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Publisher's Summary

Mile 81 is Stand by Me meets Christine - the story of an insatiable car and a heroic kid.

At Mile 81 on the Maine turnpike is a boarded-up rest stop, a place where high-school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high-school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side.” Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his 10th birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.

Not much later, a mud-covered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn’t been any rain in New England for over a week) veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that says “closed, no services”. The driver’s door opens, but nobody gets out.

Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland. On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls “the ultimate insurance manual”, but it isn’t going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon. He pulls up behind it, puts on his four-ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates.

Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over. Julianne finds Doug Clayton’s cracked cell phone near the wagon door - and gets too close herself. By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. Two kids - Rachel and Blake Lussier - and one horse named Deedee are the only living left. Unless you maybe count the wagon.

©2012 The Storyville Company, LLC. (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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Another winner from the master

Where does Mile 81 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in the top of the heap

What did you like best about this story?

Characters were well-written and it kept your interest

Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann and Thomas Sadoski ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Any additional comments?

Too short!!

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  • angela
  • auburn, mi, United States
  • 06-25-12

Fun short story

I enjoyed this during a 3 hour car trip. Amazing character development in a very short time.

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  • Marcus
  • SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States
  • 06-04-12

Short and sweet

Where does Mile 81 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Hard to say. As a short story it ranks pretty high, but it's not a novel so it's hard for it to have any lasting emotional bonds.

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Short yet satisfying

Two short stories - worth my time and coin. "Mile 81" takes a while to start, but it was quite satisfying in the end. I'll say the same for the other short story "The Dune."

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  • Eva
  • Hardinsburg, IN, United States
  • 05-20-12

The chills you've come to expect.

Where does Mile 81 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's probably in the top 10. Mile 81 was a good story that is very well written. Basically what we've come to expect from King. However with that being said it may have been a little too pat. There wasn't alot of "shock or suprise" for me. However with that being said I loved the surprise story at the end. It was full of surprise and was really worth waiting for.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mile 81?

The interaction of the children with the "horse lady" and the "state police officer". It gave it an extra quality that made the characters feel more three dimensional.

Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann and Thomas Sadoski ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No; however I look forward to hearing them more.

If you could rename Mile 81, what would you call it?

I like Mile 81, I am not sure I would change it. It's vague enough to make you wonder but yet tells you where you're at as well.

Any additional comments?

While I enjoyed Mile 81 the real gem for me is the suprise story at the end. It is a great peice that makes you think you know where you're going only to slap you in the face for your arrogance. Really a great peice.

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Classic King

If you could sum up Mile 81 in three words, what would they be?

I loved the story, just what I would expected from all time "King" of horror stories.

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It's Stephen King

What made the experience of listening to Mile 81 the most enjoyable?

It's a Stephen King story....
It is just what you would expect from him.
A good story with some very weird stuff in it.

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Awesome!

Would you listen to Mile 81 again? Why?

Yes, I will listen to this book again because the events were so unpredictable I am anxious to see if I like it as much the second time. I think I will.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The older sibling, who kept the younger siblings in line and out of danger.

What about Edward Herrmann and Thomas Sadoski ’s performance did you like?

I liked everything about their performance. They were articulate and believable.

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

The Rest Stop Alien

Any additional comments?

Typical King - a totally entertaining story.

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  • John
  • fairport harbor , OH, USA
  • 04-18-12

A delightfully tasty morsel

Mile 81 is fun, engrossing short story. Its only detraction is in wanting more, wanting King to take us down one avenue before ending it.

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mile 81 did not go the distance

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was just "okay" for a Stephen King short story.

What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

The ending seemed uncharacteristically unimaginative.

What aspect of Edward Herrmann and Thomas Sadoski ’s performance would you have changed?

The reading performance was done well.

Was Mile 81 worth the listening time?

I think I would have picked something else for the money.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful