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The Long Walk Audiobook

The Long Walk

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Publisher's Summary

In this number-one national best seller, "master storyteller" (Houston Chronicle) Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, tells the tale of the contestants of a grueling walking competition where there can beonly one winner - the one who survives.

In the near future, when America has become a police state, 100 boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is 16-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules - keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you're out - permanently.

With an introduction by Stephen King on "The Importance of Being Bachman".

©1979 Richard Bachman (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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    Jim "The Impatient" 04-29-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "ONLY,---- WHAT A STUPID WORD!"

    A MOMENT LATER, A RED HEADED BOY'S FACE WAS BLOWN AWAY
    A Good book, written by a great author. I am in agreement with several of my fellow reviewers: Beverly- Who would have thought kids walking would make such a good story. I am always amazed in how King takes so little and does so much with it. A woman tied in her bed, a man stuck in bed and being tortured by a crazy lady, a girl lost in the woods etc... King is the expert at building characters. I have said it one hundred times, King's books are so scary because we get to know the characters and care what happens to them. Khadeejah- Story was intense. Mostly towards the end, these kids are in so much pain, physically and mentally and the writing is intense, which leads to Dustin- My feet still hurt. I felt I was on the walk, I felt tired, physically and mentally, I was worried I would get three warnings. I also agree with Jenna- Want to know more about the state. The United States these boys live in, is not very well explained. A police state is hinted at, but no world building is done here. Course, I hark back to character development, King rarely builds universes he seems to like us to use our imaginations to come up with what we think.

    I liked the book and it pulled at my heart strings.

    I GAVE HER MY HEART
    SHE TOOK IT APART
    WHO GIVES A FART

    68 of 72 people found this review helpful
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    RT 05-08-17
    RT 05-08-17
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    "love the papbook but clipped audio is unlistenable"
    Any additional comments?

    Really surprising that an audio book company would take your money for part of a st ... because whe ... (isn't that REALLY annoying???). If you don't want to bother to take the time to deliver a decent product, at least warn customers in the header that this is an incomplete and choppy audiobook.

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    gabriel zapata 07-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Dang what a book"

    I really like the description of all the characters; I fell in love with them through the beginning, middle and end. Though the story line and the gruesome descriptions were fantastic, I just couldn't grab ahold of the ending. It left me like what? Haha! Makes me want to call Steven king myself ! But this book was awesome all and all !

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    A.J. Harrison 06-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fourth time!"

    This is the fourth read. I love this story, but it is sad in many areas. Stephen King rulz!

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    Robert Carpentersville, IL, United States 06-29-17
    Robert Carpentersville, IL, United States 06-29-17 Member Since 2002
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    "An exhaustingly long walk"
    What did you like best about The Long Walk? What did you like least?

    The performance was great. The story was pointless.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Yes, but not on the basis of this book.


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

    Brings life to the lifeless


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No way.


    Any additional comments?

    !00 teen boys walk until only one survives. Now you don't have to read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean-Paul 05-29-17
    Jean-Paul 05-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Before the Hunger Games there was ..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book. Written years before all the dystopian teen sacrifice stories, this one rules them all.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Garrety of course but also McVrees is the typical tragic hero.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one particular scene stood out but the story still haunts me.


    If you could rename The Long Walk, what would you call it?

    Farewell to Youth.


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    Margie 05-28-17
    Margie 05-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story - Terrible Ending"

    I really like many of Stephen King's books; however, he has a tendency to rush through the ending of some of them. This is one of them...IT was another. Almost as if he's anxious to be done with the story and move on to the next. Too bad because this entire book was great right up until the last few minutes.

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    Julia Portland, OR, United States 08-10-16
    Julia Portland, OR, United States 08-10-16 Member Since 2013

    I am a writer who loves reading.

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    "Great Story, Clipped Audio"

    I really loved the story. The narrator did a good job too, but there are moments in the audio where the sentences appear to be clipped off. I can't tell if this means I ended up missing a sentence or two or if it's just a glitch. But, unfortunately, it kept taking me out of the story.

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    Rosie 08-19-16
    Rosie 08-19-16
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    "One of my favorites"

    I had initially read this when I was a teen and enjoyed it, but this time being a grown woman it seems it was a lot more profound. The narration was spot on.

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    Ryan 05-15-17
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    "this book was..."

    amazing i really enjoyed it a lot!! coukd have had a stronger ending. but it was still worth the listen!

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