you're going to get. Some are fantastic, and some of them are less than interesting. But that's true with all authors. I will continue to listen to and read Stephen King's books because he has such a weird and strange imagination.

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Yuck

The story could have been so good, and started out so well. And then it falls apart completely. Some of it makes no sense whatsoever. And the gross part people are referring to, yes, it is that disgusting. If you are really bored, give it a listen. Just set the bar low.

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  • merle
  • United States
  • 10-06-13

Waste of time

Would you try another book from Stephen King and Joe Hill and/or Stephen Lang?

I've read almost all of Stephen Kings books and although I thoroughly enjoyed his earlier works, I haven't been pleased with them in the last few years.

What could Stephen King and Joe Hill have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Storyline was too weak. The areas that should have connected didn't do so later. I was surprised when the end of the book came because I expected more.

Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Lang’s performances?

Maybe

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

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  • Marcus
  • SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States
  • 08-18-13

Not at all what I expect from King or Hill

Hill is new, but Heart-shaped box was a great tale. King is a legend. So, together, I expected something AT LEAST half decent. I was disappointed.

As others have reviewed, this story is more about an abundance of gross details than actual plot. There's no real explanation for anything -- but don't worry, you won't really care.

I won't ruin it, but suffice to say this is a short story I'd expect from some entry-level hack, not a legend and his offspring.

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Not For the Squeamish

Would you listen to In the Tall Grass again? Why?

Probably not. It took a turn that was just a little too disgusting for my "tastes."

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, I listened a week ago and can't recall any of the characters' names, but I guess it would be the sister. She held out the longest.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favorite?

Again, the sister. Stephen Lang did a great job.

If you could rename In the Tall Grass, what would you call it?

All on a Summer's Day

Any additional comments?

I usually enjoy the works of the authors and expected this would be an entertaining short story, but found it to be too predictable and over-the-line gross for me.

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Ehh... so so

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I had an overall distaste for this story. The characters went against human nature and there was some very distasteful content. I suspect that was part of the point, but I didn't find it so much disturbing as just a little pointless.

What was most disappointing about Stephen King and Joe Hill ’s story?

I don't give spoilers, but there was content that I think was meant to be disturbing, but was more just pointless.

Do you think In the Tall Grass needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, never. Glad it wasn't a novel, I wouldn't have gotten far.

Any additional comments?

I am usually a fan of Steven King, but this one I really felt I wasted my time on. It was a bit of a shock, because I don't think I've ever said that about the books I've read or listened to. The performance was fine, it was the material.

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  • Carla
  • Oxnard, CA
  • 05-06-13

Boo.....

So not worth the $7! Bad even for a short story. Narrator was ok, story was a little gory (which i like) but too predictable and boring.

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